Miles Davis Owner and Master Repair Technician - Louisville, Ky
Miles Davis has been an instrument repair technician for over twenty-five years. Miles studied flute repair with David Straubinger and Jonathan Landell, and he is a licensed Straubinger pad technician. As an instrument repair technician, he has worked on the instruments of Jim Walker, Eric Alexander, Jamey Aebersold, Brad Garner, and has overhauled the instruments of the Louisville Orchestra’s entire clarinet section. Miles is certified to install Jim Schmidt flute and saxophone pads.
Mr. Davis is also distinguished in the realm of performance. He has played with numerous Broadway touring companies, the Louisville Orchestra, and is frequently sought after in the region as a woodwind doubler. The list of prominent musicians and entertainers he has performed with includes, but is not limited to, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, Doc Severinsen, Frank Sinatra Jr., Aretha Franklin, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight, Bob Hope, The Four Tops, and The Temptations.
Mr. Davis is happily married and the proud father of two.
John Richardson General Manager & Store Manager - Richmond, Ky
John Richardson comes to Miles Ahead Music with extensive performing and teaching experience. He earned his B.M. in Jazz Studies from Eastern Illinois University and an M.M. from the University of Kentucky. As the original director of the Jazz Arts Foundation Youth Ensemble in 1996, Mr. Richardson continued to lead it for the first ten years of its existence. The group had twice been featured at the Kentucky Music Educator's Association conference. He has taught courses at the University of Kentucky, Centre College, Transylvania University, Asbury College and Morehead State University. In the public schools he has been saxophone instructor at Lafayette H.S. and Scott County H.S. He has directed the jazz programs at Lafayette High School and Tates Creek High School and maintained a private studio of 30-40 students. As a performer, Mr. Richardson is proficient in all idioms including jazz, rock, R&B, classical, pop and reggae. He has shared the stage with many of the world's most influential artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Bobby Shew, Clark Terry, Dianne Shuur, Louie Bellson, Rufus Reid and Jerry Butler.
Jason Sparks Office Manager - Louisville, Ky
Jason Sparks brings to Miles Ahead Music a strong music education and business background. He earned his B.A. in Music with a minor in Art History and a M.M.E. from Morehead State University. In addition to his studies in music he is nearing completion of a M.B.A. from Webster University. As an educator Mr. Sparks taught general music, concert band, and jazz band grades 5-12 in Kentucky and Virginia as well as maintaining his private studio. As a performer Mr. Sparks has performed saxophone, clarinet and tuba in a multitude of musical styles throughout the continental US and on international performance tours.
Since recently coming to Louisville, Mr. Sparks performs with his church on bari sax, the IUS Concert Band and Orchestra on bass clarinet, and is the alto player with the DynaSax Quartet. He continues to expand his horizons in the Kentuckiana music scene. Jason is blessed with a beautiful and amazing wife and their handsome young son.
Amber Gutierrez Store Manager - Louisville, Ky
Amber Gutierrez, formerly known as Amber Richeson, joined the Miles Ahead Music sales team full time in the summer of 2011. Amber graduated from the University of Louisville in 2008 with a B.A. in Music and a Minor in Theatre. She studied clarinet under both Dallas Tidwell and Tim Zavadil. While pursuing her degree at the University of Louisville, Amber performed in the Wind Ensemble under Dr. Frederick Speck, Director of Bands. Amber performed with the Wind Ensemble in Carnegie Hall and at the International WASBE Conference in Killarney, Ireland.
Mrs. Gutierrez has also had the pleasure of working with the clarinet sections of Ballard High School, Hancock County High School, and Apollo High School among others. She also maintains a small private clarinet studio for middle and high school clarinet players. Amber currently performs with the University of Louisville Alumni Chamber Winds and the Alumni Clarinet Quartet and is a member of the Delta Omicron International Fraternity of Professional Musicians.
Amber is a happily married newlywed.
Joe Dunn Educational Representative - Louisville, Ky
Joe Dunn, one of the newest members of the Miles Ahead Music team, began his musical journey playing drums at a little white church in the southwest town of El Paso, TX. Focusing on keyboard and stringed instruments as the years continued, he completed his BA in double bass at New Mexico State University. In 2008, Joe moved to Louisville, KY to attend the Jamey Aebersold jazz program at the University of Louisville where he studied with John Labarbera.
Most recently, Mr. Dunn has taken on the role of Director of Music at Third Central United Christian Church as well as the conductor and primary composer for Your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band, a traditional big band for a modern audience. Additionally, he has produced and released two albums of his own with plans for more in the future.
Sharing the stage with Tony Orlando, James Ingram, Deniece Williams, Stephanie Mills and Peabo Bryson, as well as Gospel artists John P. Kee, Vickie Winans, Kirvy Brown and Dorinda Clark Cole, Joe has always considered himself blessed to be surrounded by such a wealth of musical talent and abilities. Still, his greatest joys are the people surrounding Joe in his daily life. Joe's motto of "people first" permeates his interactions while on the road for Miles Ahead, in the studio with the big band, and on the organ in front of his choir on Sundays.
Joe is an only son, has an only son and loves to worship the only begotten Son.
Daniel Barton, Customer Service - Richmond, Ky
Daniel Barton Studied Trumpet at the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. He studied under Mr. Mark Clodfelter, Dr. Josef VanFleet, and Mr. Vince DiMartino. Mr. Barton has been teaching middle school and high school students privately in the central Kentucky area since 2004. As well as teaching privately, Mr. Barton has taught trumpet and brass at Madison Central high school, Madison Middle school, Clark Moors middle school, Model Laboratory, Caudill Middle school, and Ohio County high school.Daniel has been performing as a freelance musician since 2003. He frequently plays trumpet and/or piano at weddings, clubs, restaurants, music festivals, and private events. Daniel worked as a trumpet player seasonally at the Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from 2008-2010, and has performed with the Temptations
Aaron Kinman Brass & Saxophone Repair Technician - Louisville, Ky
Initially an apprentice under Miles Davis, Aaron has gone on to become a master in the field of instrument repair. As an instrument repair technician he has done work on the instrument of jazz greats like Slide Hampton, Eric Alexander, Buddy Morrow, Delfeayo Marsalis just to name a few. his accomplishments are numerous. He repairs and maintains instruments from schools, universities, including University of Louisville and University of Kentucky. and military around the country. Mr. Kinman is in demand as a freelance soloist and ensemble performer. Aaron appears regularly with many different ensembles in churches, weddings, big bands, show bands, studio work and orchestras such as the Louisville Orchestra, including several performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City.
He is happily married with four children.
George Flores Woodwind Repair Technician - Louisville, Ky
In addition to studying music at the University of Louisville, George studied jazz and classical saxophone with John Richardson, John Moore and Jacob Duncan. He is currently performers in ensembles like The Dixieland Solution and Your Friendly Neighborhood Big Band, that can be heard at the Nachbar in Germantown.
He is single.
Mark McCulloch String Repair Technician - Louisville, Ky
Mark McCulloch’s services as a professional bassist run parallel to his skills in repair. The Louisville area has enjoyed his musicianship for thirty-five years, whether it be large shows or small combos like the Jeff Sherman Duo. His artistry can be heard on several published recordings. Mark is always a first call bassist at venues such as Derby Dinner Play House and Varanese Mediterranean Restaurant.
Mark is happily married and a father to two daughters.
Dustin Webb Brass & Woodwind Repair Technician - Louisville, Ky
Dustin Webb joins us with 8 years repair experience, spanning repairs from flutes to tuba stands. Dustin is a native of Louisville, a graduate of Male High School, where he performed on tuba. He attended Badger State Repair in Elkhorn, Wisconsin to learn the trade. His specialty is brass repair but handles all aspects of the band room. In his off-time he enjoys hunting and fishing and enjoys working on cars, as well as playing drums in honkey- tonk bands.
He is happily married with a 1-year old “miracle” son.