The Institute of Band
Teaching students everywhere the "Art of Band"!
The Institute of Band is an online institution offering exceptional musical training for musicians of all levels of expertise. Our primary focus is training musicians to play in a band setting. However, we also offer training and techniques for the individual band elements as well, e.g., drums, keyboards, guitars, bass, specialties, etc.
It is important to us to offer relevant information and effective training to beginners, intermediates, and advanced players alike. We strive to listen to our students’ feedback for new lesson ideas and to fulfill their needs. Equally as important will be the variety of our available lessons. In addition to our core group of instructors, additional pro musicians are brought in to enable us to develop lessons with fresh perspective and an extended range of diversity.
The instructors and content developers at The Institute of Band
Trevor Reddick: Trevor is a Musical Director/multi-instrumentalist that, throughout his career has worked for multiple Grammy winning artists and has performed for millions of people including over 100 TV appearances, and over 20 appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. He has an impressive lineup of recording artists that he has performed with including: Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Lee Greenwood, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams Jr., Billy Dean, Mark Wills, Gary Morris, Louise Mandrell, Brenda Lee, T. Graham Brown, Herb Ellis, Walfredo Reyes, Carl Fontana, Clint Strong, Frankie Avalon, The Tokens, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, The Blackwood Quartet, The Smothers Brothers, and others! He has appeared on over 500 albums.
Today, Trevor resides in Kodak, TN with his wife and three children and owns and operates his own state-of-the-art recording studio. He is a writer/composer, Pro Tools expert, Studio Engineer, and he has produced over 100 albums. Trevor has an impressive resume and life experience, and will undoubtedly be a valuable asset to this endeavor.
Jared Willson: Jared has had a long and varied career in the music business. Jared began playing at the age of 9. Recalling his first kit, he said “…it was an old Ludwig blue sparkle kit, and I would take it outside on sunny days and entertain the neighbors!” Jared’s first real gig was with his dad's band at the age of 13 backing up various artists in the Country Show Down music competition. Between the ages of 14 to 16 he played in a local blues band and at 17 moved on to a Top 40 Country band called Twin Country.
Jared played in The Garage Brothers Band, a group that 9 time Grammy-nominated jazz piano player and educator Frank Mantooth put together to play gigs around the southwest Kansas area. It was that meeting that led to Jared moving to Pigeon Forge TN to play music full time in the local theaters. Starting in '98 he played with the Glasgow Comedy Theater, followed by a year run at the Lee Greenwood Theater. Afterward, following an 8-year run at the Black Bear Jamboree Theater, Jared joined up with country music star Aaron Tippin and played shows all over the U.S., including three appearances at the Grand Ole Opry. Currently, Willson plays at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater right here in Pigeon Forge TN, which is where he has performed for the last 7 years.
Mike Cooley: Mike has been playing and teaching music for over two decades. He graduated college with a BBA in Finance and minored in Music. He specializes in business development and management, and is an expert in project administration. His other talents and professional experience include: graphic design; audio/video production; jingle writing/producing; songwriting; and multi-media marketing. Mike plays several instruments including Keyboards, Drums and Trumpet, and is also a Vocalist. He has played with recording artists & songwriters like Phil Driscoll, Mylon LeFevre, and Bill Gaither, and has led several rock-style bands including a traveling praise/worship band that he organized in 2007 called Millennium Praise. In 2015, Mike played keys for The Grand Majestic Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN. Today, Mike resides in Sevierville, TN with his wife and children, plays with local bands in the area as working at the Institute, and is pursuing his finance career.