Meet the Team

Staff

Donovan Bankhead

Vice President

Donovan is the Vice President of Springfield Music, and has worked hard to position Springfield Music along with three other co-owned music retail stores to be fun, full service experiences for customers throughout Missouri and the surrounding states. He is highly-involved in the music industry, can often be found speaking at area universities, NAMM or NASMD, and is a bass guitarist and trumpet player. In additi...

Dan Kuse

Store Manager

(636) 227 3573 / dan@faziosmusic.com Dan is a veteran of the music sales industry with over 30 years experience. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Fazio's team. Guitars are this devastatingly handsome band man's speciality, and he is an ace with pro-sound in live and church applications. He even knows drums, although he'll deny it if you ask! Dan grew up in the Lake of the Ozarks area, and h...

Tony Marks

Shipping/Receiving

+1 (636) 227 3573 / tony@faziosmusic.com Tony is the go-to guy for the "ins and outs" of Fazio's. He joined the crew in 2006 after leaving Vandelay Industries to head up the importing/exporting operations of both the store and website. Tony first worked in the music business at his father's store, Marks Music from 1988-1999. Tony's careful attention to detail makes him an essential element in upholding the Faz...

Bill Love

Sales Associate

Bill has multi-instrumental talents, and has been in the music sales industry for over 13 years. He started out as a drummer at the young age of 8, and then switched to guitar at 16. Guitar and Bass are his main instruments, and has a wonderful singing voice as well. Bill has played every venue from small clubs to Busch stadium, and you can find his music on iTunes & cdBaby. Come and see Bill for all your gu...

Denise Kuse

Sales Associate

Denise is Dan's wife, and they play music together as the duo The Double D. Around Fazio's she's known as "The Ukulele Lady". She absolutely loves the ukulele and even heads up a ukulele group in her school. She helps out at the store whenever she can, and is a great team member here at Fazio's!

Mike Fey

Sales Associate

Mike is a self taught guitarist that has been chasing the perfect tone for over 15 years. He knows the tricks of the trade and is always ready to recommend a good book. Mike loves all types of music - be it growling riffs, or pensive melodies, he is ready to find a sound that inspires you. 

Nick Kostielney

Sales Associate

Nick brings a strong work ethic and a positive attitude to the team. With a Music Business degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) he shares a wealth of knowledge in bass, guitar, drums, ukelele, piano, PA. Nick has a strong music theory background and has been playing music for 10 years all throughout the St. Louis and Chicago area supporting multiple acts such as: Taproot, Sevendust, Smil...

Josh Shields

Sales Associate

Coming out of high school, Josh was a classically trained of vocalist and went to college at UMSL and St. Charles Community College for a degree in music education. While in college, Josh sang with a barbershop chorus known as the Ambassadors of Harmony as well as competed in the Collegiate Quartet Competition for the Midwest District in The Barbershop Harmony Society. After attending college for two years, Josh...

Linda Huck

School Representative

Linda Huck is a retired music educator with over 30 years of experience teaching middle school and high school band. She taught in the Farmington R-7 School District in Farmington, MO. Linda also serves the music profession through membership in the Board of Directors of the Missouri Bandmasters Association, the group who sponsors the Missouri All-State Band.   She is excited to continue serv...

Instructors

Rich Hensley

Instructor

Rich started teaching at Fazio's Music in 1991. He has maintained a five day a week schedule for over twenty years. Rich studied for six years starting at age sixteen with Joseph Geraghty as well as Tommy Witecome, Phils Haulsy, and learned much from Lucky Light. Rich took a series of eight lessons with drummer with Dave Brubeck, of Take Five recoding fame Joe Morslla. Rich toured all over the world including Ca...

Mike Franzel

Instructor

Specializing at all ages, special education and group classes. From beginning guitar to stage performance. Education Graduate degrees from Webster University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Education Currently: Music Elementary Specialist at Kennerly Elementary - Lindbergh School District (1997-date) 90 students in the Guitar Club (This is a after school program with several levels of classes and...

Michael Cosentino

Instructor

Michael Cosentino is a classically trained guitarist with 18 years of experience in a variety of musical styles. He started his studies under John Mcclellan at the St. Louis Symphony Music School and continued to earn a BM of music performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with John Holmquist and Jason Vieaux. He has also performed in master classes with Ben Verdery, Stantley Yates, Will...

Nick Button

Instructor

Nick Button has a bachelors degree from Missouri Western State University in classical and contemporary guitar performance. He has played in several local bands in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas. He has played in a touring band, and now is part of Fazio’s teaching staff now. Nick is a fan of all music genres but excels at rock-n-roll styles. He loves to teach in order the share the ever-rewarding hobby of...

Lori Hoffman

Instructor

Lori Hoffman is a versatile vocalist who has a passion for singing everything from Baroque to blues music, and is an active performer in the St. Louis community. She received a Master of Arts in Music from Webster University, where highlights included singing with the Webster University Chamber Singers, performing in two master classes with Christine Brewer, and being the alto soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat...

Stephen Rekas

Instructor

Currently the only Suzuki guitar teacher in the St. Louis area. Certified in Books 1-3. Post-graduate certification in the Advanced Studies Program: Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Master’s degree in Classic Guitar Performance at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; honors included a Competitive Graduate Award. Bachelor&rsquo...

Brian Bauer

Instructor

At a young age, Brian Lee Bauer was introduced to music by his grandfather who encouraged him to explore the ukulele, piano, and guitar.  In 1996, he earned a woodwind scholarship to the University of Missouri, St. Louis.  Bauer became more interested in singing and songwriting and began drafting original songs while earning a psychology degree and working intermittently as a fine dining table jockey, ...

Bill Davis

Instructor

Bill Davis is one of Fazio’s long-standing instructors, passing his 10-year anniversary with us in 2016. A very versatile musician and teacher of all guitar styles, he studied music and jazz studies. When not teaching at Fazio’s, Bill can be seen tearing up the St. Louis music scene with his band Unifyah. A great guy!

Steve Craig

Instructor

Steve Craig has been with Fazio’s Music for quite a while. He wears many hats here, starting as a sales associate, an instrument technician, and more recently as one of our banjo and mandolin instructors. He builds banjos in his spare time, and also plays music with his wife Crystal. As if that isn’t enough, he’s quite a hammer dulcimer player, too!

Rachel Petzoldt

Instructor

Rachel Petzoldt has her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from UMSL and has performed for years with the St. Louis Youth Orchestra. She is well-versed in many instruments, and is happy to be a part of Fazio’s teaching staff. Along with flute, Rachel also teaches piano.

Rachel Robart

Instructor

Rachel Robart is a violin and viola teacher at Fazio's Music. She was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She has been studying music since the age of 8 when she starting studying viola privately, and in the Lindbergh School District's string program. Ever since, she has been participating in many orchestras around the St. Louis area, like the All Suburban Orchestra. She is now earning her Bachelor...

Jocelynn Wolfe

Instructor

Jocelynn teaches beginning to advanced violin, beginning guitar, and beginning piano. She began playing the violin at the age of 6. At the age of 8, she became the youngest member of her grade school orchestra. She has participated in chamber music camps such as the Heartland Chamber Music Camp in Kansas City and Chamber Music Encounter through the Community Music School through Webster University. Jocelynn was ...

Jesse Davlin

Instructor

Jesse Davlin has played the piano for over 15 years and the guitar for 2 years. She teaches beginners to intermediate piano and beginners guitar. Her favorite type of music is classical and romantic era piano. She received her associates in fine arts with a concentration in music education. She is currently working towards an bachelors degree. At St. Louis Community College she plays the piano in orchestra and s...

Leah Hu

Instructor

Yuanhui Hu(Leah) is from China, where she received her Bachelor’s of Music in Violin performance at Sichuan conservatory of music. Leah started taking violin lesson at the age of 9, and participated youth orchestra of Sichuan Conservatory of Music, while at SCOM, and also played as a second violin in a string quartet formed with her friends. She joined Webster University chamber orchestra after she moved t...

Marissa Bequette

Instructor

Marissa Bequette teaches beginning to advanced Double Bass, beginning to intermediate Voice, and beginning piano. She received her Associates Degree in Music with emphasis in Instrumental and Vocal Performance from STLCC at Meramec. She began her journey with music while living in California at the age of 13, when she accidentally signed up for a string class at her school thinking she could learn guitar. She wa...

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