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

+1 (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, a...

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...

Bob Adcox

School Service Representative

+1 (636) 227 3573 / bob.adcox@faziosmusic.com Bob has over 15 years of Experience servicing local Band, Orchestra, and Choir programs in the St. Louis and surrounding areas. Bob, aka BBQ Bob or the Notorious B.O.B. Joined the Fazios team in April of 2013. A violist for almost 30 years, he has had the honor of touring Europe twice with different symphonies. In college Bob ventured into the Percussion world to h...

Bill Love

Sales Associate

+1 (636) 227 3573 / love@faziosmusic.com Bill is our newest member of the Fazio's sales team. He has multi-instrumental talents, and has been in the music sales industry for over 13 years. Bill 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 Bus...

Denise Kuse

Sales Associate

+1 (636) 227 3573 / sales@faziosmusic.com She is known here as The Ukulele Lady. Denise is Dan's wife, and they play music together as the duo The Double D. 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

+1 (636) 227 3573 / mfey@faziosmusic.com 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

+1 (636) 227 3573 / nick@faziosmusic.com 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 multi...

Matt Smith

Sales Associate

Matt Smith started playing guitar at 10. Around the age of 14 he started playing guitar in pop punk bands at local venues and also playing drums and bass on and off depending on where he was needed. He's also quite the writer! When not at Fazio's, Matt is in an all-genre cover band and working towards his Business degree with a minor in music. Stop in and say hi!

Chris Carden

Fretted Repair Tech

Chris Carden is a proud graduate of the nation's longest running guitar building and repair school, The Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, At school he studied under a group of excellent and very diverse Luthiers. A collective group who built everything from acoustic/electric harp guitars to 8 string metal machines. He grew up in Kirkwood and after graduation Roberto-Venn in Phoenix, relocated back to St. Louis to...

Instructors

Clarissa Grayson

Instructor

Clarissa Grayson was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and started taking piano lessons at age 5, violin lessons at age 10, vocal lessons at age 14, and guitar lessons at age 22. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Voice Performance at the University of Texas at Austin and remains a proud Longhorn - for life! While at UT, she performed in several concerts as a choral member, in opera choruses of Die Fl...

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...

Rachael Davis

Instructor

Rachael Davis teaches acoustic guitar at Fazio’s Music. Her musical journey started by playing piano at only six years old, starting on violin and moving on to piano and eventually she fell in love with the guitar.  A multi-instrumental musician, she has made the acoustic guitar her primary focus since 2011.

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...

Yuanhui (Leah) Hu

Instructor

Yuanhui (Leah) Hu 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 to U...

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...

Kayla Connick

Instructor

Kayla Connick was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and contrary to popular belief, did not grow up in a casino. She did however begin her musical career there by playing violin at age 12 in her junior high orchestra. She majored in orchestral performance at the Las Vegas Academy and continued playing in various orchestras and competitions, relishing in being involved in large musical families and solo perfo...

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.

Colleen Haviland

Instructor

Colleen Haviland teaches piano, harp, guitar, ukulele, banjo, and violin at Fazio’s Music. She started playing violin at 8 years old and in high school she began playing piano, guitar, and banjo. She started taking private piano and harp lessons at Saint Louis Community College where she earned an Associates Degree in Music. She has played violin and piano in the Saint Louis Community College Symphonic Orc...

Coby Sher

Instructor

Coby Sher began his musical journey around age 10 with piano lessons. In high school he taught himself drums and guitar. He earned an AA in music at STLCC Meramec in 2014, and recently finished a BA in music composition at Webster University. In addition to being classically trained on piano, Coby plays in local bands, and has recently been delving deep into the world of electronic music production.

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