Blake is a young up-and-coming performer and instructor. He was fortunate enough to attend McNally Smith College of Music, where he was awarded the Honors Scholarship for Excellence in Percussion, an award that's offered to incoming Percussion Performance Majors. During his time at McNally Smith, he studied with many great instructors from the twin cities: Gordy Knudtson, David Schmalenberger, David Stanoch, JT Bates, Kevin Washington, Marv Dahlgren, and Paul Stueber. He has also studied with nationally acclaimed drummers: Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock's Headhunters), Robert 'Sput' Searight (Snarky Puppy), JP Bouvet and Chris Wabich. Being under the instruction of so many different drummers, Blake quickly became a very versatile musician. In addition to teaching privately, Blake teaches at School of Rock, Soundcheck Music School and Schuster's Music.
School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting.
To date our students have played thousands of concerts, to more than 100,000 people, at such legendary venues as CBGB's, The Trocadero, The Knitting Factory, The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Experience Music Project, The Big Easy and BB King's Blues Club in Times Square. We have also had the great fortune to be able to perform at music festivals from Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, to Zappanale in Bad Doberan, Germany.
Schuster's Music is a locally owned musical instrument shop in Downtown Hudson, WI.
Schuster's was opened in 2009 by Andy Schuster, a Twin-Cities based bassist. The objective of the store is to provide Hudson and the surrounding communities a place to get great musical gear, learn about music through lessons, and just have a nice comfortable place to hang out and talk about and listen to music.
We offer all kinds of new and used instruments and amps, a nice selection of band instruments for sale and for rent, all types of guitar repair and setup, and all the major accessories: Strings, tuners, effects pedals, picks, stands, cables …
At Schuster's, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional service and competitive prices.
SoundCheck believes in the power of music, and the seemingly innate ability to understand it. We are known for a premier education that not only teaches our students the importance of applying what they are learning into their own musical practice, but also provides an opportunity to do so in a variety of educational settings. Through our workshops, group classes, individual instruction, and performance programs we help our students develop and grow both musically and personally, while creating an atmosphere that prepares them for the choices that come with college, careers, and life.