- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Hey there! Greg here... I am VERY excited to help you get to your best potential through lots of flight hours as quickly as you like! I hope you'll pick me to help you avoid common set backs in your progress. I look forward to helping you be your best on your instrument!
Gregory is a cutting edge multi instrumental musician, accomplished on electric bass, upright pizzicato bass, electric and acoustic guitar, drums, and vocals. He performs in a large variety of ensembles, combos, bands, and performs as a solo bassist. Gregory recently joined Wylie and the Wild West and is loving every minute of it! He has helped thousands of private students step into a life of music since his first student in 1989. Greg’s talent and ability have been recognized frequently. In 1994 he was one of ten finalists worldwide in Bass Player Magazine’s Billy Sheehan scholarship contest, that same year he became a key volunteer staff member at the annual Bozeman Bass Bash.
Gregory has shared the bill and / or performed along side: Bob Babbitt, Victor Bailey, Jean Baudin, Jeff Berlin, Blondie, Suzy Bogguss, Brian Bromberg, Oteil Burbridge, Yves Carbone, Christopher “C3” Cardone, Anthony Cox, Billy Dickens, Emerson Drive, Foghat, Marc Grabowski, Wylie Gustafson, Carol Kaye, Geno Kreis, Rob Kohler, Michael Manring, Stewart Mckinsey, Darren Michaels, Brady Muckelroy, Vince Neil, Adam Nitti, Dave Pomeroy, Psycadelic Furs, Benny Reitveldt, Kelly Roberty, Rich Ross, Billy Sheehan, Russell Smith (of the Amazing Rhythm Aces), Norm Stockton, Randy Tico, Eddie Tsuru, Twisted Sister, Michael Tyrrell, Gerald Veasley, Trip Wamsley, Doug Wimbish And Neil Zaza.
Greg currently has 30 years of experience as a professional musician. During that time he has cultivated himself to be a teacher of other musicians and has gained vast knowledge and experience in sculpting others to meet their goals. This experience has made him knowledgeable of instruments, sound equipment and the workings of a music team as a whole. He has served as a worship team member at four churches. Currently Greg leads the worship arts dept at his home church, and continues to grow his heart and skill for worship leading. Running his own business and his developing marriage coaching skills will prove useful in the leadership and guidance of those he assists to improve their skills.
Greg’s goal is the building up of those around him in ways that they can understand. Being a strong teacher isn’t about being right; it is about leading in a way that others will follow you. Finding the way to teach a person the way they need to be taught is a skill Greg has developed through years of practice and listening to students.
WORSHIP TEAM EXPERIENCE
Several years working with worship teams at different levels has given Greg the opportunity to see them from many vantage points. These experiences have had him everywhere from leading worship to running sound and everything in between. Knowing that these areas are all important and must all come together to facilitate a congregation to worship is a strength Greg brings with him.
During Greg’s years as a musician he has picked up many skills that add quality to his leadership abilities. Not only is Greg skilled in playing the bass, vocals, guitar, and drums, but he is knowledgeable in the theory behind the music and can teach those around him to read and understand the music they are playing. He has also spent many hours putting together and running sound systems, so his knowledge goes beyond the stage and into the overall sound of the team. Having knowledge of CCLI and how the music industry works, Greg will use “pop sensibilities” to be able to best utilize and choose music that is pertinent and worshipful.
ROSSITER KIDS COLLEGE 2013 & 2014
Introducing 20 kids at a time to guitar basics. We often run into many of these children at outreach programs at church and get to be the familiar face that allows them to feel comfortable and a sense of belonging.
HELENA FIRST ASSEMBLY YOUTH WORSHIP LEADERS 10/2011 – 9/2012
We spent a season as the leadership for the youth worship team at Helena first assembly. We were very blessed to be used by God to build those young musicians into some heavyweight worshipers! We finalized our time with the young adults by facilitating a practicum to adjudicate the kids as they progressed; we still maintain relationship with most of these students who are now young adults.
HELENA FIRST ASSEMBLY SMALL GROUP LEADERS 09/2011 – present
After reading an article online that stressed the importance of marriage enrichment and the lack of this being available in most churches, we approached our pastor about it and he said suggested we start leading a group at our church. We have been leading marriage enrichment small groups ever since and it has blossomed into a calling for us, leading us into the creation of website.
HELENA FIRST ASSEMBLY WORSHIP TEAM 6/2011 - present
Lisa and I began attending Helena first assembly in October of 2010. Pastor Rick let me know that I couldn't perform on worship team until Lisa and I were Married, So shortly after our wedding date June 4th of 2011, I began playing on the worship teams at Helena First assembly, including special music projects and Sunday worship.
FORTRESS OF JOY – WORSHIP ARTS DEPT HEAD 06/2016 –present
Wylie and the Wild West 10/2015 – 06/2017
Touring: Bass guitarist, mandolin and harmony vocalist.
Owner 9/2004 - present
Company was run as a retail store and housed multiple music instructors from April 2008 to December 2013 at which time I scaled back to only me doing lessons and setting up guitars. My wife had joined me in this endeavor back in October of 2009 and we continue to work side by side each and every day as I still teach privately and do repairs in our home facility.
PICCOLOS MUSIC 5/2006 – 3/2008
Rental Contract Writer, Electronics installation, High quality control, Instrument maintenance, Instrument set-up tech, Inventory, Laborer, Luthier, Marketing, NAMM/Trade show representative, Promoting, Receiving/Ordering Sales, Salesman
BOZEMAN BASS BASH 1994 – 2012
Helped to create and facilitate the Bozeman Bass Bash, which has become the model used for bass centric events world wide. Helped in all areas from development and advertising to being a Bass Bash clinician who taught classes for participants.
PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN 11/1989 - Present
Band Leader, Bassist, Booking, Contract Writer, Electronics installation, Endorsee, High quality control, Instrument maintenance, Instrument set-up tech, Inventory, Laborer, Luthier, Marketing, NAMM/Trade show representative, Promoting, Receiving/Ordering Sales, Salesman, Set-up and tear down crew, Shipping, Stringed instrument hardware assembly technician, Telemarketing, Touring, Vocalist
WORSHIP TEAM MEMBER 2006 - PRESENT
Worship team member at Valley Christian Fellowship (where I was the Musical Director from 2003-2006), Hannaford Street Bible Church and Helena First Assembly of God Church. Play Bass, guitar (acoustic and electric), drums, as well as vocals and youth worship team coach. And now currently Fortress of Joy Worship arts director.
BOZEMAN ADULT EDUCATION GUITAR INSTRUCTOR 2004
Instructed 180 guitar students per session for 2 sessions in 2004 in the Bozeman adult education program. This helped launch my guitar lesson business in Bozeman.
GIBSON GUITAR 4/2001 to 1/2002
Assembly, Buff, Construction, Detail sanding, Electronics installation, Final assembly, Finish sanding, High quality control, Instrument maintenance, Instrument set-up tech, Inventory, Laborer, Neck shaping, (buttons & heel caps), Pick guard mfg., Quality control
NORTON GUITARS 3/2000 to 4/2001
Assembly, Buff, Construction, Contract writer, Delivery, Designer, Detail sanding, Electronics installation, Endorsee, Final assembly, Finish, Finish sanding, Finisher, Fretting, Gluing backs to rib structures, High quality control, Instrument maintenance, Instrument set-up tech, Inventory, Laborer, Luthier, Marketing, NAMM/Trade show representative, Neck shaping, Promoting, Quality control, R & D, Receiving/Ordering, Sales, Salesman, Sanding sealer, Set-up and tear down crew, Shipping, Stain, Stringed instrument hardware assembly technician, Telemarketing.
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Great attitude every time you came in to practice. You can tell he has a passion for what he does and that he wants you to learn and understand guitar. It was an incredible experience getting to work with him. I still have every song and music theory paper he gave me, and I still study them. All in all he is a great teacher.+ Read More
Greg helped me start playing bass and to progress to the level where I'm playing on my church's worship team 2x per month with comfort and fun! He's very knowledgeable and easy to learn from.
Gregory is a fantastic teacher! He is very knowledgeable and conveys this knowledge in a way that is easy to understand. He is attentive to the needs of his students and supportive of individual goals!
Greg is an excellent teacher. Thoroughly knowledgeable and extremely encouraging. He is able to teach you needed theory through the songs and styles you want to learn rather than forcing you through a one-size-fits-all system. You'll be glad you took lessons from him.+ Read More
Awesome! Talented musician and great teacher!
Gregory's skill and knowledge of guitar is absolutely outstanding! The best part is that his lessons are delivered in a way that are easy to understand and follow. He's opened my eyes to music theory by teaching me in a way that I can understand. Just fantastic!+ Read More