guitar / folk
Jimmy Bilbrey was born and raised in Cookeville, TN. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Tennessee Tech University, where he graduated in 1990. Jimmy teaches violin, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, dulcimer, and harmony singing.
Tyler Langford is a native of Cookeville, and has been pursuing music since childhood. Immediately following his high school graduation, Ty went on to serve five years of active duty in the Marine Corps, serving in Washington D.C., Hawaii, and Afghanistan. Ty currently serves in the Army National Guard and attends Tennessee Tech as a full-time student, majoring in Music Business and Accounting. He studies upright bass with Professor Steve Benne, and composition with Dr. Greg Danner. Ty has been a member of many ensembles at TTU, including the University Orchestra, Jazz Bands, Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, and a string quartet. Ty also performs with the Swing Street Jazz Orchestra, based out of Cookeville. Ty has been a member of Stevens Street Baptist Church since 2013, and serves in the orchestra and as the Worship Ministry Intern. He began teaching composition and bass lessons at the School of Performing Arts in June of 2015.
Jennifer grew up here in Cookeville, where her parents home-schooled her and her four brothers. Music was not a central focus in their home, but the family was constantly listening to classical and folk music. Jennifer taught herself piano for a couple years before taking up the classical guitar in 9th grade through the inspiration of her older brother. They traveled monthly to Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro to study under an incredibly talented master’s student from Venezuela, Salome Sandoval. A wonderful singer and classical guitarist, Salome’s performing and teaching crystallized Jennifer's love of music into a permanent part of her life. After a year of voice lessons during her senior year of high school, she followed her brother to MTSU on a guitar scholarship, majoring in guitar performance and vocal/general education. In college, Jennifer continued to pursue her vocal studies along with her guitar lessons. She discovered the joys of singing in a choir and playing with other musicians, and was introduced to the challenges, terrors, and joys of being a solo classical performer. In 2012, Jennifer graduated and moved back to Cookeville, where she is thrilled to be making a living passing on her love of music to private students, as well as singing in our local community choir, the Mastersingers. When not doing music, she enjoys reading, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, and attending musical and theatrical performances.