The TG School of Music Teaching Staff
Johnny B. Gayden - Bass
Born in Chicago in 1953 and raised on the South side of the city. He began playing bass when he was twelve years old after being influenced by a guitar playing friend. Johnny was soon playing along with the radio listening to some of his favorite artists including: The Beatles, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Vanilla Fudge, The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. He was self-taught until high school by listening to the various styles of Willie Dixon, Paul McCartney, James Jamerson, Jack Bruce and Robert "Kool" Bell.
The first band that Johnny toured with was Son Seals in 1973. He ended up making four cd's with Son, before touring with the Staples Singers. In 1979, Johnny hooked up with legendary Albert Collins - and from that point on, his career was one that most musicians only dream about.
Johnny recorded nine cd's and numerous DVD's with Albert. The band also won a Grammy Award for the Alligator recording "Showdown" with Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland and Robert Cray. Johnny always speaks very highly of The Ice Man. "Albert was a dear friend and mentor," he says reverently, "like a father figure to me more so than a boss. He was someone who could touch you in a way that you could not help but love the man. I learned a lot from Albert".
After Albert's' death in 1993, Johnny did a lot of studio recording for Alligator Records and his career total so far is close to 100 recordings. He has been honored to record with Johnny Winter, Gary Moore, John Primer, Son Seals, A.C. Reed, Junior Wells and KoKo Taylor just to name a few. Johnny is a nine-time W.C. Handy nominee for the Instrumentalist-Bass category, a testament to his longevity as one of the best.
Although most of the recording Johnny has done has been with Blues artists, his taste in music reaches far beyond the Blues. Some of his idols today are Willie Dixon, Marcus Miller, Larry Graham, Jaco Pastorius, Alain Caron, John Patitucci, Chuck Rainey, Flea, Mark King and Stanley Clarke. He states, "I like to listen to any bass player than can lay down a groove."
Johnny currently resides in Indiana not far from his hometown of Chicago. He continues to do studio work and teaches bass to a few dozen students of all ages with skill levels, ranging from beginners to those who just want to learn a few of Johnny's famous lines to impress their friends. While Johnny mostly plays with local bands these days - and just because he still loves to carve a groove - he still enjoys getting together with his old friends from Chicago and rocking the house.
Tim Hochstetler - Guitar
Guitarist and Composer who specializes in Jazz, Fusion, Latin, Rock and Classical. Studied Classical at Bethel and Goshen College, then Jazz at the University of Oregon, and finally Graduating from the Berklee School of Music in 2003, he has studied with many accomplished musicians and composers, such as: Wayne Krantz of Steely Dan and the Wayne Krantz Group, Tiger Okoshi of the Gary Burton Group, Dave Samuals of Spyra Gyra, Mike Denny, Don Latarski, Steve Harris, Matthias Stegmann, Norman Zocher, Mark White, Jon Damian, Tomo Fujita, Jim Kelly, Bret Willmott, Bruce Saunders, and many others. Tim is currently playing with several Jazz combos while also teaching Jazz Studies at Indiana University in South Bend. He has performed and taught professionally for almost 20 years. He is currently the Director of the TG School of Music.
Heres a list of our current staff:
Guitar, Composition, and Theory
Guitar, Piano, Mandolin
Johnny B. Gayden
Daren B. Bergstresser
More to come…
Here are some other teachers that have blessed our school in the past:
Mandolin, Beginning guitar
Piano, Keyboards, and Organ
of the mighty tiny
from The Great Escape
FBI Blues Band
Goldmine Pickers and Steele Wheels