Andrew Janes- Trombone, Low Brass

Andrew is in his second year as the Trombone and Low Brass Instructor at the Community Music School. In May of 2017, Andrew received a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from The University of Connecticut, after completing his first M.M. in Trombone Performance at UConn in 2015.

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Andrew received his B.M. in Trombone Performance in 2013 from Middle Tennessee State University, where he studied trombone with Dr. David Loucky and conducting with Dr. Reed Thomas. While at MTSU, Andrew participated in several music festivals, including the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, (Powell River, British Columbia, Canada), the Eastern Music Festival (Greensboro, NC), and the Collegium Musicum Program (Pommersfelden, Germany). Success in solo and chamber performances at these festivals led to opportunities with esteemed ensembles such as the Nashville Symphony, the Huntsville Symphony (AL), and the Sewanee Symphony (TN). Andrew was also twice awarded MTSU’s Undergraduate Research and Creativity Activity Grant, which allowed him to study with and perform under significant musical figures such as trombonists Gordon Cherry, Ko-ichiro Yamamoto, and Michael Kris, as well as conductors including Jose Luis Novo, Gerard Schwarz, and Arthur Arnold. As a music educator, Andrew has worked as a Graduate Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at UConn, served as a jazz band director at the Blue Lake International Fine Arts Camp, (Muskegon, MI), and taught privately at the Community School for the Arts, in Storrs-Mansfield, Connecticut. Andrew serves as a guest conductor with ensembles around the New England region, while also frequently freelancing on trombone, guitar, and electric bass.

Andrew teaches on Mondays.

Patricia Hurley- Trumpet, Low Brass, New Horizons Band Director

Paddy founded Community Music School in 1983 in response to a need for local private music instruction to enhance the public school music programs. At the time, she was Director of Music at John Winthrop Junior High School, and soon thereafter, added the position of Band Director at Valley Regional High School. In 1991 she took a position as music instructor in the Scarsdale, NY schools, where she remained until 2005. Upon her return to Ivoryton, she found that CMS had grown considerably. She joined the Board of Directors and participated in a further expansion. Paddy is very pleased and proud that CMS is serving a large segment of our community and fulfilling a dream to make music education a viable part of the lives of its residents of all ages.

Paddy teaches Mondays and Tuesdays.

Nathan Pawelek- French Horn

A horn player and composer, Nathan attended Oberlin College and Conservatory where he received degrees in horn performance and English.  He received a master of horn performance from Yale University and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont.

Nathan played principal horn with the South Dakota Symphony and Dakota Wind Quintet for ten seasons before moving back to New England to raise his family near family.  He continues to play with QUADRE, The Voice of Four Horns, a professional horn quartet based in San Francisco (  He has worked with nationally-recognized artists, and an occasional international VIP.  Nathan attended the Tanglewood Music Festival, the European Mozart Academy in Poland, The National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO and played under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas with the New World Symphony

Since 2008, Nathan has been a regular of the horn section of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, and recently began playing with the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Germantown, TN under the direction of Michael Stern, son of Isaac Stern.

Nate teaches on Mondays.