Teachers at Lehi
Pete Swiderski- Saxophone
Pete Swiderski has been teaching private saxophone and clarinet lessons for 27 years. He has a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Brigham Young University and a Masters in School Administration. As a performer, Pete has played in a wide variety of styles and groups including the Utah All-state band, the Dixie College
Jazz Band, BYU’s Wind Symphony, BYU’S Jazz Band “Synthesis”, BYU’s Symphonic band and Jazz Ensemble. He has also played professionally in several local big bands, and funk bands as well as taught junior high band for 15 years.
Pete has studied Saxophone with Robert Stanton (UNLV), Darron Bradford, and Ray Smith (BYU). Pete’s students consistently score Superior ratings at State Solo and Ensemble, have been members of the Utah All-State Band and All-State Jazz Band and routinely receive music scholarships.
Jerry Cortez – Guitar
Jerry Cortez comes from a musical family, who grew up on the music of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Wes Montgomery, Woody Herman and Stan Getz to name a few. Jerry studied guitar with DJ Ciraulo and Tuck Andress. Jerry has been teaching privately and has taught guitar classes since January of 1980.
Jerry’s versatile teaching style stems from his performance background. Jerry has toured and recorded with singer-songwriter Jesse Colin Young, Go Ahead – a band which featured members of The Grateful Dead and Santana (Soul and R&B favorites) and Cold Blood. Since January of 2010, Jerry has been performing and recording with soul/funk legends Tower Of Power.