Educational Sales Rep
Joined in
2007
Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

Ruckus in the Papers

Expertise

Woodwinds, Guitar

Favorite Instruments

Guitar, Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Piano/Keyboard, Ukulele, Flute, Trumpet, Kazoo

Favorite Bands

moe., Tom Waits, Sublime, Antonin Dvorak, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky, Bruno Mars, The Beatles, Aaron Copland, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John Williams, Michael Kamen, Charlie Sexton Sextet, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Crooked Fiddle Band, George & Ira Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Gilbert & Sullivan, David Holsinger, Robert W. Smith, The Refreshments

Musical Interests

Rock, Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues, Hip-Hop, Funk, Anything new and different

Kenneth

Educational Sales Rep

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams." - Arthur O'Shaugnessy (and Willy Wonka)

About Me

 

Hi!  My name is Kenny Prochazka, and I am the store manager of the Chesapeake Music & Arts.  Born into a Navy family, I spent much of my youth in New Hampshire, Italy, and the Philippines, but Virginia has now been my home for over 20 years.

In the 6th grade I began playing the clarinet (although I really wanted to play the saxophone) and I took my first private lessons at the Music & Arts in Woodbridge, VA, starting around 1990.  At the end of the first year, I volunteered to play the bass clarinet (if you squint, it sort of looks like a saxophone), and was instantly hooked.  Finally, between middle and high school, after three years of begging and pleading, I got my chance to play the saxophone.  From there, it was all downhill into the land of carrying 5 different types of reeds around with me. 

In my musical career, I have been fortunate enough to play with: Concert, Marching, Jazz and Pep bands at two different high schools and in college; the All-Virginia Band in 1996; the Orange(VA) Community Band in 1997; and the Tidewater Winds concert band from 1996-1999.  These performances took me from the mountains of Virginia to the Oceanfront, from Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey to Walt Disney World in Florida, and from Toronto, Canada to the Prince's Palace in Monaco.

I have also played guitar and saxophone in several local rock bands, including Jet Noise, GPS, The Jimmies and Upside.  In 2012, we put together an employee (and teacher) band from within our Chesapeake Music & Arts family, calling ourselves Ruckus in the Papers.  Playing an eclectic mix of acoustic soul, blues, rock, funk and hip-hop, we have appeared all over Hampton Roads, from private parties with state political figures to the men's clothing section of a local department store.

I began my Music & Arts career in the fall of 2007, jumping into the middle of a very busy school rental season, and I could not be happier to have found such a great home and outlet for sharing my love of music.

The Chesapeake Music & Arts is proud to support public and private schools in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, and north-eastern North Carolina.  And we carry the instruments and supplies that you need for back-to-school.  We also actively support the Tidewater Music Teachers' Forum (TMTF) by hosting some of their monthly meetings and keeping their materials on hand.  We regularly host instrument petting zoos at performances of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra(VSO).  And recently, we were fortunate enough to attend and host an instrument petting zoo at the annual convention for the Home Educators Association of Virginia(HEAV). 

Music & Arts is here to help you with whatever musical needs you may have: Guitar teachers, Piano teachers, Violin teachers, Voice teachers, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Viola, Cello, Bass, Drumset, Percussion, Electric Bass, Trumpet, French Horn and Trombone teachers, to name quite a few, instruments from handmade Eastman Guitars to Yamaha Digital Pianos and Buffet Clarinets, accessories, rentals and sheet music galore!

Stop by and check us out.  We look forward to seeing you!

 

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