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About Gilford Cole

Allen Cole
Gilford Cole
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Richmond, VA
Speaks: English
Instructs: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Education: Virginia Commonwealth University
Performance Experince: Clarinetist with My Son the Doctor (Klezmer), Original Elbe Musikanten (German), Rumble Seat Revival & Antique Melody Show (jazz/pastiche). Saxophonist with Spectrum, Jack Diamond & Friends. Continentals Big Band & Swing Shift Jazz Combo. Woodwind doubler with Virginia Repertory Theatre, Lee Playhouse, TheatreVirginia & Blackbirds of Broadway 1999 Tour. Freelance with Richmond Symphony/Virginia Opera, Commonwealth Chamber Ensemble, Elana Lisa & the Hot Mess, Julius Pittman Revival, Gypsy Roots.
Teaching Experience: 26 years, with Jacobs Music, Boykins Music, Mechanicsville Music. Instructor on band staff at James River HS, Colonial Heights HS, Lee-Davis HS & Stonewall Jackson MS at various times. At Midlothian Store since 1996.
Teaching Philosphy: The primary goal is make music viable as a pastime. Students should develop solid basic skills & knowledge not only to service the ensembles in which they play, but to explore their own curiosity and find the passions that will shape this as a lifelong source of enjoyment. I believe in presenting basic skills in a way that trains the ear as well as the fingers, and in providing experiences which show them WHY we do what we do. A good teacher is ultimately leading students to teach themselves.

Get to know Gilford Cole

I'm a native of Richmond, VA, attending Hermitage HS and Virginia Commonwealth University, and have been a working musician since 1979. While majoring in Clarinet in college, I became more involved with the saxophone and spent the first 20 years of my career playing and writing for horn sections of various rock and jazz groups, and as a woodwind doubler in theatre pit orchestras. In 1999, I toured the US & Europe in the stage band for Blackbirds of Broadway.

In more recent years, I've been more involved in freelance work, particularly in niche bands (Klezmer, German, Jazz, Western Swing) playing Clarinet. Since 2007, I've also been music director at Bethlehem Baptist Church, where I lead the choir & praise team and also play guitar and bass. One of my greatest strengths as a teacher is this variety of performance experiences as well as an intimate knowledge of how band & orchestra instruments interface with rhythm instruments, and how musicians who read music can interface with non-readers.

In my spare time I enjoy bicycling, amateur radio (c/s N4JRI) and photography.

Gilford Cole teaches at:
9712 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235
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8980 Quioccasin Road
Richmond, VA 23229
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  • Returns Allowed
  • Ship To Store
  • Curbside Pickup
  • Lessons
  • Rentals