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Jim Pelz

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Hi! I've taught at Willis Music since 2003, where its been my pleasure to teach guitar, electric bass, mandolin, and Scruggs-style 5-string banjo.

I have been playing and teaching professionally for 30+ years.

Before graduating from the College-Conservatory of Music at U.C., I attended the highly regarded Berklee College of Music on scholarship in Boston, MA.

As a professional musician, I've performed with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Dionne Warwick, The Four Freshman, Cab Calloway, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Drifters, and Ringling Bros./Barnum & Bailey Circus. And I've been in bands that have opened for Chuck Berry, the Romantics, the Marshall Tucker Band, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, and others.

My Americana/bluegrass group, Hickory Robot, plays regularly around Cincinnati. We've released two CDs, Firefly and Sawyer, and have been nominated for several Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.You can check us out at:


In addition, I released my first solo CD in 2015. For more information, visit me at:


I teach many styles of music, including Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues, and Country. I accept beginning students, advanced students, and everyone in between.

I believe every student is an individual, who needs instruction that takes into account their goals, strengths and weaknesses. I emphasize the value of proper technique, musical education, efficient daily practice, and keeping it fun.

I’m pleased to bring my many years of teaching, recording, and performing to our lessons, and look forward to sharing my experience with you - hope to hear from you soon!

  1. Conservatory trained
  2. 30+ years professional experience
  3. Accepts beginners to advanced
  4. Toured nationally and internationally
  5. Teaches guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bass
  6. Featured on 7 CDs
  7. Proficient in Rock, Bluegrass, Jazz, Country, and Blues

Send an email to jimpelz.jp@gmail.com

PO Box 474
Hanover PA, 17331

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