Meet the Team


Donovan Bankhead

Vice President

Donovan is the Vice President of Springfield Music, and has worked hard to position Springfield Music along with three other co-owned music retail stores to be fun, full service experiences for customers throughout Missouri and the surrounding states. He is highly-involved in the music industry, can often be found speaking at area universities, NAMM or NASMD, and is a bass guitarist and trumpet player. In additi...

Justin Bernal


Justin has been playing music since the mid 70's!  From strings in grade school to band in junior high, Justin finally found his voice through bass guitar in 1986. He graduated from the Musicians Institute in Performing Arts soon after. Justin recorded in Eddie Kramer's studio at Capital Records during the 90′s and was active in the Holly Wood Bowl working the Playboy Jazz festival among other events...

AJ Moore


A.J. Moore has been involved in music since he started piano lessons all the way back when he was in 2nd grade. His musical background ranges from piano and guitar, to vocals, songwriting, and professional audio engineering. His musical career has included involvement in several bands throughout the past 10 years, and having worked in a professional recording studio. A.J. has his B.S. in Electronic Arts: Au...


Ben Wemhoener


Ben Wemhoener is KC based studio musician. He studied Classical and Jazz Guitar at the University of Central Missouri, and has performed in various acts across the United States. He is proficient in all styles and teaches with an emphasis on music theory. Ben gives lessons for Guitar, Bass, Uke, Mandolin, Beginning Voice and Beginning Piano lessons at Funky Munky Music. For more information about our Private Mus...

Brandon Hudspeth


Guitarist, singer and songwriter Brandon Hudspeth was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and began taking guitar lessons soon after hearing Johnny Cash on Sesame Street.  By the time he reached high school, he started playing weekend gigs around the Tulsa area. Soon after high school, he moved to the Kansas City area where he freelanced with many bands, eventually forming his own band, Levee Town. His band has re...

Brian Thomas


Brian Thomas has taught at Springfield Music KC for over 3 years. He has over 10 years of teaching experience involving both private and group guitar.  "As a worship leader at my local church, I enjoy equipping my students and other guitar players with not only foundational guitar skills, but also with practical knowledge in how to incorporate their skills into the context of a group or the role of accompa...

Lauren Thomas


Lauren Thomas teaches piano from a traditional perspective, with a focus on practical theory and integration of student preferences. She received classical piano education from age 7 through community college, where she studied music under a performance scholarship. She is part of a church worship team, as a keyboardist, vocalist, etc. She loves teaching young students and adult students alike.

Larry Crabtree


Larry has been teaching lessons professionally since 1989. He has taught at Big Dude’s Music City, Raymore Music, Music Stand, Music Gallery, and since 2008 at Funky Munky Music. Larry has been playing and performing as a musician since the age of 7. His father was a well known Country guitarist in Kansas City, and taught him the basics. Larry learned much by sitting in on jam sessions hosted by his fathe...

E.T. Thomas


When you embark upon your musical journey with E.T. you'll have"A Musical Experience That's Out Of This World!" An accomplished musician with over 40 years of experience, E.T. has shared the stage with many of the greatest musical artists of this day, including Morris Day, Arrested Development,and many more. E.T. Thomas is a native of Kansas City. He attended college at Tarkio College, Long Beach City College, ...

Bob Scagliotti


Bob Scagliotti teaches strings lessons including violin, viola, cello, and bass, at Funky Munky Music. He also teaches beginning Mandolin. His professional experience includes 6 years as Bassist with the KC Philharmonic, 20 years as Principal Bassist with the St. Joseph Symphony, plus additional engagements with the Lyric Opera, Starlight Theater. His most recent experience is with the Dixie Doodlers, KCJQ, th...

Donivan Bailey


Donivan Bailey is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. In addition to performing with Alaadeen & Group 21, The Kansas City Symphony Chorus, leading his own groups, and working as a freelance musician, Donivan is also a composer and producer. He has performed and recorded as a drummer with many of Kansas City’s most noted musicians, like Bobby Watson, The McFadden Brothers, Delynia Brown, and Cedric Patters...

Andrew Bonci


Andrew S Bonci Jr was born and raised in Mission, Kansas and has spent all of his life in the Kansas City Metro Area. Andrew has played viola since he was nine years old and guitar since he was eleven. Andrew is an alum of Shawnee Mission North High School where he graduated with honors in the top ten of his graduating class. During his time at Shawnee Mission North, Andrew participated in nearly every music op...

Rick Mareske


Rick has played guitar since 1967. He studied classical guitar at UMKC under Douglas Niedt, studied applied jazz theory with John Elliot, composition with Jeffery Ruckman and jazz guitar with Danny Embrey. Rick currently plays in several local bands: The Cynthia Van Roden Trio, Gypsy Fingers, Last Free Exit and Detour.

Nicholas Raimondi


Nicholas Raimondi is a lifelong musician, hailing from Deerfield, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Nicholas has been playing instruments since he was in grade school, starting with guitar and piano. While piano is Nicholas’ primary instrument, he also is an accomplished saxophonist and clarinetist, having played both through high school and college. He serves as a woodwind and piano teacher for Springfield Music. ...

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