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Michael Newell

Michael Newell is an Abbeville, SC Native and founder of the Newell's Music Lesson Program, as well as the Newell's Music retail store. In 1980 he graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. After, he toured around the country with Top 40 and show bands before settling down in Greenwood, SC. His main instruments of choice are acoustic, electric, and bass guitar. Michael has over 50 years playing experience as well as over 35 years of teaching experience. 


Adam Alberson is a Greenville, SC native and has been working at Newell's Music since 2016. He graduated from Lander University in 2018 with a BS in Music Education, and began teaching at Newell's in 2019. Adam is the co-founder of a local blues band called Man on the Moon, and plays on the Worship Team at Northside Baptist church. His main instruments of choice are acoustic and electric guitar, drums, and ukulele. He met his wife while attending Lander University, and they became parents in September 2020 to an adorable baby boy, Dean. Adam has over 15 years of playing experience.


Johnathan Lagroon is a Greenwood, SC native and graduate of Greenwood High School. He is a 2017 graduate from the Atlanta Institute of Music in Music Technology and Production. Johnathan is currently touring with a Celebrity All Star Band playing around the East Coast, as well as with the local band Bert & Pope. His main instrument of choice are the drums, and he has been playing them for as long as he can remember. His family will say he started playing rhythms on household items as soon as he learned to walk. Johnathan has over 20 years of playing experience and over 5 years teaching experience.   


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