Thom Callen sat behind his first drum kit at age 4. By 15, he was drumming at a professional level. These days, his skills with the skins have landed him gigs with award-winning songwriters and touring funk groups. But when he's not showcasing his talents, Thom trains fellow beat keepers of all ages and skill levels at Callan Music and Drum Studio.
After seating students behind a professional set, Thom teaches basic methods, such as keeping a simple beat. He then builds upon those tricks to more advanced techniques, like executing perfect drum fills while napping. Each lesson caters to students' individual paces, as well as their favorite styles, including jazz, rock, or world rhythm. If pupils provide an SD card, Thom can even record the lessons so students can listen back afterward.
Makin Music Oreland helps instill a love of music in children with private voice and instrument lessons for all ages and skill levels. Even little kids get in on the act in parent-child classes, where the kids are handed drums or shakers to play and the parents discuss who should be the conductor when the tots form the world’s cutest orchestra.
Inside a 12,000-square-foot facility brimming with therapeutic waters and polished marble, visitors in bathing suits reap the time-honored health benefits of Russian and Turkish baths. The spa's 190-degree Russian bath invites bodies to recline on three tiers of pinewood benches and billows steam when guests pour water or toss old ice sculptures onto river rocks. The high-humidity Turkish bath, built from red brick and granite, refreshes bodies in conjunction with a cooling shower. Plunges into a 47- to 55-degree cold pool stimulate internal systems, and stints in private hydrotherapy massage tubs work deep layers of muscle with 132 jets of water.
Beyond the traditional treatments, visitors can have massage therapists knead muscles into a relaxed state, gild their bodies in a vertical tanning bed, or recline and sunbathe in an outdoor courtyard. Inside the onsite restaurant, chefs prepare Russian and American specialties, such as platters of lox and red caviar, lamb shish kebabs, and new york steaks. Juices freshly squeezed from fruit hydrate bodies, and a lounge with pool tables gives visitors a place to relax and use pool cues for something other than poking a drowsy bear.
A Pennsylvania Ballet holiday tradition for more than four decades, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker blends the sweet descant of the Philadelphia Boys Choir into the bounding melodies of Tchaikovsky’s ballet suite. An enduring holiday fantasy, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker captivates the eye and ear with toy soldiers who leap and lunge in battle with the giant Mouse King, sparkling snowflakes who twirl across the stage en pointe, and a medley of dancing confections in the Land of the Sweets. Unlike flipbook fairy tales found in wholesale crackerjack boxes, the ballet has outfitted their production with vivid costumes, complex choreography, and a talented cast to create a colorful rendition of the seasonal story.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30 Minutes or Less
Brands Used: Hohner, Weltmeister, Scandalli, Borsini, Roland, Stagi, Saltarelle
Pro Tip: Take a look at our hundreds of online video demos to see different types of accordions that we carry.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
We were able to do a emergency bellows replacement for Flogging Molly's Matt Hensley one day before their show.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Every day, we meet customers from all over the world who play their own unique styles of accordion music. It's like going to a concert in a new country every day.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I found my father's dusty old accordion in the attic at age 17. Since that first encounter, we've had about 3,000 accordions come and go, and I have seen and played every kind you can think of.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We play every one of our instruments on our YouTube channel: user libertybellows.
Daniel Cullen, founder of Rawk U School of Music, is already frets ahead of most music instructors, and a living defiance of the adage that "those who can't do, teach." It's not just because he attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music, or that he's toured the nation with his musical projects; Cullen rocks out in Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones cover bands when he's not instilling young players with shredding skills. Embracing the fact the best way to learn to play is by learning the songs you love, Cullen and the crew of Rawk U School of Music light the path for budding players with Rock Classes that usually culminate in public performances, giving students the confidence to play before crowds and the experience to outrun groupies like a pro.