Jonathan McBee grew up listening to all kinds of music in his house whether it be rock, country, blues, folk or gospel and he loved to play and sing, learning the piano, French horn and mandolin at an early age. But his world changed at the age of 13 when he got his first guitar!
Jonathan played acoustic and electric guitar throughout high school and college and also learned to play the bass guitar. He worked as a solo artist and with a few different bands. He took vocal lessons and coaching from several great teachers including Annette Shives Day and Dr. Paul Stenger of Shepherd College. After playing for many years, he studied guitar with Tom Blickenstaff and Alan Mason in Hagerstown, MD and then started teaching guitar, bass, vocals and mandolin in 1995.
In 2003 Jonathan opened a guitar store, The Red Guitar in Berkeley Springs and then joined forces with Adam Kary in 2010 at BlackCat Music Shop teaching private and group sessions including The BlackCat School of Rock. Jonathan moved to Manhattan, Kansas in 2012 and taught music at the area Junior-Senior High School, The Adult and Community Education Center and also at Rick’s Music Shop. In Kansas he also studied music to include piano instruction at Kansas State University. A move in 2017 to Hebron, Nebraska gave Jonathan a chance to teach music and work as a paraprofessional educator at Thayer Central Junior/Senior High School.
Jonathan happily returned home to Berkeley Springs in 2020 to teach students of all ages at BlackCat Music Shop and BlackCat Music Cooperative. Through the Cooperative, Jonathan started the Circle 6 Guitar Club for high school students, the BCMC Youth Vocal Group and created an adult singing group, Berkeley Sings. Jonathan also serves as the lead mentor and instructor in the Youth Mentorship Program.
Mike Kligerman, artist and musician is a multi-instrumentalist who, when not performing, teaches others to enjoy guitar, violin, viola, bass, and above all, the humble ukulele. The Tri-State Ukeclectic Orchestra, began with players who took free First Friday uke lessons at the BlackCat Music Shop. When the group kept returning and progressing, they formed a ukulele band. The popularity of the Ukeclectics grew with frequent gigs, expanding repertoire, and smiling audiences. In late 2018, Maestro Mike founded the Young Yukes, ages 8 to 15, who soon placed third in the 2019 Morgan County Has Talent Show.
Mike formerly played violin in the Nairobi (Kenya) Opera Orchestra, taught at the Kenya Conservatory of Music, and was Principal viola in the Montgomery Philharmonic Orchestra. He taught folk guitar at Glen Echo Park for over 35 years, and is the Arthur Godfrey Chair of Ukulele at the Washington Conservatory of Music. A restless soul, Mike also paints, sculpts, raises chickens and loves teaching.