At Volume 11 Music our Lesson program is designed for everyone no matter your age or level of play. From the beginner to the advanced student our instructors will set up a lesson plan that's fun and informative to get you playing the instrument of your choice. All Styles Tought
Lessons | Guitar | Bass Guitar | Drum Set
Lessons are a $125.00 monthly tuition for a 30min sessions at the same time each week. Tuition is paid directly to the instructor.
Meet Our Instructors
Guitar & Bass Guitar
Rik Lawhorne began his musical career by studying privately with Jazz Virtuoso Pete Sellers. He was a professional guitar instructor for Roberson’s Music in Fredericksburg, Virginia for 35 years. Rik has been performing throughout the mid-Atlantic area since the mid-1980s. During this time, Rik has performed a wide variety of musical styles including, but not limited to rock, blues, country, and jazz. He has opened concerts for national artists including Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, JoDee Messina, Diamond Rio, Shenandoah, and Little Texas.In addition to having songs that he wrote and performed aired on East Coast radio stations, Rik’s skills have also been recognized in several national music publications such as Guitar Player and G-Force magazines.
Christian de Mesones
ABOUT BIG NEW YORK
2021 was a breakout year for bassist and composer Christian de Mesones. His debut solo album, “They Call Me Big New York” features 25 national recording artists, has garnered multiple top-ten singles and is closing in on 2 million streams on Spotify. His 2020 single, “Big Tall Wish” was featured on the Dave Koz Lounge show on Watercolors Sirius XM and reached #6 on the Groove Jazz/RadioWave chart. Jazziz Magazine featured a fan favorite from the album, “Year of the Dragon,” in its World Music edition, and the song reached #1 on the Radio Guitar One Network. His latest single, “Hispanica (Instrumental)” featuring legendary pianist Bob James, delivers de Mesones his greatest chart success to date, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Airplay chart and landing solidly near or at the top of MediaBase, RadioWave, SmoothJazz.com, and Groove Jazz charts. de Mesones also reached #1 on Allen Kepler’s Smooth Jazz Network Top 100 Chart, was one of their Breakout Artist nominees for 2021 and was nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year on SoulTracks.com for the second year in a row. de Mesones rounded out a stellar year as the STLSmoothJazz.com Central Standard Time Show’s Artist of the Year for 2021, and Brian Culbertson featured “Hispanica (Instrumental)” in his SiriusXM Radio Watercolors “Year in Review” show as one of the Top 25 Songs of 2021
Christian has been playing bass for over 40 years. He graduated from the Bass Institute of Technology (Now the Musician’s Institute) in Hollywood, California, and has been part of musical groups from all over the country, including bands out of Hawaii, Hollywood, New York City, Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, DC. For the past ten years, de Mesones has wowed audiences with his unique compositions, as well as his distinctive vision as a band leader. His sound is best described as “smooth grooves and funky soul with a Latin flair,” and he has a reputation of presenting a large ensemble featuring many of the most talented artists in the DMV. He has opened for several national recording artists, including Down to the Bone, Marion Meadows, Chuck Brown, and Roberta Flack, and his projects have performed at the Capital Jazz and Lake Arbor Jazz festivals in Maryland; the 2 Street Festival in Richmond; The Carlyle Club in Alexandria; Bethesda Blues & Jazz, and he has sold out multiple shows at the legendary Blues Alley Supper club in Washington, DC. de Mesones makes his debut at the Birchmere in March 2022.
Drum Instructor & Keyboards
Mark Dunn is a full-time touring guitarist with regional and national acts but is now headlining shows. Loved by audiences across Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region, Mark is a master of the six-string and shows you why he is in demand onstage and in the studio. He is a CMA Award nominee for Touring Musician of the year 2014, and 2008 Georgia Musician of the Year, awarded by his musical peers in that state. His voice and talent keeps Rock and Roll alive. He’s a performer, singer, and artist
It all started when he was young. He was raised a military brat and born in Iceland, but his family eventually settled in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area - an area well known for its love of live music. Mark was raised around guitar players - youngest of 5, Mark’s brothers played guitar at some level. So, he began to learn - having Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughn as his inspiration. By the time he was a teenager Mark was playing professionally. He has since found himself opening for national acts such as Tim Reynolds/TR3, John5 as well as Ana Popovich. Mark has put together events such as “One Night One Stage”, an incredibly successful show that includes fellow musicians and celebrates rock and roll with everyone. Mark has been signed by Nine North Records and the new release will be coming in October called Top Gear.
For All Styles and Genres of Music!
Multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and composer
Mr. Huppuch began his study of music and performance at the age of six. His first instrument was the piano and was taught by Mrs. Mage Ring; Director of piano studies at the Conservatory of Shenandoah, Winchester Virginia. He continued to study and perform at the piano while endeavoring in the field of percussion and drum set at the age of 13. Christopher played in several school music organizations such as, marching, jazz and concert bands. Soon after graduating high school, Mr. Huppuch studied Percussion Performance at the University of Georgia Southwestern. During his time at GSW, mr. Huppuch began to compose and perform percussion music for local music Organizations in the area. Notably, the community Orchestra and choir, musical theatre and the local high school band drum line. Mr. Huppuch included the study of guitar and Contrabass to his arsenal of instruments.
After college, Mr. Huppuch moved to Washington DC and began to perform with a local rock and jazz fusion band. The latter saw the opportunity to perform at various locations in the DC area and performed with notable musicians, such as, Wynton Marsalis and Dizzy Gillespie. Not resting on his current position, Mr Huppuch picked up his sticks and enlisted in the Marine Corps Band. A two year stint was short-lived and transferred to Aviation inspection when the Gulf War broke out. Soon, Mr Huppuch ended his tour in the Marine Corps and went back to College and earned a degree in instrumental music education. At Jacksonville State University, Mr. Huppuch added violin, viola, cello, trumpet, trombone Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone to include in his Bachelor of Arts and license. Teaching in various public and private school systems, Mr Huppuch also began to compose more and had the privilege to perform with Charlie Daniels . All the while, publishing several pieces of Percussion music for education, full arrangements for other artists and film projects. Mr Huppuch’s future intentions are to continue to spread music for inspiring students and compose for other unnamed projects.