Jimmy Hank Williams’ interest in music began as a child pounding out tunes on the family piano and drum kit. Growing up in Austin, Hank fell deeply in love with his local guitar-slinger heroes Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughn as well as other types of music.
Hank began his stage life at the age of 15 playing in a friend’s father’s country band and has never looked back. Currently, Hank plays music in Odessa Rose, a Denver based Americana Swing band, and can be seen performing all around the Denver area.
Hank began teaching in 2003 and has found inspiration in the wonder every new student brings as well as in the evolving discussion of what music brings to each of us. Hank now lives in the Regis neighborhood of Denver with his wife, three children and cat (Otis Redding). Check out Hank’s band at www.odessarosewest.com.
Brian started piano lessons and singing at age 6 in small-town Kansas. He performed in churches and theaters throughout his childhood and early adulthood, including stints as the Scarecrow in his high school’s production of the Wizard of Oz, and touring with his college summer-camp band in the early 1990s. He studied theater and music in college, where he first picked up guitar. With guitar in hand, he has entertained children and adults alike wherever he has lived, including Tokyo, Austin, Washington, DC, and now Denver.
Brian first joined Rocky Mountain Aardvarks accompanying classes on the guitar in 2012, and has loved each opportunity to join tots and their grown-ups since then. His other day jobs include freelance photography and writing. When he isn’t working, you’re likely to find Brian hiking in the mountains, or planning his next road trip. He can’t wait to play and sing with you all very soon!
Mark was born and raised in Colorado and began playing piano as a young boy. Early on he was inspired by his Grandmother, an incredible musician who played piano and organ in the old silent movie houses. She taught him the importance of sharing music, and that is something that he has always carried with him.
Mark continued to play piano and trumpet until an athletic career took him from high school to the University of Kansas where Track and Field became the top priority. After college Mark returned to Colorado and rediscovered his love for music. He learned how to play mandolin and guitar, finding his chops out on the road playing some of the largest festivals in the country including Wakarusa, Summer Camp, 10K Lakes, and Shangi-La.
Now Mark makes his home in Lakewood, and although not touring as much he keeps busy playing in a few local bands, and as the music director for a church. When not playing music, Mark can be found raising a young daughter and playing in the mountains. Mark is excited to bring his love of kids and passion for music to the Rocky Mountain Aardvarks.