Ron Gordon

lives in Schenectady and started a ukulele club about five years ago. He's played music since learning the cello and piano at age 3. A special-education teacher, administrator and counselor at Wildwood School,  he plays several string instruments and has been performing and teaching Old Time Music, Blues, Ukulele, Mandolin, Claw Hammer Banjo and  Jug Band music for over 30 years.  Ron's website. offers instructional resources for traditional, acoustic American music to further your musical evolution. Instruments include guitar, banjo, ukulele, and mandolin. There you can explore arrangements, sound files and scans of rare music.

Deb Guarneiri

is local to Central NY, has taught general music K-12 and continues to maintain a piano studio.  Her interest in Hawaiian music and culture intensified in 2009 with a trip to the Islands, followed by starting a group for ukulele players in CNY.  She has had the opportunity to work with the Aloha Boys on the East coast and has several Hawaiian friends who are a valuable resource for pronunciation and songs.  She teaches beginning ukulele classes and a Hawaiian song class at the Canastota Library, and working as an artist in residence at the local schools teaching and performing Hawaiian music.   Deb is involved in developing ULiSSys, an ukulele support system for limb disabled players.  She has been named a partner with the Ukulele Kids Club of America for her creative solutions to inclusion of the disabled to ukulele circles .  She is a member of the CNYAMT( Association of Music Teachers) and the UGH(Ukulele Guild of Hawaii).

Randy Pollok

is a music teacher in Rochester, who offers lessons in piano, organ, guitar, ukulele and other instruments.  He is the music director at First Presbyterian Church in Brockport and is a Rochester Ukulele Orchestra and clarinet quartet member.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in music at Illinois State University and is a dedicated instructor with specialized programs for recreational learners and aspiring professional artists. Randy helps to lead and teach the Rochester Ukulele Support Group and teaches workshops at Bernunzio Uptown Music. He teaches group ukulele classes at the Hochstein School of Music.

Norman Tibbils

holds a Bachelor of Music with a major in Jazz Guitar and a minor in Classical Guitar from the University of Miami; NYS Teacher Certification from Nazareth College of Rochester and Eastman School of Music; Master of Science in Instructional Design from Rochester Institute of Technology.  Norman performs in a wide range of styles including classical, jazz, and world music. Playing classical guitar, he has toured the U.S. with the Paul Winter Consort, and playing electric guitar appeared in the hit rock musical Rooms at Geva Theatre. Playing jazz, his full calendar of gigs as a solo guitarist keeps him very busy indeed.  Norman teaches guitar and ukulele at Music&Arts  in Pittsford, NY.

Justin Rister

is a musician, educator and instrument repair specialist in the Rochester area. He has taught bass privately and at several area colleges. Justin is currently the Bass Technician at Stringed Instrument Services and bassist for the The Moho Collective.