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TEACHING STAFF

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ROBERT MELENDEZ

Director, Piano Teacher

California native Robert lives for music. Robert is a classically trained musician that enjoys a steady musical diet of Worship music in many styles including Funk, Soul, and Latin. From humble beginnings as a brass musician to cross-country travels as a bassist, Robert has learned the tools of the trade from some of the best in the industry. Robert blames his passion for music on his late father who sang to him every morning of his childhood. Robert, now a Grammy Member, believes that music has the ability to transform lives and worship.

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DAWN VINK

Piano Teacher

Dawn is a member of Visalia Christian Reformed Church where she served as Music Director and Worship Leader for 12 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Music and Education from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and has 25 years of experience teaching music in the regular classrooms as well as teaching individual piano lessons. Dawn is currently the accompanist for the High School choirs at Central Valley Christian Schools. Dawn has always loved music and playing the piano, especially in a worship setting with other instrumentalists and singers. What better way to use God’s gifts than in worship?!

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JAKE PASION-GONZALES

Guitar, Piano, Drums Teacher

I am 22 years old and a student at San Jose State University, where I am studying to get my bachelors in music. I have sang and studied voice in college and been a part of San Jose State’s choir program. I’ve actively played the drums for 2 years now. I’ve also played guitar for 6 years and have played various gigs in the Bay Area as well as the Central Valley, including on the worship team at Neighborhood Church in Visalia. I currently write music, and practice guitar and singing every day. I am passionate about teaching and sharing my talents with others.

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LANI GORZEMAN

Piano Teacher

Lani Gorzeman has been playing piano for many years. She began her lessons at six years old and by the age of sixteen, was playing for church services. She has played the piano, keyboard, and church organ for many Sunday services, weddings, choirs, and special music. She currently attends Tulare Community Church where she helps out with playing in the band and scheduling praise teams. She also puts together the Sunday morning worship sets.

She has taught at Fusion since its beginning and has seen many students take their first steps on stage with the praise band. She loves to encourage new students to give of their best for the glory of God. It’s her joy to see them join the band and be part of worship team leadership. What a blessing it is to see Fusion students playing with the praise team on Sunday mornings!

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JACOB ZSIDO

Bass Teacher

Jacob Zsido is a member of Visalia Nazarene Church and has been playing bass for the worship team there since 2011. He began playing upright bass at the age of eleven and taught himself electric bass at the age of thirteen. Being one of the few bass players at Mt. Whitney High School, Jacob filled the bass-player need for both orchestra classes and the marching band during his time there. He is a student as CSU Fresno and feels a definite calling to teach. He loves using his music talent to glorify God, and longs to teach others to do the same.

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MANDI BERNAL

Piano, Voice Teacher

Mandi Bernal is a voice and piano teacher, but currently teaches choir full time at Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified school district. Mandi first started playing piano and singing when she was 5 years old at Visalia Music School. After seeing the movie Titanic, she was inspired to sing like Celine Dion, and took every choir class available to her. Mandi went on to study Vocal music and music education at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and at Fresno Pacific University. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education, and is a credentialed teacher. She has volunteered in worship ministry at several churches including her home church, Visalia First, where she worked full-time as a Worship Arts Associate for several years. Mandi is an experienced Worship Leader and pianist, as well as a voice, piano, and choir teacher. Mandi and her husband currently live in Visalia with their cat JoJo Binks.

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STEVE WALKER

Guitar Teacher

Steve J Walker is a talented worship pastor and singer/songwriter from Tulare, California. He has been teaching for several years now and has instructed multiple students who have gone on to become respected musicians in the community. He began playing music as a saxophonist at the age of nine. At fourteen, he joined the church praise team and eventually branched out and became a multi-instrumentalist (voice, keyboards, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, saxophone, bass, and drums). To date, he has been a worship leader for over 20 years. He has performed in multiple bands spanning various genres of music; such as worship, pop, classic rock, blues, funk, country, jazz, hard rock, metal, and Latin.

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STEVE WISE

Drums Teacher

Steve is currently Playing Drums for First Christian Reformed Church in Hanford, CA. He also teaches at Kings River-Hardwick, full time along with about 25 private students a week. He has a passion for music and students that want to learn how to do what he has enjoyed doing his entire life !!

His current student load includes, drums, piano, guitar, bass, as well as vocals… Although drums are his favorite to teach as well as play. After returning to the valley from Nashville, TN… He also began manufacturing his own custom drums, “It’s easier to collect them that way!” He looks forward to being on the Fusion team and seeing what God has in store for all our dedicated and passionate young musicians.

100 E Inyo Ave, Tulare, CA 93274

P.O. Box 1319, Tulare, CA 93275

office@fusionschoolofmusic.org

(559) 372-3118

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