Metropolitan Strings Academy


Joseph Panella (double bass, electric bass) has been performing jazz professionally for a decade, along with full-time touring and recording with the Nashville-based Annie Moses Band (http://www.anniemosesband.com/video/).

Hee studied the double bass for seven years with Dr. Marcos Machado, a student of the classical virtuosi Franco Petracchi, Duncan McTier, and Francois Rabbath.  He has also studied with Jim Widner of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and, more recently, David Pellow of the Jimmy Ponder Band.  He attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he completed a bachelor’s of Music Performance in Jazz Studies and performed in the award-winning Jazz Lab I, as well as the USM Symphony Orchestra.  During his last semester of school, he began recording and performing with the Annie Moses Band and others in Nashville.  Within a year, he had taken up residence in Nashville in order to tour full-time and eventually record with them on their 13th studio album: American Rhapsody.   He also began touring and recording with singer and American Traditions Competition winner, Joshua Carswell (http://www.joshuacarswell.com).  He has performed on various occasions with musicians such as Mike Clarke (Herbie Hancock), Tom “Bones” Malone (David Letterman Show), Chester Thompson (Genesis), Ron Block (Alison Krauss), Jimmy Wayne, and Brian Ruskin Quartet.  He offers lessons in classical and jazz double bass, as well as electric bass (bass guitar).


Taygun Ozakinci (double bass, electric bass) earned his B.M.E (with honors and a nomination as P-12 Outstanding Student-Teacher Award) in Music Education from Washburn University.  During his studies at Washburn University, he was awarded the Jazz Combo Scholarship.   He has a been a participant in master classes and clinics with Christian McBride, Victor Wooten, and James Vandemark of Eastman School of Music, as well as privately studying with other leading double bass players of Kansas City, James Albright, Gordon Lewis, and Jeff Harshbarger.  He also recently became a member of Kansas City Civic Orchestra and the Kinnor Philarmonic, Kansas City’s first orchestra devoted to Jewish traditions, both conducted by Dr. Christopher Kelts.  His dedication and love in music have allowed him to become a fine performer in both classical and jazz, and a wonderful educator.  His leadership qualities on and off the podium create a respectful and creative environment—creating a serious and effective learning environment, with a patient and friendly approach.


Taygun teaches at 15208 S. Blackbob Rd., Olathe, KS 66062.

McCarthy Mayer (double bass) holds degrees in Music Performance and Music Education from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Music Education from the University if Kansas. Playing music has allowed him to travel abroad and brought him into contact with many wonderful people. In addition to being an active bass player he also teaches middle school orchestra in Olathe, KS.

McCarthy teaches at 11806 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66210.