Ignite School of Music @St. Pete First

Ignite School of Music is a community and church outreach to teach students and adults musical knowledge in theory and performance in order to bring praise to God.  

Both the teacher and student will grow more aware of their instrument, and learn important goals for excellence in a Christian environment. 


Sign Up: All appointments are made with instructors at their available times


Cost: Lessons are $25.00 per lesson, paid at the start of the month


John Richardson


John graduated Countryside High School in 1997 and achieved an Associates Degree in Fine Arts from Saint Petersburg College, a Bachelors in Music from University of South Florida and eventually a Masters in Music and Jazz Piano Performance from University of South Florida. In 2001 John began teaching private piano lessons. In 2008 John became part of the Saint Pauls School of Clearwater adjunct music faculty and in 2014 worked as a part time adjunct faculty member for the Saint Pete College MIRA program.  In 2016 John won the Steinway & Son’s Top Music Teacher Award. In 2018 John joined the Players School of Music.John plays the Hammond organ and second keyboards/synthesizer for St. Pete First

David Rowell


A native of Louisville, Kentucky, David has over 30 years of musical performance experience.  He is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he earned a Master’s in Music and holds a Bachelor’s in Music from Furman University.  At the age of 5 years old, he began playing piano and has been playing electric bass and guitar since the age of 10.  In 2014 he joined the team at Park Place Church as a chief musician, where he performs weekly and teaches master classes in music. He also serves as an audio engineer for Father’s Heart Ministries.   

Throughout his career, he has performed with a wide variety of musicians in diverse musical styles, including rock, jazz, classical, Christian contemporary, Middle-Eastern pop, and Latin music. He has also studied and performed with some extremely accomplished musicians, including Ian Bracchitta, Matt Olson, Steve Watson, Craig Wagner, Tom Ewing, Land of Color, Jay Bocook and Hussam Al-Aydi.  

He has been sharing his passion for music by instructing students in guitar and bass for 15 years, teaching fundamental and advanced technique, music theory, improvisation, sight reading, history, proper care for the instrument, and functional performance in a variety of styles.





Angela grew up a Preacher's Kid in Monroe, LA where her love for the Lord and her love for music led her to receive her Bachelors in Music from Mississippi College and her Masters from New Orleans Seminary.  Her vast knowledge of Vocal Music and performance has led to stages such as the Featured Artist for THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION in Las Vegas, Nevada and THE SUNRISE SERVICE at Sea World (which was televised).  In her travels across the country singing concerts, banquets, and church events, she has learned how to not only share her music vocally but has learned how to best communicate to an audience with excellence and wisdom.

Meet The Team

Kendra Aumack






Tommy has been a mainstay professional drummer/percussionist in the Tampa Bay are for many years now.  He has taught both public and private lessons. Over his career, Tommy has performed for numerous regional concerts, national touring, as well as Studio Recording work.  He hopes to bring all of his experience to you as a Music Instructor.  Enjoy your musical journey! 

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Kerry O'Reilly has been playing saxophone for 38 years. He was a jazz minor at the University of Tennessee where he played in jazz, rock and marching bands. He has been a member of First Light at St. Pete First playing in the contemporary service for more than 10 years

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Contact Dean of School for more information.