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About JW Music

The JW Music Store specializes in the sale, rental, and repair of all band and orchestra instruments. We also offer expert advice and a wide selection of guitars, amps, keyboards, PA systems, sheet music, instrument accessories, and much more. Please call, email us at, or stop by one of our locations to have a knowledgeable sales representative help you with all your music needs.

JW Music is your locally owned and operated full-service music store celebrating 35 years in business. We offer quality new and used band director-approved instruments, many of which are made in the USA. Additionally, intermediate, and professional instruments are available for students seeking the next level up. Our staff consists of professionals in the fields of education, music, and musical instrument repair who offer quality and prompt service for all your music needs. We provide free delivery to your school or convenient shopping at our store. 

Philip Johansen

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Harmonica

Philip has been teaching in the area for over ten years. He studied music at H.A.C.C and Penn State University. A traveling musician who began his journey in New York and found himself in North Carolina, he has performed with some of the more well-known bands in Central Pennsylvania and currently performs with "Cheap Sneakers", "The Middleton Brothers", and "Crystal Haze." Philip has recorded a solo album as well as six CDs with his bands and has appeared on the recordings of "Silver City", "Emily's Toy Box", and other local bands. He has performed on stage with "The Coasters," and "Tommy Conwell", and his bands have opened for "The Fixx", "Badfinger", "Kix", "Otis Day", "The Knights," and many others. Philip focuses his lessons on reading music, learning scales and chords, and mastering musical theory.

Victoria Twigg

Violin, Viola, and Cello

Victoria has taught violin, viola, and cello lessons to students of all ages. Several of Victoria’s high school students reached the District Level Orchestra, and several others pursued professional careers in the music industry. 

Victoria is a graduate of "Trinity College of Music in London." She was the string teacher at "Dunbarton Elementary School" in New Hampshire from 2009-2011. In addition to her private teaching, Victoria has worked with ensembles, including "The Festival of Strings Program" in Harrisburg, where she assisted students in preparing their music for performances.

She organized, acted as co-director, and performed with "String Quartet of Harrisburg." Besides music, Victoria's interests include sewing and crafts, particularly dressmaking, quilting, knitting, and crocheting. She also enjoys reading, indulging in various art forms, and is active in her church playing cello and singing.

Michael L. Thomas

Drums and Percussion

Michael offers instruction on drum-set, snare drum, marimba, timpani, and other concert/orchestral percussion. Michael has been teaching percussion for over 15 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in Music from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. 

In addition to JW Music, Michael teaches and writes percussion music for the Northern York H.S. marching band and indoor percussion ensemble.

Michael is a co-principal percussion with the Hanover Symphony Orchestra, a percussion sub with the York Symphony Orchestra, a percussionist with the Spring Garden Band of York, and a Percussion advisor for the York Youth Symphony Orchestra. He can also be found performing solo on classical marimba and picking up various other gigs, including musicals, church gigs, jazz trio work, and anything else that comes his way.

Whether you are looking to prepare for an audition or a concert, jam out with some fellow musicians, or gain a better appreciation for music, Michael is ready to help. He believes in the pedagogy of well-established methods, regular practice, and simply having fun as being the key to becoming a better percussionist!

Cinda Roteman

Vocal Performance

Introducing Cinda Roteman

Don Roeder


Introducing Don Roeder.

Bruce Petraco


Introducing Bruce Petraco, our newest guitar teacher at J W Music!!

Bruce plays professionally in two classic rock bands, Cheap Sneakers and Crystal Haze.Bruce has available lessons spaces on Monday afternoons and evenings at our Carlisle store.

Please call us at 717-258-6765 to sign up for lessons.

Forrest Brown

Guitar Instructor

Forrest Brown has been a staple on the Central Pennsylvania music scene for quite some time. In his career, he's been a member of several well-known area bands and performed with some of the area's finest players. 

In the past three decades, Forrest has been a member and leader of Blitz Dynette, worked with Shea Quinn in Clockwork, and had a stint with Rich Clare's Pentagon just to name a few.  He is currently filling the guitar chair for The Uptown Bandout of Reading, PA.  

Although stage performance is his forte he is equally at home in the studio, or in the pit. Forrest has recorded three albums with his band Blitz Dynette and has a number of musicals to his credit, including “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline,” “Smokey Joe's Café,” “Godspell,” “Fame” and most recently “All Shook Up.” Versed in many styles, Forrest Brown is a performer worth seeing.

I am currently taking on new students at JW Music! 

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