Specialty at Sims: Sales Representative, Drums and Percussion
Education: BA in Production Studies in Performing Arts, Focus in Percussion, Minor in Business Administration, Clemson University, Class of 2008
Professional Training: Professional Musician for over 8 years, Grown up around Sims Music entire life, Visited Zildjian, Taylor Guitars, and Drum Workshop Factories for product training, Traveled with Yamaha to Japan and China for product training in 2008
Other Info: Can be seen playing regionally with his gypsy jazz band, Swing 42. Justin’s favorite bands are Phish, NeedToBreathe, Mumford & Sons, and John Mayer.
Founded Sims Music in 1979.
Instruments: Guitar, Bass, 7-string guitar
Specialty at Sims: Owner, instructor, sales, purchasing
Education: Graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, Class of 1979
Professional Training: Studied under many great guitarists during his time at Berklee, Attended several product training sessions with Taylor, Yamaha, Drum Workshop, Gibson, Roland, etc. 30 years of teaching experience, has performed live for over 40 years
Other Info: Many students of Jerry’s have gone on to become very successful musicians, including Mark Bryan of Hootie and The Blowfish. Selected by Ibanez to represent their AF207 archtop 7-string jazz guitar at the 1998 NAMM Show and was a featured artist in the Ibanez promotional video, Seventh Heaven, alongside Steve Vai and John Petrucci. Jerry can be seen playing regionally with several different groups including The Ross Holmes Band and with vocalist Kristi Hood.
Publications: The First Chord Book for Seven String Guitar (Mel Bay Publications), Fingerstyle Jazz (contributer, Mel Bay, Warner Bros.), Master Anthology of Jazz Guitar Solos, Volume One (contributor). Jerry also can be seen regularly in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine.
Years at Sims: 3
Specialty at Sims: Guitars, amps, & pedals
Other Info: Mike is the busiest guitar teacher at Freeway Music Northeast and can be seen playing around town with the Nick Clyburn Band.
Years at Sims: 27
Specialty at Sims: Guitar instruction, Sales Representative, In charge of all amp/keyboard/etc repairs
Professional Training: Studied guitar under Jerry Sims and Robert Newton. Brad has been performing live for over 25 years.
Other Info: Brad’s favorite band is Cry of Love and his favorite guitar players are Jerry Reed, Audley Freed, Tom Dalziel, Brad Paisley, Chet Atkins, and many more!
Years at Sims: 20
Instruments: Guitar (Acoustic/Electric)
Specialty at Sims: Sales Representative, Acoustic Guitars, Inventory Management
Other Info: 25 years performing live in a variety of Rock, Country, Funk, and Blues
Years at Sims: 11
Instruments: Guitar, Bass
Specialty at Sims: Guitar setups and repairs, Authorized for Warranty Repairs on Fender, Taylor, and Ibanez guitars.
Education: Associate in Electronics Engineering, Midlands Technical College
Professional Training: Fender Certified Electric Guitar Technician, Silver Level Certified Taylor Guitars Technician, Attended “Taylor Guitar University” tour at the Taylor Manufacturing Facility in El Cajon, California, Self-taught technician thru extensive study, research, and experience
Other Info: Has played guitar since he was 12 years, with over 15 of those years as a full time, professional musician. Tom’s favorite band is Cream, with Eric Clapton.