Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ashton has expanded his love for music across the ocean to Japan.
He began his musical endeavors as a young boy on Detroit’s west side taking lessons in violin, piano, percussion, and voice. He continued his love for musical knowledge at Michigan State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Jazz Studies in 2005 and 2008, respectively.
Ashton has performed with jazz greats such as Jon Hendricks, Rodney Whitaker, Wycliffe Gordon, Cyrus Chestnut, Christian McBride and Dianne Reeves. He has also recorded and performed with Ken Hirai. In January of 2005 Ashton performed two concerts of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Goin’ On Suite’ at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club in Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York, NY. In October 2008, he was asked by the State of Michigan to perform the national anthem for Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign trail in Lansing, MI. While humbled by these experiences Ashton has gained the confidence to perform as a true jazz musician. The American Guitar Academy is proud to have him as part of our team!
まだまだやりつづけたいです！（Student of group class）
わたしは。むかしからギターをひくのがゆめでした。それでここで一年くらいいてさいきんうまくなってらくになってきました。まだまだやりつづけたいです！ Parent of Nana: グループレッスンなので、音を合わせる楽しさを経験する力や、相手を気遣えるようになってきた。教室のソファが気持ちいい！ 〇 Why did you initially choose to take guitar lessons with our school rather than with another school in Tokyo?： 英語でレッスンしてくれる。 親友といっしょにレッスンができる。 先生がとてもいい先生。
You can learn many things…
It is such a valuable experience that I get to learn many things in English from teachers who have lots of overseas experience. Although I never had the opportunity to study abroad, I am very grateful and it’s like a dream come true that I get to have this experience while working in Japan. Thank …
Thank you! Parent of Mirai： 今後も楽しみながらレッスンして頂ければ嬉しいです。 〇Why did you initially choose to take guitar lessons with our school rather than with another school in Tokyo?: 小さな子供でもクラスがあった事。 マンツーマンなので集中してレッスンできている。
Looking forward for the next lesson.
After the second class I feel the communication is great, and he teaches me some ways to practice at home that was really helpful. Looking forward for the next lesson. 〇When did you start lessons at TAGA: 1 year ago 〇Lesson Style: Acoustic guitar 〇Nationality: Taiwan 〇Age: 27