Mary Beth “Izzy” Byers is a Kansas-based vocalist, trumpet player, and composer, with experience in guitar and piano as well. She started singing as soon as she could talk and found her passion for songwriting as a freckle-faced youngster. Miss Byers has had many experiences, including opening for Pentatonix, performing at the New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp, and sharing the stage with many stars in jazz, including Connaitre Miller of Afro Blue.
After starting her local music career, she decided to go on the World Race, an organization that allowed her to volunteer in 11 countries over 11 months. Little did she know how many passionate musicians she would meet. Eventually, she uncovered a fresh love of music, performing on 3 different continents, numerous countries, and rediscovering joy for her career path.
Mary Beth, who writes and performs music under the psuedo-name Izzy, has also performed onstage during the Panama Jazz Festival in Panama City, Panama, and for numerous events during her times of travel. She has also instructed numerous students with language barriers, health challenges, and other challenges, but has successfully learned ways to teach musicians from many different backgrounds and cultures all around the world.
She released a new album in 2019 entitled Discovering Home. This album highlights her travels, experiences, and growth as a woman and a musician. Miss Byers is thankful and honored to join the Air House family and is looking forward to sharing her gifts and passions with all students.