Sean Wilson is the Site Director at B2R Bethesda. Sean holds a Bachelor of Music with a focus in jazz/commercial performance from Towson University in Maryland. As a guitarist, he continues to perform and teach various genres and styles of music in the Baltimore metro area. He is a multi-instrumentalist who continues to write and record music, including his own collection of solo material. Sean firmly believes music is a language that transcends boundaries of all kinds and hopes that the students of B2R Bethesda bring this joy to your families.
Staff & Music Teachers
Brian Rosenthal is the Music Director at B2R Bethesda. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Emerson College in Boston where studied Media Arts with a focus in Audio/Radio. Brian has been drumming since the age of 10 and loves teaching students of all ages the art of drumming! Some of his drumming heroes and influences include Steve Gadd, Buddy Rich, Steve Jordan, Dennis Chambers, and any drummer who can play left-handed! He has been in bands ranging in styles from rock to funk and enjoys playing shows all around the D.C. area. Originally from Northern Virginia, Brian is proud to be part of the local B2R family!
Laura Anne Walling is the Assistant Director at Bach to Rock, Bethesda. Laura is a bassist with over 10 years of professional musical experience. She has performed as a bassist in over 80 music theatre productions along the East Coast as well as various symphony orchestras and jazz ensembles. She has occasionally waived her position as a pit musician to appear onstage as an actress in several music theatre productions in Frederick, MD. Her current project is an up-and-coming rock band called HERE 'TIL SUNDAY where she performs as lead female vocalist and bassist. She studied at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA as a Conservatory student with a minor in Business Administration.
Kelly Gorringe is the Assistant Director at the B2R Bethesda location. She studied Music Industry at Syracuse University in New York and graduated in 2016. Kelly has been playing clarinet since she was 9 and has dabbled in a bit of saxophone, guitar, and piano. While in college, Kelly was very active in: the Syracuse University Marching Band, the Sour Sitrus Society (the university's pep band) the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble and other various ensembles across campus. Through these bands she has had a lot of travel and performance opportunities such as preforming in a marching band pre game show at Super Bowl XLVII as well as playing for former Vice President Joe Biden. Her music taste varies, but her favorite band has always been Green Day. In her spare time Kelly enjoys the great outdoors, watching tv shows, reading, puns, and going to any type of concert.
Artit S. aka DJ As-One, a DC native, is a multi-talented musician, DJ, remixer and producer with musical roots as an Alto Saxist, Guitar player and Percussionist. His unique perspective on arrangements and sound has led him to advance rapidly within the Art of DJing. Mainly, the sub genre of DJ Battling and Turntablism. With 15 years of competitive level experience (since 2002), As-One has battled in 80+ DJ battles, holding titles (2012 Gong DJ Battle World Champion, 6 x DMC US National Finalist) and placements across the globe. His battle career has led to opportunities in which he has shared the stage with music superstars such as Kanye West, Common, Talib Kweli, Madlib, Cappadonna, Three Doors Down and Young the Giant. As-One began his mobile dj career in 2005, working events with corporate clients that include but not limited to Nordstrom, Gap, Ann Taylor, LOFT, H&M, Vans, Charlotte Russe, Sephora, Seventeen Magazine, Mountain Dew (Sports Action Tour 2007), NBA (Rhythm N’ Rims Tour 2007), Dick’s Sporting Goods, ESPN and MasterCard. In 2010, As-One was featured as a celebrity guest DJ on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) - Jewel cruise ship, sailing through the Caribbean providing musical entertainment for guests of all ages. Today, As-One wears many different hats - DJing bars, nightclubs, corporate & private events alike. DJ As-One still competes regularly and can also be found sharing his tips and tricks throughout the week at a local Music School in Bethesda, MD.
Ben-Aviv T. is a music specialist and band coach at Bach to Rock. He is a singer and plays the saxophone and piano. He has close to twenty years of experience as a producer, composer, arranger, and performer in the United States and abroad. His career began in Israel and has ranged from serving as head producer of a prominent production company, to working as a freelance composer and producer, to teaching music to high school students, to serving as commander of the Israel Defense Forces army troupe. As commander, Ben-Aviv produced and arranged the troupe's hundreds of performances, and auditioned and trained new recruits to perform on tour. Ben-Aviv's work spans pop, jazz, folk, electronic, and world music. He has worked with Israel's most renowned musicians and his work has been featured on television, radio, and in live performances. Here in the US, he has produced albums, music for commercials, and live shows for numerous organizations and individuals. He loves teaching and helping students build their musical talent.
Chip C. teaches drum set, and band and orchestra percussion, at Bach to Rock, Bethesda. Chip majored in Music Education, at Bowling Green State University, Western Connecticut State University, and the University of Maryland, and studied drum set with former CBS and NBC staff drummer, Sonny Igoe in New York City. Chip joined the United States Air Force music program in 1977. Following Basic Training, his assignments were the 590th Air Force Band in New Jersey, and the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC, the Air Force’s premier musical organization. He retired from the United States Air Force in 2003 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant after a 26 year career as a military musician. Chip performs in the DC metro area with the Hall Brothers Band, the Joy B. Band, and as a sub drummer for the renowned blues band, Bad Influence. His professional credits include performances with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Prince George’s Philharmonic, Patti Austin, Roy Clark, Rita Coolidge, Henry Mancini, and Doc Severinsen. Chip is a member of the National Association for Music Education, and a member of the Maryland Music Educators Association.
Dan A., avid and enthralled with the arts of music, has lived and breathed music pedagogy for two decades of formal training and performance. Dan completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Boston College, majoring in Music with a concentration in vocal performance. Continuing his pursuit of music, Dan completed a second degree in Music: a Master of Arts in Music: Ethnomusicology at Tufts University. Throughout, Dan performed often, led chamber ensembles, directed opera scenes, instructed undergraduate lectures as a teaching assistant, and taught private lessons. After graduating in 2015 with his MA, Dan has worked as a professional instructor for voice, saxophone, recorder/ocarina, piano, and world musics. Attentive and eager to fit each student's unique learning needs, Dan can best be described as personable and always ready to teach new students of any age, experience, or ability.
Earl C. cannot remember a time in his life when he wasn’t making music. His first formal lessons started on piano when he was 8, and he has played everything he can get his hands on since. From then on, he has taken every opportunity to perform and learn music. He graduated in 2014 from Hartwick College with a BA in Music and will be receiving his MA in Audio Technology in the Spring of 2016. During his time at Hartwick he studied everything from music recording, to composition and arranging, and conducting. He has performed in a variety of ensembles, including Jazz, Ska, and Acapella. He loves seeing the joy that discovering music can bring, and being a part of that discovery is a lifelong passion.
Jeff B. teaches Early Childhood classes and drum lessons at Bach to Rock Bethesda. Jeff started playing the drums at age 5 and started performing in bands at age 7. Jeff performed with DeMatha Catholic High School's award winning Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. He spent most of the '90s and '00s touring and performing all over North America with several rock bands including landspeedrecord!, Tribal Voice, Onespot Fringehead and most recently with Hollowboy. During this time, Jeff also started DJ'ing and MC'ing events and clubs in Baltimore, MD. Jeff now runs his own children's music record label, Jammy Jams. In addition to founding the company, Jeff also performs, arranges, records and produces these lullabies that were inspired by his two young children.
Jordan O. is a talented pianist and lifelong musician from Bahia, Brazil. He began his education in classical piano at the age of six, quickly developing a passion for piano performance and music theory. Jordan became proficient at playing many different styles of music and has performed a variety of genres outside of classical piano, ranging from gospel music through pop/rock to Brazilian Jazz. Born to a family of musicians, Jordan has experience playing a number of instruments. His instruments include piano, drums, guitar, bass guitar, string bass, trombone, tuba, and voice. While in Brazil, Jordan worked as a rehearsal pianist and accompanist for various vocal groups around the country. He also has experience conducting for instrumental ensembles. Since moving to the United States, Jordan has had the opportunity to perform throughout the DC area and travel internationally to perform and tour with a professional chamber choir in Australia. After a 2-year exchange program with Washington Adventist University, he returned to Brazil to complete his Bachelor’s of Music in piano performance. He has since returned to the D.C. area where he continues to perform and teach music. Jordan has found a passion for teaching, and hopes to one day become a professor, teaching musicianship and music theory at the university level.
Kerim J. has been spinning records in clubs since he was fifteen. He harnessed his skills on the local reggae-club circuit in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Setting himself apart with his ability to smoothly mix the foundations of DJing with the modern party-rocking techniques of today, club owners overlooked his young age and at sixteen he had secured a residency at the Caribbean American Entertainment Center, where he held weekly events. After a brief hiatus used to focus on his studies and instrumental interests, Kerim decided to return to his disc jockey roots during his junior year of college. He quickly created a following and a reputation for himself as the best DJ on campus, sweeping the competitions held by the student body. His accolades continue to grow as he is now a top-6 contender in the NYC and Washington DC DMC DJ battles. Kerim’s innovative style, influenced by his time as a percussionist has allowed him to move crowds of all creeds while showing off his unique skill set (which now includes an electronic drum he has configured for use with his DJ equipment). Known for his unpredictable selection, and his ability to create remixes and original compositions live in front of the audience, he has been spotted at a wide array of venues domestic and international alike. Some of these include Marquee NYC, House of Blues in Anaheim, CA, and Thompson’s Garage in Belfast, Ireland. Kerim is excited to share his DJ talents with the students at Bach to Rock and the Beat Refinery program!
Kim V. is a violin and viola instructor at Bach to Rock Bethesda. She has played classical viola and violin for 17 years, electric viola for nearly 10 years and has been a professional DJ for nearly five years. Kim has been a strong supportive force on the Beat Refinery program at Bach to Rock with her impressive multiple talents. Music has been a staple in her life and her ability to share her knowledge with others continues to be her passion!
Kwesi L. is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter based in the Washington, D.C area. He began studying classical piano and music theory at age 2 and has since then also studied jazz piano and guitar as well as bass, drums, and music composition. He made his professional debut at the age of 14, touring with the instrumental progressive metal/jazz international act “Animals as Leaders”. Since then he has worked as a session musician for artists such as Marcus Johnson, a live guitarist for multiple D.C and Philadelphia based acts, a private music teacher and band coach at Bach to Rock in Bethesda MD, and a music producer/artist signed under the Philadelphia based label “Cohesive Collection”. He has also earned accolades through competing in and winning the NAACP act-so competition for music composition and contemporary instrumental performance in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He attended Widener University under a music scholarship and received his B.A in psychology. Currently, Kwesi is working on his debut full-length release as well as playing guitar for D.C based National acts, Nag Champa, The Lucky So & Sos, Alan Michael, And Unique Sounds of Love. He is also the minister of music at St. Paul's Church in Dickerson Maryland.
Kyle F. studied music at Hartwick College, with a focus in French Horn. Kyle has been playing French Horn for over a decade, as well as having experience on all other brass instruments. Though most of Kyle's training and experience with his brass playing has been in a classical setting, he has also played in ska bands and jazz ensembles. Kyle teaches all brass including; Trumpet, French Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Trombone, and Tuba.
Lindsay M. earned her Bachelors Certificate in Audio Engineering and Music Production at Omega Studios School Of Applied and Recording Arts. She has been playing drums since she was 12 years old. Her major influences include Ginger Baker, John Bonham, Buddy Rich and Don Brewer. She has had the opportunity to be part of many bands, and has worked as a studio musician with Roger Waters, Billy Corgan, and Baby Face just to name a few.
Misha B. graduated from the Institute of Culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia majoring in Band Directing. With his degree and many years of experience, Misha teaches guitar, bass, drums, piano, sax, flute and clarinet at B2R Bethesda. He continues today as a professional musician of several instruments, composer, and recording artist.
Precious is an accomplished Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Musician, Music Director, and Music Educator, and Entertainer known for her soulful vocals, and passionate performances as lead vocalist for the acclaimed band Sound of the City—a band that has accompanied internationally-recognized recording artists on stage such as Keyshia Cole, Angie Stone, Jill Scott, Bilal, Marsha Ambrosius, Dwele, Floetry and many more. Skilled in her vocal versatility, Joubert has been a featured background vocalist for many award-winning artists including Chrisette Michelle, Glenn Lewis, Rahsaan Patterson, Algebra Blessett, Donnie, KJon, Trina Broussard, Maysa, Leela James, Mya, Chanté Moore, Meli’sa Morgan, Deniece Williams, and others. Precious is a Washington, D.C. native who was raised in a household full of musicians and entertainers. As such, she was birthed into a passion for music. At just 11 years of age, she began to sing professionally, which would aid in the development of her strong and distinctive vocals. To date, Joubert’s singing careers has seen trials and triumphs – from unsuccessful girl groups to now defunct bands – but, she has found comfort and success as the “First Lady” of the Sound of the City (SOTC) band in D.C. With English being one of her favorite subjects in school, it's no wonder that Precious added Published Songwriter to her credentials. Providing songwriting skills to artists in a wide range of music genres wasn’t enough, Joubert has already entered the realm of acting where she has landed roles in commercials, television programs, and theater. In 2010, Precious briefly joined the crew of the Marcel Morning show as the interim co-host on Atlanta’s Hot 96.3 WMAR FM alongside other radio heavy hitters. Even as an accomplished entertainer, Joubert continued to perfect her knowledge of music in the classroom setting. She studied Media Communications, and Music Business Program at Full Sail University—one of the most-recognized programs in the music entertainment industry. Joubert’s most recent music business venture – alongside Christopher “Biscuit” Bynum – has included the formation of Sound of the City ENT., LLC, a business that offers music production, live band and vocal backing, vocal production and arrangement, songwriting, music education, and artist development. In 2012, Joubert released a highly-anticipated solo EP entitled “In the Meantime”. PJ has recently released various singles in 2014 and 2015, which have created quite the buzz in the Hip Hop & Soul community. In 2015, her band Sound of the City released an EP entitled, “Chasin’ My Dreams”, then in 2016 dropped a Latin/HipHop/Soul infused single called “Run”...The upcoming years seem more promising than ever. Precious is excited to be a part of the Bach to Rock team to share her experiences with her students!
Ross V.'s, aka DJ Throdown, earliest musical experience began in 5th grade with trumpet and baritone in the school band, soon progressing to guitar, bass, drums and keys in various middle school garage bands. But it was the raw style and unlimited creativity of hip hop culture that inspired him to procure his first set of decks at the turn of the century. Boasting nearly half a lifetime behind the 1's and 2's, DC's own DJ Throdown is no amateur; his all-encompassing musical tastes, fine arts background and musician's approach to turntablism & DJing have brought him far and wide across the entertainment spectrum. Over the years he has made his mark across the country in clubs, festivals, battles, live radio, weddings, corporate events, supporting hip hop groups, and performing with live musicians and visual artists. And when it comes to studio time Throdown is no slouch either; he has contributed his advanced scratch finesse and producer sensibilities to several original recordings, remixes and mixtapes, solo as well as collaborative, with new projects constantly underway. Hard work and an open mind have resulted in a steadily shrinking DJ bucket list, as Throdown has carved a niche for himself as a “one stop shop” type of artist. His reputation spread further by backing up several local hip hop acts, most notably The Echo Boomers, a northern VA rap sensation with whom he won 2 Richmond crew battles in 2005-06, and shared stages with national hip hop acts such as Akrobatik & Mr. Lif, MC Chris of Cartoon Network fame, and even Vanilla Ice. Throdown's unparalleled performances have brought him as far as Miami, Austin, Chicago, Reno, New Jersey, Raleigh, New York and San Diego.
Sam M. teaches drums, piano and band at Bach 2 Rock. A native of the Monterey Peninsula, he began performing at the age of eleven, while studying with legendary jazz drummer Vince Latiano. His music education was furthered at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, Professional Percussion Studies Institute, San Francisco, CA and Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. He has toured and performed with the Elixir Ensemble, Jamie Brewick Quintet, Aaron Gardner Quartet, Sam Monroe & Steve Nelson Rainey Future Jazz Duo, to name a few. Sam has also spent the last ten years teaching Percussion and Band for The Milwaukee Public Schools, The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He has been awarded Music Teacher of the Year and Percussion Teacher of the Year. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Sinta graduated with her Degree in Fine Arts from the Corcoran Museum/Corcoran College of Art and Design, in Washington DC, in 2002 (now a unit of the George Washington University). Sinta then studied her Masters in Fine Arts at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2003. Sinta arrived back in the United States about 5 years ago, where she began teaching piano and vocals, and developed music performances with students at Guitar Center in Rockville, Maryland for 3 and a 1/2 years. Sinta has over 35 years of experience in the music world. She started at the age of 3 in Northern Japan where she learnt music in Japanese as a child. Sinta grew up with music her whole life, with her main focus on piano and piano composing. Vocal training came with years of being in school choirs. She has had a widely varied education in music from around the world. She studied private piano classes at the Duke Ellington School of the arts for a few years, in Washington DC. She was part of the Chamber Choir and Marching Band as a percussionist, at Walt Whitman high school in Bethesda Maryland in 1996. Sinta also studied flute, in junior high school, and was the pianist for the Jazz Choir at the American School in Japan in Tokyo from 1997 to 1998. Sinta’s first experience with music production and computer composition was at the American School in Japan in 1998, where she won the schools award for her collaboration between her art and music production classes, in Tokyo Japan. Since then, Sinta has put together her own home recording studio space. Sinta has also assisted music producers in South Africa, been in bands, and has done solo shows between South Africa and Maryland. Sinta has been helping her students at the Guitar Center to record EPs. Sinta has also established a personally held company to incorporate her vision of the collaborations between the fine arts, music and fashion - all in one business. She believes that artists do not have to choose only one area of artistic skill to focus on; but, rather, if they are more diverse it helps open up more than one path in life as an artist.
Tony M. teaches guitar, bass, and beginning piano at Bach to Rock, Bethesda. Born and raised in nearby Silver Spring, Maryland, he began playing guitar at the age of five and has studied classical with Berta Rojas and jazz with Steve Herberman. Apart from guitar, Tony is self-taught in music production and has been composing his own music under the moniker Lindsay Lowend since 2012. In 2011, he studied music composition at Arizona State University before leaving to travel across Europe performing his own music. Back in Silver Spring, Tony is teaching himself sound design and post audio for animation in addition to teaching. Having visited all of the United States' major cities, he can safely say that the DMV is the place to be.
- Individual instruction with proprietary curriculum
- Students are motivated by playing with others in a band
- A band builds teamwork, develops social skills, fosters self-esteem and leads to lasting friendships.
- Everyone learns faster playing music they like
- Students are motivated to learn when they see early results
- Introducing very young children to music supports cognitive development and motor skills.
- A well-balanced music education consists of Music Theory, Technique and Repertoire.
- Students learn faster playing music they like.
- Simplified versions of modern songs allow students to see results more quickly.
- Audio recordings of each simplified arrangement are available to students. This allows them to hear how their part should sound.
- Lessons are catered to the needs of each student's learning style.