Billie Jo Joseph is the Site Director at the B2R Bethesda and Gaithersburg locations. Starting in 2007 as the Assistant Site Director for B2R Bethesda, Billie Jo then became the Site Director at B2R Gaithersburg for (4) years before returning as Director to B2R Bethesda in 2013! Billie Jo has been entertaining in the Maryland/DC/Metro area for over 20 years with many talented musicians as the lead singer/front person and keyboard player in her own band. She has had the pleasure of singing the "The National Anthem" at many high profile events. Her favorite artists include Elvis Presley, Beyonce', Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin and the awesome students at B2R!
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!
Sean Wilson is an assistant 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.
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.
Aaron T. is a musician and songwriter in the DC area who loves to share his passion for making music. He currently teaches guitar and piano at Bach to Rock, in addition to being a Rock Band Instructor. Aaron, who grew up in New York, showed an early aptitude for playing the piano by ear at a young age and began taking lessons at 7. Seeking more soulful sounds, he picked up the guitar at age 14 and dove deep into blues, which led him to study and learn songs by classic rock guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Later on, while attending Emory University in Atlanta, Aaron built upon his blues repertoire by joining the University's jazz program as a guitarist. He took two courses in jazz improvisation from one of Atlanta's most highly regarded jazz pianists, performed with various Emory Jazz Combos for three years, and was a member of the Emory Big Band one semester as well. Aaron has been teaching and performing in the DC area since arriving on the scene in 2011. He is the lead guitarist for Harris Face and the Restoration, a DC Folk-Rock band featuring his long-time friend Harris Schwartzreich. In 2012, the five-piece band recorded a 6-track EP in Richmond, VA, and the band has performed all over the DMV area and in New York as well.To this day, Aaron's proudest moment as a musician came at The Guitar Center in 2011 where he jammed on various bossa nova loops for almost two hours with retired New York Yankee Allstar Centerfielder Bernie Williams, who he grew up idolizing during the Yankees' dynasty years in the late 90s.
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.
Ciarra G. is a music specialist and vocal instructor, at B2R Bethesda. She cannot remember a time when music was not present or acted as a source of inspiration, in her life. As a teenager, Ciarra studied vocal performance at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C. To this day, Ciarra continues her musical education at the Shenandoah Conservatory, in Virginia, while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in vocal performance. Ciarra is an enthusiastic educator who loves teaching children and adults of all ages, while catering to each individual’s musical taste and skill. She believes everyone has a voice yet hopes to elevate each student's musical confidence and craft, at B2R Bethesda, to a professional level.
Diego N., a jazz pianist and a composer, is a graduate from Montgomery College with a music certificate focusing on Jazz piano. He is currently a student at University of Maryland majoring in Music Education to become a Professor. He also has performed live jazz music at restaurants and venues and is pursuing part time gigs as a film score composer. He loves working with kids and teaching them to reach their highest potential as musicians and at Back to Rock Bethesda, Diego teaches (Kids n Keys) as well as private piano lessons.
DJ Bo is presently making rounds in the DC DJ circuit, DJ Bo credits his musical roots to his home country of Cameroon. He incorporates his vast musical background with his technical turntablism abilities when rocking dance-floors which has led him to rock parties in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Bo is also a talented producer and has produced for numerous DMV artists, including Blue Moon's own Phil Ade. He also has numerous remixes that have been featured on various notable DJ mixes. You can catch him every weekend at one of DC's premiere clubs and once a month at THE legendary Velvet Lounge. Highlights: Performed at the 2014 DMC DC Regionals at U Street Music Hall | DJ'ed a private listening party for recording artist Dawn Richard's album, Goldenheart | Opened for recording artists, Future and Drake, at Stadium Night Club for Howard Homecoming in 2013 | Opened for Mad Decent's Artist SwizzyMack at Liv Nightclub in Washington, DC.
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.
Heather C. has a deep curiosity of the world. That curiosity began in physics and has continued through to music. As a physicist, she is curious as to the nature of reality. As a dj and producer, she is curious as to what makes music such an amazing personal experience. Growing up in a musical household which cultivated that musical curiosity. she took lessons and played different traditional instruments but once behind the decks, everything changed. It was a limitless expression. Over the past six years Heather has performed at many shows and festivals in the DMV; opening for national acts as well as headlining at local events. Her specialty is as a live mix artist who blends existing edm dance tracks in real time to create an intense, vibrant and flowing musical experience. From the decks to using Ableton for remixes and writting originals, she discovers what makes people dance. She loves to teach and grow. We each have talents and passions that are our gifts to the world. She wants to help others in finding their passion and to share in that joy, which she has found through music.
Izzy M. has been teaching guitar, piano, and music theory to students of all ages and skills levels for more than a decade. Originally a student of classical guitar master Ernesto Tamayo, he has played guitar and piano for 15 years, and has extensive live performance and composition experience. A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, he has a BA in Linguistics from the University of Maryland, and has composed scores for commercial projects and documentaries, with some of his work appearing on cable television and at film festivals across the country. Izzy has played in numerous local bands of many styles, and is well versed in music of all varieties. His primary musical interests are music theory, harmony, and counterpoint.
James D., described as “poised” and “communicative” by the Baltimore Sun and praised for his “eloquence” by Fanfare Magazine, has begun to garner acclaim as a solo, chamber, and orchestral clarinetist. James maintains an active performance schedule serving as principal clarinet for Symphony Number One and Occasional Symphony in Baltimore, MD. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Anthony McGill. An avid chamber musician, James has performed in masterclasses for the Jupiter, Emerson, Takács, and Chiara String Quartets. Devoted to the importance of music education, James is active as a teacher in the Baltimore/DC area and serves on faculty at Bach to Rock as an instructor of clarinet, saxophone, bass guitar, piano, bands and Early Childhood.
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.
Matt A., also known as “Trayze”, is a world-renowned producer, remixer and DJ. In the past year alone, he’s worked with artists like Daya, The Rixton, Kid Ink, and many more, with music releases on Interscope, Atlantic, Warner, and Elektra records, to name a few. He is also a 2016 Red Bull Thre3Style World DJ Competition Finalist. Between syndicated radio mixshows, creating new music, a heavy touring schedule, and winning DJ competitions, he is a force both in the studio and on stage!
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.
Nicole C. is a soprano from Chicago, IL. She recently graduated from American University with a degree is music focusing on vocal performance. This past summer Nicole was in Salzburg, Austria, doing a production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. She has also performed in a variety of musicals over the years in addition to studying classical and operatic repertoire. As a pianist, Nicole has been playing classical, jazz, and pop music since she started studying at age 5. More recently, she has been able to combine her 2 instruments and love for teaching with music directing. She is very excited to start teaching with Bach to Rock and help kids explore their love of music!
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.
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.
Wifty B. is a multifaceted creative specializing in sound. Discovering her love for music at the age of 9, Wifty was able to learn the basics by going to concerts with her father, a reggae singer. She’s a versatile veteran with 6 years of training as a classical vocalist and 10 years of performing experience. Her Sierra Leonean roots have a big influence on her music as she grew up listening to West African reggae. She’s also influenced by Boombap Hip-Hop, Jazz, Romantic Classical music, and Psychedelic Funk. Along with being a musician, Wifty has dedicated part of her life to teaching voice, music theory, and directing choirs. Her most recent accomplishment in this being a 300 student 1st, and 2nd grade chorus concert. “My goal as creative is to help people feel like its okay to be uncomfortable in their growth because it’s normal. And I’m growing along with everyone else. My music isn’t just a reflection of me. It is me and my growth in physical form.”
- 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.