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
Laura Anne Walling is an 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 a Maryland-based 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.
Adrian B., founder of EPOI.live, is an educator, musician, and DJ/Producer. He began to learn music theory, study jazz techniques, and learn the fundamentals of how music works. At age 17 he began teaching himself. His interest returned to electronic music when he received an Electribe EMX synthesizer and two turntables to begin learning how to DJ. Timbre and discovering new sounds became a fascination. At the University of Virginia, Adrian studied electronic music production and synthesis, learning how to use his computer as an instrument, while continuing to study jazz and taking on a new interest in percussion. Here he began hosting shows from his basement in university and inviting others to play. "I wanted to jam on my synth but also play with other people." he said, expressing his concerns with the separation of the two worlds of rock/jazz or acoustic music and electronic music. Inspired by the conversational and social nature of jazz and the communal feeling of hand drumming, Adrian began combining techniques from rock, electronic music, and DJing to create a new sound which was to eventually become EPOI.live. After graduating, Adrian and two friends took off on a 10-month bicycle trip, through South America where he lived for over two years. He moved to Asuncion, Paraguay where he began working as a Group Therapist in an assisted living home and initiated the music therapy program at the institution. Apart from working part time as a music therapist, he worked as an elementary music teacher for a Paraguayan Japanese School where he evolved the music program to incorporate studies in jazz, listening skills, and improvisation. In his personal work he began to focus on EPOI, translating from Guarani, the native language of Paraguay, to mean "to let go". EPOI was invited to play at several events as DJs. Their sets offered something special. Overtime, Adrian merged these worlds of live music and DJing into a hybrid set up. Today Adrian has moved back to Washington, DC and continues to produce music in his studio in Georgetown, offering a creative space for people to music together. He continues to study improvisation, participating in workshops from organizations such as Music for People to broaden his set of tools in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, he can be found performing with EPOI at events around DC, sharing the energy found in the studio.
Ahmed W. is one of Baltimore City’s upcoming Jazz artists who has an extraordinary compositional voice fueled by his passion for combining the east and west in his original music. Ahmed grew into the musician he is today at UMBC, where he studied both Jazz Studies and Biology. Since then, Ahmed has graduated with two degrees and two albums. Currently, Ahmed is a scientist, music educator, and performer. When he's not in a laboratory or teaching, Ahmed enjoys playing with The! Septet in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas.
Alex Y. is a guitar, bass, drums, music production and DJ teacher from Maryland. Alex got his start playing guitar and drums in bands at age 10, and quickly began to fall in love with the idea of recording songs he was writing at the time. This lead Alex to venture into the realm of music production and recording at age 12, which quickly became a predominant focus in his life. The venture into learning to produce music led him into the production of electronic dance music and DJing. Alex started playing shows around the country at age 15 with prominent DJs like Skrillex, Flosstradamus, Kaytranada, Diplo and many more, along with playing festivals like SXSW, Electric Daisy Carnival and other big dance music events in the US. By the time he was 18, Alex had begun to shift his focus to writing and producing music that he sang on, and spent the next few years refining his craft in songwriting, and producing more song oriented music, as well as teaching music. As of late, Alex has produced and written songs for Halsey (see “Ashley” by Halsey), along with music for Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, Chainsmokers and more. Alex enjoys teaching music and is enthusiastic about working with the next generation of musicians, in a variety of different lanes and eclectic interests
Alireza, A.K.A Alireza301, is an American rapper, singer, and musician. Ali was born in the early 90’s and was impacted early by two of his cousins that made traction in the late 90’s and in the early 2000’s hip hop scenes. Being raised in a single parent home with his Soul singing Mother as a huge guide, he acquired his first guitar at age 6 and has been honing his craft ever since. The years that followed led him more and more into exploring vocals as well. In 2010, after playing in numerous GoGo Bands in the DC area he formed metal/ post-hardcore band “Louder Than Quiet” as the lead vocalist and guitarist. The band had slow traction but the musicianship was respected enough to land gigs opening for Anderson Paak, Miguel, Solange and Erykah Badu to name a few. While pushing the band he caught the attention of international metal label Earache Records by combining his rapping and guitar skills. Which lead to him being the first American rapper with an International Recording Contract with Earache Records. During that time he fused all his musical skills to other genres such as r&b and soul. With the time and space created Ali has performed numerous live shows and explored music in a way that others have marveled upon.
Allison K. is a big music nerd based in the DC area. She is a multi-instrumentalist with nearly 18 years of combined experience. She is an alumna of American University, where she studied film and music performance. A native of New Hampshire, Allison grew up wanting to be the next August Rush attending Julliard at age 12. While that didn't quite happen, she did keep up her music dreams by performing in professional choirs and acting as a piano accompanist for soloists and choirs alike. She specializes in classical voice and piano, but oftentimes you'll catch her messing around with a guitar, ukulele, and on extremely rare occasions, a clarinet. Additionally, she has experience as a composer for choir, piano, and electronic mediums. Regardless of what instrument she's currently practicing, Allison loves expanding her musical toolbox and trying out as many new and creative things as possible.
Alyssa K. began taking piano lessons at age 4 in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Primarily a student of classical piano, she has performed major works by Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms, and others in many local piano competitions and recitals, as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Alyssa has a diverse musical background in addition to playing classical piano - she also played clarinet in her high school and community bands and orchestras, and sang the national anthem for many of the Scranton Eagles semi-pro football games. Currently, Alyssa is a fourth-year student at American University majoring in International Relations and minoring in music, where she studies under Yuliya Gorenman, an internationally acclaimed classical pianist. She enjoys her studies and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience in music with her students.
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.
Charlie S. has been playing drums and percussion since he was 12. He recently graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies. He continues to perform in several jazz groups and as a pit musician throughout the DMV. Charlie is a band coach and teaches drum and piano lessons at Bach to Rock.
David W. is a DC-native multi-instrumentalist and audiovisual engineer. He began studying music at age 3 with local guitar legend Scott Stancill. He first performed a few years later at an event hosted by the city of Kensington. David joined Bach2Rock at age 8 as a participant in day camps, bands, and private lessons. He joined a band that would go on to win one Battle of the Bands and place in several others under the title Riptide. David was active in his high school’s theater program both as an actor and musician. David went on to study advanced music theory, music history, and ethnomusicology at Goucher College in Maryland. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2018 with a B.A. in Art History and a concentration in Arabic Studies. David then apprenticed under the chief engineers of local recording studio Blue Room Productions. He achieved proficiency in Logic and Protools. In 2019, he earned a certificate in audio engineering from the school Recording Connection and soon began working as a sound and light technician for Exclusively Entertainment. He has rejoined Bach2Rock as an instructor for guitar, bass, piano, drums, vocals, and band.
Devin F-G aka DJ Grizzly is a Maryland native and started his music career at an early age at our very own B2R! He was a student during junior high and high school and started out with summer intensive camps at B2R. and then quickly decided to become a student during the school year. He took DJ and Recording Arts classes. DJ Grizzly worked under Instructor Earl C. and former instructor Chris K. with a focus on Recording and Pro Tools while he was a recording art student at B2R. He got into DJ’ing at B2R’s Beat Refinery through his mentors and battle vets DJ-As-One, DJ Throwdown, and former instructor DJ Trayze. DJ Grizzly focused on Turntablism and Battling. DJ Grizzly has been DJ’ing for 7 years. Currently DJ Grizzly is starting his Junior year in college at The University Of The Arts in Philadelphia with a major in MBET (Music Business Entrepreneurship and Technology). His focus there is on Recording Engineering, Mixing, Mastering, and Front-of House Live Sound Engineering. While in Philly, DJ Grizzly has played at underground functions and clubs while living and being surrounded by music in a club neighborhood. DJ Grizzly is the official DJ for UARTS Collegiate functions, and was offered a chance to spin at the Foundry Fillmore in Philly. DJ Grizzly was proud to open-up and share the stage with The Bul Bey, a popular hip-hop artist in the Philly area. When not in Philly, you can catch DJ Grizzly teaching and instructing at B2R and composing and playing different private functions in the DMV Area including an Artomatic event and various parties and gatherings.
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.
Ms. Gina W. is a Classical Voice graduate with a Bachelor of Music from the University of the District of Columbia. She charms audiences with a distinctive, soulful voice, and a performance that ranges from classic R&B, Hip-Hop/Soul with the subtle inclusion of a little neo-soul. She has performed on the National Television show ‘Showtime at the Apollo' and the new version ‘Apollo Live' that aired on BET and Centric, won two DMV Entertainment & Music Awards for 'Best Female R&B Artist', opened for National Recording Artists such as Al B. Sure, 112, Chante’ Moore, Jon B., Raheem DeVaughn, Kindred The Family Soul, Marsha Ambrosius, Avant, the Late great Chuck Brown, and more. She has been an invited performer several times on Fox 5 Morning News, wrote, recorded, and performed the intro song to Majic 102.3 FM’s radio personality April Watts segments, received an honorary mention from Billboard for her songwriting abilities, and has original songs placed in a few movies. Gina has and still provides supporting background vocals on live performances for National Recording Artists including Miki Howard, CeCe Peniston, Case, Club Nouveau, RL of Next, Q. Parker of R&B super group 112, and more. As a solo artist, Gina has and continues to perform in venues and at events around the country and in the metropolitan area including: headlining the legendary Blues Alley twice, The Howard Theatre, The Fillmore, Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, The Washington and Baltimore Convention Centers, and more to date.
Joseph P., Berklee College Of Music Alumni, grew up amidst the vibrant jazz scene in Hartford, Connecticut, he developed his drumming style and musicality from musicians like Jackie Mclean and Paul Brown. In 2013, he moved to New York City where he studied with prominent musicians such as Lenny White, Ron Carter, Eric McPherson and Ralph Peterson Jr. Joseph spent recent years traveling Europe and Africa with Real World Records artist Les Amazones De Afrique, as well as freelancing as a sideman with several Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Rock artists. He plans to continue his professional study of music whilst promoting humanitarian work through world travel and cultural exploration.
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!
Lorenz I. has been playing guitar for almost ten years now, starting when he was in middle school. He played casually for most of this time under Ren Williams until he came to WAC and found his passion in classical and Flamenco guitar as well asmusic theory. There studied under Matt Palmer for four years. He has performed both solo and in ensembles for guitar during his time at Washington College. In 2015, he won the Clarence Hodson prize and was awarded $2,000 to study and research Flamenco guitar while studying abroad in Spain. While in Spain, Lorenz studied under Flamenco guitarist Ofer Ronen and sought performance after performance to learn as much as he could about Flamenco.
Mike C., originally a jazz student, eventually had an opportunity to study with Larry Snitzler, former student of guitar great Andres Segovia, during which time he became inspired to pursue the Classical Guitar Performance degree from George Mason University until early 2017. Mike has worked and played with musicians of all genres and styles, including jazz, classical, rock, alternative, indie and folk music, and currently plays solo Jazz guitar at various functions in the DC Metro area most weekends. Among other groups, Mike has performed with the American Festival Pops Orchestra and The Kensington Arts Community Theatre. Despite a healthy amount of performance, Mike's genuine passions are teaching guitar, ukelele, piano, and music theory. Mike has worked with students of all ages and skill levels since deciding to pursue music full time in 2013; his aim is to not only give his students the tools to mastery but also to inspire them students as his former guitar instructors have inspired him to love and pursue music.
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.
Robert M. is a percussionist, composer, arranger, and writer from Boston, MA. Born in Brockton, MA, Robert McCarthy began studying percussion at the age of 10. Robert received his bachelor's degree in Psychology with a Minor in Music from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, all while studying percussion with musicians from West Point, and taking summer lessons with Lee Vinson (formerly Boston Symphony Orchestra). He then went on to hone his skills at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, earning a Master’s degree in Music Education. Robert has taught in public school settings for years and teaches music at Berklee in the summer. Robert also specializes with theater percussion, and has toured the east coast in performances such as Ceci N’est Pas Une Balle and Ideas, Not Theories. With theatrical shows like Blue Man Group and PACE percussion trio in mind, Robert also enjoys composing and arranging music with high energy and performer enjoyment. His composition "Tiger's Blood" for percussion ensemble was premiered at PASIC 2013, and has been named "Editor's Choice" on JWPepper.
Robert P. has over 16 years of experience writing, performing, and recording with the guitar. While earning his B.A. in History with a minor in Secondary Education through Saint Vincent College, Robert taught guitar to a diverse array of students. He has experience touring with the Grammy-nominated educational show Jump With Jill and teaching Social Studies to middle and high school students. On his own time, Robert produces ambient guitar-focused 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.
Skye G. began learning the piano at age 8. She began to focus on jazz piano 5 years ago when she began studying under jazz pianist and composer, Lafayette Gilchrist in private lessons. Skye has experience playing in ensembles and was a featured soloist and vocalist in her high school jazz band. Skye is a multi-instrumentalist and also writes and records her own music. She has performed a variety of music from jazz ballads to alternative rock, both solo and in bands. Skye is currently a student at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is the music director of “Vintage Voices” a service-learning choir.
Vicky H. is an Assistant Director at Bach to Rock Bethesda. She started playing piano at age 4 and violin at 7. She received a Bachelor's degree in music performance at National Taiwan Normal University, while majoring in violin and minoring in piano. In addition to teaching for over 7 years, Vicky performs in several orchestras, chamber concerts, and works with composers to publish and record their music. Prior to joining B2R, she completed her Master's degree in Arts Administration at Indiana University. She is passionate about bringing a positive and supportive environment to students of Bach to Rock!
- 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.