Staff & Music Teachers

Andrew Griffin

Andrew Griffin is the Site Director at Herndon. He studied music at Berklee College of Music. He graduated in 2008 with a degree in professional music. While in Boston he gigged with the rock band Copenger. Since his return to the D.C. area he has been gigging with the funk/rock/soul band Gallons To Ounces. In May of 2009 he had the honor of opening up for Willy Nelson with country singer Ashley Alexander. Andrew teaches bass, guitar, coaches bands, and leads birthday parties. He specializes in Rock, Funk, Blues, Jazz Bass, Country, and Pop.

Ellen Broetzmann

Ellen Broetzmann, an Assistant Director at Bach to Rock Herndon, is a classically trained vocalist with a degree in Voice Performance from Stetson University. Her operatic career began in 2008 when she sang the role of "Cissie" in Benjamin Britten's "Albert Herring" under the baton of the previous director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Lorin Maazel. Since then, she has performed many solo recitals and roles in both operas and musicals throughout the past eight years. Ellen has also performed at prestigious venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. In addition to her classical vocal studies and experiences, Ellen has played the piano for nine years and loves to perform pop and singer-songwriter music at local events. Ellen loves to work with kids very much and is thrilled to help them pursue their passions for making music.

Sean Mason

Sean Mason, Assistant Director at both the Lansdowne and Herndon locations, has taught thousands of students over the ten years of working at B2R. He has taught everything from bands, private lessons on multiple instruments, and facilitating birthday parties. Sean's students have gone on to be accepted into music schools such as Berklee College Of Music, and Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy. Sean studied classical guitar under Joseph Ikner, a chamber musician and guitar instructor at Auburn University. Sean is proficient in guitar, 7 string guitar, percussion, piano, drum set, bass guitar, Dijurido, Ableton Live, and Pro Tools. As an assistant director at Bach To Rock, Sean enjoys introducing people into the world of music education. He strongly believes that B2R is the best place for anyone interested in music. Sean's favorite music ranges from classical guitar, jazz, metal, rock, and anything that makes him want to hit the dance floor.      

Jonny Shonk

Jonny Shonk is an Assistant Director at B2R Herndon. He is a graduate of UMBC with a bachelors degree in Psychology. Jonny plays drums, guitar, bass, & ukulele, and has recorded & performed with many bands growing up in the Baltimore area. He has a passion for live music and is excited to share that with the students and staff of B2R Herndon.

Brandon M.

Brandon M. has been working in the industry for the past 10 years as a musician, producer and equipment technician. Starting off learning guitar and doing sound at church, it wasn't long before he chose the Bass Guitar as his main instrument. He then branched into recording and producing songs of his own, which led him to an apprenticeship at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA. After attending the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, he moved to SoCal where he worked for Blue Microphones during the day while playing in a band and going to studios in Hollywood at night. He has recorded with Grammy Award winning producer Mark Spiker of Tenacious D, has produced albums for local artists, and is an accomplished session bassist. Currently, he is Director of Events at his company "Fuzz Industries" where he does event planning/production, A/V Consulting and Promotion.

Clare R.

Clare R. is from Collegeville, PA, a Philadelphia suburb. While playing drums is her favorite, Clare also sings, plays bass guitar, guitar, ukulele, and piano. Her passion is songwriting and she has been playing in bands and writing original music for about 3 years. She recently recorded a song, and plans to record many more in the future. Her influences are rock, punk, and metal, including bands like Green Day, Blink 182, Beartooth, Marina City, and A Day to Remember.

Dean C

Dean C. is a Music Specialist and band coach at B2R McLean. He is no stranger to the world of rock. He's been a working full-time musician since the mid-80s, and has taught privately for over 25 years. He is the guitarist of local favorites, Funny Money, and Dean Cramer's So Low (get it? so-lo). In 2010, Dean Cramer's So Low beat out 80 other bands for the chance to open for KISS. Dean is endorsed by ModTone Effects and Clayton picks.

Deirdre P.

Deirdre P. is an assistant teacher at B2R who has been playing guitar and writing original music for 6 years. She has been passionate about music since she was a toddler and is focused on a career in writing and performing. Her most notable former project was lead singer for the band Mostly Everything, but she currently performs around the Northern Virginia area as acoustic soloist, playing original songs in the genre of folk and country.

Joe K.

Mr. Joe K. is a graduate from Christopher Newport University, where he majored in Music Composition. During his time at CNU, he toured Europe with the Chamber Choir, and performed in prestigious churches such as the Salzburg Cathedral and St. Peter’s Basilica. He was also involved in Opera CNU, Trebled Youth a cappella, CNU Voices, and Uncommon Ground (CNU’s vocal jazz ensemble). He has performed three times at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, including once for a Vital Voices conference. In addition to singing and playing piano since he was nine years old, Joe is also a producer of electronic music, and is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Joe O.

Joe O. is a piano music specialist and has been teaching at Bach to Rock since graduating from private lessons in 2010. Joe was classically trained for 12 years and has studied pop and jazz for the past 4. He is specialized in pop and 60's rock renditions but still holds true to his classical roots. Joe has taught a wide array of styles from classics like the Beatles, Billy Joel, Pilot and Supertramp to alternative rock such as Muse and Soundgarden, to upbeat pop songs by Flo-Rida, Taio Cruz, Britney Spears, John Legend and many more. Joe also enjoys working with students who show interest in the true classics and composers such as Chopin, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and even Mozart and Bach.

Jonathan Y

Jonathan Y. is a drum instructor and band coach at the Bach to Rock location in Herndon. From a young age, he identified closely with the powerful feelings produced by the drums, especially in a rock context. After playing in various local rock and metal bands in high school, he attended the Collective School of Music in New York City, where he was exposed to all the various styles and languages on the drum kit. All throughout college, Jonathan has taught drums to students of all ages with a focus on fundamentals, the physical techniques, and stylistic explorations in order to find what the student likes the most. He has an appreciation for all styles and tries to convey the importance of being a well-rounded player to his students. Jonathan also has a passion for songwriting, and is currently writing his own original materials.

Katrina W.

Katrina W. graduated from Bridgewater College in May ‘17 with a B.A in voice with an emphasis in church music. She teaches voice, beginner piano, and early childhood classes. Katrina has experience singing in ensembles as well as solo singing for churches, small services, and as part of larger choral events. Her hobbies include petting animals, reading books, playing video games, and drinking tea.

Kevin C

Kevin C. is a drum instructor at B2R Lansdowne and Herndon. His passion for rhythm led him to study Jazz Performance. He received an Associate of Arts from Montgomery College in Rockville, MD where he studied Jazz Drum Set Performance under the tutelage of renowned drum teacher Steve Larrance. While at Montgomery College, Kevin actively performed with the “jazztet” Manrico, performing in various recitals including the DC Jazz Week. As a drum teacher, Kevin strives to provide his students with a solid foundation of technique and musicality, essential tools to a musical journey.

Kristin W.

Kristin W. first learned to love the piano and music at the age of 4, sounding out music she heard on her little play keyboard. She finally asked her parents for lessons and soon after she began formal lessons. While in high school, Kristin played in the school jazz band, performing at various functions and school concerts. She also began taking lessons from a Julliard graduate, eventually making her debut at Weill Concert Hall in New York City where she played Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Kristin went on to attend Vassar College where she continued taking private piano classes as well as classes in theory. She considers her favorite artists to be Bach and Beethoven, but also has a love for film music, especially composers such as Danny Elfman and John Williams.

Kyle M.

Kyle M. also known as DJ Little Rock started his career in music DJ-ing college parties and local bars in his home state of Arkansas. In 2011, he moved to the DC area to pursue his career in music as a professional DJ. Since then, Kyle has DJ-ed hundreds of private events and weddings, as well as popular bars and clubs all over the DMV area. Kyle recently entered the DJ battle scene where he continues to evolve and expand his musical career, as well as share his love for turntable-ism with DJ everywhere.

Loren R.

Loren R. is a classically trained instructor at B2R who’s been playing guitar ever since the age of eight years old. Hailing from Ashburn, Virginia, he currently attends Northern Virginia Community College at the Loudoun campus. He spends most of his free time practicing one of his many instruments including the guitar, trumpet, bass guitar, or another one of the many brass instruments he picked up in High School. His summers include going on tour with his band QoK, as well as juggling the responsibilities of writing and recording with his second group, All I See. His off seasons are less travel oriented, allowing him to easily write and record with both groups, all while making time to work at B2R. Notable achievements include writing and recording QoK’s first album, called Episode: 1, as well as opening for groups such as Red Gold Green at Jambrew in Herndon, Virginia, and Jamie Grace at the WGTS Family Festival. Loren’s musical inspirations include genres such as rock, metal, jazz, and classical, as well as music groups such as Dance Gavin Dance, Paramore, No Doubt, and Bruno Mars.

Melissa W

Melissa W. has been writing, performing, and studying music for over a decade. She attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship where she studied music business, performance, and live sound reinforcement. Melissa is an avid songwriter and performer and has shared the stage with notable acts like Alison Krauss and Ralph Stanley, served as an alternate for Ben Folds' symphony hall tour, and toured and recorded with regionally acclaimed groups like The Woodshedders, The Bumper Jacksons, and the Acoustic Burgoo. She currently fronts her own project, Mink's Miracle Medicine, in which she plays electric guitar and sings lead vocals.

Ross V aka DJ Throdown

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.

Steve S

Steve S. is a Music Specialist and Band Coach at B2R Herndon.  He graduated from Musicians Institute (GIT) in Hollywood, CA and has over 25 years of music experience songwriting, performing, and teaching.  Steve began playing the guitar at age 10 and began teaching music to others in his mid-teens.  His musical path, originating in the early days in heavy metal, has greatly expanded over the years showing depth in expertise.  Although rock based, Steve appreciates and incorporates many different genres into his current style.  In his personal project, questionsinletters, listeners hear nods to influences that don’t often connect in the musical world.  New to the area since late 2014, he continues to perform, compose, teach and work on his project in the Mid-Atlantic region.  There is no doubt that Steve's calling and passion is music and his infectious enthusiasm spreads to those around him.

Wes T.

Wes T. is a guitar, bass and band teacher at B2R Herndon. Wes began his childhood music education as a double bassist, and quickly developed a love for performing jazz. He has performed with the Annandale Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Europe as primary bassist for the AMA's (American Music Association) Student Orchestra. Wes' true musical passion is for progressive rock/metal. In college, he shifted his focus over to guitar. As a guitar player, his compositions and riffs have been heavily influenced by bands such as Pantera, Soundgarden, Meshuggah, Mastodon, and Tool. Despite his love for heavy metal, his favorite music to perform is the Blues. His favorite Blues guitarists include; Alvin Lee, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Gibbons, and Paul Davis.

Miss Zoe

Miss Zoe is an experienced pianist and singer/songwriter. She is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College to pursue a degree in music. She has lived in Europe as well as the US, mostly growing up in New York City. Zoe works part-time as an instructor for Bach to Rock, teaching both piano and voice classes. She is actively working on an album, with the goal of recording and selling her music in addition to performing it live. Zoe is creatively inclined towards the pop genre and likes to experiment with different styles.

Miss Zoe

Miss Zoe is an experienced pianist and singer/songwriter. She is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College to pursue a degree in music. She has lived in Europe as well as the US, mostly growing up in New York City. Zoe works part-time as an instructor for Bach to Rock, teaching both piano and voice classes. She is actively working on an album, with the goal of recording and selling her music in addition to performing it live. Zoe is creatively inclined towards the pop genre and likes to experiment with different styles.

Why B2R?

  • 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.

B2R Curriculum

  • 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.