Lora Robinson is the Director at B2R Herndon. She is originally from the Northern Virginia area and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Therapy from Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. Lora has been part of the Bach to Rock family since 2015 serving as both a Music Specialist and Assistant Director at the B2R South Riding location. Lora is a strong believer in the ability that music has to reach people of any ability and age. She enjoys all musical genres but counts gospel and jazz as her favorites. Lora is excited to be a part of the B2R Herndon team!
Staff & Music Teachers
Mr. Terrill is the Assistant Director at B2R Herndon. Terrill started his B2R journey teaching piano, drums and band at both the Herndon and South Riding locations. He is a multimedia artist who specializes in music composition and performance. His international performance experience ranges from Carnegie Hall to the streets of Bangalore, playing keyboards, electronic sequencers, and all manner of percussion (orchestral and kit). In addition to his classical background, he was also trained in jazz studies and loves improvisation. Growing up, Terrill was always very fond of instrumental soundtracks for movies and aspired to be a great composer like John Williams, Danny Elfman, or James Newton Howard. With over 40 hours of originally produced material for solo projects and film scoring contracts, he is a voracious creator who is constantly working remotely with musicians around the country.
Christi L. is an Admin Assistant at B2R Herndon and also assists with events, camps and birthday parties. Christi started her music career in 5thgrade on the alto saxophone and has kept the music bug ever since. She joined her first band in middle school playing bass and guitar. Christi has worked behind the scenes as a stage hand, monitor engineer, and lighting designer at The Bayou and the original 930 Club. Her stage hand experience provided her the opportunity to tour with White Zombie, The Dave Mathews Band, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Pantera. Christi later transitioned to production work, spending time in video game production with Disney/ABC Sports, and providing 3D animation and audio production for military contracts. More recently, Christi taught at a private school in which she instructed kids from Pre-K to 7thgrade. In addition to standard coursework, she taught electives about music, produced in house TV shows which featured the students, provided audio and stage production for assemblies, and ran rock n roll summer camps.
Benni P. is a songwriter and a trained multi-instrumentalist teaching guitar, bass, piano, and voice. Originally from Boulder, Colorado they have studied at a number of musical institutions all over the country including Denver School of the Arts in Colorado and Idyllwild Arts Academy in southern California. They have been performing for 5 years with multiple groups as well as solo performances at a variety of venues including world renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison Colorado. Benni has a passion for helping young musicians grow and is honored to be a part of the Bach to Rock team!
Chandler C. is currently attending George Mason University. He is a multi-instrumentalist, having experience playing strings, wind instruments, brass, piano and voice. Chandler performs with ensembles around the Northern Virginia area and is working on personal music projects.
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. is a Music Specialist and band coach at B2R Herndon. 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.
Ethan H. graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s in Instrumental Music Education, specializing in Low Brass. He has taught in public schools and privately and has experience performing in professional venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City. Outside of music, he serves as a lead instructor for Black Rocket Productions LLC during the summer as well as teaching martial arts in a small gym near his home in Sterling. Ethan assists with events and teaches lower brass and piano at B2R Herndon.
Gabriel Y. Is a Music Specialist and band coach at B2R Herndon. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors of Music in Professional Music. Gabriel has a background in teaching private lessons and touring with bands. Gabriel enjoys playing a variety of music and aspires to one day play music on a cruise ship and see the world. His current projects include leading Gbaby Blues Band and playing bass with Whatever Whatever.
Ms. Hilari believes that music is EVERYTHING! She has been singing since she was able to speak and started playing instruments when she was in third grade. Since then, Hilari has learned and mastered playing the violin, viola, and baritone. Violin is her primary instrument as she has been playing for roughly 14 years. Apart from performing in symphony orchestras, Hilari enjoys playing for fun with her sister! Because music has both influenced and shaped much of Hilari's life, she never wants to miss an opportunity to give back in any way she can. Hilari is excited to be a part of the Bach to Rock team!
Mr. Jasiu is a guitar, bass, drum and band instructor at Bach to Rock Herndon. As a multi-instrumentalist, Jasiu is constantly involved in the local scene and as played in bands since 2009. You may have seen him in acts such as A MARC Train Home (DC), Flooded (PA) and Model Train Wreck (DC). He currently plays for the Ultimate Overshare (DC), Flailing (MD), and Ambient (DC). Jasiu enjoys seeing students' love for music grow as they learn more and more about their instrument. He looks forward to helping B2R musicians reach their full potential!
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.
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.
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.
Mike A. has never met a musical instrument he didn’t like. He started playing guitar as a child and picked up bass, keyboards and drums along the way. Mike started playing in bands in high school and has performed with many different ensembles on the east and west coasts. He first started recording with a 4 track cassette machine. Then, in the early days of MIDI and digital audio, Mike worked with Opcode Systems and Digidesign helping to build music software and hardware products. Today, he's a multi-instrumentalist with experience spanning a variety of genres and venues. Mike is happy to be a part of the Bach to Rock family as a Band Coach, Music Production Instructor, and Private Lesson Teacher.
Ms. Natasha is a music specialist at Bach to Rock who specializes in voice. A native of rural Virginia, Natasha grew up with a grandmother who is a retired music and English teacher. Her first voice and piano lessons began earlier than she can remember because as her grandmother says, “she was singing before she could talk.” Natasha has sung in many church choirs, school choirs, and musical theatre productions during her childhood and while earning her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Richmond. Natasha was fortunate enough to receive formal voice training from Dr. Frances Prince at Northern Virginia Community College as an adult. Natasha experienced pre-professional success as a singer with Cincinnati Music Theatre and Showbiz Players both in Cincinnati, OH and as a wedding singer with The Biscaynes in Rockville, MD. She has also released two albums independently, and subsequently named her acoustic duo, Sparrow, after her debut album. This endeavor spurred a love of arranging and writing music that melds many genres to create songs that tell stories. You can most frequently find her singing with Floris United Methodist Church’s contemporary worship band, Full Circle, or with the nonprofit group, Mother2Mother, performing cabarets and workshops to help other nonprofit organizations. Natasha hopes to inspire others to use music and performance to create positive change in others and themselves.
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.
Taylor I. teaches voice and guitar at Bach to Rock Herndon. Taylor has been singing his whole life, playing guitar since he was 16, and writing and composing songs and music as long as he can remember. Taylor is influenced by a vast amount of musical genres, but most heavily by pop-punk such as Green Day. Ever since he began his musical journey, he has believed that music is the one thing that can connect all people and there is nothing more powerful, inspiring, or influential as music.
Mr. Thom R. is a music instructor and multi-instrumentalist at Bach to Rock Herndon and South Riding. Graduating from George Mason University, Thom received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a concentration in Music Technology, with Double Minors in Business and Ethnomusicology. In addition to being a music instructor, Thom also enjoys applying his creativity as an audio engineer in studio recording and live sound reinforcement. He has been involved in music from a very young age and has over ten years of classical training in violin, as well as nearly a decade of proficiency in mandolin, guitar, piano and voice. Thom began writing original songs while in college, and has recorded, produced, and released his original music under the name Brother Kestrel since 2015. Since then, he has continued to work on new songs and collaborate with local artists in Northern Virginia. Thom’s takes his influences from Folk, Rock, and Alternative genres, including bands like Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, The War on Drugs, and Alt-J."
Mr. Tom is a guitar, bass, and band instructor at Bach to Rock Herndon. He has been playing in punk rock bands since he was 15 while singing and playing guitar, bass, and drums. He holds an associates degree in Recording Arts and a bachelors degree in Music Business from Full Sail University. Tom has been writing original music for 17+ years, playing those same songs live for 16+ years, and touring across the east coast and midwest for 13+ years. His inspiration comes from bands like The Alkaline Trio, The Lawrence Arms, and Captain Everything! The showmanship aspect of being a musician is his forte, and he wants to help you “catch some air” and put on a thrilling live performance.
- 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.