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.
Staff & Music Teachers
Krysten Warnes is an Assistant Director at Bach to Rock Herndon. Krysten grew up in a small town in Ohio, an hour from Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! She grew up listening to Classic Rock and Country music, while growing up on tractors out on the farmlands. Growing up, Krysten was involved in sports and music, where she played the piano, trumpet, and percussion, while singing in her youth choir at her Church. She received her Associates degree from The University of Akron, then drove down to Florida where she received her Bachelors in Music Business and was at the top of her class! After graduating, she was an Artist Manager for the show, La Voz Kids (Spanish version of The Voice for Kids). From there, she moved to Maryland for an internship with the Music Director at DC101, then started working in the Promotions Department for DC101 and BIG100.3, where she still currently works! Krysten is proud of being from the Midwest and is a Huge BUCKEYES fan!
Chelsea Lamm is the Assistant Director at the B2R Herndon location. She studied music at Longwood University and graduated in 2014. Chelsea has been singing since she was 3 years-old, and has performed in musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Pirates of Penzance, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, and ThreePenny Opera. Chelsea has performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, ACDA Regional Women's Ensemble, and the Virginia All-State Mixed Chorus. While in college she was president and director of two female a'capella groups Pitch Perfect and Lady Joan's, one of which she founded; Chelsea was also a member of the Camerata Singers and University Women's Choir. She is also a member of the College Music Society, American Choral Director's Association (ACDA), and Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity. Chelsea's goal is to earn her master's in either Vocal Pedagogy or Music Business.
Ellen Broetzmann, an Assistant Director at Bach to Rock Herndon & Lansdowne, 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.
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.
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.
Brian R. aka DJ Ragz is an accomplished Battle DJ/Producer and a product of the West Coast Hip Hop scene. He has opened for the likes of Black Star (Mos Def/Talib Kweli), Company Flow, Heltah Skeltah, Busta Rhymes and a host of other acts as well as being the Dj/Co Producer for the Jazz Addixx. He has over 20 years of experience rocking crowds from state to state. While rocking shows around the country DJ Ragz also co-produced three breakbeat/battle records called “Bare Bones Battle Breaks” (I,II & III). DJ Ragz has done nationally distributed mix cds and been featured on Return of the Dj’s twice. Battle Wise, Dj Ragz has been a 1997 DMC finalist, 2005 Scion runner up, and has ranked with some of the best Dj’s in the Nation Reppin the Gorilla Fist Clothing.
Caleb H. is a music specialist and a band coach at Bach to Rock in Herndon. Caleb has been playing bass for the past 7 years, but also has several years of experience playing the Piano. He has received training from world-class instructors from Germany and England. Caleb is a professional black smith and in his spare time enjoys building guitars and bass guitars from wood. His most recent creation is a G2 Jazz bass replica. Caleb currently attends the Volgenau School of Engineering with a primary focus in Mechanical Engineering.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike "Moximum" M. is "the very definition of a Renaissance Man." He is a music producer, audio engineer and sound designer in Charlottesville, Va. Mike teaches music production, Djing and keys to students of all ages as well as leading/coaching bands at Bach To Rock in Herndon, Va and works as a freelance audio engineer and studio consultant all across the DMV area. Mike also performs regularly as a DJ and as an educator, drawing from his over 25 years of experience with music and sound in various forms, he demonstrates sound science concepts in an easy to understand format, enriching the learning process. "The first thing I did when I was born was make noise."
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. 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. 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 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.
- 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.