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.
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 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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Lucia is a piano, voice and early childhood teacher with B2R specializing in musical theatre. Since beginning her career as a freelance accompanist at the age of 14, she has accompanied a wide range of singers from music students to seasoned Broadway performers. As a singer, she has performed classical arias in front of thousands while also performing in musicals in and around the DC area. She also works as a birthday party princess for “Happily Ever Laughter Princess Parties” and has a history of working with and teaching children. She can be heard on the original cast recording of “Pray for the Dead; A Musical Tale of Morgues, Moguls, and Mutiny” and she continues to perform professionally around the DC area.
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 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.
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.
Tim R. is a strings instructor at Bach to Rock Herndon. He is a violist and composer working with classical, jazz, and electronic music. He received his Bachelors of Music in composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2018 where he studied with Keith Fitch and Steven Kohn. He has also studied jazz with Russ Johnson and viola with Mark Jackobs of The Cleveland Orchestra. Tim is familiar with Essential Elements and All for Strings in addition to using scale and etude books by Flesch, Schradieck, Kreutzer, Kayser, and Sevcik, among many others. Tim believes in personalizing his instruction style to fit the needs and level of each student in order for them to reach their maximum potential.
- 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.