Andrew Griffin is the Site Director at Gaithersburg. 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
Dan Munoz, assistant director at Bach to Rock Gaithersburg, is a Maryland native who began his musical life self-taught on the guitar, bass, drums, and in the recording arts. Growing up having to rely on his own strong work ethic and determination to excel in these arts as a leader, he sees extreme value in what Bach to Rock offers to students. He funded and built his first 600sq FT studio fully equipped at age 15 and recorded various local artists including his own band himself. His band, EastWestHwy, has performed almost everywhere from packed humble DC house shows, to the Baltimore Soundstage and Howard Theatre. He has worked with the locally renowned Buzzlounge Studios, who has worked with national and international artists alike, to help build his second studio and record his last EP with his band. Daniel has also had the pleasure of working at Capital Fringe, one of D.C's largest music and arts festival organizers as one of the programming managers. On his commutes, on the drums, and as he cooks, Daniel enjoys music from various artists from Jack Johnson to his favorite band, Two Door Cinema Club.
Chelsea Lamm is the Assistant Director at the B2R Gaithersburg 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.
Alex A. teaches voice, guitar, drums keyboard and bass. Currently pursuing a degree in Choral Music Education at University of Maryland Baltimore, Alex has been both a teacher and participant in a variety of different musical outlets including musical theater, acappella, rock bands, and a wide spectrum of choirs. He is currently writing original music and playing as a solo act around the metro area. Alex's favorite artists include Queen, Stevie Wonder, and Beethoven.
Jonny S. is a music instructor at B2R Gaithersburg. 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 Gaithersburg.
Joseph W. is a guitarist, lyricist, and drum instructor who resides in Gaithersburg, MD. Although his musical roots began in Blues and Rock, Joseph has studied and progressed through many eclectic styles including Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Reggae, and World music. In 2007 he studied World Music at Montgomery College, as well as Music Theory, Guitar, and The History of Blues in the 20th century. He started his journey with guitar and drums in 2004 and progressed over the years and eventually began teaching professionally once he graduated college. He has taught all ages and enjoys teaching students from the moment they first pick up a guitar or drum stick. Joe takes pride in his never ending patience as a teacher!
Krissy S. teaches violin, guitar, and piano at Bach to Rock in Gaithersburg. She started playing the violin during her elementary school years and has been a part of all her school orchestras ever since. At the age of 11, she picked up on guitar and at 13 she took on piano. Krissy was very involved throughout her music career as well. When in middle school, she took part in Montgomery county’s solo and ensemble events receiving superior ratings. Krissy was involved in 3 of her school’s talent shows, all in which she sang and played guitar. During high school, she was determined to take on many challenges, exploring all the opportunities offered to her. She was a part of the pit orchestra in two of her school’s musicals including Alice in Wonderland and Pippin. During her freshman year, Krissy began as a second violinist, but over the years rose up to concertmaster. She took part in the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra where she had the chance to play with Itzhak Perlman. Krissy also had the honor of participating in Montgomery County's All-County Orchestra. She even had the opportunity to perform at Constitution Hall during her senior graduation. Today, Krissy is still a member of various orchestras and working to perform gigs in her community with her guitar, piano, and violin. As a teacher at Bach to Rock, Krissy wants to help students find their voice in music. She aspires to teach students music but to also find a love for it the way she did. Music brings people together, and with her love and passion for it, Krissy wants to share her gift with her students.
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.
Leon L. teaches piano/keyboard, bass, and coaches bands at B2R Gaithersburg. He is the keyboardist, bassist, vocalist, and co-founder of The Almighty Pawns, a party, wedding and event band based out of Gaithersburg. His favorite artists include Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Alicia Keys, Kirk Franklin, Incognito, Donny Hathaway… the list can go on and on! Music became a passion for him when he was 12. He joined the high school choir and stuck with it all throughout high school. He also joined a local gospel quartet, studied drama, and had lead parts in school musicals. In his twenties he started studying the bass guitar in additional to “tickling the ivories” and singing. Leon enjoys passing on the gift of music to younger generations and is pleased to be a part of the B2R family!"
Lindsay M. earned her Bachelors Certificate in Audio Engineering and Music Production at Omega Studios School Of Applied and Recording Arts. She has been playing drums since she was 12 years old. Her major influences include Ginger Baker, John Bonham, Buddy Rich and Don Brewer. She has had the opportunity to be part of many bands, and has worked as a studio musician with Roger Waters, Billy Corgan, and Baby Face just to name a few.
Michelle P. is a voice, piano and Early Education Music Specialist at Bach to Rock. She has been performing and competing since the age of 12 and has had the opportunity to appear as the opening act for numerous famous Filipino celebrities. Michelle has been a part of all her middle school and high school choirs as well as the Annandale Women’s Ensemble and Annandale Singers. Currently, she is the lead vocalist and keyboardist for City Groove and has been with them for almost 10 years. City Groove performs at venues such as Harrington Casino in DE, and Portales Underground in VA, and they are the entertainment for many galas, weddings, and other events around the country. Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, and Alicia Keys are some of Michelle’s musical influences, as well as the many musicians that populate her family. Michelle feels very fortunate to have been passed on such a great talent, and therefore wants to share her expertise and inspire her students so they can continue to grow and have the opportunity to share their talents with the world.
Nate L. teaches Piano, Guitar, Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone in Bach to Rock Gaithersburg. He started his music career in elementary school playing the flute and since then, he has taught himself various other instruments including clarinet, alto saxophone, guitar, piano and bass. In high school, he has arranged music for his jazz band, served as the conductor for his marching band and played piano during his graduation ceremony. Coming out of high school, he has taken up gigs as a professional pianist and woodwind doubler. In college, Nate formed and directed numerous bands including the Minor Third Jazz Combo and the rock band Magnolia. Alongside this, Nate also performs regularly as a choir accompanist for his church. Nate loves to arrange, compose and record music on his free time and when playing a gig, he enjoys the freedom of improvisation and challenge of sight reading. Nate believes that everyone, no matter what age, can learn how to play and enjoy music, as long as they have the patience, confidence and drive to do so. He takes inspiration from other musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker and Jaco Pastorius. Nate hopes to inspire the next generation of musicians so that they can strive to be the best that they can be, whether that be performing live to thousands of people, or just to one. As a computer science undergrad at the University of Maryland, Nate wishes to combine his passion of programming and music so that he can share his talents to the world.
Nick S. is a Music Specialist and band coach at B2R Gaithersburg. He teaches guitar, bass guitar, drums, and piano. Nick has vast amounts of experience in performance and rehearsing bands. He has been playing the guitar for twelve years and teaching music for nine years. Ever since he began playing he has loved and played all genres of music including jazz and classical, but rock and roll is his passion. Thus he has created a pasttime of playing and leading rock bands. In these bands he played guitar, bass guitar, drums, and sung. He studied music education at West Virginia University with a focus on jazz/classical guitar. While there, he performed in many college level ensembles including a classical guitar ensemble, sound painting, and choral union. He has been a church musician for Difference Makers Church in Damascus, MD, for over a decade. Music is his life and he loves to teach that which has brought him so much joy.
Pedro V. is a passionate and dedicated guitar and band instructor at Bach to Rock Gaithersburg. Being inspired at a young age to play the guitar, he quickly developed skill on a personal and academic level. Pedro has had the opportunity to perform at several venues, conferences, and other events and has also recorded in a number of professional studios across the United States. He has had the distinct honor to play with and be mentored by several Grammy award-winning musicians and producers such as: Mark Letierri of Snarky Puppy, Dave Cleveland; world renowned gospel guitar player, Joey Vazquez; 5 time Grammy award-winning bass player and several others. In the long run, Pedro yearns for each student to reach his or her musical goals in the most fun and interactive way possible!
Ryan G. specializes in teaching Drums, Guitar, Bass, Piano and audio engineering at Bach to Rock Gaithersburg. Ryan began learning guitar at age 6 from his father, who taught him basic chords using an old Beatles songbook. However, seeing Ringo Starr play drums in A Hard Day's Night sparked a fascination in percussion, and he began playing in the 4th grade band. In high school, he rediscovered his love for the guitar and picked it up again as a new way to express himself musically. He participated in the symphonic orchestra, marching band, pit orchestra, and jazz ensemble at Rockville High School. Ryan graduated from Salisbury University in 2016 with a degree in Communication Arts and a minor in Music. Ryan has been training as an audio engineer for three years, and uses these skills to record his own songs, for which he performs all of the instruments. He finds inspiration in a variety of music, from Jazz to Classical to World, but his favorite artists are The Beatles, Fall out Boy, Guns n' Roses, Blink- 182, and Slipknot.
Ryan T. is a composer, improviser, author, music theorist, pianist, music producer, and teacher. He has won awards for his original music, such as his first place award for Best Original Film Score in the Montgomery County Film Festival in 2011. He also has performed in prestigious venues like the Takoma Park Jazz Festival and the Siemens Competition Awards Ceremony hosted in the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Ryan writes and performs in a variety of styles ranging from classical to jazz to electronic. He has experience writing music for large ensembles such as orchestras and jazz big bands. As a music producer, he has worked with big and small groups of musicians alike in professional-level recording studio environments. His expertise also extends to the mixing, mastering, and synthesis applications of music technology that have become so central to the modern music industry. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Contemporary Writing and Production. He was accepted in 2013 with a scholarship and finished the four-year program only two and half years later. He has studied with great teachers such as the amazing composer and concert pianist Jeffrey Chappell. He has also studied guitar performance on the side and experiments with different instruments whenever he can. In recent years, Ryan has focused on teaching workshops, classes for small groups, private lessons, and on creating his new book The Theory and Creation of Music.
Tim M. is an audio engineer, guitar teacher, and band coach at Bach to Rock Gaithersburg. Tim began music through the oboe in elementary school band, and began teaching himself the guitar in middle school. Through high school, he played in the award-winning Glenelg bands and orchestras, as well as rock and metal groups with classmates. In 2015, Tim graduated from Butler University, where he received his BA in Creative Media and Entertainment. Tim seeks to help his students reach their fullest musical potential, be it in the practice room or the recording studio.
- 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.