Michael La Bella is an Assistant Director at B2R Gaithersburg. Michael studied Music Composition at Wayne State University in Detroit with a focus in vocal performance. Michael has been singing, playing guitar and piano since the age of nine. He has taught both private and group lessons all over the metro Detroit area. Michael currently writes, records, and performs music with his solo band. Michael is excited to bring the Motown sound to B2R Gaithersburg."
Staff & Music Teachers
Aldo R. teaches drums and guitar at B2R in Gaithersburg and is an active freelance percussionist in the DMV metropolitan area. He has degrees in percussion performance from Towson University B.M., and Montgomery College A.A. His interest in music started in his early teenage years when he started playing guitar and keyboard to his favorite songs. His background as a percussionist has given him the privilege of performing in orchestral, jazz, rock, and world music in professional, amateur, and community ensembles. Some of his biggest musical influences come from bands, artists, and composers such as Café Tacvba, Iron Maiden, Gustav Mahler, Francis Poulenc, Pat Metheny, and John Coltrane to name a few. He loves all aspects of music and is always looking to learn, perform, teach and create music of all styles. He encourages everyone to try new musical experiences and expand their musical adventures.
Alyssa M. always had a passion for music, even when she was a young child. She started receiving vocal instruction when she was 9 years old, and over the years she has ventured into pursuing other instruments like the guitar and piano. She has experience performing in multiple bands across the DMV area playing genres of music including pop, rock, funk, jazz, and blues. Currently, she is completing a minor in General Music Studies at SDSU. She is in a classical voice studio under the instruction of Dr. Bryan Bozentheal in addition to studying classical guitar. Music has been a big part of Alyssa's life, and she looks forward to sharing her passion and musical knowledge with others!
Ashleigh H. graduated Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor's Degree of Music in Music Education in May of 2016. She is certified to teach any form of Music Education in grades preschool through twelfth grade and has actively worked and engaged with students in a variety of skills and ages. After graduation, Ashleigh spent two years substitute teaching in an assortment of music classrooms across the state of Kentucky. When an opportunity arose for her to gain experience in a classroom of her own, Ashleigh, a Howard County Native, found herself accepting a position as an Elementary General Music Teacher in Prince George's County, MD. Ashleigh believes in encouraging lifelong skills and habits that extend beyond the classroom. She very much enjoys seeing passion and progress emerge from her students as they develop in lessons and everyday life. Music is about progress not perfection! Ashleigh firmly believes that musicians never stop learning! She enjoys seeking and creating performance opportunities whenever possible; regarding these opportunities as a chance to remind herself of a music student's perspective. She has performed with a range of different performance groups in a variety of genres all over the world. Ashleigh cannot wait to begin a new chapter making music with the Bach2Rock community
Ben J. teaches guitar, trumpet, and piano at B2R in Gaithersburg MD and is an active musician in Germantown, MD. He studied Music Industry & Recording Technology at York College of Pennsylvania and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science degree. He started playing guitar at age 12 playing mainly Green Day songs, but would eventually expand his skill through more artists and schoolwork to get where he is today. It's through that process that he adapted a great passion for playing, performing and creating music. After introducing himself to more artists he wants to share different kinds of music with the younger generation. In college he played in Rock, Jazz and Tribute Bands which included Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, and The Who. Ben really enjoys the 90's era of alternative rock. His favorite artists include Oasis, Weezer, Rush, Green Day, The Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and many more. He is always open to learning and being introduced to new songs and styles of music. His teaching goal is to unite people to create a wonderful entertaining experience. He not only wants students to learn and develop technical proficiency with their instruments, but he wants everyone to bring their own strengths to the table and overall, Have Fun.
Henry C. teaches music theory and piano. He is currently studying at Full Sail University in the pursuit of an audio production degree in order to teach and provide audio production services to his clients. He first learned to play the piano when he was in high school in Brooklyn, NY where he was born and raised. From practicing and performing ragtime, classical music, and pop to playing in piano bars while he traveled abroad in his military service, Henry has always loved playing the piano and has maintained his dream of teaching the art. Henry's favorite music is Kompa (Haitian music), Merengue (Spanish dance music), Reggae, Soca, African pop music, ragtime, classical, hip-hop, R&B, rock, and pop but is always learning about different genres and instruments!
Jamie E. teaches Early Childhood Music, Vocal Performance, and Glee at Bach to Rock. Her passion for performing stems from her time as a student at Bach to Rock as a singer. Outside of Bach to Rock, Jamie is a championship level competitive Irish Dancer, and is a four time regional qualifier. Jamie also does Stand Up Comedy in the DMV area, is passionate about making people laugh, and hopes to pursue comedy in the future. Jamie’s favorite music is anything that will make you get up and dance. Whether it’s show tunes, rap, or TLC. She wants to spread positivity, be a strong role model to every student, and help them find their passions within music and performance.
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.
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!"
Manuel J-M. is thrilled to be joining Bach to Rock Gaithersburg as a Music Production Instructor. A Washington DC native, he is a 2020 graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BA Audio Design and Production. While there, Manuel studied several areas of audio including Music Recording, Sound Design for Games, Live Sound and Audio for Visual Media. Manuel studied piano and guitar for several years, but his passions lie in music production and live sound. During college courses and recently through an internship at Bias Studios in Springfield VA, he has had the opportunity to assist with the recording of several artists. He has also worked in several local theatre productions. He has extensive experience with the sound industry’s state of the art products including Pro Tools. Manuel has additional experience working with youth as a camp counselor and teacher’s assistant. While in Chicago, he earned his Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He hopes to teach in Asia in the future. He is excited to work with motivated and talented students at Bach to Rock.
Marvin A. has been a private guitar instructor for over a decade in the NYC and DMV area. After completing guitar studies at the Montgomery College Jazz Program He completed a BFA in Jazz Guitar at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music in New York City. There he was mentored and trained by the foremost jazz musicians in the world and became immersed in the jazz scene sitting in with greats and honing his skills on the guitar and the complex harmonic language of modern improvisational music. He has completed course work in music Pedagogy, orchestration, and composing and arrangement Marvin has been employed as a guitarist for houses of worship in NYC, Baltimore, and DC. He has served as sideman in the DMVs Alvin Trask krewtet, Brian Farroah and What got Over, and several other local artists. He has utilized these his skills performing countless private events and shows in the styles of rock, gospel, contemporary Christian, hip hop, RnB, funk, top 40, pop, reggae, bluegrass, and of course jazz. He also has been hired to record sessions for record labels and as a supporting musician for recording artists during live shows. Currently he serves the community as a hired music coordinator/leader for St. Francis of Assisi in Derwood for the 5pm youth mass. "My mission as a music educator is to pass on my joy of learning, playing, and sharing music. And to build solid fundamentals, from classical and modern music, that may facilitate creativity and innovation from my students."
Nathaniel R. is teaching DJing and Music Production at B2R Gaithersburg. He has spent the last 8 years navigating the music industry as a DJ, Producer, Live Sound Engineer, Recording Engineer, and Event Organizer around the Maryland, D.C., and Philadelphia areas. Throughout the years he has learned the in’s and outs of the performance side of music as well as the behind the scenes work involved to make great musical experiences possible. During his time at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County he has worked as an advocate for local and upcoming musicians in the area by creating community driven educational programs and studio spaces on his campus to further their artistry through workshops, collaboration, and student run concerts. He has always enjoyed seeing people discover and grow their creative and musical passions, and he hopes to share his experience and insight with students!
Nicholas 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 rehearsing bands and performance events. He has been playing the guitar for sixteen years and teaching music for thirteen years. Ever since he began playing he has loved and played all different genres of music including jazz and classical, but rock and roll is what gets him through his days. Thus he has created a past time of educating and leading rock bands. In these bands he’s played guitar, drums, bass guitar, and sung. He studied music education at West Virginia University with an excellent faculty which included Doctors Sandra Schwartz and Molly Weaver. He received tutelage from the likes of Scott Elliott who had the honor of establishing himself with the PSO (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra). While there, he performed in many college level ensembles including guitar ensemble, sound painting, and choral union. He is a church musician with Difference Makers Church in Damascus, MD formerly known as Damascus Wesleyan Church. For over a decade he has been rocking and jamming there. Music is his life and he loves to teach that which has brought him so much joy.
- 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.