Nayan Bhula is the Site Director of B2R Mclean & Gaithersburg, as well as a guitar & band teacher. Nayan is a songwriter, who also sings, plays bass, keyboard and harmonica. He has been playing professionally for over 20 years and his band Gist toured up and down the East Coast and Canada, releasing 3 full length albums and was featured in The Washington Post & NPR. He created a record label that is still putting out music to promote local artists called Red Stapler Records. In addition. Nayan is currently prominent on the local scene with a new 8 piece ensemble which includes a violinist, horn section, and 4 vocalists, called The NRIs. They have released 4 EPs and all of Nayan's music can be found on iTunes & Spotify. Nayan’s music inspirations include Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, A.R. Rahman, AC/DC, Sleater-Kinney, SRV, Wilco, Fugazi and David Bowie.
Staff & Music Teachers
Eddie Fuentes, one of our Assistant Directors at Bach to Rock McLean, is a Fairfax, Virginia native. He grew up playing any musical instrument he could get his hands on and was determined to master it. His deep appreciation for all genres and instruments in music allows him to teach guitar, bass, voice, piano and drums. After graduating with a B.A. in Audio Production from The Art Institute of Washington, Eddie proceeded to do sound design for TV and film. In his free time, he records bands and plays with The Approved Groove, The Get Readies (a Motown cover group) and his solo project, The Red Tree.
Alex T. is a Music Specialist in piano and percussion, and is a piano instructor at B2R McLean. He is a college student working towards a degree in Electrical Engineering. Being an engineer, he likes to take the methodical approach with music, teaching theory alongside technique. Alex is classically trained, beginning back at the age of 5, but he soon found a love for the expressive forms of jazz. Throughout his middle school, high school, and college careers to date, he has played in numerous bands, covering genres from classical and neoclassical, to indie rock, metal, blues, and jazz. He believes in teaching why music works the way it does, whether in classic theory or in the pop music of today, in the hope that his students can take the music that they learn and create something new. Alex has over 15 years of learning and playing experience, with influences as far back as Duke Ellington and Count Basie, to more modern players like Oscar Peterson and Chick Corea. He also has an appreciation for the artists and bands who blended classical playing with rock and roll, like Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.
Andrea L. is a voice specialist at Bach to Rock McLean. Originally from Long Island, New York, Andrea received a music education degree from James Madison University in 2015. Her main concentration of study was voice/choir, but Andrea also thoroughly enjoys dancing and performing. Andrea’s passion for music and education goes far beyond the school of music at James Madison. In addition to teaching Glee Clubs, private voice lessons, Rock City classes, and summer camp at Bach to Rock McLean, Andrea is also an elementary music teacher at Centre Ridge Elementary School in Fairfax County. Andrea is thrilled about joining the team of musicians at Bach to Rock McLean!
Caroline G., voice specialist and flute player, was raised in a family with an active love of music in Northeast Iowa. She trained in classical voice and flute at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in both instruments, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and then continued at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, earning her Master’s degree in Voice Performance. Caroline then went on to earn her Artist Certificate in voice from George Mason University in May, 2014, where she won top awards in two N.A.T. S. state competitions and the GMU Concerto Competition singing with the GMU orchestra. While at GMU, Caroline also joined the Mason Vocal Jazz Ensemble and studied jazz voice with Dr. Darden Purcell, head of Jazz studies. Caroline’s favorite music, aside from classical, includes music theatre, jazz, and Japanese and Korean popular music, which she performs frequently for fans on various social media platforms. She believes first and foremost in focusing on vocal health and well-being, and then applying that healthy voice technique to almost any style and genre of singing with ease, stamina, and joy.
Charlie B. has been involved with music for the entirety of his life. He has 12 years of experience playing guitar and piano and occasionally wails on the harmonica. In 2014, he graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Psychology. He has enjoyed teaching music to a wide variety of students, ranging from six years old to sixty. His philosophy is that the primary goal of a teacher is to establish the student's personal goals and build a strong musical foundation on theory - all whilst having a blast. Charlie performs frequently with his quartet, "The Charlie Bare Quartet" at a variety of venues. He can also be seen playing solo and with any band that wants to jam. His musical styles include folk, rock, blues, jazz and country. The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Jim Croce, Johnny Cash and Steely Dan are some of his favorite performers.
Daniel R. teaches guitar, bass, piano, and coaches bands at B2R McLean. He has been playing and performing for over 10 years as a solo artist as well as with a variety of bands. During his career, Daniel has specialized in jazz and classical harmony, and studied classical and jazz guitar at Montgomery College. Daniel has been teaching for over 5 years and he applies useful, clear and comprehensible methods, achieving to take all struggle and difficulty away that learners come across. He seeks to motivate his students and give them the confidence and skill required to succeed in the music world. Daniel is also an all level music theory apprentice and composer of original guitar and piano music including classical, blues, jazz and ragtime for piano and guitar.
Demir S. teaches guitar, bass, piano and coaches bands at B2R Mclean. He received his Bachelor’s of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Demir has played in various groups whose styles have ranged from heavy metal to chamber music. He is currently gigging regularly in the D.C. area with thrash metal band Narrow Grave. Demir’s influences include Alex Skolnick, Michael Schenker, Glen Tipton, and Andy LaRocque.
Devon H. teaches voice, piano, and Early Ed classes at Bach to Rock McLean. Devon graduated from Suitland High School for Visual and Performing Arts and is currently pursuing his degree in Music Composition at Prince George's Community College, soon transferring to University of Maryland Baltimore College. Devon has been studying music theory, voice, and piano for the past decade and has had the honor of singing at the Kennedy Center on several occasions, including performances as part of the televised musical event 'Christmas in Washington'. During his time as part of the Christmas in Washington ensemble, Devon got to sing with big name musicians such as Neil Diamond, Justin Beiber, Cee Lo Green, and Mariah Carey! He also had the opportunity to arrange the music his school choir sang at his graduation! He has a great passion for music and teaching children the joy of music the way he learned when he was their age.
Erik B. is a guitar instructor and band coach at Bach to Rock McLean. Erik was jazz-trained at James Madison University by saxophonist David Pope who trained under the late, great Yusef Lateef. He is also a psychedelic rock singer-songwriter who spent 4 years performing and recording in Austin, Texas, "The Live Music Capitol of the World." He has performed at South by Southwest, recorded an album and EP with former band, The Domesticated, and currently brings his own brand of noir-rock to Washington D.C. with his band, Short Lives. He has shared the stage with indie acts The Twilight Sad, Silver Jews, and recorded with a member of Pitchfork Media-acclaimed band, Voxtrot. He has even shared the stage at the Corcoran Art Museum with John Oates (Hall and Oates). Erik is a a fan of the profound songwriters of the 60s, 70s, and punk generation such as Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Woven Hand, and Tom Waits. His guitar background is influenced by the virtuosic playing of rock and jazz players such as Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Pat Martino, Joe Pass, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery and more.
Evan S. teaches guitar, bass, trumpet and coaches bands at B2R Mclean. He has a degree in music and history from Skidmore College where he studied jazz, classical theory, and music technology. He is a consumate performer with experience playing at all types of venues in a wide range of styles; jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, slide guitar, soul. He now gigs regularly in the DC area both on the jazz circuit and the local rock scene. Evan's influences range wide from classic guitarists like Duane Allman and Wes Montgomery to their present-day contemporaries including Derek Trucks and John Scofield to horn players, bassists, pianists and drummers.
Holly M. is a bass, guitar, vocal, and piano instructor and band coach at B2R McLean. As the Los Angeles-based artist and songwriter for the power-trio HOLLY, she produced 3 CD's that are available on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, iLike, and ReverbNation. HOLLY was a regular at the House of Blues in West Hollywood in addition to the clubs on the Sunset Strip. With this band, she established herself as a rock singer-par excellence, in addition to her success as a bass player. Holly has been the bass player and/or singer for many bands and singer-songwriters including Sonia Rutstein-Disappear Fear, Dan Bern, Ice Cube, The Mustangs, Big Planet - Bill White Acre, and Irish musician Mark Dignam. She was a session player for various commercials and TV shows, including playing for the American Comedy Awards soundtracks. After a busy career in L.A., Holly moved to the D.C. area and took a hiatus from touring and recording after adopting 3 teenage kids from Kazakhstan. They grew up fast, and she is again recording, touring, and teaching! She has recently written songs for a number of charitable organizations that are being used as highlighted themes for national campaigns.
Jesse H. is a drum, piano, and band instructor at B2R McLean. He has over 10 years of professional experience in concert, symphonic, rock, jazz, and Latin percussion. He is currently working toward his English degree at George Mason University – on campus he writes for GMU’s Fourth Estate publication as a music columnist and heavily involves himself in the Music Productions Club. Jesse is the drummer for various local bands and acts, primarily rock groups Walkabout and End Year. As a teacher, Jesse is patient, understanding, and enthusiastic about his students and their progress. His teaching ranges from basic beginners to advanced improvisation and composition. Jesse’s musical influences include Thrice, Coheed and Cambria, Death Cab for Cutie, and Beck.
Kevin P. is a Guitar and Music Production / DJ Specialist at McLean and has been teaching music since 2008. As a classically-trained guitarist (B.M. In Music Industry from James Madison University '11) and with his numerous years playing guitar in ensembles and bands of varying genres, he likes to incorporate music theory principles and songwriting knowledge to explain the art of DJ'ing and production from a musical standpoint. Kevin has spun in clubs and bars in DC and Northern Virginia and has participated in several remix competitions online. He has experience working with Logic Pro and Pro Tools, but really loves working with Ableton Live, and regularly uses both digital "soft synths" and his analog synthesizers to create his own sounds from scratch. Other than teaching, producing, or DJ'ing, Kevin enjoys sarcasm, drinking espresso, watching Netflix, and going on jogs while listening to Fatboy Slim, early Daft Punk, Flume, and artists from Mau5trap Records and OWSLA.
Kirk T. is a Music Specialist in guitar, bass, piano, drums, recording arts, and is a band coach at B2R McLean. He is currently working toward his business degree which he hopes to use to open his own studio. Kirk began classical piano training at the age of 5, but quickly developed a love for rock ‘n’ roll, studying with a plethora of jazz and neoclassical teachers. During high school, he co-founded, organized, and engineered Indiefest, a local music festival aiming to provide a safe and friendly festival for young bands in northern Virginia. He currently brings that experience as the self-proclaimed King of Hair Metal Mountain to Camp Kedda’s Untitled Music Festival, serving as head sound engineer for the last three years. In addition to performance technique, Kirk places a strong emphasis on learning how and why music works the way it does and believes that understanding this will help students become not only accomplished players, but creators of music. He has over 17 years of playing experience, with musical influences including Coheed & Cambria, The Beach Boys, Darwin Deez, He is Legend and The Chariot.
Michael R. teaches drums, piano and bands at Bach to Rock McLean. He was born and raised in Montgomery County, MD and has been playing professionally in the DC and Baltimore areas for over twelve years. Michael has 16 years of experience on the drums and 20 on piano. At Montgomery college he studied music theory and jazz percussion. After college, he began teaching private lesson to students of all ages. Michael is a regular in the rock scene, performing with bands such as Corner Store Heroes, Your Cousin Marvin and Hounds of Hades. He enjoys sharing his years of experience and the joy of music with his students. He is a patient teacher and uses a variety of fun ways to motivate students. Michael's specialties include classical and jazz theory as well as improvisation techniques. His major influences are Streetlight Manifesto, The Who, The Special, and The Grateful Dead.
Mike K. teaches piano and coaches bands at B2R McLean. He has taught beginners as well as advanced students for over twenty years. Trained classically, Mike also has extensive experience in rock, country, pop, jazz and rhythm and Blues styles.Mike is also an accomplished Hammond organ player, and is a singer, songwriter and studio musician. His band "Mike Kelley and Friends" performs regularly in the Washington area. His influences include Oscar Peterson, Jimmy Smith, Keith Emerson, Leon Russell, and Ludwig Von Beethoven.
Misha B. graduated from the Institute of Culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia majoring in Band Directing. With his degree and many years of experience, Misha teaches guitar, bass, drums, piano, sax, flute and clarinet at B2R McLean. He continues today as a professional musician of several instruments, composer, and recording artist.
Reed G., aka DJ Obeyah, teaches private DJ lessons at B2R McLean. With a background rooted in Turntablism, Club DJing and Global Rhythms, Obeyah has a developed a style and sound that is capable of energizing the tents of Fashion’s Night Out and galas at the Swedish Embassy, and pumping up the crowd at the Washington DC Mad Decent Block party. DJ Obeyah has opened for producers such as RL Grime, UZ, Hudson Mowhawke, Flosstradamus and Baauer. His live performances during the Panamanian Carnivale celebrations prove just how far this highly innovative DJ and Producer can go. Obeyah’s remixes and production work have shared the same diverse background and sound, appearing in Diplo’s sets on BBC Radio 1extra to mix tapes from Producers such as Nadastrom and Brodinski. Obeyah has also been recognized for his own mix tapes by MTV’s IGGY. Recently, DJ Obeyah ranked 3rd on the National Sun Times Top 10 DJs in DC list, as well as ranking 45th on their list of the Top 100 DJs in the entire United States.
Ross C. has studied and performed music for over 15 years. In addition to his studies as a Vocal Performance and Acting Major at Christopher Newport University, performing as far away as the Basilica di San Marco in Venice, Italy and acting in such classic plays as Ah, Wilderness! and L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love), Ross has spent considerable time honing his craft as a singer/songwriter and guitarist in both solo and group projects. His influences range from Pop and Folk to Hip Hop and Classic Rock and he can be quoted as saying, “If it moves you, it's music.” Ross is passionate about music as a ways of communicating messages of love and emotion, citing his military and family-centered upbringing as a foundation.
Sean A., AKA DJ Face, believes that a great DJ has to be able to create a vibe with the audience to know exactly what they want to hear. DJ Face has been DJ-ing since the age of 12, so he knows just how to connect with his listeners and uses his excellent song selection, seamless blends, and superb timing to keep the dance floor moving all night. In addition to the multiple clubs he plays in the Washington, D.C. area, Face has also traveled the world and performed at venues in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Germany, Aruba and more. DJ Face has also spun alongside artists like The Roots, Pete Rock and Kid Capri, to name a few, and is a member of the True School Corporation, which is founded and run by Grammy Award winning producer and DJ, 9th Wonder. He is currently the tour DJ for The CrossRhodes, a Hiphop/Soul group led by Raheem DeVaughn and Wes Felton.
Simone S. is a violinist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist who began her musical path on a classical route, and has since branched out with bands including Bellflur, Incwell and the FreeWord, Laughing Man, Black Masala, The Riverbreaks, and The Aine O’Doherty Band. Her styles range from classical to experimental indie rock, noise pop, hip hop, reggae, go-go, indie blues, gypsy, Americana, folk, rock, film soundtrack composition, and traditional Irish music. Simone specializes in teaching a wide variety of styles of violin (including Suzuki-based string instruction) and also teaches beginning cello, viola, piano, and vocal lessons.
Stephen F. aka DJ Hayze, with over 7 years of professional DJing experience, has had the opportunity to work with the local FM Radio Stations in the area. He's had the pleasure to work events for P Diddy, MMG, Air Force One Detail Service, Cherry Blossom Festival, Macy's, Esteé Lauder, etc. He's known for his Wide range of genre selections. He's on the verge of becoming the best international DJ in the world.
Tess H. is a piano and voice instructor at Bach to Rock McLean and Gaithersburg. Tess began taking piano lessons at age 6 and trained classically before venturing out into her favorite genres, pop, folk, and new age. As a professional actor, Tess is an experienced singer, in both musical theatre and pop styles. She writes and records her own music with her brother under the name Tim and Tess Play Songs, and has performed her own music live in many different venues.Tess is a graduate of The College of William and Mary and has a B.A. in Theatre and Sociology.
Tom H. has been working for Bach to Rock for over five years. He is a band coach and teaches guitar, bass, and drums. At an early age, he took to The Beatles and, after some encouragement from his older brother, started playing guitar. In high school, Tom started writing songs and performing with his cousin, Matt Cummings, Music Director at B2R McLean. Since then, they have played The Fillmore, The State Theatre, The Howard Theater, The Black Cat, and even The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, New York. Familiar with every aspect of the music-making process, Tom instills in his students those ideals that make rock such a pure art form, and prepares them for the stage, the recording studio, and beyond.
Tommy W. teaches bass, guitar, bands and recording arts at B2R McLean. He has been playing music since the age of 11 and has had the opportunity to perform in venues as far North as New York City and as far South as Lima, Peru, ranging from established clubs and concert halls to grimy punk house basements (and everywhere in between). Tommy first began playing bass with his brother and his friends in a small metal band right outside of Washington, DC. One band became two, then three, and soon he was playing in rock bands, metal bands, hardcore punk groups, and jazz combos up and down the east coast. At age 18, Tommy moved to New York City to attend college at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he would study under players and composers who have worked with the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, John Cage, and Bobby McFerrin. After spending four years absorbing Jazz and earning a Bachelor's degree, New York's fertile and exciting scene drove him back into the arms of his first musical love, Heavy Metal, with a renewed fervor and fresh ideas. During this time he interned at the legendary Earache Records, working with the men who revolutionized Metal music in the 90s and coming to make great friends in the industry and global heavy music scene. He embedded himself in the long tradition of New York punk and metal, all the while keeping in touch with his roots in DC's unique underground music scene, where he is currently very active with his and fellow B2R teacher, Demir Soyer's band, Narrow Grave. Tommy brings 12 years of live playing experience and all the collective lessons he's learned from teaching himself and being taught by musical giants in New York to Bach to Rock, taking influence from a diverse list of players like Steve DiGiorgio, Cliff Burton, Scott LaFaro, Carles Benavent, and Les Claypool.
- 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.