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Staff & Music Teachers

Kelly Gorringe

Kelly Gorringe is the Site Director at the B2R McLean location. She studied Music Industry at Syracuse University in New York and graduated in 2016. Kelly has been playing clarinet since she was 9 and has dabbled in a bit of saxophone, guitar, and piano. While in college, Kelly was very active in: the Syracuse University Marching Band, the Sour Sitrus Society (the university's pep band) the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble and other various ensembles across campus. Through these bands she has had a lot of travel and performance opportunities such as preforming in a marching band pre game show at Super Bowl XLVII as well as playing for former Vice President Joe Biden. Her music taste varies, but her favorite band has always been Green Day. In her spare time Kelly enjoys the great outdoors, watching tv shows, reading, puns, and going to any type of concert.

James A.

James A., Assistant Director, is a drum, band and Kids n Keys instructor at B2R McLean. Starting out studying music education and then classical percussion performance, he is currently preparing to finish his Bachelor of Arts – Music degree at VCU come the 2020 spring semester after he realized his passion is with the drum kit. Whilst at VCU James studied classical percussion with Dr. Justin Alexander, and jazz drum set with Tony Martucci. He was also a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and various Small Jazz Ensembles, where he played at different places across Richmond and Virginia as a whole. His two favorite performing moments at VCU were playing Steve Reich’s “Drumming” in its entirety (about 80 minutes long) with the VCU Percussion Ensemble, and performing a marimba solo with famed trumpeter Rex Richardson and principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Joe Alessi on a world premier piece with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. James was also the recipient of the Helga von Attems scholarship his third semester at VCU. Though his main instrument is drum set, he can also play the majority of the percussion instrument family, some piano, and has played bass/guitar in the past. He is also versed in composing, arranging, transcribing, and improvisation. In his own time, he has played in bands ranging from metal to shoe gaze; though his favorite genres are Post-bop, post-hardcore, and math rock. Regardless of what he’s playing, he appreciates all genres of music and can perform a wide range of styles. James is very excited to share his musical information with students as he truly believes knowledge is power.

Anthony R.

Anthony R. teaches drums at B2R. Having played drums since he was 13, Anthony has recorded multiple studio albums and performed many gigs in the DMV area, including the famous 930 club. He has played in a handful of bands and has done studio session work, ranging from heavy metal, to funk and rock. He is currently playing in the extreme metal band Unendlich and the rock/pop cover band Allegedly. Anthony has a deep love and passion for music, and wants to help his students discover their talents at B2R.

Devin B.

Devin B. is a Music Specialist and Saxophone instructor at B2R McLean. He started his career with a classical background and was awarded 1st Chair Jazz Tenor Saxophonist in Loudoun County in 2012. Devin has been playing Saxophone for over twelve years and has been teaching students of all ages and backgrounds for the last five. He has also recently picked up Guitar and Piano and looks forward to teaching basics in those too. He specializes in playing Blues, Funk, Jazz, R&B and Rock. Devin gigs regularly in the Northern Virginia and DC area and he has huge passion for helping others learn new skills and developments in music.

Emily R.

Emily R. is a voice and piano teacher. She just graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and is currently in her Masters studying Vocal and Opera Performance at McGill's Schulich School of Music. She has a classical background beginning with piano at the age of 5 which she continued to pursue into her college years. She sang in pop and rock styles in a band in high school and began her vocal training in musical theater. Emily has also sung in many choral ensembles including the London Youth Choir, National Youth Choir of Great Britain as well as the Cantala and Concert Choir at Lawrence University. Because of this, she's gotten to sing in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and even the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame where she won first place in the National Opera Scenes competition (2020). She has privately taught voice and piano to a variety of ages and skill levels for several years. To her, the most important part of music is the joy of making and sharing that music with others. She hopes to instill that same passion and joy into all her students.

Faith E.

Faith E. teaches piano, saxophone, flute and beginner voice. She has played music since she was 10 years old, flute was her first instrument and added saxophone two years later. All throughout high school she was active in choir, concert band and marching band. She has performed in a lot of places with each group, for the marching band she performed at Disney World and Universal studios. While in choir she performed at multiple locations including the Country Hall of Fame and Ryman Auditorium. In college, she was also an active part in jazz band, concert band, and choir during her undergraduate degree. She went on to receive a minor in music with a major in psychology. During that time she also was majoring in piano so she performed often throughout her college career. She loves music and teaching so being able to do both of those things together is a dream.

Gabriel Y.

Gabriel Y. is a professional performing and recording guitarist as well as bassist. At Berklee College of Music, he earned his Bachelors of Music in Professional Music with Concentration in Music Business, Music Performance and Music Production. He’s been in many bands commissioned to record, transcribe, arrange and perform as the bandleader and guitarist. Gabriel has taught all contemporary styles for electric, acoustic guitar and bass which includes theory and reading to a wide range of students from ages 7 to 40 years old. He’s excited to share his love and passion for music at B2R, McLean.

John D.

John D. loves teaching guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, beginner piano, music theory, and coaching bands. He’s been playing music for 14 years and teaching for about 5. His mission is to inspire, as well as to teach in a fun and creative manner. There have been a number of musical groups he’s been involved with over the years, and is currently the guitarist of a popular Richmond-based rock band. He's also a graduate of the renowned Recording Workshop, a recording arts program in Ohio, with a certification in audio recording and music production. Over the years he’s learned a handful of skills ranging from building/repairing guitars, to constructing entire home recording studios. He’s been fortunate to have worked under the wing of a handful of very talented and experienced teachers. By doing so, he’s picked up many of their music teaching skills and techniques. His musical inspirations range from Classic Rock, Blues, Country/Folk, and Jazz.

Kevin P.

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.

Krissy S.

Krissy S. teaches violin, guitar, and piano at Bach to Rock in McLean. 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.

Lesia M.

Lesia M. I was born and grew up in Ukraine in a small city Kamianske where I got my first music education in Music College of Kamianske and received an associate degree in Music Education. After graduation, I played in the orchestras of the Dnipropetrovsk Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre where I played the second flute and piccolo part, and Theatre of Music and Drama in Kamianske. I continued my education at the Kharkiv National University of Arts and got my Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Flute Performance. In Kharkiv, I taught Flute and Recorder in several music schools and was a Lead Teacher in the department of the orchestral instruments in Kharkiv School of Arts. I taught children of all ages and levels from 4 to 18 years. My students successfully participated in competitions and concerts like solo and ensemble performers. In 2012, my family and I moved to the United States. In the US we lived in different states. Our first stop was California where I started to learn Music in Early Childhood and created a program for Russian moms with their children and then we moved to Florida where I continue teaching in the school for toddlers and preschoolers and also started to teach flute online and helped my student got the first chair in her high school orchestra. In my flute teaching practice, I use the methods of European masters such as Marcel Muaz, Paul Taffanel, and Ernesto Koller, Russian flutists such as Nikolai Platonov and Yuri Dolzhikov. As a teacher, my goal is to teach children to love music as I love it. And I believe the more beautiful music in the world, the happier the world would be.

Mike K

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

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.

Quentin S.

Quentin S. is a professional guitarist and music production specialist at Bach 2 Rock McLean. Since graduating from Berklee College Of Music in 2019, he continues to teach, perform, and compose music, as well as tour with his alternative-punk band, Heavy Sleeper. Quentin finds appreciation in all genres of music, though he has an affinity for all things rock and heavy metal. Throughout the years he’s remained active in the rock and general music industry with performing in an array of bands, and writing for Forbes.com covering rock & metal news/interviews. As it relates to teaching music, he has a profound passion for spreading the excitement and joy that comes with learning guitar. He’s taught a variety of different skill levels and ages, and he remains eager to do the same at Bach to Rock McLean.

Simon S.

Simon S. is a Music Specialist at Bach to Rock-McLean. He specializes in violin, cello, and bass, but plays other instruments! Simon has been playing music for about 13 years and counting and has found much joy in music over the years. He wants to share that joy with others. He hopes that his passion for music will be transferred to his students so that they experience the joy and passion that comes from the beautiful art of music. Hop aboard and go on this musical adventure here at Bach to Rock McLean!

Syd D.

Syd D. teaches flute, guitar, piano, and voice at B2R McLean. She currently attends Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. She is majoring in Music Production and Engineering, and aims to become a professional music producer and songwriter. Her principle instrument is the flute, which she has been playing since she was eleven years old. She was trained classically, consistently scoring excellent ratings in solo festivals, and her band was awarded the Sudler Flag of Honor her final year in high school. Since arriving at Berklee, she has begun studying with renowned jazz flutist Sarpay Ozcagatay, and performs in primarily funk/r&b, pop, and jazz style ensembles. Syd also plays the guitar and sings, and loves to produce her own original songs as well as those written by her peers. She has been teaching young students guitar, voice and flute since she was fourteen, and she is very excited to continue sharing her passion for music with the students at B2R McLean!

Tia M.

Tia M. is a singer, piano player, and composer. Beginning her studies at Columbia College Chicago, she studied sound design and music. She has experience performing in choirs and a cappella groups, in addition to her work as a freelance vocalist for video game music. She has sung for independent game soundtracks, arrangement albums, and frequently attends events in the game industry. She is looking forward to sharing her passion of music and teaching with the students of B2R McLean!

Why B2R?

  • 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.

B2R Curriculum

  • 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.