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Staff & Music Teachers

Katie T

Katie Thomas Site Director at B2R Bristow, has over 15 years of experience working with children and the general public. Born and raised in the northern Virginia area, Katie attended VCU, where she majored in Early Childhood Education. During this time, she lived in Richmond and worked as a nanny before moving back north to pursue her dream of teaching. Katie has held positions such as senior manager, children’s party planner, and junior editor. She has been with the B2R Bristow location since its opening in 2015. Katie is from a large family consisting of several musicians, with brothers' in bands both in Virginia and Nashville. She is self-taught in ukulele and passionate about writing, astronomy, photography, and of course- music! 

"Where words fail, music speaks." - Hans Christian Andersen.

Conner K

Conner K. Director of Music at B2R Bristow. Conner grew up in Vienna, Austria where he started playing music with groups at a young age. He went on to attend Berklee college of Music, studying Recording and performance. There he played with and started multiple projects as a drummer and song writer. He left school to tour with the Max Tribe, a successful Boston blues band with whom he has played over 200 shows. After a long run of touring and multiple album recordings with different groups, Conner settled in the Nova area and currently gigs with bands spanning all genres. He uses his enthusiasm and experience in music to help the B2R program thrive and believes that all it takes to become great is interest and passion.

Susan W

Susan W. Administrative Assistant and Lead Instructor. Susan teaches Flute, Piano, Vocals, Brass, and Early Childhood. Susan attended college at Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pennsylvania majoring in Music Education. She has been playing the flute, piano and singing since the 2nd grade. Susan has been working with youth ages 2-21 for over 25 years. Teaching music is her passion. She has directed and instructed multiple youth choirs and worked individually with each youth to enhance their musical talent. She is the Minister of Music at a local church and plays the piano for worship services. Susan has a natural ability to work with children of all ages understanding the needs of each age group. Over the years, she has also worked closely with at-risk youth and children with disabilities. Music will always be an important part of her life.

Sophia R.

Sophia R. Administrative Assistant. Sophia graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Psychology degree. Throughout her college career she volunteered with multiple organizations; including a youth enrichment program where she mentored underprivileged children. Sophia is currently doing an internship with Keep Prince William Beautiful doing education outreach. She has a musical background as well; Growing up, Sophia played the clarinet, sang in a choir, and has auditioned for past singing competitions and although her dreams of becoming a professional singer did not work out, Sophia still enjoys her fair share of karaoke sessions!

Aaron S.

Aaron S. is a Music Specialist and Audio Engineer. He teaches guitar, piano, bass, strings, drums, and early childhood. Aaron has been picking up new instruments since the age of 6. He started with piano and quickly branched out to cello and guitar. He graduated from High School with 6 years of orchestra under his belt; performing at local banquets and even at Universal Studios in Florida. He currently is the lead guitarist in the local band Better Homes and has 8 years of experience in the east coast music industry as an active musician. He is striving to be a professional audio engineer, recording local bands over the past few years in his own house and gaining producing experience along the way. His love for music and the arts shows through his teaching and passion for the industry.

Al Q.

Al Q. is a Guitar, Ukulele, and Bass Guitar Instructor. Al is a well-rounded guitar player. A native New Yorker raised during the explosion of Rock-n-Roll. Al started private guitar lessons at age 6. In addition to playing guitar, he studied drums. By age 9, Al was performing in local venues and recording in music studios. Al spent a few years dedicated to big band jazz, he spent time at Lynn Oliver Studios in NYC. During those years, Al was also busy helping arrange and record music written by clients for demos. Al played bluegrass guitar alongside renowned bluegrass artists, such as Butch Waller, Laurie Lewis, Dan Nunnally and Steve Pottier. Al taught guitar privately to students of all ages in the Bay Area and California. In recent years, Al co-founded a bluegrass troupe. Al says, “It’s exciting to see a new student become one with the instrument and have fun while making beautiful music together!” Being a part of that adventurous journey should be mutually gratifying, and Al is ready to give his all to his students!

Annie C.

Annie C. is a wind, vocal, and piano instructor. Annie started engaging in music when they were 9 years old, and their involvement in the arts only increased through their school years. In high school, Annie was involved in many different instrumental ensembles both academic and extra-curricular, playing a variety of instruments. Throughout high school, their enthusiasm for the arts only flourished as they became Captain of the Brass section in the Marching Band as well as Captain of the indoor color guard group, Pride of Prince William Independent Winterguard. After high school, Annie attended Old Dominion University in pursuit of a Bachelor’s in Music Education; as well as, joining the Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps on their 2017 tour. Now, Annie is attending NVCC before transferring to George Mason University to finish their Bachelor’s in Music Education. In their free time, Annie likes to perform with their fiancé as a ukulele duo at open mics and tries to support local arts by catching all the live performances they can.

Aubrey V

Aubrey V. Strings, Brass, Piano, Woodwind, Early Childhood and Vocal Instructor. Aubrey is a South Dakota native, but has lived in the Northern Virginia area for almost 10 years.  She has been playing musical instruments for over 25 years.  Since moving to the area she has played percussion, timpani, and viola with the Manassas Symphony Orchestra and with the Annandale Symphony Orchestra.  She also plays piano at a family oriented church service on Sundays.  Not only does Aubrey have vast musical experience, but she has also worked a lot with children in a variety of areas including as a classroom assistant in a Montessori school, as a nanny and even teaching music classes in Arlington County public schools for after school enrichment programs.  Aubrey is currently studying Music Education at George Mason University with an emphasis in percussion.

Brandon C.

Brandon C. is an Administrative Assistant and Music Specialist. He teaches guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass. He was a Jazz Studies Major at Shenandoah University. He was given the Senior Award for hard work and dedication to his instrument at Westfield High School. After graduating, he attended Berklee College of Music for one year on a scholarship. Once he arrived at Shenandoah, he made the top jazz combo. He also played guitar in the Shenandoah University jazz band. He is now continuing his music education working towards his Master's at George Mason University. Brandon has transcribed multiple jazz solos by ear and has had a lot of experience performing all genres. He has played at many different venues such as recitals, social gatherings, restaurants, concert halls and weddings. He has a love for performing, playing, and teaching music. Brandon specializes in Jazz, Rock, Blues, and Folk music.

DJ Reckless

DJ Reckless is a DJ Mixing Instructor. Diego has been in love with music since a young age. He currently has residencies at clubs all over the DC | VA | MD area, including some of the most popular clubs around like Ultrabar, Decades, and has had the chance to DJ at the number one club in the country, Echostage located in DC. He has opened for Artists such as, J Balvin, Jesse McCartney, and more. He is determined to teach anyone that is interested in learning more about the techniques and concepts it takes to become a DJ.

Elena S.

Elena S. is a Piano and Violin Instructor. Elena was born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. She began her musical education at the age of five when she learned to play violin at the local School of Music. After graduating, she was accepted into Music Lyceum at the Krasnoyarsk Institute of Arts where she continued her studies in Musical Theory, Pedagogy and Music History. Elena then went on to receive her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the M.I. Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory where she studied under the tutelage of Professor G.G. Feldgun, a renowned scholar, music book author and art critic. At that time, she also performed at the Music Theatre, Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and offered private lessons. Soon after moving to Virginia, Elena continued her teaching carrier as her primary occupation in Northern Virginia Art schools. She continued her musical career performing with such orchestras as Fairfax Symphony, Arlington Philarmomic as well as Falls Church Chamber and National Chamber Orchestras. Elena is a winner of the Regional Round for the UNESCO International Competition “New Names”. She is also a recipient of Scholarship for the Winners of Krasnoyarsk Festival of Young Musical Talents. Elena compliments her life-long passion for music with studies in yoga.

John G. (J.B)

John G. (J.B), Brass Instructor. John is a native of Grand Prairie, Texas, where his love of music began when he first started playing the cornet in 1980. He studied trumpet with Professor John E. Moots at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and Dr. Rick Bogard at the University of Texas in Arlington. In the spring of 1992, he enlisted in the United States Army as a bandsman and served with the 36th Army Band. His next assignment took him to Heidelberg, Germany, where he performed with the Premier Army Band in Europe, the USAREUR Band & Chorus. John and his wife, Bettina, have been residing in Lake Ridge, Virginia, for the past 22 years raising their three sons. Staff Sergeant Greear is a retired Army musician and proudly served over 15 years as a bugler with The United States Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps. John taught trumpet at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia and also at Foxes Music Company in Falls Church, Virginia. He has performed as a cornetist with Brass of the Potomac, a local British style brass band under the leadership of Mr. Stephen Bulla and as a trumpeter with the Capital Wind Symphony under the baton of Maestro George Etheridge. In addition to teaching trumpet and cornet in his home studio, John also enjoys freelancing in various musical ensembles throughout the Washington, D.C. area, ranging from small pit ensembles to symphony orchestras.

Josh P.

Josh P. Percussion and Piano Instructor, Engineer. Josh grew up nearby in Fauquier county. His family was/is very influential in his music career. With family being musically inclined and having a sister, who learned clarinet and is currently teaching music, that influenced him to join band when he was young. Josh performed in multiple high school ensembles including marching band and drum line. He attended Bridgewater College, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance. While at Bridgewater he learned about live sound and recording technologies, as well as, being able to perform with the Symphonic band and play drum set for the Jazz ensemble. He hopes to one day be as involved with music as much as possible through audio and music production, performing, and fostering the minds of all ages.

Kyle F.

Kyle F. is a Music Specialist; he teaches guitar, rock band, ukulele, and drums. Kyle has been a resident of Northern Virginia his entire life. His interest in music stared at a very young age when he began composing songs long before he could even play any instruments. Over the years, Kyle has taken professional music theory and technique courses for guitar, drums, piano, and ukulele. Kyle has played and gigged with five different local bands and is currently the lead singer/guitarist of his local rock band, Navarro. His goal is to help students find their voice through music and to play what they enjoy.

Keegan D.

Keegan D. is a Music Specialist and Audio Engineer. Keegan teaches piano, drum set, guitar, bass, strings, rock band, and Early Childhood. He is a musician born and raised in Northern Virginia, who shines through versatility. He is a singer/guitarist for the local rock band the Offbrands, but also has received training as a violinist, picking up the skills necessary to play various instruments. During the last few years, he was involved in multiple music programs, such as Music to Heal, and has played many benefit concerts with his band, in addition to being a part of the orchestra. His interest in music led him to start writing and recording his own music at a young age, opening a gateway into multiple genres. He has experience producing tracks with genres ranging from rock to rap, to EDM. An overall love of the arts inspires his curiosity when it comes to new sounds and types of music and drives him to always strive to create and share his passion with as many people as possible.

Lauren S.

Lauren S. is a Music Specialist. Lauren teaches strings, piano, ukulele, and Early Childhood. Lauren is a Virginia native with music experience spanning over 17 years and is versed in a variety of styles including classical, old time, Celtic and bluegrass, as well as 18th century and civil war dance music, with ventures into symphonic metal, alternative and folk rock. Playing with multiple groups over the years, Lauren has performed at such venues as the Frostburg Appalachian Festival, Watermelon Park Bluegrass Festival, Virginia State Fair, Virginia Scottish Games, Stratford Hall, Winchester and Fredericksburg First Nights and multiple wineries, Irish pubs and coffee houses. Lauren currently plays with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Celtic Machinations (Duo), the Dixie Belles (All female bluegrass band) and Marshall and Company (Historical period music), and has recorded multiple CDs with these and others bands over the years. She also has experience playing piano, mandolin and ukulele and has been singing with multiple groups including chorales, bluegrass and Irish folk ensembles.

Luann C.

Luann C. is a string instructor. Born into a musical family in Tennessee, Luann wanted to be just like her big sister and play violin. After a year of pestering her mother for lessons, she finally began playing at almost 4 years old. Growing up she learned to play piano and viola as well. Luann took any music class that would fit into her schedule at college including cello, piano, voice, and conducting. She also performed in two different orchestras as a violinist and a cellist. Luann graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in History. With over 30 years of performing experience, Luann is eager to pass on her passion for music to her students.

Nora F

Nora F. is a Music Specialist. She teaches vocals, guitar, piano, and mountain dulcimer. Nora’s musical journey began when she was a young child when she began to sing. She is self-taught in guitar and mountain dulcimer. Since childhood, her musical career has brought her far, from local open-mic performances to high-schools all across the state promoting suicide awareness in the cast of A Place to Be’s “A WILL to Survive,” and all the way to the Kennedy Center. Having previously taught toddlers music, as well as having taught English, History, and introduction to Latin, she is beyond pleased to continue her teaching and musical career at Bach to Rock Bristow! Nora is a local farm girl who loves to study Latin, play music, and care for her horses and pet peacocks in her free time.

Robert S.

Robert S. Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Cornet, Vocal, Early Childhood and Rock Band instructor. Robert is a native of Allentown Pennsylvania, where his passion for music and performance began in 1972. Throughout his early career, he performed in Jr. and high school marching, concert, orchestra, and jazz units. During this time, his studies in music theory and opportunities to work in various AFM concert bands, made him realize music would be his path to follow. Beginning in 1981 life lead him on a career path in sales with music as a secondary job. He worked as lead trumpet / vocalist playing in Polish and German polka bands, various dance bands, cocktail/lounge groups, and as a soloist and brass quartet leader for his neighborhood Lutheran Church. In 2009 he began a ten-year run with The Lehigh Valley’s premier party/funk band and Blue Dasher Records recording artists " Flirtin' with the Mob." Over the last decade, he has taught trumpet and flugelhorn lessons privately. Robert hopes his recent relocation to the area will allow him opportunities to inspire, share and continue to grow his musical gifts! " Keep music alive "

Wilson U.

Wilson U. is a Music Specialist. He teaches guitar, bass, piano, strings, ukulele, and drum set. Wilson has been involved in music since he was young. Growing up learning to play the violin and guitar, he learned to appreciate and play other instruments as well from an early age. While attending school, Wilson was selected for District Choir, All State guitar, and Governor School for music. Alongside an amazing music department, Wilson was a part of an orchestra ensemble that managed to win a Grammy award! Wilson currently attends Northern Virginia Community College where he is taking classes in Engineering. He hopes to show that music is as much fun as it is hard work.

Zach A.

Zach A. Guitar, DJ and Music Production Instructor. Zach picked up the guitar back at the age of 9, while living in Centreville. He later moved to Gainesville and became the front runner of a local band. While this sparked his love for music, his passion for music production wouldn’t be realized until he started recording music with a band in high school. In doing so, Zach expanded his instrument repertoire to include bass, drums, piano, and mandolin. Now, Zach has a decade’s worth of experience in audio engineering and music production, having worked freelance in the DMV and Columbus, Ohio areas, as well as working as the A/V Tech Director for New LifeChristian Church in nearby Chantilly. Over this time, in addition to typical studio production work, he’s worked on projects like backing track production, scoring, and live performance post-production. He enjoys making music of almost any genre but especially enjoys space rock, post-hardcore, and house music.

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.