Samir Moussa, Site Director at B2R Bristow, is a GrammyPro Voting member, singer/songwriter who is trained in classical guitar. His latest single release 'Dance with Destiny' charted at #1 in the UK Indie Charts for August of 2017. His latest album SO FAR won a Global Music Award and is currently a contender for Best Rock Album Grammy nominee (2018). (www.ambassadorsofmorning.com). Samir also has decades of experience working as a school teacher both in California and Washington, D.C successfully created Rock Band Music programs on both coasts. Samir speaks Spanish and French fluently, is married with 2 lovely daughters and his passion for music and education is evident in the life that he lives.
Staff & Music Teachers
Katie T. Assistant Director at B2R Bristow, has over 10 years of experience working with children and the general public. A native of Northern Virginia, Katie has held positions such as Senior Manager, Junior Editor, Nanny, and HR Assistant, as well as a local children's party planner. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she majored in Early Childhood Education. Katie is from a large family consisting of several musicians, with brothers' in bands both in Virginia and Nashville. She's passionate about writing, astronomy, photography, and of course- music! "Where words fail, music speaks." - Hans Christian Andersen
Nick P. Administrative Assistant. Nick is an alternative pop-rock recording artist and singer-songwriter from Manassas, VA. Through the years, he has taken lessons in piano, guitar, bass, voice, and percussion and is self-taught on drum set. Nick started writing lyrics in middle school and has been songwriting ever since. He graduated from Full Sail University with degrees in Recording Arts and Entertainment Business. In 2015, he self-released his debut album Lone Wolf on all digital retailers. He is very active in the Washington, DC music community as a Voting Member of the Recording Academy, and a member of the Songwriters’ Association of Washington, the Washington Area Music Association, BMI, and SoundExchange. Nick is excited to bring all of his music industry knowledge as a member of the Bach To Rock Admin team!
Adrian V-M. Bass, Guitar and Vocal Instructor. Although Adrian now calls Northern Virginia home, he was fortunate to also live around the world in Mexico, Colombia, and Portugal. Regardless of where he called home, one constant factor has been his passion for Music. Adrian has participated in chorus from an early age and was selected as a member of Patriot High School’s prestigious Patriot Singers where he was selected to participate in All-County and District Choir. Adrian was also a member of the Patriot Marching Band’s Pit as their sole Bass player. Adrian is a founding member of a local band where he plays Bass and is heavily involved in music production and currently studying Music Technology.
Al Q. 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 through 10. In addition to playing guitar, he studied drums. By age 7, 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, California, and more recently, here in Northern VA. 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!
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.
Bradley C. Rock Band and Early Childhood Instructor. Brad was born in Manassas, VA and moved to Bristow, VA at an early age. Music has always been a big part of his life. He was inspired to start learning guitar when it was introduced to him by his dad at a young age. Brad has been studying guitar for the past nine years now. He focuses a lot on blues and folk guitar concepts as well as the finger-picking concepts, however, he enjoys many different genres and playing styles. Some of his biggest music influences include Chet Atkins, Stevie ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, and Dan Mudge. Bradley attended Patriot High School and plans on continuing down the musical path while he continues his education in college.
Brian R. aka DJ Ragz is an accomplished Battle DJ/Producer and a product of the West Coast Hip Hop scene. He has opened for the likes of Black Star (Mos Def/Talib Kweli), Company Flow, Heltah Skeltah, Busta Rhymes and a host of other acts as well as being the Dj/Co Producer for the Jazz Addixx. He has over 20 years of experience rocking crowds from state to state. While rocking shows around the country DJ Ragz also co-produced three breakbeat/battle records called “Bare Bones Battle Breaks” (I,II & III). DJ Ragz has done nationally distributed mix cds and been featured on Return of the Dj’s twice. Battle Wise, Dj Ragz has been a 1997 DMC finalist, 2005 Scion runner up, and has ranked with some of the best Dj’s in the Nation Reppin the Gorilla Fist Clothing.
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Conner K. Percussion and Band Instructor, Engineer. Conner grew up in Vienna, Austria where he started playing drums with bands in the area. Eventfully he began working with a few studio musicians and started doing recordings for others as well as his own work. After a few years of experience, he attended Berklee College of Music where he stayed for a two semesters before leaving to record one of his band’s first full length album. Currently Conner practices and records in the DC and Boston areas.
Danny B. DJ Mixing and Music Production Instructor. Danny is a musician/producer/DJ with 10 years of experience in the music industry. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a degree in Music Synthesis, Danny has had the opportunity to work in the studio with legendary musicians like Tiësto and Krewella and has been commissioned to remix pop artists like Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, and Flo Rida. Through his music, he has also been able to travel the world, DJing throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Music education has always been an interest of his and he is looking forward to opening students eyes to the world of electronic music
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Donna B. Vocals, Piano, Ukulele, and Band Instructor. Donna is a multifaceted composer, singer/songwriter whose talent spans the realm from being an Oscar contending vocalist in 2013 for her work on the” Halloween Party” movie (which she also served as music supervisor, placing 27 songs in the film) to recently co-writing “Thank you” written for the documentary “From Grief to Gratitude” produced by Fast Lane Productions (submitted for premiere consideration at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival). In Nashville, she has performed at various venues including The Bluebird Cafe, The Commodore and Hotel Indigo. Her music has been heard on HBO, Rock Band video games, Showtime, VH1, MTV and on the Green Heroes web series and has shared the stage with the likes of Al Jarreau, Don Henley, Billy Idol, Martha Reeves, The Four Seasons and The Bangles. She has worked with Kid Pan Alley Children’s project, along with notables like Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Kix Brooks, & Amy Grant. Donna serves on the ”Songs of Love” advisory board and has written over 200 songs for ailing children. When not writing or performing, Donna is a creative development children’s composer and partner with Music as Message, LLC., a Florida corporation and shares her passion for working with children through music.
Elena S. Piano, 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 graduation in 1990 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 receiving 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 in 1997, Elena continued her teaching carrier as her primary occupation in Northern Virginia, Art schools and also started offering private lessons at her residence. 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.
Joe P. Guitar and Band Instructor. Joe is a graduate of Berklee College of Music currently pursuing his Masters in Guitar. He performs regularly in the DC area and is already in the Blues Hall of Fame. Locally in Washington, DC, his band Moonshine Society and their album have received multiple Wammie nominations for Best Blues/Trad. R&B band, Best Blues/Trad. R&B album, and Best Blues/Trad. R&B Vocalist, and have been named in the Top 4 Fan Favorites in Washington, DC the last two years in a row.
Keegan D. Rock Band Instructor. Keegan 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 his time as a student at Patriot High School, 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.
Kiara R. String and Piano Instructor. Kiara has been playing the violin since she was 7 years old and has won numerous competitions with the Levine School of Music located in Washington, DC. Kiara has a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and studied with Professor Akemi Takayama, former violinist of the Audubon Quartet. Kiara has studied abroad in London with Remus Azoitei from the Royal Academy of London. She has performed in master classes with Vadim Repin, David Salness, Aeolus Quartet, and the Mendelssohn Piano Trio. She also attended a masterclass with Joshua Bell for the White House Music Series: Classical and participated in a festival in Leichtenstein, Europe. She has toured with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in many cities in Spain in 2014. In 2015, the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra also premiered the Blues Symphony composed by the renowned Wynton Marsalis.
Lauren S. String, Piano, Ukulele Instructor. Lauren is a Virginia native with music experience spanning over 17 years and is versed in a variety of styles including classical violin, old time, Celtic and bluegrass fiddle, 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. Lauren is excited to join the Bach to Rock team in Bristow VA!
Michal B. DJ MIxing, Level 1, 2, & 3 Instructor. Michal is a D.C. based DJ, positioned at the nexus of music and community building for 7 years. She started her career at OneCaribbeanRadio, an HD station streaming world-wide, and then soon locked in residencies in New York and D.C. Current residencies include 18th Street Lounge, Marvin, and The Beacon Hotel. She DJ’s local festivals including UpRising Fest, Taste of Georgetown, and 202 Festival and co-produce an annual benefit concert with the Sweet Spot Studio. Her longest running production, RISE!! is a monthly event that showcases DC-based musicians and DJ's as she collaborates and celebrates music from around the globe. She’s driven by music that creates a narrative; weaving together songs that tell a human story about love, struggle for freedom and justice, and following our calling. As a DJ, songs are the tools to express her own voice, as she celebrates others.
Mike L. Drums, Percussion Instructor. Michael started his formal training in the school band in 1999. Throughout his formative years he played in concert, symphonic and jazz bands. In 2006 Michael started attending GMU where he was admitted into the Jazz Program and studied snare drums under Harold Summey (United States Army Band), Tom Teasley (Drum! Magazine’s 2016 Percussionist of the year) and Joe McCarthy (Two Time Grammy Award Winner) and performed in many of the chamber ensembles while earning his degree at GMU. Michael’s interest spanned the globe and he even delved into world music which took his music studies to Ireland in 2010 as well as playing for The Washington Shruthi Orchestra in 2009. Michael is a registered member of the Percussive Arts Society. In his time performing in and around the Washington DC area Michael has garnered press and is a two time Wammie Award Nominee in 2012 for best Modern Rock Group. While performing in the area Michael has shared the stage with Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Junior Marvin of Bob Marley and The Wailers, The Dropkick Murphy’s, Big Boi of Outkast, Rusted Root, and many more. He has been teaching for 9 years and has taught more than 10,000 drum lessons to date.
Mo Guitar and Cello Instructor. Mo is an avid musician with many years of ensemble and solo performance experience with 4 different instruments. He has a long history of being musically involved from performing with his middle school orchestra to winning a Grammy with the music department of his high school. His passion for music and desire to assist others first came, as he became a teacher assistant for one the best guitar ensemble in the region and assisted students who were struggling in their musical endeavors. Mo fits perfectly with us here at B2R and will ensure that every student that comes under his care will have all the necessary tools they need in order to succeed as a musician.
Monica W. Piano and Vocal Instructor. Monica is currently studying for her teaching license in music education at George Mason University. Upon completing her undergraduate studies in Music, she started private piano teaching students of all levels and musical backgrounds and has been doing so ever since. She has had numerous honors as a pianist, including the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra as well as performing at the German Embassy in Washington D.C. She has also been a part of choirs at the college level and has been featured as a soloist at their performances featuring Broadway selections. She has a passion for teaching music and for seeing her students succeed and enjoy making music at the same time. Her musical favorites are Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Katy Perry.
Susan W. Flute, Vocal, Early Childhood, Piano Instructor and Admin Assistant. 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.
Trevor H. Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Band, Early Childhood and Vocal Instructor, Admin Assistant and Engineer. Trevor grew up in Northern Virginia. His love of music began at an early age. He started playing drums at 5 years old and by the time he was 8, he was performing in a band with his musician family and friends. Trevor formed his own band and would perform as the opening act for his father’s band. At the age of 13, Trevor decided to learn to play the piano and at 16, was self-taught in both piano and guitar. He took an interest in singing at an early age and was accepted into multiple honors choirs including the Virginia All-State Choir. Trevor teaches piano and vocal private lessons, engineers, and is part of the birthday party team at B2R Bristow!
Wilson U. Guitar, Violin, Rock Band, and Piano instructor. 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. While attending Osbourn High 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.
Zack T. Woodwinds Instructor. Zack is a native of Northern Virginia and has been studying music virtually all his life. After playing the recorder throughout elementary he instantly knew that music was the career for him. He picked up clarinet in middle school and has been playing it ever since. Soon after starting high school he added saxophone, oboe and flute to his arsenal of instruments along with piano. He is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Pedagogy on clarinet at Shenandoah University and intends to pursue a Master’s Degree in Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy as well as a Doctorate in Conducting. Zack has been a member of various honor groups such as All-County, All-District and All-State bands on clarinet, flute, saxophone and oboe. In addition, he has been awarded various music awards such as the John Philip Sousa Award for Outstanding Musicianship as well as the Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence. When not teaching, Zack frequently performs as a freelance musician on various woodwinds on and off campus in Winchester and the Northern Virginia area.
- 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.