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.

Trevor H

Trevor H. Administrative Assistant and Lead Instructor. Trevor teaches Piano, Vocals, Drum set, Bass, Guitar, and Early Childhood. Trevor grew up in Northern Virginia. His love of music began at an early age. He started playing drums at just five years old and by the time he was eight, he was performing in a band that he formed with family and friends. At the age of thirteen, Trevor decided to learn to play the piano and by sixteen, he was self-taught in both piano and guitar. He took an interest in singing at an early age as well and was accepted into multiple honors choirs including the Virginia All-State Choir. Trevor is a multi-instrumentalist who tries to make every lesson fun and musically enriching.

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. He teaches guitar, bass, cello, 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.

Adrian V-M

Adrian V-MBass, 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.

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!

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 a Music Specialist. He teaches guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass. He is currently 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 and has been in it ever since. He also plays guitar in the Shenandoah University jazz band. 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.

Danny B.

DJ Danny  is a 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

Check out a VIDEO CLIP of Danny.

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.

Jennifer T.

Jennifer T. Vocals, Ukulele, and Early Childhood Instructor. Jennifer’s love for all things music started when she was very young. Growing up listening to Queen and Led Zeppelin led her to enjoy all different types of music. Jennifer listens to all genres of music, from the 20s to rock and roll. She currently has written, produced, and performed 17 songs that consist of two EPs and five singles. She has performed for a charity concert for the victims of the Parkland shootings and plans to continue playing charity concerts. She is self-taught in ukulele, singing, and piano. Jennifer hopes to share her love for music to everyone she possibly can. 

Keegan D.

Keegan D. is a Music Specialist. Keegan teaches piano, drum set, guitar, bass, violin, 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.

Kiara R.

Kiara R. is a Violin, Viola 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.

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.

Michael “FAXY” F.

Michael “FAXY” F. is a Music Specialist. He teaches early childhood, vocals, drums, and rock band. Originally from Herndon, VA, he has over 20 years in the entertainment business as an artist, actor, musician, songwriter, producer, performer, artist manager, and consultant. Aside from his parents, Michael Jackson is Michael’s chief musical inspiration. Michael has performed in ensembles, choirs, bands, acapela groups, competitions, talent shows, artist showcases, feature films, musicals, Netflix and network television shows, and various other events. Additionally, Michael has a BA in Sociology from The University of Virginia and an M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of Maryland. He has over 20 years of experience working in primary and secondary public, private, Title I, and charter schools as a substitute teacher, school counselor, and special education teacher. Currently, Michael is a lead vocalist and percussionist with a wedding band based in Richmond, VA. His first self-composed EP, “#findingMICHAEL”, was made with the studio equipment he purchased with his own money and taught himself how to use. To Michael, dreams are the seeds of self-efficacy planted for a harvest only realized by living according to the inspiration of one’s heart. For his students, especially, Michael hopes to be the kind of inspiration that motivated him since childhood.

Mike L.

Mike L. is a percussion and drum set 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. 

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.

Zack T.

Zack T. Woodwind, Brass, and Piano 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.

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.