Staff & Music Teachers

Andrew Griffin

Andrew Griffin is the Site Director at Lansdowne. He studied music at Berklee College of Music. He graduated in 2008 with a degree in professional music. While in Boston he gigged with the rock band Copenger. Since his return to the D.C. area he has been gigging with the funk/rock/soul band Gallons To Ounces. In May of 2009 he had the honor of opening up for Willy Nelson with country singer Ashley Alexander. Andrew teaches bass, guitar, coaches bands, and leads birthday parties. He specializes in Rock, Funk, Blues, Jazz Bass, Country, and Pop.

Carrie Sandler

Carrie Sandler is the Assistant Director at B2R Lansdowne. She is the proud mother of twins who attend Trailside Middle School. Carrie received her Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a successful career as a professional musical theater actress she became a music teacher at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, DC where she taught children from nursery through eighth grade for 13 years. She loves to play piano, guitar, ukulele, world percussion instruments of all varieties and the recorder!

Harrison Schonberger

Harrison Schonberger is an assistant director at Bach to Rock Lansdowne. Growing up in Leesburg, VA, he has been playing guitar and writing music for 10 years. Harrison graduated with honors from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA with his BM in Music Production & Recording Technology and his MS in Performing Arts Leadership & Management. While a student at Shenandoah, Harrison received extensive training as a classical guitarist while composing and performing as a member of several different music collaborations of varying styles. Harrison spent time as an intern at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, NY (yes, THAT Woodstock!) assisting in recordings of critically acclaimed musicians from groups such as Coheed and Cambria, Bad Brains, and Black Crowes among others. Harrison loves music theory and expanding on styles of music that push typical boundaries, which he reflects in his original compositions that carry influences from progressive, math rock, and post-rock artists.

Andrew G.

Andrew G. has been playing and taking private lessons for saxophone for over ten years.  Before switching to a classical voice concentration, Andrew was the tenor saxophone player in Shenandoah University's Wind Ensemble and saxophone section leader of the Concert Band.  As a music education major, Andrew has experience playing and teaching multiple woodwind instruments.  Andrew is currently enrolled in the Vocal Pedagogy masters program at Shenandoah University, and teaches woodwinds, voice, and piano at Bach to Rock.

Annie S

Annie S. is a Music Specialist at B2R South Riding and Lansdowne.  Annie grew up listening to Broadway musicals, and as a child studied vocal performance and participated in community and regional theater.  At 21, she embarked on a songwriting career and has since performed at music festivals, opened for nationally touring artists. She has also recorded an EP. She plays guitar and ukulele and her future goals include starting her own record label and learning how to play every instrument.  She is so glad to be here! 

Brandon C.

Brandon C. 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 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.

Brandon M.

Brandon M. has been working in the industry for the past 10 years as a musician, producer and equipment technician. Starting off learning guitar and doing sound at church, it wasn't long before he chose the Bass Guitar as his main instrument. He then branched into recording and producing songs of his own, which led him to an apprenticeship at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA. After attending the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, he moved to SoCal where he worked for Blue Microphones during the day while playing in a band and going to studios in Hollywood at night. He has recorded with Grammy Award winning producer Mark Spiker of Tenacious D, has produced albums for local artists, and is an accomplished session bassist. Currently, he is Director of Events at his company "Fuzz Industries" where he does event planning/production, A/V Consulting and Promotion.

Eddie B.

Eddie B. is a former student and now instructor for Bach to Rock. He has been playing guitar for 10 years starting with classical in 5th grade then moved on to jazz band in high school. The first band he was in, Trash Talk won some of the first awards for the Lansdowne Bach to Rock location. Later on his bands Thrones for the Sun and Blank Planet have both put out music for sale and have headlined many local events including winning Loudoun Youthfest three years in a row. Now he is using his experience from Bach to Rock to become a guitar and band instructor.

Hannah Y.

Hannah Y. is a music specialist at B2R Lansdowne where she enjoys teaching piano, violin, viola, adaptive lessons, and early childhood classes. Hannah is a Loudoun County native, and graduated from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Music Therapy. She began playing piano at the age of eight, and began playing viola at the age of fourteen so she could participate in a local youth orchestra. During college, Hannah continued taking private lessons on piano and viola, and had tons of fun singing in the chorus, strengthening her guitar skills, playing viola in the symphony, and performing with the pit orchestra. Her favorite shows were Peter Pan and Into The Woods. Hannah enjoys playing everything from Celtic guitar (yay jig strum!) to pop songs on piano, and feels privileged to be helping students find joy in music.

Joe O

Joe O. is a piano music specialist and has been teaching at B2R Lansdowne since graduating from private lessons in 2010. Joe was classically trained for 12 years and has studied pop and jazz for the past 4. He is specialized in pop and 60's rock renditions but still holds true to his classical roots. Joe has taught a wide array of styles from classics like the Beatles, Billy Joel, Pilot and Supertramp to alternative rock such as Muse and Soundgarden, to upbeat pop songs by Flo-Rida, Taio Cruz, Britney Spears, John Legend and many more. Joe also enjoys working with students who show interest in the true classics and composers such as Chopin, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and even Mozart and Bach.

Kelton N.

Kelton N. is a passionate and goal driven musician and educator who strives to inspire and motivate students of all ages through music. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s in Jazz Studies, Kelton has years of experience teaching in public schools and as a private and ensemble instructor. Having served as a drummer for the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, not to mention his recent accomplishment of being names D.C.’s Top Jazz Drummer of 2016, Kelton’s musical talent is not to be taken lightly. Currently based in D.C., Kelton instructs ensembles and private students, and can be seen performing regularly at major venues around town.

Mike D

Mike D. is a 23 year old professional guitarist, performer, and teacher with a degree from Towson University in Jazz/Commercial Performance Guitar. At Towson he was versed in jazz and classical guitar, as well as a permanent fixture in the Towson University Jazz Orchestra. Though a rock guitarist at heart, he joined the high school jazz band, and was later awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. With influences as diverse as Eddie Van Halen and Larry Carlton, Mikes main goal was to be a chameleon who could thrive in any sort of musical situation. Before that he dabbled in drums, as guitar was not allowed in middle school bands. In addition to teaching, Mike also performs at some of Baltimore’s premier venues as a member of the post-hardcore band, When Embers ignite. Mike teaches guitar, bass, drums, and band at B2R Lansdowne.

Monica J

Monica J. started singing at the age of 4, and had her first studio debut at the age of 12 singing background vocals for a local artist. She began taking private voice lessons at the age of 12, learning both classical and Broadway show tunes. Throughout her life, Monica has always been in choirs, singing classical and gospel music. After high school, she went to Nova and received an Associate’s degree in music, adding more classical arias to her repertoire. Monica would like to continue music education and receive a Bachelor’s degree in music education. She has over 6 years of performance experience performing at local events, weddings, and singing competitions. Aside from practicing classical music she loves to sing rock, reggae, R&B, and pop music. Monica’s biggest musical influences are Stevie Nicks, Nina Simone, and Selena.

Natalie A.

Natalie A. is a piano and voice instructor. She has been playing the piano and writing music since she was 5 and she considers learning songs by ear one of her strongest skills. Natalie studied classically up until her freshman year of college at Shepherd University and then transferred to Shenandoah Conservatory where she began studying piano in the jazz program. For the last two years she has played in the school’s premiere jazz ensemble, the Shenandoah Conservatory Big Band. She is a co-writer and front man for the jazz fusion band “Bees?” She is also the leader of her own jazz trio that has a progressive twist, highlighting her original music. Natalie is also an accomplished photographer and videographer.

Nick L

Nick L. is a string instrument extraordinaire who teaches guitar, mandolin and ukulele. This wizard of strings has played over a hundred shows from recitals to restaurants and even music festivals. During his boyhood he played in concert, jazz and marching band; but for the past five years has been part of the music scene in Richmond Virginia, playing with a variety of local bands. Now he is back in Northern Virginia to finish his bachelors of music in guitar performance and is taking private lessons with Larry Snitzler, the head of the classical guitar program at GMU and student of both Andrés Segovia and Nadia Boulanger. Despite a focus in classical guitar, he enjoys many genres including gypsy jazz, bluegrass, folk punk and rock.

Omari F. aka DJ SaySo

Omari F. aka DJ SaySo is a DJ based in the DMV (DC, MD, VA). He has been a professional DJ for the last 11 years. He is the owner of Generation C Entertainment where he is the Lead DJ. Generation C is an award winning wedding and event DJ company that has served hundreds of clients throughout the DMV and beyond. He also created Urban Nation back in 2006, which was one of the first online Christian Hip Hop radio stations. DJ SaySo was also the lead DJ for Tha Assembly, an online Christian community and Beatdrop, an online Christian Hip Hop magazine. Some of his favorite artists include Lecrae, Trip Lee, Bizzle, Social Club, and Andy Mineo.

Sean C

Sean C. teaches guitar, piano, and coaches bands at Bach to Rock in Lansdowne. He holds a bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from George Mason University where he studied with Larry Snitzler. While attending GMU, Sean had the privilege of being a part of the university's first guitar ensemble, with whom he was a featured soloist on several occasions. Sean has performed in master classes with Pepe Romero, Roland Dyens, and John Patykula. Sean's experience as an educator include 4 years of private instruction, teaching Beginning Guitar and Music in Motion Pictures at George Mason University, tutoring guitar students for Loudoun County Public Schools, as well as directing the Loudoun County High School guitar department in the spring of 2013. For two years, Sean toured the east coast with D.C. based band M.H. & His Orchestra as their rhythm guitarist and song arranger. Sean's goal is for his students to gain an understanding of theory, musicality and expression; no matter what style they choose to play.

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.