Kelly and Tay, Owners/Directors, moved to Apex the summer of 2013 and purchased the franchise summer of 2015. Kelly is the Director of the school while Tay pursues his career at Lenovo. We loved the concept of B2R from the get go and saw how it would benefit our own daughter in her pursuit of music. We feel that B2R’s mission to keep fun in the lesson and to make scheduling easy on parents are key! We are energized every time we see our students perform… they truly rock!
Staff & Music Teachers
Brandon Rich, Site Director and Instructor, is a North Carolina native with a passion for music education and all types of music. Brandon stays busy teaching local high school marching bands, percussion ensembles, Jazz bands, and private lessons, as well as performing at local music venues. During the summers of 2009 and 2011, Brandon toured the country with a world class DCI drum and bugle corps, and in 2015 Brandon graduated from North Carolina Central University with a B.A. in Music Education and a B.M. in Jazz Studies. During his time at NCCU Brandon had the honor of sharing the stage with renowned musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Maceo Parker, Benny Golson, Joe Chambers, Wallace Roney, and Joey Calderazzo. As a percussionist, Brandon considers his main instruments to be the vibraphone and the drums, but has a love for learning and playing a wide variety of different instruments. He hopes that through performance and education he can raise cultural awareness and help restore the presence of Jazz and American music in our communities
Andrew Kuenzi, Assistant Director and a North Carolina native, received his degree in Commercial Music: Jazz Studies from Liberty University. He has a variety of teaching experience that including several high school marching band programs, percussion ensembles, private students, and more. Andrew believes being a musician has the responsibility to always look forward aspiring to grow as an artist, and look back to help the next generation of musicians along. As a performer, Andrew has a wide array of experiences playing with almost every major ensemble Liberty University has to offer. Recently, Andrew has been totaling over 50 performances a year. In addition, he has performed at the world-class level touring the country in 2017 with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and George Mason University Indoor Drumline. Some of the musicians Andrew has had the opportunity to learn from include; Paul Rennick, Matt Penland, Travis Peterman, Jay Ware, and several more renowned musicians. Andrew hopes to share his past experiences and knowledge with students to inspire the next generation of creative musicians.
Claudia, B2R’s Administrative Assistant, began playing the flute at age 10, after she saw how much fun her aunt was having playing with her high school marching band. Once she started playing, she never looked back. She started playing with the James Kenan High School Marching Tigers in the 8th grade, the only student at Warsaw Middle School to do so! She continued playing all through high school and some college, and although she ended up with a degree in Culinary Arts, she has never lost her love for music. When she’s not rocking it out at the Front Desk, she enjoys cooking and baking, spending time with her family and two Chihuahuas, Waffles and Mary Jane, and watching WAY too much T.V.! She’s also working on a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University, so she’s a pretty great Chef, too!
Anna is from Northern Virginia and began playing piano at the age of 4. Beginning at a young age and continuing through high school, she performed frequently and had the experience of playing with an orchestra as well as providing accompaniment for vocalists and instrumentalists in a variety of genres. For college, Anna attended Duke University, where she studied classical piano, music theory, and composition. During her undergraduate studies, she also researched the overlap between music and medicine, including the therapeutic effects of music on the brain. Anna loves the collaborative aspect of music, and at Duke she performed in many ensembles and as a soloist. Anna also received vocal training while in college, learned guitar, and has many years of teaching experience. She is enthusiastic about working with students to help them realize their musical potential.
Austin found his passion for music at the age of five, when he first began piano lessons. Over the next 20 years he developed his music skills across a wide range of instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, and saxophone. Although Austin took interest in mountain biking and skiing, his most consistent hobbies revolved around playing and writing music in the multiple bands he was a part of. After a musically-dense high school career, Austin looked for outlets in college that would allow him to expand his musical knowledge beyond what was familiar. This is when he first discovered and fell in love with electronic music production, a skill that he has been developing over the past 5 years that has incorporated all of his previous music knowledge. Currently Austin produces music under his artist name XTALS and he has played many shows across the region, as well as released music with various record labels. In teaching, he hopes to show students the excitement in music.
Ben began his musical journey when he enrolled at Durham School of the Arts for his freshman year of high school. Picking up the guitar he studied classical and jazz. After graduating Ben attended Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, where he earned his BA in Music Composition. Since graduation Ben has moved back to Durham where he has spent his time playing guitar and bass with several acts. He has had the honor of playing great local venues such as the Pour House, Cat's Cradle, the Lincoln Theatre, as well as large festivals such as MAG Fest in National Harbor, Maryland. Ben believes that a well rounded musical education, with a focus on theory, technique, and composition is essential to the growth of any musician. For this reason his student tailored teaching style incorporates not just the students instrument but how that plays a role in the creation of group based ensembles. When combined with an emphasis on teaching based on student's individual goals Ben has found much success in passing his skills and passion for music on to others. With a friendly demeanor, cheerful excitement, and respectful teaching style, Ben just might be the one to show you or your child the wonders of being an active creator of music.
Photo credit to Caige Crampshee of Eyes Eat Suns
Brianna (or Bree for short) is a young professional musician. She began her musical journey at a young age by participating in local choirs as well as theatre productions and continued to perform on stage all throughout high school. She then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston as a Vocal Principal and pursued an education in Professional Music. Brianna has fronted many bands and musical acts, and has performed her own original material as well as covers. She currently performs under the stage name Good Grief and is actively performing in the Triangle area. Brianna has a vast knowledge of music theory and arranging, and draws from many styles ranging from classical to modern music. She is eager to share her love and knowledge of music with anyone willing to learn.
Janice W. - Retirement has meant that now she does only the things she enjoys: Teaching music to all ages, digging/planting in her yard, walking, knitting, crocheting, baking bread, and riding horses, to name a few. Having lived in Apex for 27+ years, Janice and her husband have seen this area explode with boundless possibilities. Meeting the staff at B2R has connected her with younger teachers who approach the world of music in a different way. Come and join the fun!
Jason began his sonic voyage in sixth grade, when he started playing trumpet in the school band. After a couple of years of laying a musical foundation with the instrument, he decided that he wanted to expand his musical toolbox by trying other instruments. He began learning baritone, tuba, drums, piano, guitar, and eventually lead him to his musical soulmate, the bass. Studying electric bass guitar and upright bass gave him incredible opportunities to learn and love a plethora of musical styles. He has performed in orchestras, chamber groups, jazz bands, rock bands, and as a soloist as well. He “bass”ically loves playing and teaching anything from Bach to Rock! Jason wants to help you find your musical passion and develop the skills and knowledge needed to achieve your personal goals.
Joseph AKA SPCLGST is the embodiment of musicality. Having played drums since his younger years and his general love and appreciation for music as an art, SPCLGST is a next level musician. Specializing in DJing, SPCLGST fuses his skillful turntablism, diverse music selection and stage presence to tailor a musical atmosphere for the likes of varied crowds. Philadelphia, New York City, Charlotte and his current city Raleigh are places he has held down residencies working independently with Red Bull’s Music Academy, Scratch DJ Academy, NCMA and The North Carolina Ballet. SPCLGST is directly affiliated with the National Bboy League and his reputation for hosting BBoy battles throughout North Carolina earned him an invite to play for the 2010 National Bboy League finals in Arizona. He has shared the stage with many talents including Dj Kool Herc, Rob Swift, Jazzy Jeff, ZTrip, Dj Khaled, Biz Markie, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Spinderella and Yelawolf to name a few. SPCLGST explores all genres of music seamlessly blending them with artistic flair and a precise skill set. His educated knowledge of music of all types ensures a set list of ever changing, upbeat, mix-matched genre based entertainment, leaving any crowd’s musical appetite beyond satisfied. Some would say that Dj’s play music, those that have had the pleasure to hear him would disagree. It is evident when watching and listening to THIS Dj that the music is streaming through his soul to his turntables.
Julia found her passion for music at an early age. She began playing violin when she was six years old, and studied it for 7 years, until she found the cello, which has been her passion ever since. She began teaching cello during her senior year of high school and has been teaching ever since. Graduating from UNC Charlotte with a concentration in cello performance, and a minor in child psychology, teaching music and working with children has always been her passion. While in college, Julia toured internationally with her chamber orchestra, performing with various orchestras, as well as working closely with various El Sistema programs. Though classically trained, Julia has always strived to find ways of teaching stringed instruments, and musical concepts through more progressive and culturally relevant methods. This past year, she was granted an opportunity to participate in the Take A Stand Symposium, where she was able to work with music educators from all over the country who are dedicated in creating social change through music education. “Music is a universal language and means something different to every single person. Not one person’s interpretation of music is any more or less important than anyone else’s, it’s just simply a different dialect. That’s what makes it truly beautiful.”
Katie is a french hornist and educator who found her passion for music from young age. Originally from Pennsylvania, she studied music education at Susquehanna University where she most enjoyed learning to play all orchestral instrument and performing across PA. Katie continued her professional career in teaching and performing in Salem, OR, and she believes the importance of music in a child's life can not be overstated. She grew up in an elementary school without a music program, and knows that music at an early age is something every child deserves to experience. Katie is excited to get to keep teaching kids of all ages in the community and to inspire a love of music in her students!
Tom is a seasoned professional musician specializing in piano, guitar, bass, accordion, clarinet, saxophone, and mandolin. Tom started playing the piano at age five and has never stopped learning and exploring new instruments and styles. While attending Green Hope High School, Tom was active in marching band and served as clarinet section leader, receiving the Director’s Award for Band in 2001. He also received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in 2000, and was named the Fine Arts Department Outstanding Senior in 2002. Tom continued his musical studies at Susquehanna University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Piano Concentrate. In addition to studying classical and jazz piano, he performed in the University Symphonic Band on clarinet, studied jazz guitar and taught in the University Music Preparatory Program. Tom has since performed in numerous ensembles, including the award-winning group Celtic Connection, who twice appeared at the Las Vegas House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. He currently performs around the Triangle area as a solo artist, as well as in several blues and rock groups. Tom is excited to share his love of all things musical with the amazing students at Bach to Rock!
Zach is a guitarist, drummer, cellist, DJ, and music producer from Richmond, VA. Zach's passion for music began in 6th grade, where he picked up the cello for an orchestra class. After getting tired of playing Metallica on just the cello, Zach picked up guitar and drums to play rock and jazz. Falling in love with electronic and hip-hop music as a teenager, Zach learned music production and DJing as an avenue for songwriting and performance. He is entering into Raleigh's EDM scene under his alias Orenda, and has self-released music totaling over 75,000 plays on Youtube. Zach is also a senior in Mechanical Engineering at NC State, and has bridged his passions for engineering and music by interning in 2016 for Native Instruments, a Berlin-based company that manufactures DJ controllers and music software. Zach brings a range of classical, jazz, rock, and electronic musical knowledge, and is excited to share the enormous positive impact music has had on his life.
- 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.