Kelly and Tay, Owners, 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
Bree Petrillo, our Site Director, is a professional musician and licensed educator. 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 Music Production and Songwriting. Bree has fronted many bands and musical acts, and has performed her own original material as well as covers. She can often be found performing around the Triangle area performing solo and with her band. Aside from being an experienced performer, Bree has years of experience in the classroom. She has founded and developed music programs for multiple academic organizations. Bree 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. Bree teaches the following programs: Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Violin, Kids N Keys, Rock City, Rock Band, Glee Club, and Music Production.
Doug Poteat, Assistant Director, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, began his musical training on guitar at a young age before studying horn, trombone, and tuba in high school. Doug earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University in music performance and a master’s degree in music theory from Bowling Green State University. Doug performs regularly with classical orchestras and loves to play his guitar and bass guitar with friends. Doug teaches the following programs: French Horn, Trumpet, Saxophone, Trombone, Tuba, Kids N Keys, Bass, Guitar, and Piano.
Jaime, B2R Apex's Director of Marketing, is passionate about storytelling and showcasing the confident rockstars that our students become! Previously, Jaime traveled the world producing photo shoots for a large fashion corporation and has had stints working as a Public Relations and Marketing Manager. She graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Merchandising and a concentration Marketing. When she is not working, you will find her practicing Pilates (she is an instructor as well), playing tennis and traveling with her family.
Adalizbeth Hello! My name is Adalizbeth, I am very happy to be joining the Bach To Rock team! My music background is in voice and flute. During these past few months I have been learning the basics on acoustic guitar and keyboard/piano! I am currently an undergraduate student at Berklee College of Music to pursue Music Therapy. I love how music connects people and awakens emotions we may not have known we had or didn’t know how to express. I love all styles and genres of music and hope to explore more of these styles and genres here at Bach To Rock! I cannot wait to meet you all virtually or physically. Stay safe and jam on! Adalizbeth teaches the following programs: Vocals, Flute, Rock City, Rock N Roll, Kids N Keys, and Glee Club!
Alice S. retired in June after teaching for 35 years! She is a UNC-CH graduate and has her National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music. Alice is looking forward to teaching small groups and individual students on a part-time basis! In addition to music, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family! She lives in Pittsboro with her husband, David. They have two children and a wonderful new daughter-in-law! Alice is looking forward to working with the team at B2R. Alice teaches the following programs: Piano, Kids N Keys, and Rock City!
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. Austin teaches the following programs: Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Drums, Kids N Keys, DJ, Rock Band, and Music Production.
Brandon is a record producer and audio engineer from Cranston, RI who graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston. His love for music began at a very young age but only into his young adulthood did he develop a passion and love for electronic music production. Growing up as an avid athlete playing tennis, golf, baseball, basketball and lacrosse; He didn’t put much time or thought into music until after graduating high school. The discipline gained through years of rigorous training for sports had translated directly into his music passion thereafter. For about 7 years now Brandon has spent countless hours mastering his craft in sound design, recording, arranging and music programming by using the DAWs Ableton Live and Pro Tools with a soft background in FL studio, Logic pro and Serato. Over the years he’s produced and engineered multiple singles for various artists, his most recent being “Paralelo by Emiliano” and “Watch Ur Mouth by Rosaliee Ospina”. In addition to his Jazz and music theory- filled education, Brandon’s experience working with pop, Latin, trap and urban artists has given Brandon the ability to communicate musical ideas of all styles. Brandon’s had the opportunity to mentor multiple colleagues in the art of production using Ableton live. Through teaching he plans to show his students creative techniques on how to spark song seeds and give them the tools necessary in order to turn their music from thoughts into sonics. Brandon teaches the following programs: Music Production, DJing, and Piano!
Chris F. has been playing music for as long as he can remember. At the age of 3, he began taking violin lessons in his hometown of New Bern, NC, and has loved the instrument ever since. He performed as a member of his high school orchestra and in the North Carolina All-State Orchestra. While pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he earned a minor in Music as well. Chris loves to play an eclectic variety of music, from classical to bluegrass to rock and jazz. He has studied the violin all his life, and he is excited to pass that love and knowledge on to others through teaching. Chris teaches the following programs: Violin, Viola, and Kids N Keys.
Elena M., a Triangle native, began singing in chorus in the 4th grade and continued throughout high school. In high school, she decided to become more serious about singing and began studying vocal performance at 15. She holds a degree from Meredith College in Theatre with a Musical Theatre concentration and a Music minor. She can often be seen performing in and around the Triangle area as either a vocalist or an actress. She looks forward to helping inspire kids to love music and to find the music within themselves. Elena teaches the following programs: Voice, Piano, and Glee Club.
Gregory R. is a musician, educator, and arranger originally from Lynchburg, VA. Growing up with a musical family, He could not imagine a life career that didn’t involve music. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Longwood University in 2014 and just recently received his Master of Music in Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. When he isn’t teaching students, he’s playing in bands such as Apple Butter soul - a NeoSoul/Funk Band, Southside Jazz Quintet - VA based Jazz group, or playing music for theatrical companies such as Wolfbane Productions. His primary instruments of choice are bass and trombone. Gregory teaches the following programs: Trombone, Saxophone, Tuba, Trumpet, Oboe, Flute, Clarinet, Bass, Guitar, and Piano.
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! Janice teaches the following programs: Voice, Piano, Ukulele, Kids N Keys, Glee Club, and Rock City!
Julianne is from Durham, North Carolina and began privately studying voice at the age of 10. In high school she participated in the school’s choir and musical theater productions, went to NC Governor’s School for choir in 2013, and sang with the NC Honors Choir in 2014. It was from there that she decided to pursue her Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Since graduating, Julianne has sung with the NC Master Chorale, is the Choral Scholar for United Church of Chapel Hill, and continues to study voice privately in the triangle area. She is excited to be a member of the Bach to Rock community and looks forward to working with the young musicians of today! Julianne teaches the following programs: Glee Club, Voice, Piano, Ukulele, Kids N Keys, and Rock City.
Katie B. is a music therapist from Cary, North Carolina. She attended Appalachian State University to obtain a bachelor's degree in music therapy. While at App State, Katie was involved as a music director in her a cappella group and avidly participated in choirs. Though voice is her primary instrument, Katie also enjoys playing piano, guitar, and ukulele. In her free time, she likes playing sports, leading worship music at church, and making food! Katie teaches the following programs: Glee Club, Rock Band, Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Kids N Keys, and Rock City!
Mandy M. is a Durham native who fell in love with music from an early age. She began piano lessons at six and grew up singing in choir, playing in band, and accompanying musicals in high school. She attended East Carolina University and graduated with a degree in music therapy with piano as her primary instrument. After ECU, she completed her music therapy internship at MusicWorx in San Diego, CA. Mandy loves performing both as a solo singer-songwriter and in her two local bands. She loves creating relationships with students and working with them to grow into better musicians. Mandy teaches the following programs: Piano, Voice, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Glee Club, Kids N Keys, and Rock Band!
Michael ‘Sean’ G. was born in Houston, Texas on July 19th 1987. In the mid 1990s his family relocated to the Triangle where he has spent most of his life. Growing up his household was full of music, with a Father who is a long time Choir Director and a Mother who was an aspiring Singer/Songwriter. He learned music theory, piano, guitar, and bass guitar while in grade school and quickly graduated into playing in local punk rock & metal bands. His teens and early 20s were filled with a variety of musical projects, studying writing & poetry, touring, and a lot of time in many different professional recording environments. This time in the studio made him realize his love of producing and engineering music, and throughout the years he has been fortunate to have worked with some of the best and brightest in North Carolina and throughout the States. Along with being a music lover of all kinds and a Vinyl enthusiast, eventually Sean fell into the world of dance music. For the last 8 years he’s been DJing and has since played with multiple National & International acts around the state. Sean also has an extensive live production resume, He spent over 2 years as a Production Manager for Live Nation at the Ritz in Raleigh, NC where he worked with acts like Janelle Monae, Lizzo, Interpol, Incubus, and many more totaling over 800 shows and concerts in his career. He is excited to have the chance to pass along his knowledge & expertise to the next generation of musical talent. Currently residing in Durham, NC with his Wife and 2 dogs.
Nate D. is a singer songwriter, who has honed his performance skills on multiple instruments and vocals while performing throughout North Carolina in a local funk band, playing bass, guitar, keyboard and lead vocals. He continues to work on solo projects and ghostwriting for fellow musicians. Nate began his musical journey at a young age in grade school, being trained on piano. In middle school he joined the school band and focused on his rhythm skills, playing a variety of percussion instruments. At this time he also acquired his first bass guitar & fell in love with it. He soon followed that by pursuing the electric and acoustic guitar. In high-school he joined the chamber choir and led the men’s A Capella group. Nate believes that “music and verbal language are each vitally important as a personal and communal expression. Every individual is gifted with a unique voice that needs to be expressed, and his goal is to enable and inspire students to express this through their instrument of choice.” He believes that every student has their own affinity for various styles of music. His goal is to cater to their talents, fuel their passion, and to help them excel. And most importantly, have fun in the journey! Nate teaches the following programs: Guitar, Bass, Piano, Voice, and Rock Band!
Patrick C., A Wilmington native, has a passion for the guitar that began as a teenager when he borrowed his dad’s copy of Led Zeppelin IV. Shortly afterward, he received his first guitar as a 16th birthday present, and he began taking guitar lessons under Terry Godwin while practicing 2-3 hours per day. Patrick expanded his musical talents by learning to play bass, ukulele, and mandolin as well. He attended University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he earned a B.A. in English with teacher licensure. Throughout his years of experience, Patrick has been a part of many bands and music projects in a variety of genres, including blues/jazz rock, metal, Christian rock, and alternative rock. Currently, his focus is on his solo folk singer-songwriter project, which has been chosen for music festivals and featured on local radio stations several times. Now, he is excited to share his love for music with his students at Bach to Rock. Patrick teaches the following programs: Guitar, Bass, Piano, Voice, Rock Band, and Kids N Keys!
Sean M. Having grown up in a musical family, Sean was surrounded by and interested in music at an early age. He began his musical venture in the choir at church, accompanied by his organist mother. Later he picked up the trombone in the middle school orchestra, and it wasn't until high school that he found his passion for percussion. He began taking lessons with Mike McKee of Delta Rae and Dr. Paul Garcia at NCSU, where he performed in jazz bands all through college. Since then, Sean has been credited with several recordings and has played in venues across the state. Aside from performing and recording, he enjoys teaching and is glad to start a musical journey with you today! Sean teaches the following programs: Rock Band, Drums, Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Glee Club, and Kids N Keys.
Simon D. is a mandolin, guitar, violin and bass player who grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina immersed in Bluegrass playing with people like Andrew Marlin, Emily Frantz & Hank Smith. He then went on to study classical music as the first mandolin player admitted to Interlochen Center For the Arts and went on to be the first mandolin player to be accepted into New England Conservatories Jazz Department. Simon’s unique approach to mandolin and compositional voice gained him acceptance into Banff’s Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music as well as a write up in Rollingstone magazine for a recent collaboration with Roop Ghuman. When not practicing or writing, Simon loves woodworking, hiking, biking and fishing. Above all Simon values learning and having fun making music! Simon teaches the following programs: Mandolin, Guitar, Violin, Bass, and Rock Band!
Spencer B., from Raleigh, NC, started playing guitar when he was 6 years old. From then until he was 18, he took regular guitar lessons, learned how to play with other musicians, and branched out to learn bass and drums. After high school, he attended UNC Chapel Hill. He didn’t study music there, but he spent as much time as possible seeking out musical information via the internet, working with children as a coach and counselor, and writing and performing as the lead guitarist in a local band. Spencer believes that learning music should be enjoyable and accessible through the entire process, which means marrying short-term gratification with a strong base in technique and theory that will keep the fun going forever. Spencer teaches the following programs: Rock Band, Guitar, Bass. Piano, Drums and Ukulele.
Tanner M. is a California native and moved to North Carolina after graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Business/Management. He began playing drums at the age of 7 and was self-taught upon his acceptance into Berklee. Through middle school and high school, he participated in concert, jazz, and marching band, playing in the percussion section, on the drum set, and on the drum line as a tenor drum player. He performed in the CMEA Capitol Section Honor Band in his junior and senior years of high school and won the Louis Armstrong Award in jazz band his senior year. At Berklee, he studied drum set with Rod Morgenstein from Winger and the Dixie Dregs, Dave Dicenso from the Cro-Mags and Josh Groban, and Henrique de Almeida. Tanner’s style of music spans the rock spectrum, from rock ’n’ roll to metal and everything in between, and his goal in teaching is to provide students the building blocks to find their own voice in their musical endeavors. Tanner teaches the following programs: Rock Band, Drums, and Piano.
Teddy M. is a mezzo-soprano singer and guitarist who recently graduated with a BA in music at Bard College. Some might call Teddy a "chronic dabbler," but they like to think of themself as a multimedia artist. Their classical vocal pursuits include performances with the Bard College Opera Workshop and Chamber Singers in New York, and yearly shows with White Iris Light Opera in North Carolina. Teddy also writes, records, and performs songs in the nebulous realm of indie pop. In their remaining time, they also make visual art and craft. Teddy teaches the following programs: Voice, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Kids N Keys, Rock City and Rock N Roll!
Victoria A., born in North Carolina, started learning music when she was around 6 years old with piano lessons. After that, she took an interest in band and picked up the Clarinet in sixth grade. In seventh grade, she switched to the Bass Clarinet and played that as her primary for the next decade. She auditioned for the NCBA All-District Band starting in Seventh grade on Bass Clarinet, and auditioned and performed every year until graduating from high school. She performed with the All-State band 3 times. In high school, she was Bass Clarinet section leader and marched throughout high school and for 3 years in college. During that time, she was a member of her high school’s Wind Ensemble as one of the top players. After graduating, she attended Appalachian State University and graduated with a BA in Music Industry Studies. There, she played in the Appalachian Wind Ensemble for 8 semesters, played Bass Clarinet in the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, and volunteered in the student-organized ensemble VGE (Video Game Ensemble). She became President of Appalachian’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, was an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, and had the honor of being conducted by director and conductor Frank Ticheli. Victoria teaches the following programs: Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Oboe, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Ukulele, and Kids N Keys!
- 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.