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
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!
Andrew, a longtime resident of the Triangle, started studying percussion during his time in the Wake County Public schools. Throughout high school, he was heavily involved in the Cary High music program with symphonic bands, jazz band, and indoor drumline, along with countless hours jamming in garage bands with friends. After High School, Andrew continued his musical study while attending NCSU with Dr. Paul Garcia and UNCW with Joe Chambers, respectively. During that time, Andrew was able to share the stage with a number of world class musicians, including Steve Bailey, Johnathan Kreisberg, Conrad Herwig, among others. While simultaneously playing in the university’s big band and jazz combos, Andrew frequently gigged with psychedelic rock/blues outfits throughout the region. Andrew works as a full time real estate agent in the area and keeps his passion for music alive through teaching.
Andrew D. is a classical violinist, fiddler, bass player, vocalist, and educator. Andrew was born and raised in Jackson, MS. He became a fiddler at the age of 10 in his family band, The Dillonaires. Andrew studied classical violin under Rachel Jordan at Jackson State University where he received his Bachelor of Music Education in Strings for K-12. He taught General Music and elementary Choir in Title I for 3 years before he retired to gig professionally and hone his craft. Andrew plays around the Triangle and the southeastern coast under the stage name The Amazin’ Lazy Boi. He is also the band leader, bassist, and violin player of the Chicken Shack and will represent the Triangle Blues Society in the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
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
David L. loves playing and listening to all types of music! Graduating with a Music Education degree from Lee University with an emphasis in both cello and for vocal instruction, he has a wide understanding of the different styles and approaches to performing music as well as the fundamentals to effective teaching. With experience teaching in the large classroom setting, volunteering to teach cello to small groups, and private one-on-one instruction for the past half decade, David understands the importance of gathering how students learn quickly and sharing their passion with what they want to learn. He enjoys playing the cello, violin, mandolin, guitar, bass, and singing in settings of jazz, pop, rock, country, Christian, and many more.
George, a music producer and instructor has had a musical ear from a young age. Buying his first MP3 player at the age of 7, George started collecting and listening music from all sorts of backgrounds and genres including Rock, Spanish, and Techno. George did not actually get into professionally making music until the age of 19 when he first downloaded and started playing around with FL Studio. Once he realized music to be his real passion, George started taking Piano lessons and began studying Art Studies with a Music Concentration and recently graduated with that degree. He also enrolled in the Recording Connection music production school based in LA where he took an extensive year long course on Ableton Live and music production mastery. From there, George went on to produce various tracks and earn a verified Spotify account under his artist name “Masri”. Having taught at an Ableton Live course summer camp at Duke University, George is familiar with teaching younger students and has the ability to teach in a simple and easy to understand manner while keeping it fun and enjoyable.
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.
Nick P.'s varied musical background started with piano lessons at the age of 7. In middle school he played trumpet and trombone briefly before switching to guitar and bass. He has played in a wide variety of bands from youth led worship groups to country bands to metal bands. After graduating from UNC Asheville in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Technology with a focus on jazz and electronic music composition, he worked for Moog Music building and testing synthesizers. Since then, he has composed and performed live music for a play, an aerial dance collective, various bands and solo performances. He believes that learning music from a young age is a very important part of a well-balanced education and a lifelong pursuit of learning.
Sam, Originally from a small town in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has always loved music, and it became a passion when she began to play the saxophone in 4th grade. Throughout grade school, she participated in every music group she could including marching band, jazz band, orchestra, musical theatre, pit orchestra, pep band, choir, district band, and county band while learning several instruments along the way. After high school, she attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania where she majored in Music Education. During her time in college, she learned many different instruments and participated in music ensembles, such as saxophone ensemble, jazz band, wind ensemble, symphonic and marching band. She also took private lessons on saxophone and piano. In addition to her musical experience, Sam is also an accomplished swimmer, and spent many years teaching swim lessons and water fitness classes. After graduation, Sam moved to North Carolina to teach music in the public school system. She is currently in her 4th year teaching. She loves teaching people of all ages, and is incredibly excited to share her knowledge and love for music with 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!
Victoria, norn 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.
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.