Staff & Music Teachers

Megan S.

Megan S. Director. Raised in Gainesville, Megan spent nine years playing travel volleyball before going on to study voice where she competed in various ensemble competitions such as Festival Disney Orlando. Megan also plays guitar and ukulele! In 2012, she moved to Jacksonville to study Public Relations at the University of North Florida. While attending UNF, Megan worked with the event planning branch of Student Government to put on many shows featuring acts such as 3OH!3, Boys Like Girls, Amy Schumer, and the Wayans Brothers. Megan is influenced by Taylor Swift, Cassadee Pope and The Eagles.

Savannah L.

Savannah L. Administrator. Born in Ohio, Savannah moved to Jacksonville at the age of 7. Growing up, she was in many theatrical productions such as How To Succeed…, Peter Pan, Seussical the Musical and many more! Savannah spent four years as a lifeguard before joining us at Bach to Rock. She is currently attending FSCJ where she is about to receive her Associate’s in Arts degree. Savannah is influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Joan Jett, Prince, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Jordan Fisher and Sabrina Carpenter.

Riley W.

Riley W. Teacher’s Assistant. Once a student at Bach to Rock, Riley has come full circle to work with us! She took piano lessons with Joe in preparation for her performance in the 2016 Miss Fletcher Pageant. Riley was exposed to music at a very young age and started playing piano at age 6. She has two professional singers in her family plus her entire family plays instruments! Riley loves physical fitness and healthy living. She is a certified yoga instructor, a vegan, and she loves to surf. Riley is influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, John Lennon and Yiruma.

Andrew J.

Andrew J. Voice, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Band. Born in Rota, Spain, Andrew is a singer/songwriter who has been writing, recording and performing for over 10 years. His song “Here I Stand” is featured on the EA Sports NHL 2011 video game and has had spins on radio stations all over the world. Andrew’s band Breaking Through has been very successful. Their song “Not A Saint” is featured in the movie “Dead Moon Rising.” Andrew has shared the stage with 30 Seconds to Mars, Stone Temple Pilots, Jimmy Eat World, Twenty One Pilots, A Day To Remember, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and many more!

Brooke S.

Brooke S. Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Band. Born in Maryland, Brooke came to Florida to study music at Jacksonville University where she received her degree in Commercial Music. Her younger brother attended the first ever Bach to Rock located in Bethesda, MD where his band took home third place in Battle of the Bands in 2009! Now a teacher at B2R, Brooke has come full circle. When she’s not at Bach to Rock, you can find her teaching choir for the Clay County School District and singing in her own band called Fun Sick Phony. Brooke is influenced by Paramore, The Waifs, Hozier, ZZ Ward, Stevie Nicks, Adele and Stevie Wonder.

David J.

David J. Brass, Guitar, Bass, Band, Early Childhood. Playing music since age 12, David went on to get his Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a focus in trumpet. He is a certified music teacher for grades K-12 and a certified general education teacher for Pre-K-5th grade. David has been teaching in Duval County Public Schools for 10 years and was even selected 2016’s Teacher of the Year for his school! Throughout the years he has organized and directed multiple Orff, vocal, and guitar ensembles and has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus and the Jacksonville Civic Orchestra. David is influenced by Coheed and Cambria, The Beatles, The Police, The Killers, Billy Joel and Jeff Buckley.

Harrison B

Harrison B. Voice, Drums, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Band. As a graduate of La Villa and Douglas Anderson, Harrison went on to earn his degree in Music Theatre Performance and now teaches music at the professional level. He currently directs the Children’s Choir at Holy Family Catholic Church and teaches music at Guardian Catholic School. Harrison has also toured Italy with an International Chorus! Locally, Harrison has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Chorus and in various musicals at Players by the Sea. He has also written music for “Water by the Spoonful”! Harrison is influenced by The Kinks, Pasek and Paul, Jason Robert Brown, and Led Zeppelin.

Jack M

Jack M. Percussion, Band. Pursuing his Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida, Jack has been teaching music for 6 years. He has also given clinics at UNF, Valdosta State University, and The Governor’s Honors Program in Georgia. Jack has performed with world-renowned artists such as Wycliffe Gorgon, Doug Carn, Lisa McClendon and Lynne Arriale. He is well-known for his ability to play any style of music including musicals, contemporary jazz, fusion, and Latin music. Jack is influenced by AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Sonny Rollins, The Foo Fighters, Al Jarreau, and Earth Wind and Fire.

Joe B.

Joe B. Piano and Brass. Founder of the internationally-acclaimed duo The Melodica Men, Joe’s group has gone viral. They have even come out with their own brand of melodicas! You can also find him performing with the Jacksonville Symphony. Joe received his Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University. He is also a national award winner for both performance and composition! Joe is influenced by Stevie Wonder, Bach, Billy Joel and Earth Wind and Fire.

Joanna Y.

Joanna Y. Voice. Theater-lover and performer, Joanna spent 5 years performing in shows for Disney World and Universal Orlando. At Disney, she was most often cast as Ariel in The Little Mermaid. At Universal, she frequently played Cindy Lou Who and sang in the Hogwarts Choir. Joanna also performs in musicals at the Alhambra Dinner Theater, Players by the Sea and The 5 & Dime. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Jacksonville University. While musical theater is Joanna’s first love, she is also influenced by Jessie J., Christina Aguilera and Celine Dion.

Leighton S.

Leighton S. Voice, Early Childhood. As a professional singer for 30 years, Leighton has extensive experience in vocal performance. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a minor in Music from UNC Chapel Hill as well as her MBA from the University of North Florida. She was an assistant producer for Nickelodeon for years working on many popular shows and movies such as Good Burger and The Amanda Show! Leighton has performed as a soloist as well as the leader of cover bands and jazz bands. She is on the Worship Team at Beaches Church and also writes and performs her own music. Leighton is influenced by Bruno Mars, The Beatles, Alison Krauss, Natalie Merchant, Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake.

Mark M.

Mark M. Bass, Guitar, Drums, Piano, Band. As a graduate of Douglas Anderson, Mark was able to dedicate his high school career to studying classical bass and jazz. He has been in the music business for 22 years, which has allowed him to tour extensively across North America. Mark has also been signed to major record labels such as Virgin Records, Bird Attack Records and Search and Rescue Records. In addition to gaining experience in the music business throughout the years, Mark has also spent the last 10 years teaching music. He is influenced by Face to Face, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Helmet, Green Day and Megadeth.

Stephanie S

Stephanie S. Brass, Woodwinds, Guitar. Holding Bachelor’s degrees in both Music Performance and Music Education, Stephanie also has a Master’s Degree in School Administration. She began her music career by playing flute in a Sousa Marching Band, but quickly moved on to perform and direct in four different orchestras, both in the U.S. and abroad. Stephanie has been teaching since the age of 16 and has built instrumental programs from the ground up in three different schools.

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.