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.

Adam L

Adam L. Guitar, Bass, Voice. Former member of Puddle of Mudd, Adam comes to us with many years of music and performance experience. He has toured both nationally and internationally as a guitarist and vocalist. He currently plays in a Nirvana cover band called Heart-Shaped Box alongside fellow B2R instructor, Mark M. Adam is inspired by the 60’s, grew up in the 90’s, and is powered by all genres!  

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!

Arelys C.

Arelys C. Guitar and Piano. Currently pursuing her Bachelor’s of Music Performance from Stetson University, Arelys is a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. She is a classically trained guitarist, but you can often find her rocking out some mean guitar solos on the electric! She has performed in weddings, art galleries, and even for the FBI! Arelys is inspired by Metallica, The Beatles, Queen, The Beach Boys, Guns N Roses, Roland Dyens, Segoria, and the Jonas Brothers.

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.

Christy J.

Christy J. Piano, Percussion, Voice, Woodwinds, Brass. Currently a Band and Choral Director for Duval County Charter School, Christy has over 15 years of experience in the field of music education. She has taught Band, Chorus, Music Theater, Percussion Ensemble, Drum line, Music Theory, and Music History. Christy has taught all ages from pre-k to secondary middle/high school as well as adults. She received her Bachelor’s of Music Education with a Concentration in Music Composition from Florida Southern College in 2002. Some of Christy’s performance experience includes performing with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Southern College Wind Ensemble, and the Drum Corp International for Magic of Orlando. She is also a member of the Florida Bandmaster’s Association and Florida School Music Association. Christy is inspired by the great composers of Bach and Beethoven, to classic rock bands like Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles!

Hannah G.

Hannah G. Voice, Piano, Early Childhood. Originally from Michigan, Hannah went on to get her BMA in Voice from DePauw University in Indiana. She recently came to Jacksonville to attend UNF where she is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Voice. Hannah has been performing professionally for the last 5 years including contracts with the College Light Opera Company and the Ohio Light Opera. She is also an actor—she minored in Theatre and is a current candidate for Actors Equity! Hannah is influenced by ABBA, Gilbert and Sullivan, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Butch Walker.

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, Piano 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.

Jesse M.

Jesse M. Percussion and Piano. As a graduate of both the New England Conservatory of Music as well as the Lynn Conservatory of Music, Jesse holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. He has taught at Georgia Southern University and Savannah State University, as well as for Savannah Public Schools. Jesse has played with the Jacksonville Symphony, the Savannah Philharmonic, and the Charleston Symphony to name a few. He is a published composer with Tapspace Publications and as even toured Asia with the Hollywood Film Orchestra. Jesse is inspired by Joe Morello, Dave Weckl, and Gary Burton.

Justin D.

Justin D. Guitar. Currently pursuing his Master’s Degree from FSU, Justin is a graduate of Stetson University with his Bachelor’s of Music. He also graduated from the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts! He has been a music teacher for the Stetson University Community School of Music and has been the crew chief/audio and video engineer for the Stetson School of Music sound crew! Justin is inspired by John Mayer, Cage the Elephant, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joe Pass, Roland Dyens, and David Russell.

LaChelle B.

LaChelle B. Strings and Piano. Currently a student at the University of North Florida, LaChelle is majoring in Music Education with a minor in Spanish. She began learning violin at a very young age, but throughout the years has also learned viola, cello, upright bass, and piano. LaChelle has had the opportunity to work hands on with the students at both LaVilla School of the Arts and Pine Forest Magnet School of the Arts. She is currently the violin section lead and teacher’s aid with the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra as well as a teaching artist at the Cathedral Arts Project. Lachelle is inspired by Fats Waller, Miles Davis, and all Baroque composers.

Leighton S.

Leighton S. Voice, Piano 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.

Wade B.

Wade B. Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, Band. As a Music Business certificate holder from the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, Wade is a seasoned musician. He has been teaching music for almost 10 years now and is a member of the band Breaking Through with fellow B2R instructor, Andy! You can find their music on Spotify. Wade is inspired by Guns N Roses, Mötley Crüe and Metallica.

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.