Andrew J., born in Rota, Spain, is a singer/songwriter who has been writing, recording and performing music for 10+ years. His band, In Whispers signed a record deal with Bieler Bros. Records in 2010. The song that he wrote, "Here I Stand" was featured on the EA Sports NHL 2011 video game and had spins on radio stations all over the world. Andrew's other project, Breaking Through has also been fairly successful. The most famous song from the band, "Not A Saint" caught fire across the country in 2013, was played in regular rotation on Jacksonville's local station X102.9, as well as featured in the movie, "Dead Moon Rising". He has shared the stage and toured the United States with the bands, 30 Seconds To Mars, Stone Temple Pilots, Jimmy Eat World, Chevelle, 21 Pilots, A Day To Remember, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and many more.
Staff & Music Teachers
Ben H. is one of our great teachers at Bach to Rock. He is a Jacksonville native who specializes in guitar. Ben has been teaching guitar for 7 years. He has toured the southeast region with Breaking Through and is a professional studio musician, playing on tracks that made the Top 100 Rock Charts. Ben’s main musical influences are Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton. We are stoked to have him on our team!
Brooke S. is an amazing Voice, Piano, Ukulele and Guitar instructor here at Bach to Rock. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Music from Jacksonville University. Brooke has been teaching music since 2014, with a specialty in Voice. She has been a Studio Intern for the Blue Man Group, an Audio Tech for the Jacksonville Giants and she also gigs around town! Brooke is influenced by Paramore, The Waifs, Hozier, ZZ Ward, Adele, Stevie Nicks and Stevie Wonder.
David J. earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Jacksonville State University in Alabama where he studied trumpet. He also plays the bass guitar and has been a musician since age 12. David is certified to teach music in the state of Florida and is currently an elementary music teacher in Duval County Public Schools. He has been teaching public school since 2009. David also plays in local bands, Oscar Mike and Kudos the Kid where he has done bass, vocal, and trumpet work. He has played festivals such as MagnoliaFest and Clean Water Music Fest, and has recorded and released several EPs as well. David believes in sparking that love for music within each and every student while providing a strong foundation for music education.
DJ F. is a musician and teacher from Jacksonville, FL that has been playing percussion for 9 years, as well as guitar and piano. He is a graduate of Fletcher High School and the Cambridge AICE Program and performed in all of the bands offered. DJ has performed in numerous ensembles throughout his academic career and into his college, such as Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps, BCS All-Star Invitational Marching Band, 2015 US Army All-American Marching Band, FBA All-State Orchestra, FSU Tri-State First chair, CONFLUX Percussion ensemble, First Coast Wind Symphony, INFINITY & INFINITY 2 Percussion, and most recent section leader for the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. He currently attends Florida State College at Jacksonville, where he was in the Jazz Ensemble 1 for two semesters as well as the wind ensemble. He has been teaching private lessons for almost four years, and has taught at Providence School, and is a percussion tech at Allen D. Nease High School. He enjoys all genres of music and is influenced by classical and 80s music.
Harrison B. is a voice, percussion, piano, guitar, bass and ukulele instructor here at Bach to Rock. He has a degree in Music Theatre Performance from Jacksonville University. Harrison sang in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Chorus as well as the International Chorus in Italy. He played keys for JU's Marching Band and percussion for their Pep Band. He has written original music for "Water By the Spoonful" as well as sings locally in churches around town. Harrison is inspired by The Kinks, Pasek and Paul, Jason Robert Brown, and Led Zeppelin.
Ihlan M. is one our fantastic instructors here at Bach to Rock. He will be teaching guitar, bass and piano. Ihlan has his degree from the University of North Florida In Music Technology and Production. Ihlan has played professionally with Innuendo and Johnny Lee. He has taught private lessons and an afterschool music problem at an elementary school. His favorite artists are Guthrie Govan, Slash, Hiatus, Kaiyote and Todd Pritchard. We are so excited to have him share his talents with our students.
Jack M. is a phenomenal percussion instructor and is currently pursuing his Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida. He has been teaching music for 6 years and enjoys playing the bass and piano in his spare time. He has performed with world renowned musicians such as Wycliffe Gordon, Doug Carn, Lisa McLendon, and Lynne Arialle. Jack has given clinics at UNF, Valdosta Sate, and The Governor's Honors Program. He is influenced by AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Sonny Rollins, and Earth Wind and Fire.
Joe B. is an incredible Pianist and Composer. His many talents include Piano, Trombone, Brass and the Melodica, which he plays for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Joe has a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He is a National Award Winner for both Performance and Composition and he is the Founder of the Internationally-Acclaimed Melodica Men. Joe is influenced by Stevie Wonder, Bach, EW&F and Billy Joel.
Stephanie S. is a dedicated Brass and Woodwinds instructor. She graduated from Ithica College with a Music Performance Degree as well as a Music Education Degree. Stephanie also has a Masters Degree in School Administration from Columbia University. She began her music career by playing flute in a Sousa Marching Band, but she quickly moved on to perform and direct in 4 different orchestras, both in the U.S. and abroad. She has been teaching privately since age 16 and has built instrumental programs from the ground up in 3 different schools. Stephanie is currently working to master the guitar.
- 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.