Staff & Music Teachers

Andrew Mauro

Andrew Mauro is the director of Bach to Rock Johns Creek. He has been involved with music since he was very young taking keyboard classes, singing in choirs when he was under 10. In middle school, he started on trumpet and began his true musical journey. He played in jazz and marching bands throughout middle and high school and taught himself guitar at age 16. He went to college and grad school at University of Delaware where he studied music education, composition, performance, and theory. Since grad school he has worked in the movie theater and events businesses, and is finally pursuing a job in his passion, music. He has performed in several musical pits in community theatres and has taught private lessons in Atlanta. He is very excited to be sharing the joy of music with the children of the Johns Creek area. Let’s rock!

Sean Z.

Sean Z. is the Assistant Director of Bach to Rock Johns Creek. He comes from a family of musicians that have been in bands their entire lives. He has been involved in music since the age of 6 when he learned to play the keyboard, and learned early on, in the middle school band, to play the flute and trumpet. He then progressed from in the middle school band the school band to the rock band. He started playing guitar, drums, and bass before finally settling on vocals. He has sung professionally for the past 13 years, touring the world. He can scream in many different styles and can also sing a multitude of ranges. His passion for music is unmistakable and being involved in the creation of music helps drive him each and every day. He is also very excited to share his experiences and joys of music with the Bach to Rockers of Johns Creek. Rock ‘n roll!!

Briana K.

Briana K. is a music teacher for voice (classical and contemporary), piano, early education, and ukulele at Bach to Rock. Her main instruments are these three, but she has extensive experience working with bands and has dabbled with guitar, drums, and trumpet. She first started in music at age 11 in choir and musical theater. Her trio won the region championship in her Senior year and she attended Allstate three times throughout middle and high school. In addition, she started learning the piano through her church’s worship team while in high school. Briana graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor’s degree in music in December of 2018 from Toccoa Falls where she studied classical and contemporary voice, piano, and worked with several school worship bands. She is currently the vocalist and keyboardist in her local band Clavicle who just released their first album a few months ago. Briana also interns at the Atlanta music venue The Masquerade with sound and marketing. She loves sharing the joy of music and cannot wait to be a part of teaching it to you!

Brielle R.

Brielle R. teaches vocals and piano at Bach to Rock. Her love for music began in her home, under the instruction of her musical father. Quickly growing further in her knowledge and passion, she began studying piano and guitar as a way to accompany herself and begin writing original music. By the age of 13, she was studying Broadway Performance at the Boston Conservatory with famous boarding school, Walnut Hill School for the Arts. She has investigated deeply into both contemporary and more classical training, but finds her niche in songwriting. After a last minute idea to audition for American Idol last year, Brielle was a part of the Top 50 cast of American Idol on ABC network. After her mentorship from Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Byran, she is eager to share her tools and experiences with new students and encourage them as they craft their unique giftings too! Music is for everyone and she wants to specifically say that MUSIC IS FOR YOU. Come sing with me!

Charis S.

Charis S. is so excited to be teaching Voice and Piano at Bach To Rock! She was raised in New England where she was first introduced to music and theatre at a young age. After receiving her Associates Degree from Gulf Coast State College in Musical Theatre she started to pursue her passions by working professionally and then moving to the Atlanta area. Charis has taught at Emerald Coast Theatre Compay and the Seaside Repertory Theatre teaching kids the wonder of the arts! Some of her favorite roles include; Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Eponine in Les Miserables and Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Darius B.

Darius B. teaches drums, guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, and rock band at B2R Johns Creek. He was born in Motown, Detroit and raised in Atlanta. He has been drumming in bands on stage and in the studio from age 14. Moving to Berlin at age 19 he began electronic music production and DJing. He then decided to expand his sound/abilities when he moved to Windhoek, Namibia learning traditional African music for 3 years at The Namibian College of Arts. While in Africa he studied guitar, djembe, piano, marimba as well as mbira and acquired experience teaching these instruments to children. Working on everything from live theater music and sound effects to playing in metal bands to producing commercial music Darius is a very versatile and accomplished musician.

Eric R.

Eric R. teaches drums, piano, and guitar at Bach to Rock in addition to regularly performing around the Atlanta area on drum set and percussion for musical theatre productions. Growing up, Eric performed in rock bands and in his high school drum line. Continuing his passion for music, he pursued and received his Bachelors in Music and a certificate in Music and Entertainment Business from Kennesaw State University where he studied music composition, percussion and jazz piano. While at KSU, Eric collaborated with the dance department, wrote music for various commercials and won the 2017 Composition Contest. Outside of KSU he has written for video games, a big band, and arranged percussion and wind music for high school marching bands. Eric believes that music is a language and is excited to share this passion with his students.

Gary R.

Gary R. teaches drums, guitar, bass guitar, and piano at B2R Johns Creek. He grew up in Denver, Colorado and was introduced to drums and guitar at an early age. Later he became heavily involved in drumline and went on to march drum corps and percussion ensembles with Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corp for several years - playing tenor drums. He was also a Drum Entertainer, aka “Precision Drummer,” for the Denver Broncos Stampede drumline following his drum corps career. Gary attended University of Colorado starting as a percussion major, then changed to psychology, and started working with students at local high schools teaching drums & percussion. Through these studies and teaching experiences, he began learning and applying music therapy concepts to his work by facilitating drum circles, always encouraging people to form friendships and make new connections through Recreational Music Making. In addition to his drumline, percussion, and music therapy background, Gary grew up playing drum-set at church and has been involved in several bands playing drums and bass guitar.

Jake O.

Jake O. teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, and cello at B2R Johns Creek. He is a local musician out of Roswell, Georgia. He began playing music at the age of 7 when he began piano lessons, but it was when he received his first guitar at age 15 that he dove head-first into musical studies. At age 17, Jake started a guitar club at his high school, helping other students learn basic guitar skills in an open and judgement-free setting. Jake continued playing throughout high school, and after graduation, went to Georgia College and State University to study music therapy. Once there, Jake trained for nearly 5 years under classical guitarist, Dr. Sydney “Dusty” Woodruff, and studied teaching and therapy techniques with a wide variety of clients. Jake has spent time with clients in Middle Georgian school systems, hospice homes and psychiatric wards, where he used music as a tool to bring his clients a greater sense of happiness, spiritual perspective, and improve their general quality of life. Jake has had his own musical projects since 2012, which brought folk, funk, reggae, jazz and rock influences to stages around Atlanta and Middle Georgia. Although passionate about his own endeavors, Jake truly loves bringing his easy-going, dynamic teaching style to all his students. Each of Jake’s students is privy to a wide variety of guitar styles and techniques, ear training, music theory knowledge and a custom-tailored learning experience based on the student’s personality, preferences and practice schedule.

Jasmin Valencia J.

Jasmin Valencia J. teaches Piano, Voice, and Early Education classes at B2R Johns Creek. She started her musical and stage performances as a singer around Asia. She used to be the lead vocalist of a band for 10 years while pursuing teaching children during the day . Originally from a country where the heart and passion is music, which is the Philippines, Jasmin graduated in Bachelor of Elementary Education and has more than 15 years of working with children both in public and private schools. She was able to work as a music teacher in early childhood and primary level in Italy and had teaching experiences in International schools in China. Being a mother of three, Jasmin was able to pass her love for music to her children who are also very musical in the field of singing and playing instruments. Jasmin believes that music has a magical way of helping young children articulate themselves and express their feelings and should be nurtured and encouraged to discover ways to explore it further to guide them in their development. With all these experiences, Jasmin welcomes you to a fun and meaningful classes in Early childhood - Kids and Keys, Rock City and voice lessons to help the children discover their utmost musical potentials.

Jim E.

Jim E. teaches wind, brass, piano, and guitar at Bach to Rock Johns Creek. As a teacher, producer, composer, and performer, Jim Ellis has had an extremely successful and satisfying career in the music business over the last 35+ years. Among his many experiences he counts composing a children's symphony; writing some of the most recognizable television theme songs ever to exist; co-writing two songs that were performed at the 1996 Summer Olympics, including one performed at the Opening Concert; and producing emerging independent artists. Together with producer and children's author Ric Reitz and partner The Grammy Foundation's Leonard Bernstein's Center for Learning, Jim composed the children's symphony "The Journey of Sir Douglas Fir." His television and movie compositions include the theme song for WKRP in Cincinnati HouseSmart, Buffalo Bill, CNN, the NBA on TBS, and Believe It or Not! The Life and Times of Robert Ripley.

Matthew K.

Matthew K. teaches drums, bass, piano, and early childhood classes at B2R Johns Creek. He grew up in a music loving family. Thanks to his parents, he began enjoying bands such as Pink Floyd and The Doors before he could walk. In sixth grade he joined the middle school band as a percussionist. Unfortunately he was unsure if he wanted to continue with percussion and left the middle school band. He then picked up guitar and bass and began to take private lessons for guitar. Freshman year of high school, Matthew’s friends had a band without a drummer, and with no prior knowledge of him ever picking up a drumstick, asked him to sit behind the kit. He instantly fell in love with it, and began to take private lessons and music theory courses. After high school Matthew attended the Atlanta Institute of Music, from which he graduated with honors. Since graduation Matthew has performed with the Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts, original rock groups, and cover bands. Matthew’s main influences come from funk, jazz, and rock.

Spenser P.

Spenser P. teaches guitar, bass, ukulele, drums, and piano. He is Bach To Rock Johns Creek’s resident Rock Star. From Blues, Folk, and Pop, to Rock and Heavy Metal, there’s very little, musically, that he won’t passionately explore. Filling his roles as both instructor and lead Audio/Recording engineer, he makes a well-versed and well-balanced member of our team. He has spent the last 15 years developing his talents as a composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. Having completed his Bachelor of Science in Music Production at Full Sail University, in addition to his 12 years’ experience in recording and live sound, Spenser now hopes to apply his skills toward ushering in a new generation of musicians. As a father for 9 years and counting, he is an experienced and patient teacher to students of all ages, and well equipped to face the challenges and rewards that come with teaching and sharing music with others.

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.