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Reston Location

Fox Mill Shopping Center
2561 John Milton Drive
Herndon, VA 20171
Phone: (703) 476-8809
reston@themusicstores.com

Maris Ravenstahl

Guitar

Charlie Duda

Guitar, Bass

Chris Smith

Guitar, Bass
Bill Oliver

Bill Oliver

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Bill retired from First Virginia Bank in 2003 after 25 years as a Computer Programmer, Projact Leader and for the last of those 14 years as a VP/Computer Applications Manager. During and before those years Bill played part time in many bands, opening for numerous national acts and playing in major venues including Wolf Trap, Peer 6 in Baltimore and Lime Kiln in Lexington, VA. After retiring. He began volunteering and then working for New Life Christian Church. Bill started teaching Bass Guitar and Acoustic/Electric Guitar at Reston Music in November of 2004. Bill is a staple of Reston Music and is well known for his warm personality, patience and passion for guiding students in a musical journey. Bill and his wife Karen will be married for 44 years in January 2012. They have 2 children and are also very loving Grandparents.

John Schucker

Guitar, Bass

John is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music in Boston MA with a BA in composition and film scoring. For the past twelve years he has divided his time between teaching private lessons and local and national performances on bass and guitar with artists such as Bobby Parker and Alan Scott. John teaches all levels and contemporary styles with a focus on improvisation and theory.

Doc Reed

Doc Reed

Guitar, Bass, Mandolin

Brinson “Doc” Reed is a veteran of the Washington DC music scene. Doc received his first guitar at the age of 11 and 4 years later began singing and performing semi-regularly on guitar and piano at area restauraunts and night clubs. After highschool, he entered music as a full time profession. Doc met Larry Bearce in 1973. He began teaching in 1975 at “The Music Cellar.” He was a long time student of the late, world famous Danny Gatton. He has spent decades performing in area clubs and venues, touring and teaching in many local music stores. Doc currently has one album out. He has appeared on local TV shows and played piano weekly with the house band on WPFW’s radio broadcast “Live from Tornado Alley.” Doc was an early graduate of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix, Arizona.

Doc has been working with The Music Stores for over 10 years. His experience is unsurpassed both as an instructor and a guitar player. Doc’s techniques are fun, unique and effective. He teaches the fundamentals of music so that any student who wants to learn how to play the guitar will be able to read music, play rhythm and lead, various riffs, fingerpicking, and melodies to any genre of music: from Acoustic-Electric, Rock-Blues, and Jazz-Country. This is accomplished by learning the positions (the same 5 in each key). One of his many gifts to his students is the ability to teach improvisation to any song in a short period of time. They will alaso learn to read notes and change keys when required by the song. His goal is to show students the BASIC FUNDAMENTALS so they can compose their own sound to any piece of music. In addition, Doc is a versatile keyboard player and is prepararing to teach Blues and Jazz improvisation on the piano. He also teaches Bass Guitar and the Mandolin.

Vinny Roth

Vinny Roth

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Vinny has been a musician for the last 35 years attending both Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University where he earned a fine arts preformance degree. He has also studied jazz arranging via the Berklee School of music online.
Vinny has studied country guitar with honkytonk tele master Bill Kirchen, and Jazz guitar with Vinny Valentino. He has played alongside Ian Gillian of Deep Purple fame. He has recorded and gigged with Ike Willis of Frank Zappa’s band and has recorded with sax legend Ron Halloway ( Government mule) Al Williams from Stanley Clarkes school days band, and Kevin McKendree from Brian Setlzer’s band. Mr. Roth’s forthcoming Cd. ( set for release in late 2016) Features many of the aforementioned musicians as well as many other notable players.

In 2004 Vinny was a finalist at the Guitar Center Guitarmageddon solo off contest, in 2005 he added music to several movie sound tracks including the winner for best medical documentary of 2005 “Techno Storks” . He has also added music for the television pilot “You Don’t Say” featuring news anchor Cokie Roberts.
In 2013 Vinny became an online video clinician for JBE guitar pickups producing many product demo videos for their website. Vinny is aslo a clinician for the Italian guitar company Lengardo Guitars and was a demo artist at the California NAMM show January 2016. He is working with Centerstream music on publishing his latest book and is gearing up for a mini tour when his latest CD is completed.
Mr. Roth regularly teaches between 40-60 private guitar lessons weekly and keeps busy doing studio sessions at Little Erich music studios in Burke Va.
Vinny preforms regularly around the Dc. Tristate area including the venues. The State Theatre (Falls church Va.) The Birchmere (Alexandria, Va.) The Jammin Java ( Vienna, Va.) as well as out of town venues The Soul Factory (Dover Delaware) and The Bigham Street Tavern ( Pittsburgh Pa.)
Vinny is currently under Little Erich music Management and signed to Big Vee Records

Brent Proctor

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Harmonica

Greetings and thank you for making it this far… Beginning with Mr. Larry Bearce gracing myself with an opportunity to teach what I have learned, it has been an honor to be a part of the The Music Stores family since 2006. Only from what I have set forth upon achieving for myself, the understanding and awareness, “that this study is like an immense ocean, not to be exhausted even in the lifetime of a Nestor” do I find that I learn much, if not more from the pupil, as I myself will always be. Thus it has been a blessing to have had the opportunity to study and to play with such wonderful teachers and musicians across many genres, that as of late, do I offer my experiences six days a week here at Reston Music. While my studies have been primarily focused on the electric and double basses, and the electric and acoustic guitars, I have worked for an understanding of the piano, harmonica, drums, percussion, recording, and live audio among others, and have always welcomed whatever else musically has been set before me to aid in this journey. Since 2007, I have helped direct Reston Music’s Up Beat Jam sessions, which has continued into the Larry’s Loud Noises legacy, where respect and musical cohesiveness is taught to the area’s young talent in a group setting. Even more, carried into the individual setting, is the instruments physical layout, reading, theory, rhythm, coordination, ear training, singing, improvisation, musical appreciation, and jam sense, maybe even a song or two, among other life lessons for the student young and adult meant to steer one another in a positive direction. In a comfortable open inviting and friendly environment, do I say thank you, and Welcome!

Dean Maged

Guitar, Bass - Director of Larry’s Loud Noises

Dean Maged studied the electric guitar for over ten years with Berklee College of Music graduate, Mike Bailey. At NVCC he studied Jazz guitar for two semesters with Ken Hall, and has spent the last two semesters studying classical guitar with Larry Snitzler, who studied with the late great Andre Segovia (the most famous classical guitarist of the last 100 years). Dean is currently looking forward to Jazz guitar lessons with Rick Whitehead this fall. He has been performing for eight years in local bands ranging from Blues, Jazz, Metal, and Classic Rock, and has played in the Washington Chamber Music Group (for a Vietnamese Charity concert). He was a member of the George Mason Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos under the direction of Richard Parrell and Wade Beach respectively, the later studied piano with Sir Roland Hanna. As a music education student at George Mason University’s new School of Music Dean is enrolled in a rigorous curriculum of music theory, sight singing, ear training, music history, and general education courses. At this moment he plays and/or teaches guitar (electric and classical), bass, drums, percussion, piano, harmonica, and voice. By the end of his undergraduate studies at GMU he will have studied all orchestral instruments and become a certified teacher in Virginia. Dean was accepted to Berklee College Of Music with $7,000 scholarship and attended the Guitar Sessions 2004. Dean has been teaching for five years and was the senior guitar instructor and number one guitar teacher for three years in a row at A&A Music. One of his students received a scholarship for being the best music student at Farmwell Station Middle School in Loudoun County.

Lisa Bearce

Piano

Lisa Bearce’s love of music began with her first piano lesson at age 9. She continued with lessons all through school, and knew that she wanted to pursue a career with music. She wanted the opportunity to be able to share her love of music with others. She attended The College of William & Mary and graduated with a degree in Music and Business. She began teaching privately part-time in 2002 and first taught at Reston Music in 2004. She then moved to Southern Virginia for a job opportunity, but still continued to teach privately part-time at a local music store. Upon returning to the area in 2008, she revisited Reston Music and found there was a teaching position available. She has been teaching full-time ever since and has enjoyed sharing her musical experiences with her students. She enjoys teaching all forms of classical music, musicals, movie soundtracks and pop songs.

Jared Tidd

Piano

Jared Tidd began playing piano at age 10. He received his B.S. in Applied Piano from Indiana Wesleyan University, where he studied with Dr. Carolyn Kindley. He later had the opportunity to prepare for grad school by studying with Dr. Phoenix Park-Kim. He then attended Miami University on a full graduate assistantship under the tutelage of Dr. Siok Lian Tan, and received his Master’s of Music in Piano Performance. Jared has performed in numerous recitals and concerts, as both a soloist and accompanist. He has also participated in various competitions and master classes, including a master class with the legendary Menahem Pressler. Jared is comfortable working with beginning to early advanced students, and is happy to teach students of any age, from 5 to 105.

Felix Polendey

Piano, Voice

Ariauna Heck

Piano, Voice

I began teaching at Reston Music in July 2015. I am an FCPS native who graduated from Westfield HS, then George Mason Univeristy with a degree in Music Education. I teach Elementary General music in Loudoun County full-time, and at Reston Music in the evenings. It is my goal to instill a life-long love and joy for music in my students. In her free time, loves karaoke, board games, adventure, and Starbucks.

Faith Anderson

Piano
Gabe Churray

Gabe Churray

Piano

Gabe has over sixteen years of teaching, writing, and performing experience.

As a teacher, he is highly interested in contemporary styles, pop to classical, and the infinite possibilities available to students for writing and performance in the 21st century. He looks forward to the opportunity to help each student dive deeper into their understanding of music by helping them realize and achieve their own personal musical goals.

As a performer, Gabe played keyboards and toured internationally with Domino Recording artist Matthew E. White for his critically acclaimed debut record, “Big Inner”. The band shared the stage with notable artists including George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Emmylou Harris, She and Him, Grizzly Bear, and The Mountain Goats. The group also performed at many iconic venues and festivals around the world including The Sydney Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Glastonbury, and SXSW.

As a composer, recording, and remix artist, Gabe has collaborated with many artists including S. Carey (Bon Iver), Califone, and No B.S. Brass. His works have been recognized with awards from pioneering American composer Steve Reich, James Madison University, the University of Minnesota, and Indaba Music.

Caitlin Stibbards

Caitlin Stibbards

Piano

I have been playing piano since before I could read, and always admired the interactive methods of music teachers. I‘ve taught piano and math for about 3 years. I am currently working towards a bachelor’s degree through NOVA and George Mason in Physics with a minor in music. I love to teach kids of all ages, and encourage them to enjoy what they’re doing, improvise, and even create their own pieces.

Ron Definis

Percussion, Drum Set

Joe Crawley

Percussion, Drum Set

I‘ve been a passionate drummer for 14 years and have been teaching for 5. I have studied the snare drum and drumkit formally with local teacher/performerTrent Renshaw, covering all contemporary styles ranging from Rock, Funk, to Jazz. I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance through NOVA and George Mason University. I have performed in various original and cover bands in the D.C area. Currently, I am hitting the skins for VA based heavy metal band Deranged Theory. I am looking for energetic, fun loving students of all ages with a drive to learn and grow as musicians! My teaching approach includes a strong emphasis on technique and rudimental studies, as well as time-keeping and developing the students ear through both reading and playing along to great music. Let’s Jam!

Ed Anzueto

Percussion, Drum Set
Steve Jannette

Steve Jannette

Percussion, Drum Set, Electric Bass

A well-rounded teacher and performer, a Steven Jannette has been a fixture on the NOVA Music scene for over a decade and has held a local teaching career for 12 years.

Obtained an A.A. Jazz/Popular Music Degree with percussion/drum set and Bass Guitar from NVCC. Involved with several music groups including but not limited to; Washington Chamber Music Orchestra, The SlyMonk Fusion Project, and most recent project, Los Nova-Tones.

Russell Lucas

Percussion, Drum Set

Mike Pivik

Percussion, Drum Set

Steven Zaboji

Strings

Stacey Sinclair

Strings

James Weiss

Strings

James Weiss is a strings teacher who has been teaching for three years. During high school, he played in several diverse musical groups. He played in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York‘s Chamber Orchestra for 3 years, one of the top classical music organization for high school students. He also played with the Nassau Pops Orchestra, a professional music group, and was the principal bass player in his high school orchestra all four years. James played with the Barn Burners and the Long Island Fiddlemonic Orchestra, fiddle groups which played several LITMA dances (Long Island’s Traditional Music Association). He was the electric bass player in the school pit band, and played in a garage band. He went on to major in music education with a concentration in strings at George Mason University, and graduated in 2011. During his time at Mason he played in the George Mason Symphony Orchestra, the George Mason Bass Ensemble, and George Mason Lab Orchestra. He continues to play in the Praise and Worship band at the Robert Bellarmine Chapel, and takes free lance gigs.

Zoe Spruston

Violin, Viola

Fred Koch

Woodwinds

Frederick H. Koch has been active as a professional musician for 40 years. Mr. Koch’s first job, at the age of 15, was with a Dixieland band, on the back of a flatbread truck for a local political candidate in Atlanta, GA. In addditon to his private studies on the clarinet, saxophone and flute, Mr Koch is an accomplished composer/arranger, whose works have been performed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian and Carnegie Hall among other venues. Mr Koch has performed in a wide variety of musical styles from Classical to Rock, R&B, Salsa, Jazz and even Polka! Among his many engagements, Mr Koch has played with the Great American Music Ensemble, the Virginia Grand Military Band, the Duke Ellington Orchestra (directed by Mercer Ellington), the Ojays,Mary Wilson, The Temptaions, The Four Tops, as well as European and American touring productions of “Meet Me in St.Louis”, “42nd Street”, “Grease”, and West Side Story. Mr. Koch is a veteran of the US Army and studied at the Berklee College of Music and Virginia Commonwealth University. Along with his writing and performing activities, Mr. Koch has been active as a music instructor for over 25 years, teaching privately, coaching groups, adjudicating and conducting clinics. Mr. Koch believes strongly that his experience in different aspects of the music industry helps make him a better teacher. Mr. Koch lives in Annandale, VA with his wife Anne, his son Louis and daughter Maya.

Agnes Rhee

Flute, Piano

Carter Webb

Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
James Covington

James Covington

Brass, General Music

James Covington is a multifaceted musician and teacher of many genres, including classical, jazz, top-40, salsa, and contemporary. He began playing the trumpet shortly before his 6th birthday, and has dedicated his life to improving his musical skill-set, which he now enjoys passing on to his students. After completing a degree in Music Education at Ithaca College (NY), he earned a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at the University of Maryland - College Park. He has performed with groups such as the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta La Leyenda, the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra, and at Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, VA.

James has taught band and orchestra in Prince George’s County, MD, and has been teaching for The Music Stores since 2012. He is currently a music teacher at Herndon Elementary School. He is a trumpet player in the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, as well as The DC Transit Band, a 9-piece wedding band in Northern Virginia.

Vinny Prinzivalli

Brass, Band Director

Tom Hiravi

Brass, Band Director

Dave Erickson

Brass

Chantilly Location

Chantilly Park Shopping Center
14511-D Lee Jackson Mem. Hwy.
Chantilly, VA 20151
Phone: (703) 222-8986
chantilly@themusicstores.com

Steven Bennett

Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele

I was born in Washington DC, YEAR 1986 and now reside in Northern Virginia. I began my studies at chantilly music at age nine. Through my instructors in both string and percussions i knew that through a lot of practice and devotion to my musical talents that being an instructor myself was my lifes calling.

Far beyond my hard work is to have seen several of my students recieve musical scholarships through their devotion and this i am most proud of. I have been rewarded to study and perform with many of the metropolitan washington areas premier musicians.

I am always pleased to study and share my knowledge in Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classical and Country music. through sharing thoughts much is to be learned in music.

Phillip Joannou

Guitar, Piano

Philip has been surrounded by music his entire life. Having many influences from his own family, He grew up listening to everything from classical piano to Al Green to Led Zeppelin. Starting off on piano, he tried a wide variety of instruments while focusing on his voice for four years with choral director Kay Greene. He continued classical training on the piano until the age of 14 when he picked up a guitar to pursue other areas of music creativity. Philip has performed in a number of bands in the greater metropolitan area for the past ten years and also hosts open mics. Philip has been teaching guitar, piano and beginning bass for the past 9 years. He’s a utility musician with a great passion for music.

Chris Smith

Guitar, Bass
Ashley Spalletta

Ashley Spalletta

Voice, Piano

Graceland University alumni, Ashley Spalletta, graduated with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Vocal Performance and Music Education (certified K-12). Ashley is currently a full-time music specialist and choral director at Congressional School for grades 4-8. Prior to Congressional School, Ashley taught general music and chorus at Canterbury Woods ES in Fairfax County Public Schools. Ashley’s full-time career has provided her prime opportunities for teacher/leadership development, such as speaking at two Responsive Classroom (RC-teaching strategy) national conferences at the University of Delaware and George Washington University. She is also a certified CETA teacher (Changing Education Through the Arts- John F. Kennedy Center Teacher Education Program ) . As a vocal performance major, Ashley was featured in solo recitals, as well as the featured soprano soloist in many large choral/orchestral works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C, and Handel’s Messiah (to name a few). During her college career, Ashley was also the winner of the annual Solo and Concerto Aria Competition for two years in a row. In addition to her elementary school music and performance gigs, Ashley has also taught private voice and piano lessons for the past 7 years, and even continues to take voice lessons, herself! Ashley is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Education from George Mason University.

Will Riddell

Percussion, Woodwinds

Lawrence "Bubbles" Dean

Percussion

Lawrence Bubbles Dean was born in Alexandria, Va. The youngest of a family of 6 drummers, he first learned the art of set drumming under the tutelage of his father, Courtney Dean. Since the 1970‘s, Bubbles has pursued his formal music education at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), Virginia State University, and Howard University, developing his expertise in drums and general percussion. Throughout his career, Bubbles has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the development of his craft. Though primarily a Washington based musician, he has wowed audiences across the United States and abroad. Bubbles’ reputation for delicacy and strength has earned him the title of Swing Master, gaining him easy entree into local jazz performance opportunities with many of the region’s top musicians. His versatility secures him many non-jazz performance engagements as well, including Gospel, R&B, Reggae, Blues and World Music.

Bubbles also enjoys a fine reputation as a drum and percussion teacher in the Chantilly, Va area. His leisure time is often spent giving back to the local community by working with neighborhood music associations, especially his father‘s marching drum line (Dean’s Drum Corps and Dancers, est. 1976). He is sought after as a lecturer in many of the D.C. Metro area’s schools, always extolling the virtues of lifetime learning and the great adventure of Jazz in the History of American Music.

Gino Cioffi

Gino Cioffi

Percussion

Education
Master of Business Administration, George Mason University - 1999
Bachelor of Music Management, George Mason University - 1996
Associate of Applied Science, General Studies/Recording Tech, NVCC - 1988
**Fluent in Spanish

Private Instruction
Ken Harbison - National Symphony Orchestra 1995-1995
James Latimer - Radford University 1986-1986
Menzie Pittman - Band Aide Music 1987-1988
Sam Evans - U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.” 1980-1983

Professional Experience
Background in Percussion and Music Industry, specializing in: drumset, snare drum, reading, recording, group formation/interaction, and music business. Private instructor with over 22 years teaching experience in local stores, including: Chantilly, Twinbrooke, Capone, CMC and A&A Music. Percussion Ensemble instructor for Chantilly High School, Fairfax County Public Schools 1997/98. Percussion Judge for Loudoun County District Band auditions 2008 and Guitar Center Annual Drum-off 2011 - 2013. Clinician for local area schools. Performed and recorded with local and regional acts. Drum Center Manager for the highest grossing, single music store in the Nation, as well as Store Manager and business consultant for smaller full-line music stores. Published in industry newspaper.

Performance Experience
Kat Atomic (current)
Gino’s All-Stars (current)
The Roadducks
Cyclone Ranger
Worx
Fallen Angel
Royal Polynesians

Career Highlights
Opened shows for the following national acts: Accept, Blue Oyster Cult, Steppenwolf, KIX, Great White, Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws, Jake E. Lee, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, George Lynch’s Lynch Mob, Faster Pussycat, Souls of We, Michael Schenker Group, Junkyard, and John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band. Radio air-play and interview on DC 101 FM. Reviews in Northern Virginia Rhythm, Maryland Musician, and Centreview newspapers.

James Covington

Brass, Strings

James is a multifaceted young musician who is comfortable playing in many styles ranging from classical to jazz, salsa to contemporary. His performances have carried him throughout the United States as well as abroad. Past experiences include performing with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, La Leyenda Latin Jazz Band, Eric Felton Jazz Orchestra, Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, the World Champion East Coast Jazz Drum and Bugle Corps (2005), as well as performances at Lincoln Center in New York City and in Ireland.

James recently earned his Master of Music Degree in Trumpet performance at the University of Maryland studying with Chris Gekkar and playing lead trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble directed by Chris Vadala. He earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Ithaca (NY) College, where he studied primarily with Frank Gabriel Campos and had additional studies with John Charles Thomas.

James currently teaches Elementary Instrumental Music (band and orchestra) in Prince George’s County, MD, and is the trumpet player and music director for the DC Transit Band based in Manassas, VA.

Zach Granger

Zach Granger

Zach Granger was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. There is where his passion of music started when he started to take guitar at the age of thirteen. From there his love of music blossomed and started to take shape. He attended college at the University of Northern Colorado and received his Bachelors degree in Music Education with an emphasis in classical guitar. Although his degree is in guitar he has experience with all instruments. In his program he taught in a range of classrooms including high school orchestra, middle school orchestra, and middle school band.

Along with his experience in classical music he also spent a great deal of time with rock, blues, and bluegrass music. This large variety of instruments and styles gives him great utility in the field of private teaching. In Colorado he worked for several different stores and schools and at the height of his teaching had over 40 students a week.

He moved to the area with his fiancee Natalie while she is attending graduate school at George Mason University for Vocal Performance, He is very excited to be in the area and see everything Virginia has to offer.

Caren Warfield

Caren Warfield

Voice, Piano

Caren Warfield has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from George Mason University, where she graduated Cum Laude. Along with voice, she has studied piano and flute for several years. Caren focuses on applying healthy vocal technique to any style of music, and encourages exposure to different genres of music. During piano lessons, she focuses on learning good practice technique and strategies for learning difficult passages for all ages. Caren hopes to encourage all students to develop a well-rounded, life-long love for music.

Zoe Spruston

Strings

Billy Wolf

Instruction

Billy has over 15 years of experience as a private music instructor with his students ranging from age 3 to 83. He is available to help individuals wishing to study saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, piano, composition and jazz improvisation. His middle/high school aged pupils regularly receive honors at the area, district and state levels as well as the annual Virginia Music Educator’s Solo and Ensemble Competition.

Several of his past students have gone on to study music at Capital University, George Mason University, Old Dominion University, The Ohio State University, SUNY-Purchase, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Additional teaching credits include clinician work with numerous middle and high school ensembles as well as serving as a guest lecturer of jazz history and improvisation at Utah State University and the University of Missouri.

Performance

Billy can be found performing across the east coast and midwest as the leader of his own Octet, Composers’ Tetradectet, and Tristano School project as well as with Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, the Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble, Ishmael Ali Zghoul’s "Zebec," and the avant-garde quartet, "Team Players."

Billy has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many leading practitioners of his craft. Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Oliver Lake, Jon Irabagon, Steve Wilson, Richie Cole, Oran Etkin, Seneca Black, Marquis Hill, Jim Powell, Ryan Keberle, Warren Wolf, Florian Weber, Cory Christiansen, Michael Formanek, Matt Wilson, and Jeff Hamilton are all musicians he has had the pleasure of creating music with. Being attracted to large scale projects, Billy has had the good fortune of having worked with several esteemed new music composers. Miho Hazama, Elliot Hughes, and Nathan Parker Smith are some of the talented creators he’s previously performed under.

Education
M.M - DePaul University (2011)
Bachelor of Music - Capital University (2006)
Summer Performance Program - Berklee College of Music (2001)

Twinbrooke Location

Twinbrooke Centre
9543 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA 22032
Phone: (703) 425-9500
twinbrooke@themusicstores.com

Philip Scofield

Woodwinds

Graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. from George Mason University. Studied clarinet with Sharon Bonneau from the USAF Band (ret), and Oboe with Dr. Lorrie Berkshire-Brown of the Pershing’s Own US Army Band. Played Bb, Eb, Alto and Bass clarinets in GMU Wind Symphony. Also played Bassoon in GMU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras as well as Sax for the GMU Pep Band.

Anthony Arnold

Clarinet, Saxophone

Fred Koch

Woodwinds

Frederick H. Koch has been active as a professional musician for 40 years. Mr. Koch’s first job, at the age of 15, was with a Dixieland band, on the back of a flatbread truck for a local political candidate in Atlanta, GA. In addditon to his private studies on the clarinet, saxophone and flute, Mr Koch is an accomplished composer/arranger, whose works have been performed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian and Carnegie Hall among other venues. Mr Koch has performed in a wide variety of musical styles from Classical to Rock, R&B, Salsa, Jazz and even Polka! Among his many engagements, Mr Koch has played with the Great American Music Ensemble, the Virginia Grand Military Band, the Duke Ellington Orchestra (directed by Mercer Ellington), the Ojays,Mary Wilson, The Temptaions, The Four Tops, as well as European and American touring productions of “Meet Me in St.Louis”, “42nd Street”, “Grease”, and West Side Story. Mr. Koch is a veteran of the US Army and studied at the Berklee College of Music and Virginia Commonwealth University. Along with his writing and performing activities, Mr. Koch has been active as a music instructor for over 25 years, teaching privately, coaching groups, adjudicating and conducting clinics. Mr. Koch believes strongly that his experience in different aspects of the music industry helps make him a better teacher. Mr. Koch lives in Annandale, VA with his wife Anne, his son Louis and daughter Maya.

Rosalie Morrow

Flute, Piano

Rosalie Morrow has a BA from the City University of NY. She has taught flute and piano here for 14 years and is a piano accompanist for the Fairfax County Solo/Ensemble Festival. She has played with the Prince William Symphony and the Fairfax City Theatre, and has a flute/guitar duo as well.

Pravin Kularajah

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano

Pravin Kularajah is our resident Canuck, born in Montreal before moving to Trenton, NJ. He learned piano from his mother who taught in their home and the YWCA, and at age 3 he began studying violin and piano at the Westminster Conservatory. After exhausting all the best violin teachers Westminster had to offer by the age of 12, Pravin found a true master in Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Arnold Grossi, who had learned from Raphael Bronstein and Jascha Heifetz. Under Grossi’s instruction Pravin auditioned to become concertmaster of the NJ Region II Orchestra and went on to perform with the NJ All State and National Honors Orchestras.

Pravin picked up guitar towards the end of high school and would continue to study it independently while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There he also played in MIT’s Balinese Gamelan under the direction of resident composer Evan Ziporyn. (The gamelan is a large percussion ensemble of gong-family instruments that has been used in Bali and the other islands of Indonesia for thousands of years.) Pravin also studied classical and jazz music theory, history, and analysis, graduating in 2004 with a bachelor of science in music composition.

Pravin has since recorded with numerous bands, engineered pre and post production work in his home studio, and still performs several times a month as a freelance guitarist and keyboardist for a few bands (including The TOO DAMN BIG Orchestra). He continues his work as a composer while teaching guitar and piano music theory here at Twinbrooke Music.

Ron Definis

Drums

Ron Definis has been teaching DRUMS at Twinbrooke Music since 1992. He enjoys all styles of drumming, including Concert, Rock, Latin, Jazz and Big Band. Ron started playing at an early age and persued music in high school and college. He studied with the likes of Ray Delphy, Joe Durso, Lee Mason, W.H. (Boots) Williams, and when he was in town performing, Louie Bellson. Ron Played and traveled in the 1960‘s and 1970’s with such groups as The Premiers,Saxtons, Bill Black Combo, Holy Toledo and Liquid Trapeze. He is currently performing with The Jeff Paul Trio.

Pat Lash

Drums

Patrick Lash has been playing drums since 1981. He was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, where he studied with private drum instructors for more than twelve years. After earning a liberal arts degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he moved to Northern Virginia. Through the years he has performed and recorded with many bands and musicians covering numerous styles of music. He has been teaching drums here at Twinbrooke Music since 1998.

Gino Cioffi

Drums

Education
Master of Business Administration, George Mason University - 1999
Bachelor of Music Management, George Mason University - 1996
Associate of Applied Science, General Studies/Recording Tech, NVCC - 1988
**Fluent in Spanish

Private Instruction
Ken Harbison - National Symphony Orchestra 1995-1995
James Latimer - Radford University 1986-1986
Menzie Pittman - Band Aide Music 1987-1988
Sam Evans - U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.” 1980-1983

Professional Experience
Background in Percussion and Music Industry, specializing in: drumset, snare drum, reading, recording, group formation/interaction, and music business. Private instructor with 20 years teaching experience in local stores, including: CMC, Chantilly, Twinbrooke, Capone and A&A Music. Percussion Ensemble instructor for Chantilly High School, Fairfax County Public Schools 1997/98. Percussion Judge for Loudoun County District Band auditions 2008 and Guitar Center Annual Drum-off 2011 and 2012. Clinician for local area schools. Performed and recorded with local and regional acts. Drum Center Manager for the highest grossing, single, music store in the Nation, as well as, Store Manager and business consultant for smaller full-line music stores. Published in industry newspaper.

Performance Experience
Kat Atomic, The Roadducks, Cyclone Ranger, Worx, Fallen Angel and Royal Polynesians

Career Highlights
Opened shows for the following national acts: Accept, Blue Oyster Cult, Steppenwolf, Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws, Jake E. Lee, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, George Lynch’s Lynch Mob, Souls of We, Michael Schenker Group, Junkyard, and John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band. Radio air-play and interview on DC 101 FM. Reviews in Northern Virginia Rhythm, Maryland Musician, and Centreview newspapers.

Peter Cowett

Guitar, Banjo

Pete Cowett is a talented and creative performing musician and instructor in the Northern Virginia Area and is experienced in many aspects of the musical arts including performance, education, and studio recording. Pete Cowett has his BA in Music and has been teaching Guitar for over 30 years. He is currently the music leader at Daybreak Community Church in Ashburn, and has performed in several local area bands throughout his music career. Pete has performed at The Kennedy Center, Canadian Embassy, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, numerous WMZQ remote broadcasts, night clubs, private parties and local television and radio shows. He is eager to share his love for music with both children and adults. Pete is committed to using music the student is passionate about to teach essential skills and back them up with small doses of theory, helping the student to become a musician and not just a guitar player.

Scott Elliot

Guitar, Bass Guitar

Scott Elliot has an Associates Degree in Fine Arts, with a major in Guitar and a minor in Piano. He has been teaching and performing in the Northern Virginia area for over 25 years. He has worked as a music producer and a recording engineer for his own personal projects as well as other bands. Scott teaches guitar, bass guitar and general music theory to students from six years old and up.

Simon Phillips

Guitar, Classical Guitar, Ukulele

Simon has been teaching at Twinbrooke Music since 1995. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Throughout his education Simon has studied guitar with Corey Blake, John Patykula and Larry Snitzler. Simon’s performing experience includes, playing in rock bands, classical music ensembles and solo classical guitar.

Simon teaches rock, blues, folk, classical and Spanish guitar at all ages and levels. He works with the student to create a suitable and fun method to learn guitar. If the student is not sure what style of playing they are interested in, he can teach the basics and from there can introduce different genres and styles of music and technique. Simon teaches Monday through Saturday.

Greg Hiser

Violin, Viola, Cello, Mandolin

Agnes Rhee

Flute, Piano

Agnes Rhee started playing the flute at age 9 and she quickly fell in love with flute and music. Under the tutelage of Judith Lapple and Julianna Nickel, Agnes earned her bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance from George Mason University. After graduating in 2013, Agnes began her music teaching career by helping out a local
high school marching band and teaching flute privately. Although Agnes still loves to play the flute, she also started to enjoy teaching music and meeting all of the fun and interesting students that she‘s had. Agnes is currently pursuing her second Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Rosemary Gano

Allyn Van Patten

Lorton Location

Shoppes of Lorton Valley
8971 Ox Road
Lorton, VA 22079
Phone: (703) 690-0006
lorton@themusicstores.com
www.lortonmusic.com

Jennifer Ferenz

Phillip Joannou

Guitar, Bass, Piano

Philip has been surrounded by music his entire life. Having many influences from his own family, He grew up listening to everything from classical piano to Al Green to Led Zeppelin. Starting off on piano, he tried a wide variety of instruments while focusing on his voice for four years with choral director Kay Greene. He continued classical training on the piano until the age of 14 when he picked up a guitar to pursue other areas of music creativity. Philip has performed in a number of bands in the greater metropolitan area for the past ten years and also hosts open mics. Philip has been teaching guitar, piano and beginning bass for the past 9 years. He’s a utility musician with a great passion for music.

Mike Lilburn

Mike Lilburn

Drums, Percussion

Michael Lilburn started his formal training in the school band in 1999. Throughout his formative years he played in concert, symphonic and jazz bands where he was introduced to the classic styles of percussion. In 2006 Michael started attending George Mason University where he was admitted into the Jazz Program and studied snare drum and drum set under Harold Summey (United States Army Band), Tom Teasley (Drum! Magazine’s 2016 Percussionist of the year) and Joe McCarthy (Two Time Grammy Award Winner) and performed in many of the chamber ensembles while earning his degree at George Mason University. While attending George Mason University Michael played drums in many local bands spanning many genres. Michael’s interest spanned the globe and he even delved into world music which took his music studies to Ireland in 2010 as well as playing for The Washington Shruthi Orchestra (Indian Music) in 2009. Michael is a registered member of the Percussive Arts Society.

In his time performing in and around the Washington DC area Michael has garnered press and was a two time Wammie Award Nominee (Washington Area Music Association Awards) in 2012 for best Modern Rock Group and has played at all the iconic music venues that DC has to offer, such as RFK Stadium, The 9:30 Club, The Hamilton, and The National Mall. While performing in the area Michael has shared the stage with Michael League of Snarky Puppy, Junior Marvin of Bob Marley and The Wailers, The Dropkick Murphy’s, Big Boi of Outkast, Rusted Root, Shock G and The Digital Underground, HR of Bad Brains, Members of Mumford and Sons, John Brown’s Body, The Easy Star All-Stars, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, The Nighthawks, Whop Frazier, and Andre Fox.

Michael has a very passionate and visceral approach to playing and teaching the drums. He plays out of love for music and cherishes playing with other musicians. He has been teaching for The Music Stores for 8 years and has taught more than 10,000 drum lessons for the company to date. He is the currently the head director of our rock band program, Larry’s Loud Noises and still performs live in the area.

Doc Reed

Doc Reed

Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin

Brinson “Doc” Reed is a veteran of the Washington DC music scene. Doc received his first guitar at the age of 11 and 4 years later began singing and performing semi-regularly on guitar and piano at area restaurants and night clubs. After high school, he entered music as a full time profession. Doc met Larry Bearce in 1973. He began teaching in 1975 at “The Music Cellar”. He was a long time student of the late, world famous Danny Gatton. He has spent decades performing in area clubs and venues, touring and teaching in many local music stores. Doc currently has one album out. He has appeared on local TV shows and played piano weekly with the house band on WPFW’s radio broadcast “Live from Tornado Alley”. Doc was an early graduate of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix, Arizona. Doc has been working with The Music Stores for over 10 years. His experienced is unsurpassed both as an instructor and a guitar player. Doc’s techniques are fun, unique and effective. He teaches the fundamentals of music so that any student who wants to learn how to play the guitar will be able to read music, play rhythm and lead, various riffs, fingerpicking and melodies to any genre of music: from Acoustic-Electric, Rock-Blues, and Jazz-Country. This is accomplished by learning if the positions (the same 5 in each key). One of his many gifts to his students is the ability to teach improvisation to any song in a short period of time. They will also learn to read notes and change keys when required in the song. His goal is to show students the BASIC FUNDAMENTALS so they can compose their own sound to any piece of music. In addition, Doc is a versatile keyboard player and is making preparation to teach Blues and Jazz improvisation on the piano. He also teaches Bass Guitar and the Mandolin.

John Schucker

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

John is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music in Boston MA with a BA in composition and film scoring. For the past twelve years he has divided his time between teaching private lessons and local and national performances on bass and guitar with artists such as Bobby Parker and Alan Scott. John teaches all levels and contemporary styles with a focus on improvisation and theory.

Caren Warfield

Piano, Voice, Flute

Gabe Churray

Piano

Claire Boswell

Violin, Viola, Cello

Will Riddell

Percussion, Woodwinds

Steven Zaboji

Strings