Brad Dunnells has been playing the guitar since the age of 13 and has been chasing the "rock and roll" dream ever since. Over the past thirty years he has performed in a multitude of bands covering a wide variety of musical styles including rock, jazz, folk, and country. His Irish Rock band The Donegal X-Press was the first American band to win the Songs for Peace Contest in Cork, Ireland and was named Artist of the Year by the Irish Voice in New York City. Brad's undergraduate degree is in Theater and his Masters Degree is in Nonprofit Arts Administration. He believes that his background in music performance and business administration has offered him "the chops" to make B2R, Mount Pleasant a huge success. Brad says, "Some of the greatest moments in my life have taken place while I was either performing, teaching, or listening to music. I've decided to become the Director of B2R Mount Pleasant because I want to offer as many students as possible the opportunity to experience firsthand the magic of making music. Bach to Rock offers a great teaching method in a fun learning environment where everyone can be a star."
Staff & Music Teachers
Sam S. is the Assistant Director at Bach to Rock, Mount Pleasant. In addition, he teaches piano, Kids N Keys and coaches bands. Sam began playing piano as a teenager. Sam has played shows in Nashville, New York City, and all over the Carolinas. Some of his favorite venues he has played in are The Bitter End and Sidewalk Café in New York, Mercy Lounge and the Basement in Nashville, The Pour House and the Music Farm in Charleston. Sam spent time in Tijuana, Mexico in a program called Hope Song, where he played music as a part of music therapy for cancer patients. He has written music with string players who have performed with some well-known names such as Ben Folds, Dolly Parton and Jason Mraz. Sam has created scores to a few independent films and has played music that has aired on the radio in Nashville and Charleston.
Archer is another one of our great music teachers here at Bach to Rock. He has been playing since he was a teenager. Though his focus is guitar, he is also musically fluent in mandolin, ukulele, bass guitar, piano, and vocals. He currently performs with Circus Fire – a rock n roll band that performs in the Charleston area. Archer’s musical highlights include winning Battle of the Bands with our other instructor Austin L. for 98 Rock FM. Archer’s musical influences include Green Day, Blink 182, and ACDC. When Archer isn’t playing music he is making films, including creating his own music as the soundtrack.
Cody D., (aka Slim S.O.U.L.) is a hip hop producer, musician, and poet. He's also the executive director and founder of Soul Power Productions, a non profit organization with a mission of arts advocacy and education to under served areas. A recent graduate from College of Charleston, Cody teaches piano, percussion and recording arts. Whether it's solo sets with his MPC drum machine and keyboard, or a full-size live band with various local artists, Slim S.O.U.L. brings smooth '90s style boom-bap together with eclectic soul and funk samples. With sounds similar to The Roots and De La Soul, Slim S.O.U.L. brings a neo-soul sound to his hip hop music with the help of members of local bands ManChild and Little Bird. Cody is also a music teacher at Meeting Street @ Burns Elementary.
Jake W. is another talented Piano and Guitar teacher at Bach to Rock. Jake has been playing music for over 17 years. He loves teaching musicians of all ages, and he finds joy in helping young people develop a love for music. Jake has played in bands for the last 11 years. He has been a music instructor since he finished college four years ago. He is a worship leader for Church of the Holy Cross on Sullivan's Island and helps lead a team of musicians there every week. He also played keys and sang for over four years at New Spring Church campuses in Spartanburg and Columbia. Jake is originally from Columbia and has lived all over North and South Carolina. Jake has been particularly influenced by rock, pop, and country music.
Jeremy has been teaching and playing drums for over 10 years. His musical background is as eclectic as his music taste, ranging from rock, funk, jazz, Latin, and Afro-Cuban. When he's not teaching, Jeremy plays and tours in his original band, Bizness Suit. With his band, they have recorded with the likes of Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Scott Page of Pink Floyd. Jeremy's biggest musical influences are Led Zeppelin, Tool, and Tower of Power.
John C. is a commercial and rock/r&b/hip-hop producer with a passion for making music. He has made advertisement music for brands such as Thakoon, Converse, and Nike as well as beats for Emmy-winning actor, Jharrel Jerome’s upcoming music release. He teaches guitar, drums, and piano here at Bach to Rock and has been playing those instruments for over 15 years and performed with multiple bands. In addition to teaching music, John is capable of teaching recording arts to students and bands in our very own B2R studio!
Keesha G. is a singer/song writer who teaches Early Childhood, Vocal, and Glee Classes. She has over 20 years of experience teaching mass choirs, choirs, ensembles, and group music. She has been singing on stage for 35 years and recording for several years as well. She’s traveled the Eastern seaboard singing with multiple groups and soloing. She has a passion for vocals and harmony and believes in keeping up with vocal health. She leads worship at Uptown Church in Charleston. You can find her gigging around town with several groups including Chucktown Funk – a new band performing in the Charleston area. When she is not singing, she loves graphic design and creating art pieces.
Lainie R. is our early childhood instructor. Lainie has an extensive background in musical theater, starting at the age of 13. She grew up studying in the Flat Rock Playhouse’s student acting conservatory, and Youth performance Show Choir. She eventually moved on to work in professional musical theater shows at the Flat Rock Playhouse, and began teaching with their musical theater program. Lainie has worked several summers with the Studio 52 film and music summer camps. Lainie has been involved in over 20 musicals and straight plays, with a few short films sprinkled in. She has a background tap, jazz, and lyrical dancing. She is very excited to join the B2R group, and to work with some new and exciting faces!
Marlena D. has been preparing for a career in music since the fourth grade. She began playing the violin in Charleston County schools and continued with the Charleston Youth Symphony and also played with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra while in high school. She attended String Camp during the summers at Furman University and eventually enrolled and graduated with a degree in Music Education. Marlena taught music in DeKalb (Georgia) county schools and played with the DeKalb Community Orchestra. Marlena currently teaches string music locally and plays with the Southcoast Community Orchestra, North Charleston Pops! Orchestra and other venues locally. Marlena enjoys making music with children and adults, too!
Mary Ellen L. has played the violin for 15 years and is majoring in Music Composition at the College of Charleston. As a kid, she participated in a youth-led Bluegrass group – the “Heritage String Band” – and taught herself basic Celtic fiddling after learning how to Irish stepdance. She began classical violin training in High School, and now participates in the school’s symphony orchestra as a first violinist. She also helps lead worship for her campus ministry as well as Eastbridge Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant. As an instructor at Bach to Rock, Mary Ellen is excited to pass on her passion for performance and to encourage students to create their own music.
Naomi H., born in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, began piano at the age of 8 under the classically trained instructor, Dawn Philips. Influences include, Debussy, Liszt, and Eric Satie. After receiving a gold medal at the SCISA music festival in 2016, Naomi began teaching classical piano from home to a few friends and neighbors. In high school and college, she took many music technology courses which inspired songwriting and musical performance. Currently, plays in a band called the Weeping Willows with Remy Clark, Justin Garrison, and her sister Allison House.
Pierce M., guitar instructor, has an extensive background in jazz, rock, and classical music. A 2014 graduate of Charleston County School of the Arts, Pierce spent 7 years in the band programs at Cario Middle School, Wando High School band and marching band, and Charleston County School of the Arts Band and jazz band. During his time at school he played in the All-Region honors band five years in a row as a trumpet player and was the 2014 recipient of SOA’s instrumental magazine music award for best all-around musician. Pierce is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a major in Jazz Guitar Performance. Along with his jazz and guitar combos at the college, he regularly performs at the Charleston Place Hotel in a jazz duo, and at other local venues with his self titled rock band, Pierce Alexander. To date, he has released five original singles and his first EP will be coming out Spring 2018. Pierce has several years of experience as a private guitar and songwriting instructor and always looks forward to working with new students.
Sydney C. is the Vocal teacher and Early Childhood teacher here at Bach to Rock. If you frequent Bach to Rock you may see Sydney behind the front desk. Originally from a small town in upstate New York, her childhood is when Sydney established her love for music. A member of New York State’s All State Choir, she developed her classical training in her high school years. She led the choir for 3 years at SUNY Maritime College, involving the group in many performances all over New York City. Sydney takes a modern approach on teaching classical techniques. Her musical influences include Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson, and Alison Krauss. Sydney believes whether you have musical training or just enjoy listening to it, everyone has a voice that should be heard.
Tristan V. was born in Queens, NY but raised in Rochester, MN. His love for music has been with him his entire life, however his passion to play the viola started in his 8th grade orchestra. Since then, he has mastered several instruments including the violin, cello, piano and guitar. Tristan's passion for music and performing has brought him to the Charleston area where he is able to teach at Bach to Rock and perform with a number of local orchestras. Tristan loves Italian food, gummy worms, classical music and composing.
Tyler L. teaches saxophone at Bach to Rock, Mount Pleasant. He developed his passion for the instrument when he started playing at age 11. Tyler studied music at Western Carolina University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. During his time at WCU he was involved with many ensembles including wind ensemble, marching band, sax quartet, and jazz band. After college he was a High School Band Director for 5 years in North Carolina. During his tenure, his bands received awards in concert, marching, and individual performance. Many students were selected to All-District Band, All-State Band, College Honor Bands, and The US Army All-American Marching Band. Tyler now travels the world working for Delta Airlines. He is thankful for his ability to see music from different cultures, venues, and countries. One of his favorite moments was during the summer of 2018 where he attended the 70th anniversary of the Nice Jazz Festival in France. Tyler is still involved in the band world where he works with multiple marching bands in North and South Carolina. He has been teaching private lessons for 11 years.
Weston M., a guitar and piano instructor at Bach to Rock, has been deeply inspired by music his whole life. He began learning guitar at age 10, and went on to study Music Theory and Composition at the College of Charleston. During his time at the college, Weston took every jazz guitar performance class offered alongside his compositional studies. While earning his bachelor's degree, he taught himself to play keyboard, offering him more performance opportunities in the Charleston area. Currently Weston plays in a variety of groups in downtown Charleston including rock, punk, jazz, pop, and hip hop groups on both keys and 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.