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, country, and. 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
Archer is another one of our guitar 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. Archers musical highlights include winning Battle of the Bands with our other instructor Austin 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.
Austin L. is a guitar and drum teacher here at Bach to Rock. Has always liked music his entire life but began his guitar practice in high school. He has worked in the industry for over 12 years. He began performing with his first band in 2005. Since then he has shared the stage with Rock groups such as Five Finger Death Punch, Seether, and Shania Twain. He currently performs with Jupiter Down, an instrumental progressive metal band on the forefront of a new genre. Austin is heavily influenced by players like Steve Vai and Angel Vivaldi. Austin also owns a Custom Guitar refinishing business called Saturn Five Custom Guitar Works.
Jake D. is the drum teacher at Bach to Rock. He began playing drums and learning rhythm at age 15 in Philadelphia. He began his first band a classic rock cover band with a group of college friends at age 18. His cover band performed all over Bryn Athyn College. Jake spent his time playing in a worship band for Keystone Fellowship Church. Jake has an eclectic taste for music including heavy metal music, progressive rock, and worship music. He began teaching drums 2 years ago. When Jake is not at the music school you will catch him at Charleston Southern University majoring in Psychology, or working with children who have ASD. Jakes musical influences are Metallica, Pink Floyd, and Emery. Jakes band Castiya is currently gigging around the Tri County area.
Jake W. is another talented Piano and Guitar teacher. 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 four years at NewSpring 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.
Keesha G. is a singer/song writer who teaches Early Childhood, Vocal, and Glee Classes. She has over 20 years’ 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.
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!
Pierce Alexander 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. Currently, Pierce is a senior at College of Charleston majoring 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.
Sam S. is the Piano and Kids N Keys instructor at Bach to Rock, he is also a singer/ songwriter. 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.
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.
Taylor A. is one of our guitar teachers. He began his musical practice at age 11. Taylor started his first band in 9th grade, fronting a Punk Rock trio. After developing a taste for performing he played solo acoustic gigs at the local farmers market. While studying at the University of Virginia he expanded his knowledge of Music Theory and jazz guitar and later went on to receive private instruction in Hoboken. Taylor picked up bass guitar to join Cecelia Celeste an alternative rock band, after they had recently won Battle of the Bands at the Hard Rock Café of Manhattan. Taylor owned a recording studio in Jersey City, allowing him to work with a wide range of artists. He has played many venues across the New York City area. Taylor currently plays bass for Jupiter down with fellow Bach to Rock teacher Austin. While Taylor enjoys many genres his first love was Southern Rock. He is influenced by Little Feet, Allman Brothers Band, Warren Haynes, JJ Grey, Marcus King Band.
- 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.