Rick Walker is the director and owner of Bach To Rock Encinitas. Music has been an important part of Rick’s life since he was young, starting with saxophone lessons in elementary and middle school. Later taking up the guitar, Rick has played in several bands over the years, including local San Diego band Sometimes Julie, which is currently working on recording its third CD. When he’s not at Bach To Rock Encinitas, you can see Rick perform with Sometimes Julie at various live music venues in and around San Diego. Rick has a real passion for music, and the opportunity to share that passion with others through Bach To Rock is a dream come true.
Staff & Music Teachers
Stephanie Brown is the Assistant Site Director for Bach to Rock Encinitas and is very excited to share her love of music with the North County community! After attending college at UCSB, Stephanie returned to her hometown of Encinitas to resume her musical career, playing in a number of acts including Ocelot and her most recent band, Stephanie Brown and The Surrealistics. She has played at several prominent local venues such as Belly Up and The Casbah, has been featured on FM 94.9 and 91X several times, and in March of 2016 had the opportunity to sing backing vocals for Gregg Allman's new album at the world-renowned FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Stephanie considers herself mainly a vocalist, but is well-versed in guitar, piano, violin, and harmonica.
Andrew W. started drumming at the age of 9, at the request of his buddy Nick who played the guitar and wanted to start a band. Since that first band, dubbed “Zeromastix”, Andrew has played with several groups including The Surrealistics, Weatherbox, Featherstone, Monarch, Ditches, Amerikan Bear, Tan Sister Radio, and Color. Andrew’s drumming style emphasizes engaging with the other musicians in the band, paying special attention to what the vocalist is doing. Andrew is proficient in rock, funk, blues and jazz, and each of these musical styles influences his drumming. Also a talented recording engineer and producer, Andrew’s experience early on was through recording his own drums, experimenting with different compressors, mic placement, etc. Andrew later studied with Ronan Chris Murphy, the innovative engineer behind many of King Crimson’s recordings. It was at Ronan Chris Murphy’s intensive 3-day Boot Camp where Andrew really learned the essentials of recording and laid the foundation for his exploration of the recording studio in a scientific and methodical way.
Chris M. started playing guitar and bass when he was ten-years-old. Since then, he’s played in dozens of groups within genres including jazz, rock, bluegrass, orchestral, pit orchestra, jam band, country, and singer-songwriter compositions. Out of high school, he moved up to the bay area and created jam-based alt/country rock group Birdhouse, with which he would tour the northwest part of the country with. Other bands Chris has played for are: Print Sale, The Hotel Adams, Danger On The Rocks, Nothing Special, Raja Lyon, and Papa Walton. As well as playing bass, Chris has composed for multiple groups and served as band director. He enjoys composing for a group and learning the band’s musical & personal dynamics, inspiring the best out of each member. Chris loves music in every way and is blessed to be able to share his knowledge and passion with students at Bach To Rock Encinitas!
Clarence G. is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and entrepreneur who enjoys creating music. Clarence received his early music training at the Peabody Preparatory at Johns Hopkins University. After high school, he won a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. He enjoys teaching and introducing music to children and adults using both improvisation, experiential, and methodical techniques. At Bach to Rock Encinitas, teaches piano and music production classes. Currently, Clarence is an MBA candidate who enjoys the day to day challenges of his business King Solomon Interiors, a boutique design studio that concepts therapeutic environments that integrate sound and visual art.
Elias S. is a pianist and film composer. He studied under Dr. Chris Durrenberger at Wittenberg University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance. At Wittenberg, Elias performed with the Jazz Ensemble on a regular basis, and composed several works for student and faculty performers, including the Symphonic Band and a choral ensemble. Since graduating college, Elias has scored music for two feature films, several short films, and several commercials for TV placement. He also performs occasionally with local rock and jazz groups. Elias loves music and is delighted to have the opportunity to share his passion as a piano teacher at Bach to Rock.
Hunter S. is a multi-instrumentalist and music producer born and raised in San Diego. Playing piano, drums, guitar, bass, and ukulele and composing music in his free time, he is devoted to teaching a new generation of rock stars. Music is his life! In addition to providing instruction in voice and several instruments, Hunter also teaches Bach to Rock’s early childhood classes - Rock n Roll, Rock City, and Kids n Keys. Hunter performs around Southern California as the drummer in a blues band called Leilani and The Lost Ones and performs acoustic indie/ alternative music as a duo as well. He has had the privilege of performing with legendary blues musicians Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy, Tommy Castro and many more!
Josh N. teaches piano and drums at Bach to Rock Encinitas and believes that music is essentially the key to all -- the fountain of youth, the access to emotion, and the present moment. After studying jazz composition at Berklee College of Music, Josh worked on cruise ships for three years, traveling and honing his performing skills even further. Since permanently landing in San Diego, he performs drums and piano in the local band The Moves Collective, which play venures around town and nationally. As a student of jazz, drums, and piano, Josh has a unique musical sensibility on all instruments he plays and believes that teaching is a two-way street -- a symbiotic relationship beneficial to both student and teacher.
Julie A. started performing at the age of six as a church soloist and continued to perform throughout her school years in various choirs. Julie later spent many years as a vocalist both in bands and as a solo act. Julie still performs regularly at venues such as Curbside Cafe in Vista, Inn at the Park in San Diego, Cafe La Maze in National City, Eddie V's in La Jolla, and Vigilucci’s in Encinitas and Coronado. She also performs at various resorts, country clubs and senior centers performing with the High Society Jazz Band. Julie continues to study classical and jazz piano and looks forward to a lifetime continuing her musical education. It is her great pleasure to pass along her love of music and performance to new generation of musicians.
Lindsey S. is a classically trained vocalist from Muncie, Indiana. She earned her bachelor's degree in vocal music education from Ball State University. Lindsey has grown up singing and playing music with her family from the age of three. She enjoys singing and playing guitar, ukulele, and piano. As an educator, Lindsey has worked with musicians from ages three to eighty-five. Her educational philosophy for music is to inspire creativity and passion for learning through the exploration of diverse musical concepts and skills. Lindsey has performed in several distinct choral ensembles, including the Ball State Chamber Choir and High Street United Methodist Sanctuary Choir. At Bach to Rock, Lindsey hopes to successfully guide and support each student on the journey toward comprehensive musicianship.
Mitchum Y. is a drummer and percussionist that has been playing and performing in bands for about 18 years. With roots in hip hop and funk, his love and understanding for music expanded greatly during his time in the cultural anthropology and jazz programs at UC Santa Cruz. There, he focused on jazz and its African origins as well as Latin American music, Javanese Gamelan, Indian music, Rock n’ Roll, with a focus on the cultural context and performance. He currently performs regularly with Boostive (Dub World Soul) and Funk Shui Planet (Soul, Reggae, Hip Hop) amongst other bands as a freelance drummer. Recent notable performances include playing at Lightening in a Bottle, Lucidity, and Santa Cruz Music Festival, opening for acts like Lee Scratch Perry, Ghostface Killah, Cut Chemist, and The California Honeydrops. As an instructor, he believes in passing on the value of passion and purpose in music as a form of expression and community strength.
Pablo S. is a composer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. Pablo obtain a degree in music composition in 2011 from the Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) in Buenos Aires. As a guitarist, he has mastered a wide variety of styles and techniques ranging from finger-style classical guitar to heavy metal sweep picking and more. Pablo’s passion for music has led him to many stages and down diverse avenues, such as performing as a member of Somos, a heavy rock band, and writing original music for well-known TV shows on CBS. Apart from teaching music, Pablo is an Assistant Worship Director at North Coast Church, and owner of an exclusively made-to-order nursery rhyme and baby songs site called Oblique Clementine.
Peter E. is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has resided in San Diego for the past nine years. Music has always been in the forefront for Peter, who began taking piano lessons at the age of 5. By the time he was 18, he was proficient on four instruments and an accomplished singer. Peter has toured across the U.S. as a vocalist, drummer, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist, playing everything from punk rock to funk to electronic music. He has performed on the Warped Tour and the California Roots music festival. Although drums are his favorite instrument, you can also find Peter teaching bass, guitar and piano and coaching Rock Bands. Outside of B2R, Peter currently plays bass for local recording artist Elise Trouw and is pursuing his solo project, PeatsBeats.
Robyn O. is the Administrative Assistant for Bach to Rock Encinitas. Robyn was lucky to have a fruitful musical experience throughout her middle school and high school years. Being a band member enabled her to travel the country for competitions, even landing her in Australia to be a part of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. It is this knowledge and love for music that she is excited to share and pass on to the students she works with. Robyn is excited to be a part of the Bach to Rock team!
Sean S. is a multi-instrumentalist that holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Classical Guitar from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and a teaching certification from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. With 22 years of experience, he fell in love with music at age 12 upon receiving his first guitar. Playing guitar quickly became his greatest passion as he learned how to play songs by his favorite artists, especially his biggest inspiration, Jimi Hendrix. Sean has performed across the state of North Carolina in various rock, funk, and jazz bands, with pit orchestras, and with the UNCW Guitar Quartet. New to San Diego, Sean is looking forward to performing in Southern California and sharing his passion for music with students of all ages and skill levels. His teaching style is designed to make learning fun and to provide anyone with the skills necessary to experience the joy of music.
Ryan A. is an accomplished guitarist and a native of San Diego. He first picked up the instrument at 13 and soon began jamming with friends from school. Soon after he began taking lessons to learn more about the guitar. Over the years he has also become proficient with bass, keyboards and audio production. With the skills gained over the years he wrote and recorded an album himself under the name Mad Mirage. Currently he plays guitar in two bands, Stephanie Brown & The Surrealistics and Creature Canyon. He has had the honor to support national touring acts in venues all across Southern California. Ryan looks forward to passing on his knowledge of the music and guitar to the next generation of musicians.
Willie B. is a former musician for the US Navy where he performed as a euphonium and trombone player, as well as serving as a staff music arranger and assistant conductor. A former student at Hampton University, Willie has performed in various ensembles ranging from wind ensembles to brass bands. Throughout his navy career, Willie has performed for numerous celebrities and political figures, including President George W Bush, The Premier of Bermuda, and the Queen of England. He has taught privately for 15 years and his students have gone off to continue studies in music at institutions such as James Madison University, University of North Florida, and The North Carolina School of the Arts. At Bach to Rock Encinitas, Willie serves as the instructor for brass and woodwind instruments.
- 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.