Melissa Solano-Rojas, Site Director, grew up in Costa Rica in a small valley close to the Caribbean Sea. She has B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, and more than five years of experience leading teams. Melissa was awarded the Manager of the Quarter 2010 by Starbucks NorCal region. She also worked as a Bilingual Instructor with students from K-12th in San Juan Unified School District. She is the mother of two girls, Hannah and Izzy, who are students of Bach to Rock. Hannah plays in two Bands, and Izzy is member of the Glee Club. Melissa enjoys Spanish Rock. Some of her favorite artist are Soda Stereo, Enanitos Verdes, Green Day and Fabulosos Cadillacs, Celia Cruz and Julieta Venegas.
Staff & Music Teachers
Antonio Benitez, Assistant Director, first fell in love with the violin at two and a half years old while going to a bilingual school in Madrid, Spain. Over the course of 18+ years, he has studied at music conservatories in Spain and Belgium that have shaped him into the musician he is today. When you hear Antonio play the violin, you don't just see the training and direction he has received, you see the passion he has for music. He believes that being a musician isn't just playing notes and chords; it's cultivating a connection with the instrument and allowing it to be an extension of yourself. This is what he is ready to share with the generations to come.
Brennan S. began taking classical piano lessons when he was six, and picked up the guitar when he was twelve. Since then, he’s tracked guitar and piano for two studio albums, performed for the Sacramento Kings and Rivercats, played venues such as Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and Spirit West Coast festival, and has toured the West Coast in an Alt-Rock band, opening for acts including Thousand Foot Krutch, For King and Country, and Manic Drive. He also has volunteered on the worship team at his church since his Freshman year of high school. Brennan graduated Summa Cum Laude from William Jessup University in 2018, and specializes in Rock, Pop, and Country guitar, crediting his musical tastes to Jonny Buckland (Coldplay), The Edge (U2), John Mayer, Lincoln Brewster, and Eddie Van Halen. Apart from guitar, Brennan is interested in composition and learning new instruments, which includes borrowing his wife’s clarinet from time to time.
Britta started playing the piano when she was six years old. A native of northern California, she studied piano throughout her childhood and into high school. Over the years, she has grown to love classical music - especially that of Chopin and Beethoven. In college, Britta studied with Dr. David Hill during her undergraduate degree, and then with the renowned concert pianist Daisy de Luca Jaffé during her graduate studies. She holds a BA and MA in Piano Performance from Pensacola Christian College in Florida. Britta’s other interests include the double bass, composing, and collaborative work with other musicians. She looks forward to sharing her love for music with students and fellow musicians.
Colette B. started playing in school bands ten years ago as a flautist, and picked up piano and tenor saxophone two years later. Since then, she has learned to play the piccolo, alto saxophone, cello, and double bass. She has played these instruments in symphonic, jazz, and marching bands, as well as church groups. Colette is currently a Music Transfer student at American River College with plans of being a Music Education Major at CSU Sacramento. Some of her favorite artists are Emmanuel Pahud, 2Cellos, Camille Saint-Saëns, Bastille, Tenth Avenue North, Metallica, Queen, and Hans Zimmer. Colette enjoys sharing her love of music, and hopes to continue to do so in the future as a band director.
Jake S. is a recording engineer by trade and a musicianship coach in practice. He has dabbled in many instruments throughout his career, but considers his main focus to be electric bass and vocals. He has a tremendous passion for people and helping them achieve the goals they set for themselves, while not being afraid to push them to heights they never thought possible. From his time studying at William Jessup University, he has collected a wide variety of musical tastes, ranging from bossa nova to EDM. Jacob enjoys listening to alternative rock bands, and one of his favorites is Death Cab for Cutie. He is excited to help mentor the next generation of musical minds.
Jon M. is a drum teacher and the audio recording engineer at B2R Rocklin. He has been playing drums his whole life. Grew up in the area and graduated From Del Oro High School where he was active in all the bands. He then went on to study Audio Recording at American River College. He has played in pit orchestras for plays, been a studio musician, been in bands and currently volunteers on drums and sound at his church. He loves all genres of music.
Maddison 'Rose' S. began learning to play music at 8 years old. She grew up on a farm with her grandparents who are both musical. They had no internet so she ended up spending a lot of time practicing instruments, singing and listening to vinyls. She plays guitar, piano, mandolin, the drums and her principal instrument is voice. Her grandpa introduced her to artists like Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and genres such as the delta blues, blue grass, and jazz. Currently, her favorite band is Queens of the Stone Age. She will never get tired of listening to Nina Simone. Rose has performed at notable venues such as Good Day Sacramento, Disneyland and Carnegie Hall! Rose has her AS degree in Music from Sierra College.
Noelle T., mezzo-soprano, has performed the roles of Grace Ansley in Ward’s Roman Fever, Dame Doleful in Penhorwood’s Too Many Sopranos and Dido in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. Miss Thomson performed as a soloist on Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, as a member of the Adelphian Concert Choir and competed in Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Festival, as a member of the Advanced Treble Choir. She placed at the Tahoma National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition and spent time abroad studying music in Vienna, Austria. Miss Thomson received her Master’s Degree in vocal performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, has been featured as a soloist locally, and is excited to be joining the faculty at Bach to Rock.
Zach C. is a drum, bass, and guitar teacher here at B2R. He has eight years experience playing drums, and learned guitar from "the greatest guitar teacher he's ever had, Brian Hack." He played drums for the Roland Tonies, and played shows that he did all the booking for in Sacramento. His aspiration is to be a performer for a living. Zach taught drums and guitar under the direction of Brian Hack throughout high school, teaching with a focus on live performing. Some of Zach's favorite artists are Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, The Allman Brothers, and Title Fight. Sign up for lessons with Zach today!
- 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.