Staff & Music Teachers

Melissa Solano-Rojas

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. 

Riley Stammerjohan

Riley Stammerjohan is a casual musician and the current Assistant Director at Bach to Rock in Rocklin. He graduated from American River College with a degree in Commercial Music Business and has played in a Punk/Alternative band for a number of years. Before coming to Bach to Rock, Riley was a manager with Dimple Records. Some of his favorite artists (at the moment) include Joyce Manor, Modest Mouse, Tame Impala, Minor Threat, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Riley's favorite hobbies are playing toy instruments with his son and future rock star Lucas, sports, and watching Horror movies.

Alyssa

Alyssa started playing guitar and piano since elementary school. She started saxophone in the school band as a 6th grader and has been playing the saxophone since. She is continuing her music studies at American River College and is planning to transfer afterward. She leads a four-piece jazz combo that gigs around the greater Sacramento area and wants to continue performing. Moreover, Alyssa is apart of the ARC Symphonic band and the ARC Big Band. She enjoys all genres of music and is not afraid to jam with anyone and collaborate no matter the project. She loves to work with all of her students and sharing her love for music!

Brennan S.

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.

Christopher B.

Christopher B. was born in Charleston, South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a major in Music Education. He completed post-graduate studies at Louisiana State University majoring in Applied Voice. He is a former winner of the 2000 Music Educator of the Year award for Placer County. Christopher has performed extensively in the southeast and California in various operas, church music and symphonic music. He also was a public school teacher in the southeast and has taught band and choirs. He now resides in Rocklin, CA with his wonderful wife, Pamela, and family.

Colette B.

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.

Danika

Danika is a Sacramento native who moved all the way to Reno for school so that she could turn right back around and come teach here. She graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 2019, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Vocal Emphasis and a Minor in Dance. She has received training in contemporary/pop, musical theater, and classical singing, but her favorite is musical theater. In college, she also sang extensively in various choirs, and is currently the musical director at a local church. Eventually she plans on attending graduate school for musicology. She loves Disney and Pixar, and she hopes to help all of her students find the magic in music-making.

Jake S.

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.

Jesse S.

Jesse S. An accomplished conductor and musical director, Jesse has a number of graduate degrees in music (B.M., M.M., M.M.Ed). He has toured both Europe and the entire United States after winning a concerto competition for the Marin Symphony. He has recorded with the Taipei Symphony on the “live” Air Supply album “Now and Forever” and later performed with the Boston Philharmonic. For over the last decade, he has brought his awesome talents to The Red Rocker Experience, Rock Skool, and HOT FOR TEACHER. In 1999, he began his career teaching music at the Brandeis Marin School. As the Music Director and Instructor, he has guided his students’ musical futures – some go on to become songwriters, some choose to major in music at college, and one of Jesse’s students became the lead guitarist for singer John Legend.

Jon M.

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.

Matthew

Matthew W. has been playing music for thirteen years. He plays various instruments including guitar, bass, piano, and banjo. He is in several music ensembles including the jazz band, marching band, and wind ensemble at Granite Bay High School. He listens to all genres of music but his favorite bands are XTC, Violent Femmes, Neutral Milk Hotel, Wire, and Yes.

Noelle T.

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.

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!

Why B2R?

  • 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.

B2R Curriculum

  • 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.