Krysten Warnes is the Director at Bach to Rock Northbrook. She grew up in a small town in Ohio just an hour from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Krysten grew up on tractors out on the farmlands, while listening to Classic Rock and Country music. Growing up, Krysten was involved in sports and music, where she played the piano, trumpet, and percussion, while singing in her youth choir at her Church. She received her Associates degree from The University of Akron, then drove down to Florida where she received her Bachelors in Music Business from Full Sail University, graduating top of her class! After graduating, she was an Artist Manager for La Voz Kids (Spanish version of The Voice for Kids), and from there, she moved to Washington D.C., working in the Promotions Department for iHeartmedia. Krysten is proud of being from the Midwest and is a Huge BUCKEYES fan!
Staff & Music Teachers
Doug Barr is the Assistant Director at Bach to Rock Northbrook. As an Illinois native, he studied Music Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Euphonium Performance at Samford University, and Euphonium and Trombone Performance at the University of New Mexico. He has performed extensively, including the United States Army Band Conference, Drum Corps International Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Grand Ole Opry. Some of his favorite musical memories include touring Italy as a Euphonium Soloist and competing at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Doug is thrilled to help students of any age pursue their musical passions.
Allen Pierre C. is a pianist of 8 years and a drummer of 20+ years who studied film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Allen plays in many bands of various genres including funk, rock, jazz, Latin, and country. For the past 9 years Allen has been teaching music of all ages from beginner to advanced students. As a composer, he has arranged music for Coca-Cola, Sears, Fox television series Empire (Under the American Federation of Music), and many more. He has a passion to teach and spread his musical insight to students looking to grow.
Anthony M. AKA DJ Pharaoh has been DJing since the age of 12. After watching a documentary about battle DJs he scraped together money to buy his first DJ set up. Throughout high school and college he DJed for parties and concerts, but once he was old enough he dived into the Chicago club scene. He has now DJed in many of Chicago's biggest clubs and performed with many artists such as 2 Chainz, Louis the Child, Stunt Taylor, and many more. The reputation that he has built up in the Chicago has gotten him the position of resident DJ on Chicago's Navy Pier yacht fleet.
Bill M. is a graduate of the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar performance. Besides the guitar, Bill is proficient on numerous other instruments including voice, bass guitar, drums, and keyboards. He performs, writes, arranges, records, and produces music of various styles, from classical to rock to blues to jazz. He self taught himself guitar at age 12 and at age 18 saw the movie “The Kids are Alright” biography of The Who, and decided he wanted to be a musician. Currently he enjoys singing with the local vocal group Acappellago and leading the congregation in song at his church. Bill wants to share his knowledge and passion of music with those eager to learn.
Chris M-B is a trombonist, composer, and artist of the record label/makers guild Ruby Yacht. Currently residing in both the Midwest and New York music scenes, Chris is a multi-instrumentalist with primary emphasis on trombone, artist, composer and educator who believes in the progression of music and education as a platform to connect with audiences. His unique musical approach comes from a fervent belief that genre should be a fluid concept that draws influence from a multitude of varying artists and cultures. As an educator he spent his time teaching around the boroughs of New York working as a substitute teacher with the Harmony Program and Joe’s Music and Dance Academy. Currently he resides as faculty of trombone and general music at the Wisconsin Conservatory of music in addition to working for Bach to Rock.
Devyn B. Aka DJ Shark Attack is an open format DJ and music producer from Chicago, Illinois. At a young age Devyn explored and took up various instruments, most prominently piano and drums. Since discovering a passion for DJing and beatmaking while attending Columbia College Chicago, Devyn has been seen frequently providing the music at venues such as Headquarters Arcade and House of Vans Chicago. Devyn remembers how exciting it was to discover everything about the exciting world of music and loves sharing that feeling with others who are eager to learn. If you absolutely forced him to pick a favorite band on the spot, he would probably have to choose Steely Dan.
Drew F. is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with primary experience in guitar, voice, bass, and ukulele. Interested in all genres from avant garde to folk revival he has performed both solo as well as part of Columbia College Chicago’s Chamber Choir and Men’s Ensemble as well as performed in Paris as part of the EAMA Choir in 2016. He is currently performing as a guest guitarist/composer with the Columbia College New Music Ensemble as well as playing both solo and duo improvised music.
Elliot S. teaches woodwinds, piano, and coaches bands at Bach to Rock Northbrook. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Elliot recently received a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, where he played lead alto saxophone in the seven-time Grammy nominated One O’ Clock Lab Band. As a member of the One O’ Clock, Elliot headlined the Generations in Jazz festival in Mount Gambier, Australia, recorded as a featured soloist on Lab 2016, and performed with Dennis Mackrel, James Morrison, Danilo Perez, and Sean Jones. While at UNT, he also directed the Five O’ Clock Lab Band and was a Teaching Fellow of Saxophone. In 2016, Elliot was named a semi-finalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Competition. Elliot is an active freelancer, and has performed at venues spanning from New York City to Dallas, TX. Additionally, he has played at numerous festivals including the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Lewiston (NY) Jazz Festival, and the Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival. Elliot has studied with Brad Leali and Dr. Michael Cox.
Greg J. is a private and group piano/band instructor at B2R Northbrook. He studied jazz at Syracuse University; and plays bass, guitar, and drums well enough to hack. He recently moved to Chicago from D.C. where he regularly played at piano bars and had a studio of several piano students. He teaches all ages in many styles: classical, jazz, and pop. His goal is to show students how "rock n' roll" the piano can truly be; and inspire them to make musical discoveries of their own. He draws influences from across genres, including: Stevie Wonder, Randy Newman, and Dr. John. Greg currently plays with a few rock and RnB cover groups in Chicagoland, and has a few piano bar gigs as well. He is also a self-proclaimed jukebox of hits from about 1963 to 1979, with a library of 200 or so popular songs from that era. Don't ask him about the lyrics though, because they are probably wrong!
Katy H. is a professional singer-songwriter and classical composer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Composition from Carthage College. Katy is extremely versatile in her knowledge and ability to teach many different styles of music. Her music training began with classical piano and opera. As she progressed she learned jazz/rhythm guitar, flute, viola, bass guitar, ukulele and music theater/commercial voice. While in college she trained in all styles of vocal performance and vocal pedagogy. She's performed in several musical theater productions, operas, and has written for/performed in rock bands around Kansas City and Milwaukee. Most importantly Katy loves to teach! She comes from a family of educators who have shown her the joy that can be found in helping others learn, grow, and reach their goals.
Marit J. teaches early childhood classes, group piano, and French horn at Bach to Rock. Marit’s love for music began at a young age when her Dad would blast Motown classics and Abba on road trips. This love continued into her college career where she studied music at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Marit believes that music is a wonderful way for kids to explore the world around them while also nourishing creativity and self-confidence. As a horn player, movie scores – especially those by Thomas Newman and John Williams – have a special place in her heart. Other music inspirations include Corrine Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Andrew Bird, Punch Brothers, and many more. One of Marit’s favorite past-times is inventing funny new lyrics to pop songs.
Mitch D. is a Chicago born bassist/guitarist/recording engineer with 9 years experience playing, and 4 years experience in recording. Studying Audio Arts & Acoustics at Columbia College Chicago, where he recorded both behind the board, and live in the studio. He also writes, sings, and plays bass in his Alternative Punk band Overclocked, who have played over 50 live shows around Chicagoland. Mitch has released music both as a solo artist and as part of a band, playing multiple instruments and engineering his own releases using his proficiency with the recording software ProTools.
Ruth is a native Oregonian who transplanted to Chicago in the summer of 2017. Ruth grew up singing along with Pat Benatar records and beating on plastic laundry buckets in her family’s utility room when she was a toddler. Ruth fostered her passion for performing and teaching by attending Willamette University to earn a Bachelor’s of Music in music education with emphasis in vocal performance. After graduating, she was accepted at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria. Ruth’s diverse career as a vocalist encompasses a little bit of everything including classical, musical theater, jazz, and soul styles, and has taken her to Spain, England, Ireland, and China, to date. She is also an active drummer and percussionist who enjoys performing all genres from rock to folk to funk, especially with the Portland-based funk-rock band, Goldfoot. When Ruth isn’t teaching or performing, she enjoys traveling, baking, reading, hiking, and thrift store shopping.
- 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.