Joe Romeo - (Owner/Manager -Guitar/Bass)
Joe Romeo has been writing and playing music for over 20 years. He has recorded and toured as a member of Fake Swedish and Spiderbags and with his own solo endeavors, Joe Romeo & The Orange County Volunteers and currently, Joe Romeo & The Juliets.
His music has garnered press both locally and nationally in publications like The Indy, No Depression and Pitchfork and he has shared a stage with acts such as Cat Power, Crooked Fingers, Guided By Voices, Tim Easton, Roman Candle and more at such famous venues as The Mercury Lounge in Manhattan, The Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill, Union Hall in Brooklyn, The Khyber in Philadelphia, Hi-Tone in Memphis, and a variety of other well-known halls across the eastern United States.
Joe teaches Guitar and provides band instruction at the school.
Brett Harris - (Guitar/Vocals/Piano)
Brett is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from Durham, NC. Brett's latest album, "Up In The Air", made many best of 2016 lists and according to Blurt Magazine, "...a near perfect album from start to finish." His first full length album, "Man of Few Words", was featured by Paste magazine's "Best of What's Next", NPR's "All Songs Considered: Second Stage" and made several "Best of 2010" lists, drawing comparisons to the music of Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Harry Nilsson, and Emitt Rhodes.
Additionally, Brett has participated as a core band member in live performances of Big Star's Third, playing in the US, UK, Spain, and Australia. He has also served as a touring member of jangle pop progenitors, The dB's.
Dan McGee - (Guitar / Band Program)
Dan McGee is a Merge recording artist. He has released six full length LP's as Spider Bags and produced records for local artists Last Years Men and Reese McHenry. Spider Bags have been a national touring act for ten years represented by Ground Control Touring agency. Dan first wanted to pick up the guitar after seeing Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock at the age of four and has been in love with rock and roll for better or for worse ever since.
Cameron Dye – (Bass)
Cameron has been teaching bass for over 15 years, and has played in many local bands. He has strived to be well-rounded in all styles and techniques of both bass and guitar. After starting his own studio in 2004, he has performed on a number of albums. Cameron teaches bass and guitar. He has the fastest bass fingers we've ever seen.
Nick White - (Vocals/Piano)
Nick White is a multi instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. The former front man of Bears in the City and Parallel Lives has performed in the Southwest United States for the past 6 years both solo and with bands. His debut album "Forgotten Long Ago" with the band Bears in the City had tracks featured on the soundtrack to indi film "Welcome to Forever" as well as making Resound Magazine's "Best albums of 2014" White was praised by WRAL in their "Best of Hopscotch 2016' list stating "[Parallel Lives] is as fun to watch as to listen to mostly because it’s clear White is having such a good time performing." The Daily Tarheel wrote “Nick White leads the band with his emphatic guitar, crisp vocals and emotional songwriting. His music spans across a large spectrum, going from light and poppy while smoothly transitioning to a heavier or quieter sound.” Resound Magazine claims “White impressed the audience with his swift fingers on the keys and sexy James Morison-esque voice.”
Nelson Johns – (Guitar/Bass/Piano)
Originally from Indianapolis, Nelson Johns began guitar lessons at age 7. In grade school he also took piano lessons, sang in the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and played in many school ensembles while continuing to practice guitar and play in bands outside of school. In high school he had the opportunity to play guitar in his school jazz ensemble and decided to pursue a college degree in jazz studies. After receiving a scholarship to study Jazz/Contemporary Guitar at Capital University Conservatory in Columbus, OH. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2013. In 2014 he began the Master’s program in Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University in Durham. While studying under the direction of guitarist Baron Tymas and Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Branford Marsalis, Nelson regularly performed with the school’s top jazz ensembles while simultaneously establishing a career as a working guitarist in the Raleigh/Durham area. After graduating in 2016 with his Master’s degree, Nelson received the 2017 Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Award for Music. He currently performs with the Durham-based Afro-Brazilian band Batuque, touring throughout the Southeast.
In addition to his love for jazz music, Nelson also has experience playing rock, pop, R&B, Afro-Latin styles, and classical. He has worked with children and adult students of varying skill levels, from total beginners to students preparing for college auditions.
Nelson currently resides in Durham. In addition to playing music, Nelson enjoys cooking, riding his bike, and spending time with family, friends, and his cat Clementine.
Scott Schopler - (Drums / Band Program)
Scott grew up in Chapel Hill playing in Punk Rock bands as a singer. In the last five years Scott has been performing on drums in local Metal and Punk bands. Inspired by many genres of music Scott is always happy to talk about music and enjoys learning about new styles and genres.
Anna Rose Beck - (Voice)
Anna Rose Beck was born and raised in Austin, Texas, the live music capital of the world, but was a bit of a late bloomer when it came to her musical career. Though she had played cello for three years with her middle school orchestra, Anna Rose’s musical pursuits were pushed aside during her high school years in favor of math and science classes. Her whole life, she had never thought of herself as much of a singer, preferring to sing in the privacy of her car or shower.
That all changed in college when she picked up the guitar one summer in the midst of finishing up a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering at Duke. It was only then that she first discovered her passion and talent for singing and songwriting. Inspired by the lyrical sensibilities of Bob Dylan and the vocal stylings of Eva Cassidy, Anna Rose began performing in local clubs and music venues after graduation, soon garnering a reputation for her evocative lyrics, hushy middle-soprano intensity, and finger-picked guitar lines. Shortly thereafter, Anna Rose collaborated with Asheville-based producer Andrew Schatzberg to record and release two albums of original songwriting, The Weathermaker (2011) and Glass House (2014). Her voice has been described by music reviewers as “both bold and understated, moving and hypnotic, brimming with passion but never overpowering,” inviting comparisons to Dar Williams and Natalie Merchant.
Anna Rose is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Jazz Studies/Vocal Performance at North Carolina Central University, under the direction of the acclaimed jazz vocalist Lenora Helm Hammonds. She has been teaching voice, piano, and guitar for two years, and is living proof that it is never too late to learn to sing and play music! While teaching voice is her main specialty, Anna Rose prefers a dual approach to voice and instrumental lessons, believing that students will find much more satisfaction in their singing and a greater understanding of music if they learn to self-accompany themselves on an instrument. Although she is not classically trained, she works with students of all ages on popular styles of music: jazz, folk, country, Americana, rock, and pop are her specialties. She believes that students should love the songs they are learning to play, as this is the only way to ensure that they will practice -- and also that they won’t be able to stop! Anna Rose is also passionate about songwriting and loves to help any students who are interested in writing develop the lifelong ability to write their own songs.
Anna Rose performs regularly throughout the triangle as part of a jazz duo with guitarist Nelson Johns, and as a member of an all-female folk trio, The Gingersnaps. In her free time, she is learning to play the fiddle and enjoys doing yoga and riding her bike.
Ben Palmer - (Guitar / Band Program)
Bio coming soon!
There are many elements that make Wall of Sound great, but our staff is what really sets us apart!
We hire working, active musicians to not only give our students top-quality instruction but to also give them real world tools and experience from people who are out there living the life!
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