In addition to working with regular school bands and other organizations, B&B Music and Sound also provides private lessons for ALL ages!
In 1955, B&B Music was founded on the principal of furthering and enhancing Music Education and this remains as one of our highest priorities today. Our lesson program provides excellent music instruction for hundreds of students each week.
Private instruction is offered for all ages in a variety of instruments including piano/keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, brass, woodwinds, strings and voice.
In support of our private lesson students and the local school music programs, we offer a large selection of instructional books and materials in each of our stores and in our on-line store. We will also happily special order any needed music that is not in stock.
For more information on our lesson program, rates, availability and to schedule lessons, please contact the B&B Music location nearest you.
So what are you waiting for? Give us a call and let us help you become the musician You've always wanted to be!
Our Camden, DE Instructors:
Wendell Banyay - Trumpet:
Wendell Banyay is uniquely qualified to teach students of all ages and stages of development. He taught Middle and High School Band for 15 years and was trumpet instructor and head of the brass instruction at the Armed Forces School of Music for 12 of his 22 years as a US Army Bandsman. Other assignments in the Army include: lead trumpet for the NATO/SHAPE Jazz Band, solo trumpeter/leader of the jazz band at the 392nd Army Band, enlisted band leader at the 2nd Infantry Division Band, and solo trumpeter/brass quintet leader for the Continental Army Band.
Included among the hundreds of students he tutored are: Thomas Rotondi, Jr. - Commander of the US Army Band; Gary Zeik - Band Director at Emporia (KS) State University; Kevin Eisensmith - Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Joe Burgstaller - Canadian Brass and Peabody Conservatory; and Brain Strawley - Richmond Symphony.
As a professional musician for over 45 years, Mr. Banyay performed as a freelance artist with a variety of musicians of all genres. The numerous musicians with whom he performed include: classical artists Van Cliburn and Joshua Bell, Jazz stars Benny Goodman and Doc Severinson, and pop stars Mannheim Steam Roller, The Who, Phyliss Diller, and Robert Goulet. He was a member of the Virginia Symphony, the Virginia Opera orchestra, principle trumpeter with the Williamsburg (VA) Symphony, and first call for the Virginia Symphony. On occasion, he performed as principle trumpeter with the Virginia Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, and the North Carolina Symphony.
Mr. Banyay holds a BS in Music Education from Duquesne University and a Master of Music Performance degree from Norfolk State University.
Mike Kelliher - Guitar:
Mike Kelliher started playing in the mid 80's and began instructing in 2001. Inspired by many rock genres, Mike has played in various metal, punk, and grunge bands. Mike has also been creating and recording instrumental music under the moniker of "Arms with Stars", which is on soundcloud.com. He is currently in a melodic metal band known as "Curser". Mike plays and teaches electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, and ukulele.
Melanie Leinbach - Piano:
B.M., music history and organ, Mansfield State University. Graduate work, George Washington University. Studied with: Dr. Eileen Morris Guenther, Dr. David Herman. Teaching experience: private studio. Performance experience: organist, The Presbyterian Church of Dover.
Ashley Mitchell - Vocals:
Ashley Mitchell is a singer and songwriter from Caroline County, Maryland. Having performed up and down the East Coast with her long time friend and Co-Writer, Donny Marvel. Ashley Mitchell has managed to display her love and passion for music through original compositions and performing with her cover band, the "Ashley Mitchell Band". She possesses a remarkable range and captivating tone that amazes audiences. Her original music possesses a modern pop/rock flare that has left audiences speechless and eager for more. Ashley has also earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington College in Chestertown, MD.
Albert Pinkerton - Piano:
"I love music. I started playing piano at age 7, through my mom who also played. Initially we had an organ, which my dad built, but I’d quickly gravitate to the piano.
Musically, my background was classical, with popular pieces mixed in. I also began playing in church when I was 14.
I taught my first student when I was 15 and taught a neighbor girl how to play.
I got my Bachelor’s Degree in piano applied performance at the Richard Stockton College in Pamona, NJ.
I also love music as therapy. I believe music is very healing.
I teach all styles. I was once asked how I got my students to practice. I told them by allowing them to make the music the way they want to make it. If the student is playing a piece he enjoys, he will be more geared to practice it.
I also don’t like the term practice, as it comes across sounding more like a chore or something. I prefer saying ‘spending time at the piano.’ This way it seems a truly enjoyable occasion."
Christine Paxson Smith - Flute:
Christine Paxson Smith is originally from Hedgesville, West Virginia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Shepherd University and a Master’s degree in Education from Wilmington University. While in Delaware, Christine has performed with the Milford Community Band and Smooth Sound Dance Band, as well as been a guest conductor for the Worchester County Honor Band Festival and flute instructor for the Young Musicians Summer Academy in Caroline County, Maryland. Currently, Christine is the director of bands at Milford High School in Milford, Delaware. There, she leads the marching, concert, and jazz ensembles. She enjoys teaching privately to fulfill her passion for playing and teaching flute.
Shelly Jiorle - Trombone and Baritone:
Shelly began playing the trombone at William Henry Middle School in 5th grade and has been playing and loving it ever since. She also learned to play the baritone in high school, which she played for concerts, as well as for marching band.
Her accomplishments include 2 years of Kent County Junior Honors Band, 3 years of Kent County Senior Honors Band, 2 years of Senior All State Band and 1 year of All State Orchestra.
Shelly also played bass trombone with the Savannah Winds Band in Savannah, Georgia for 3 years.
Summer Rock Camp
A summer program for student performers in guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocal. This program is geared towards students up to 18 years of age, although select older students can be admitted at the Band Counselor's discretion.
The goal is to teach the nuts and bolts of live performing. Through individual and group lessons, the participants learn how to interact with other musicians and perform in a live band.
The Counselor's for the camp are all professional instructors who have been teaching for many years, and are highly sought after. We are glad to have them on board!
- Music Appreciation
- Performance Skills and Techniques
- Music Theory & Songwriting
- individual and group instruction.
There is also time in a recording studio with a professional sound engineer to show them how things work behind the scenes in a recording session. The pictures below are from the 2016 Summer Rock Camp! Click an image to start the slideshow.