Private Lessons

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 at 302-697-2155, 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.

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.

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 He is currently in a melodic metal band known as "Curser". Mike plays and teaches electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, and ukulele.
Cody Leavel: Saxophone
Cody Leavel is a saxophonist from Rehoboth Beach, DE. Started to play the clarinet at the age of 9. He studied with teachers Barry Eli and Kevin Van Syckle through high school at Cape Henlopen. Leavel continued his musical education at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA. After graduating with a bachelors in jazz studies he auditioned and won a job with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, playing 1st tenor saxophone.

Cody has recorded with the Orchestra twice and has played in all lower 48 states and most of Canada. Leavel has also traveled and toured Japan four times with the Orchestra. In 2017, after four and a half years, Leavel left the Orchestra to pursue other opportunities.

Leavel is the leader and cofounder of the 8 piece swing band "Swing Junction", and a member of "Hallelujah Jones", a rock and roll band based in Lewes. Both bands feature employees of B&B music.

Cody's lesson nights at the Camden, DE B&B Music location are Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6-9.

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.
Stephen Tipping: Percussion
Stephen Tipping is a percussionist and educator in the Greater Philadelphia Region. He performs and teaches an extensive scope of musical genres, including the marching arts, classical percussion, jazz and pop drumset, and steel pan.

Stephen has performed up and down the East Coast, Arizona, Europe, Israel, and Puerto Rico. He most recently performed with the Philadelphia-based, Philadelphia Pan Stars (Philly Pan Stars), at the 2016 Brooklyn Panorama, the second largest panorama competition in the world. Stephen is a member of the Philadelphia-based percussion quartet Phil-A-Rhythm and is the drummer for the new Wilmington rock band Bedlam Kiss.

Stephen currently serves as Instructor of Percussion at Delaware State University (Dover, DE) and Wesley College (Dover, DE), Caption Head/Lead Percussion Arranger of perennial TOB Chapter 9 Champions Caesar Rodney High School Marching Band (Camden, DE), and is now Music Consultant with 2016 WGI Championship A-Class Finalist Aftermath Percussion (Lehigh Valley, PA) after two years serving as Bass Technician on their return to Finalist status. Stephen holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Music Performance from the University of Arizona. For more information visit

Kevin Van Syckle: Saxophone
Mr. Van Syckle graduated from Caesar Rodney HS and then Wesley College with degrees in Business Administration and Music. He has been teaching private lessons on saxophone and clarinet at B&B Music for 33 years where he also works as an Educational Representative. He has been an active performer in the area for many years with groups of many various types of music. Mr Van Syckle has taught private lessons to over 600 students through the years at B&B, and many have had successful music careers or still play and perform. His teaching style is passionate and honest!

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!

Instruction includes:

  • 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 2017 Summer Rock Camp! Click an image to start the slideshow.