Takoma Groove Camp -

Camp Instructors & Staff

All of our instructors at Takoma Groove Camp are passionate about music. They gig, teach, write, record, dance, engineer live shows and repair instruments, among other artistic things. Most of all, they have a love for imparting their knowledge and positive spirit on the campers to be creative, original, unique and overall better musicians.

Past instructors at camp have included...
  • Rob Nicholson
  • Chris Colvin
  • Sarah Fridrich 
  • Robert Lighthouse

Clinicians that have come to work with campers and hold workshops in various musical fields have included...
  • Anthony Wellington (world-renowned bass instructor, and bass tech & band member with the Victor Wooten band)
  • Trevor Higgins (DC area sound engineer & electronics guru)
  • Seth Hurwitz (owner of 930Club & I.M.P. Productions)
  • Eric Fuller (artist, website designer & musician)
  • BJ Cantlupe & David Irving (professional musicians & college graduates as music majors)

Almost every year we have former Groove Campers, who are very dedicated and passionate about music, come back as junior counselors to lend a hand with daily activities and to try their hand at instructing and leading a group. It's always a fantastic experience for both the junior counselor and their bands and a great way for them to see if they like teaching and band leading. Some of these past campers have even gone on become teachers and instructors themselves! Some of our past campers who have returned as junior counselors have included...
  • Sam Dembling
  • Brendan Casey
  • Calvin Bankert
  • Yitzy Holton-Hinshaw
  • Grayson Flood
  • Joe Ciccarello
  • Noah Maruyama

Current Full-Time Instructors...

All of our regular, full-time counselors and instructors are CPR/1st Aid Certified by the American Heart Association.

Brian Weber, Camp Director & Instructor
Brian Weber, Camp Director & Instructor
Brian Weber is a local musician who has been teaching professionally since 1996. He teaches guitar, bass, trumpet, piano and other brass instruments to all ages and skill levels. He studied Jazz and Classical music, as well as composition and theory at Montgomery College. He has also studied privately with some of the world's foremost players and teachers. Brian's pursuit of music began at age 5. He is an accomplished and seasoned live multi-instrumentalist and who has been performing for about 20 years up and down the east coast. For updates and news on Brian's gig schedule, please email: brianwebergigs@yahoo.com. He is also the Drum Repairman for HMT. Brian has been involved with Takoma Groove Camp since 2006, co-directing with the camp's founder, Rob Nicholson until 2012, when he obtained sole directorship of camp. Brian is right at home instructing and running a teen music camp. He loves helping young, talented musicians and artists to realize their potential, and to assist them in honing their craft to the best of their ability.
Julie Stoessel, Instructor
Julie Stoessel, Instructor
Julie Stoessel is a violinist, singer, and breakdancer from Charlottesville, Virginia with a Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University. Her musical endeavors include playing violin for the Arlington Philharmonic, Ashlawn Opera Company, and Perfect Harmony String Quartet, writing and releasing her own EP, Breathe on iTunes, and playing shows with various local Rock/Hip hop/Pop artists. Julie has also interned at Recording studios Crystalphonic in Virginia, and Quad studios in New York City, where she learned the basics of sound engineering and producing. Previous to her move to the DC area, Julie worked for 4 years at the Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, where she mentored middle school and high school students in song writing, recording, vocals, violin, engineering, beat making, and breakdancing. Her love of funky beats lead her to the art of breakdance, which she has been pursuing alongside her musical career since age 18. Julie now works at the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, Maryland, where she teaches middle school strings, and private violin lessons. She also co-owns a breakdance studio, The Lab, in Takoma, DC.
Paul Foreman, Instructor
Paul Foreman, Instructor
Paul Foreman is a graduate of Pomona College in Southern California, where he performed in jazz, rock and West African percussion ensembles. He plays drums, guitar, bass, piano, and harmonica. Paul has been a musician for 13 years and a teacher for 5, but he has loved music since early childhood. It is this early passion for music that led him to work with kids as a performer and teacher. Currently Paul teaches privately and at several area studios. He is formally trained in written music, but he specializes in helping students learn to improvise and play by ear. For Paul, the joy of two or more musicians inventing new music together is the most exciting part of playing, and the best way to have fun is to play music that students actually love to listen to. Paul continues to follow his passion for music by writing and recording his own, and he hopes to share his love of rhythm with many more students and audiences.
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