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.
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 is a singer/songwriter/instrumentalist from Chapel Hill, NC. Nick attended UNC Asheville for Jazz studies. Finding opportunities outside of school, he began playing professionally. He has shared the stage with Stu Cole (Squirrel Nut Zippers), Dex Romweber, and Rob Dimauro (Luego). Among the venues Nick has played are the Cat's Cradle, Local 506 and The Cave. Nick's latest release is an EP, titled "Cold Hearts".
Yan Westerlund – (Drums)
Daniel (Yan) Westerlund graduated with a bachelor of music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth. During his stay at UMD Daniel studied percussion under the direction of David Schmalenberger, Nick Zielinski, Charles Brooks, and Gene Koshinski where he developed technique in snare drum, drum set, mallets, timpani, and world percussion. As a performer Daniel has had the opportunity to tour the US, Canada and Europe playing drums for musical acts such as: Bowerbirds, Lost In the Trees, Mount Moriah, and The Rosebuds. He is also involved with the "Paper Hand Puppet intervention" where he performs in the pit band. Most recently, Daniel has been in pursuit of his own bands Yandrew and Canine Heart Sounds where he focuses more on collaboration, composition, and improvisation. Daniel's teaching philosophy is centered towards meeting each individual's own interests and goals. He highly values developing a broad spectrum of musical styles such as classical, jazz, rock, R&B, latin, blues, world, minimal, electronic, and avant-garde. Proper technique is also a practice that Daniel emphasizes to all students whether beginning or advanced. Progression and constant inspiration are the ultimate goals Daniel tries to reach with each music lesson.
Joe Westerlund – (Drums)
Joe Westerlund is a percussionist, composer, and improviser who has most notably worked with Megafaun, Califone, William Tyler, Arnold Dreyblatt and Justin Vernon, among a diverse list of creators of sound and song. While studying with avant-garde jazz luminary Milford Graves, Joe began collaborating with choreographers, and has since composed music for modern dance and film. He has worked closely with dance faculty at Bennington College, UCLA, NCSU and Meredith College; and regularly accompanies Prana Vinyasa Flow yoga classes for his wife, Carson Efird. For movement-based collaborations, Joe employs a minimal improvisatory approach and a solo vocabulary that draws from characteristics of non-western indigenous musics, as well as western art music and popular forms. In 2014, Joe released his first recording as a solo artist under the alias Grandma Sparrow, in collaboration with Spacebomb Productions. Last year, after relocating from Los Angeles, he released Mojave Interlude, a piece built largely from electronically manipulated percussion, on Northern Spy Records. Joe now continues his work as a session/touring musician out of Durham, NC.
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.
There are many elements that make Let There Be Rock School a great rock music school. But our staff is what really sets us apart!
We hire working, active musicians to not only give our students top-quality instruction but also to give them real world tools and experience from people who are out there living the life!