Private Instructors

Natalie Utz

Natalie Utz is a passionate performer and educator who is eager to help students of all experience levels achieve their musical goals. She started playing the flute in 4th grade, and in high school, began teaching herself clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet. In 2019, she graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in music education, and has worked with many wind and brass students from beginner to advanced. Having played in musicals, bands, orchestras, and jazz combos, Natalie has experience performing and teaching various genres of music. Method books will be used as well as supplemental materials tailored to each individual. Students will learn a variety of concepts from music theory to using their ears to begin to improvise or learn their favorite songs! Natalie loves seeing students find the joy in playing music, and she is excited to begin working with you!

Andrew Utz has been involved with music since the age of five where he sang in children’s choirs. By age 10, he began his instrumental musical journey with the string bass. After graduating and receiving his B.S. in Music Education from Towson University, Andrew began teaching instrumental music in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing the cello for fun as well as continuing his study of the bass to perform with community orchestra’s in the Baltimore area. He looks forward to sharing a passion for bass and cello with students!

Catie McLain

Catie McLain is a Pennsylvania native who has been playing the flute for over fifteen years. A 2014 graduate of Conestoga Valley High School, she participated in high school band and orchestra festivals at the county, district, regional, state and national levels. Catie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lebanon Valley College in 2019, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance and held the position of principal flutist in the symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, concert band and wind ensemble. In addition, Catie actively plays as a member of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Hagerstown Municipal Band, and a local flute ensemble. Following her graduation from Lebanon Valley College, she moved to Frederick, Maryland, where she works as an instrument repair technician. In her free time, she enjoys tending to her houseplants and snuggling with her dog, Sissy Mae. Catie has been privately teaching flute since 2016.

Brian Baernstein

Brian Baernstein Born in, and raised around Baltimore, I’ve been a working musician for over thirty years. I attended Randallstown High and North Carolina State University. In my 20’s, I spent most of my time touring the eastern half of the country in various bands. And since have played in every imaginable configuration of stage, from Acoustic Duo to Big Band. I’ve played in tribute acts for Metallica, Journey and the Black Crowes. When I wasn’t on the road, I made my living as a private lesson teacher. I was also an owner and teacher at JAMS Music Store in Eldersburg in the not so distant past. Though I recently took a few years off from teaching to focus on my recording studio, I am so excited to be back at The Band Shoppe.  It feels like coming home. As always, I endeavor to teach students the music they want to learn, as well as showing them new music and musical ideas. I can currently be seen around the region with The New Monopoly, an amazing, top-shelf, 8-piece show band. 

Anthony Fidyk

Anthony Fidyk is a busy working freelance drummer and percussionist in the DMV area. Currently attending Towson University for music. Tony also studied at University of North Florida School of Music, and Indiana University Jacobs School Of music. Fidyk has also had the great fortune to perform with such groups as the US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, the Baltimore Ravens Marching Band, and the Disneyland All-American College Band. Fidyk has also traveled and toured throughout the US, Canada, and Japan.

Amanda Bohlen

Amanda Bohlen is a Towson University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Music degree. She has studied classical voice and vocal jazz at the collegiate level, but has also dipped into musical theatre, pop, and other commercial genres. She has been involved in three high school musical productions, starring as Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, Cinderella in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Some of her other performance experiences include the Harford Community College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Towson University Women’s Choir, and the Towson University Chorale. Her favorite things to sing are popular music and musical theatre. Her hope in teaching is to help encourage students grow their love for music and find a passion for singing. She hopes to help students gain confidence in performing and in themselves through music, and watch them grow not only as musicians, but as people.

Sheila Nevius

Sheila Nevius is an Army veteran of 21 years. She served 13 years with The United States Army Field Band from Washington, D.C., and 8 years with the 257th Army Band from Washington, D.C. In each band Sheila was a featured soloist, saxophone section leader, clinician, and recitalist. Prior to the military, she earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Music in saxophone performance from the University of Illinois.

Sheila taught instrumental music at Liberty Christian School, in Owings Mills, MD from 2008 to 2017. She left that position to focus on teaching saxophone, clarinet, and flute, in a private setting and to perform tenor saxophone with the Cornerstone Saxophone Quartet. The Quartet performs extensively throughout the greater Baltimore, D.C., and Virginia area. In addition, Sheila has been a saxophone instructor at Goucher College and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Sheila brings a unique perspective to her teaching methods from her experience performing professionally for the American public in all fifty states for over 20 years. In addition, her experience teaching instrumental music in a school setting, and teaching woodwinds privately for over 30 years, allows her to get the student to achieve a prominent level of success. Many of her students have won auditions into the all-county bands in both Howard and Carroll County. Several of her students have also been accepted into major music schools in the country.

Sheila is passionate about teaching and excited to share her love of music at The Band Shoppe in Sykesville. She enjoys all styles of music and is comfortable teaching any type of music from classical to jazz to students all ages.

Megan (Meg) Bradshaw

Megan (Meg) Bradshaw, a Baltimore based violinist and educator, began her violin studies at the age of 7 with Irina Briskin and later with late BSO violinist John Merrill.

While pursuing a BA at UMBC, Meg studied with Dr. Airi Yoshioka, performed in the UMBC symphony orchestra, various string ensembles, recitals, and masterclasses-most recently for Daniel Heifetz. In the summer of 2018, Meg participated in Festival Baltimore, where her quartet performed Tchaikovsky’s 2nd String Quartet.

Meg has been on the private string faculty at the Friends School of Baltimore since 2016. Many of Meg’s students have been accepted into the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, participate in concerto competitions, and regularly make 1st chair in their school orchestras.

Passionate about violin and music, Meg’s teaching philosophy centers around helping each student reach their fullest potential through hard work and finding inspiration in all areas of art.

Aside from teaching, Meg enjoys performing with her piano trio, freelancing in the Baltimore area, and spending time with her husband, cat, and two pet rats.

Michael Bradshaw

Michael Bradshaw, a Baltimore based cellist and educator, began his cello studies at the age of 6. Over the years his primary teachers have included Barbara Van Patten, Amy Frost-Baumgarten, and Gita Ladd. As a cello performance major at UMBC, Michael served as principal cellist of the UMBC symphony, and was a two time winner of the concerto competition performing the Schumann cello concerto and the final movement of Elgar cello concerto with the orchestra. Michael has attended Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro North Carolina, Endless Mountain Music Festival in Mansfield Pennsylvania, Festival Baltimore, and Orfeo Music Festival in Vipitino/Sterzing Italy. While at these festivals and as a student, Michael had the opportunity to perform for preeminent musicians including Lynn Harrell, Midori, Asiya Korepanova, Gerard Schwarz, members of the Dover string quartet, American Brass Quintet, Canadian Brass, and Trio des Alpes.

For almost a decade, Michael has performed solo, chamber, and orchestral music across the country as well as in Europe. Locally, he has appeared with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and with local artists including members of the UMBC faculty, and members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing and freelancing, Michael is a dedicated educator teaching cello, as well as violin, viola, and piano, believing that a solid technical foundation and well rounded understanding and application of theory are paramount in musical and personal development.

Andrew Utz

Andrew Utz has been involved with music since the age of five where he sang in children’s choirs. By age 10, he began his instrumental musical journey with the string bass. After graduating and receiving his B.S. in Music Education from Towson University, Andrew began teaching instrumental music in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing the cello for fun as well as continuing his study of the bass to perform with community orchestra’s in the Baltimore area. He looks forward to sharing a passion for bass and cello with students!

Justin Berdeguez

Justin Berdeguez has been teaching students of all ages and skill levels for the last 11 years in Maryland. Justin has taught at 3 different Music & Arts locations as well as a few other Guitar shops in the Anne Arundel County area. Having recently moved Taylorsville, Justin is looking to establish a healthy lesson following in Sykesville.

Justin studied guitar performance at UMBC and CCBC Essex and has toured Regionally and Nationally. In addition, Justin has played countless festivals and famous venues supporting acts including Ballyhoo, Iration, Tone Loc, and Jimmies Chicken Shack. Justin has also played political campaigns as well as events outside of Camden Yards and M&T Bank stadium! Justin is geared up and ready to share his experience in helping others learn!

Justin’s Philosophy: “Learn the songs you want.  Learn at your own speed. We can work on Rock, Blues, Pop, Country, Jazz, Metal, Classical. Learn Theory, Reading, Modes, Pentatonic Scales, Fingerpicking, Strumming, Major/Minor Open Chords, Rhythm, Dynamics, Major Minor Barre Chords, Soloing, Chord Melodies, Chord Inversions and much more!”

Daniel Sperlin

Daniel Sperlein grew up in Manchester, Maryland. He has been an active trombonist since age 15, when
he started as a community member and soloist with the Lyric Band of Hanover, Pennsylvania. Daniel
went on to gain his Bachelor’s in Music from UMBC, where he performed as a soloist with the UMBC
orchestra.

Daniel also secured the Linehan summer study grant to study trombone performance over
the summer of 2018 with members of the Cleveland Orchestra. He has also performed in the Macy’s
Thanksgiving day parade, UMBC commencement ceremony, and has premiered many new works by
local Maryland composers.

In 2019 Daniel relocated to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa,
Florida to get his Master’s in Music Performance. Daniel has returned to the Mid-atlantic area to play
live music with local bands and orchestras, Teach private lessons and marching band, and to enjoy all
the brass music Maryland has to offer!

Brandon Davie

Brandon Davie is a freelance drummer and percussionist based in Maryland. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, he started taking drum lessons as a young child. He has toured with local bands along the east coast for the past several years.

Brandon is the former drumline instructor and technician for the Westminster High School Marching Band. He is studying General Music Education at Carroll Community College. His primary style of playing is rooted in jazz and funk, however, he is comfortable teaching all styles of music to percussionists at any skill level or age.

Group Instructors

Julia Evans

Julia Evans is a passionate musician who has been teaching music since 2004.  She is certified to teach all grades K-12 Instrumental and Vocal music in the state of Maryland but her specialty is working with young children, using Music Learning Theory and the methods of Edwin Gordon and Cynthia Taggart to provide ear training along with a love of music.  She has an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Michigan State University and a Masters degree in Music Ed from Kent State.  After serving 2 years in the Peace Corps, teaching music at a second chance school on the island nation of Samoa, she came home and spent five years teaching elementary general music classes for preK-5th grades.  In 2011 she left her job to be home with her kids and then started an LLC to teach baby and toddler music classes in Bowie, MD.  She has taught private lessons for years in voice, clarinet and piano and prides herself on being able to teach anyone.  Music is a skill, learned like any other, and anyone who wants to put in the time to learn can do it!