MEET OUR TEACHERS

I have assembled a wonderful group of like-minded music teachers to deliver the unique, high quality instruction I expect you to receive here at Bones Jones Music.
- Billy Jones
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Chris Barnes

Piano

Christopher Barnes is a Classically trained Pianist and Vocalist from Mitchellville Maryland. He graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with a B.A. in Music (Piano) Performance and studied Digital Arts and Recording (Music Technology) in Graduate School at Georgia Southern University. He is currently the Asst. Music Director of Woodstream Church with a congregation of 3,000 members. In 2010, he embarked on a career writing and producing for R&B singers such as: Ledisi and Estelle, and has since earned 2 Grammy Nominations for his work as a co-producer, keyboard player, writer and co-producer. Chris's warm and gentle demeanor will no doubt bring out your best as a student as he truly enjoys teaching students of all ages.

Justin Cornejo

Piano

As a Montgomery County native, Justin comes from a musical family. At the age of 6 he began playing the piano and took classical music lessons until the age of 18. During grade school, Justin played trumpet in all the orchestral bands and even joined the JROTC marching band in high school. Additionally, Justin taught himself how to play drums and guitar and plays in a worship band with fellow teacher (and cousin!) Jonathan Cornejo. Justin enjoys listening to all kinds of music, ranging from pop, EDM, hip-hop, funk, classical, and jazz. His favorite composer is Fredric Chopin. Nowadays, Justin loves teaching, playing music with various other artists, DJing, and continues to study and read all kinds of music, especially classical pieces.

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Billy Jones

Guitar, Bass, Piano

This Northern Virginia native began his music career on piano and drums. At the age of thirteen, he picked up his first electric bass and by the age of sixteen could be found performing at some of the DC area's most infamous clubs including the 9:30 Club, The Bayou, and Hammerjack's.

After highschool he was off to Los Angeles for a summer program at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood. After returning home, he soon received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. While in Boston, he became immersed in studies of rock, blues, funk and jazz and began fine-tuning his playing, performance and teaching skills. In Boston he landed his first of a series of paid gigs as a musician, but was still drawn to the west coast. In 2004 he returned to Los Angeles in search of bigger and better performing and recording experiences.

In 2009, after 5 years of performing, writing, and recording in Los Angeles, CA, he moved back to the DC Metro area. Shortly thereafter, he started Bones Jones Music with the intent to provide a unique and modern approach to music instruction aimed at improving each students' musicianship in an engaging, challenging, and fun manner. He has been playing, performing, and recording for over twenty years and loves sharing his experience with students!

Phil Candela

Music Theory

Philip Candela plays bass guitar in Minus One, a rock and blues band, and in the house band for Bones Jones Music, The Blues Situation. He currently studies bass with Billy Jones, and is an instructor here at Bones Jones Music where he teaches music theory with a special emphasis on rock and blues. He remains active in scientific research, and his teaching experience includes over three decades teaching science and related subjects at the University of Maryland.

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Brian Dominick

Guitar

Brian hails from Rochester, NY and has been playing musical instruments since he was five! Initially a self-taught guitarist, he formalized his skills in college as a music education major with a focus in voice/euphonium. Euphonium? A large part of his performance experience comes from choirs and bands in both high school and community musical productions. Brian is an accomplished guitarist, singer, and songwriter. When he's not teaching, you can find him performing at open mics on guitar and piano. His warm demeanor and energetic approach to teaching both guitar and voice will keep you inspired and engaged while you are mastering your craft.

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Jeff Carmella

Guitar, Improv, Rock Bands

Jeff Carmella started playing guitar by ear in southwestern PA at 17.  He received his first guitar, a Montgomery Wards acoustic guitar, as a present from his older brother Ron. Then cousin Floyd Dorazio (aka Tyk) showed him his first few chords on that acoustic guitar, and he hasn’t stopped since. His first band, in 1979, was a country/southern rock band called The Good Neighbors Band which gained local recognition by winning a original composition contest with a song called “Kentucky Whiskey and Pennsylvania Women”. Since relocating to Maryland he has been a member of several different bands including: J.C and the HepCats and The Jeff Carmella Band in which he enjoys playing for swing dances in the Washington metropolitan area and for other community events.  He enjoys playing a variety of genres: jazz, swing, blues, country and rockabilly as well as his original music. He has shared the stage with such names as Leon Russell, Link Wray, Bill Kirchen, Johnny Castle (The Nighthawks/The Thrillbilly’s), Seth Justman (The J. Geils Band), Dave Elliott (Danny Gatton/Redneck Jazz) and Mark Noone (The Slickee Boys). As a teacher Jeff relies on his vast musical knowledge to expand his students musical vocabulary in a fun and creative manner. His focus on the fundamentals gives each of his students a solid foundation from which to grow.

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Dan Graham

Guitar, Rock Bands

Dan Graham has been interested in music since the age of five. He began his journey on the piano studying elementary theory, classical, and jazz and could soon be found performing in church choirs and school music programs. At nine Dan picked up the guitar, and after two years of exploration he began formal guitar lessons. While in high school, Dan started his first cover band which was the start of many projects recording and performing original music. Nine years ago, he began introducing students to the guitar and sharing his passion and love of music. Playing both electric and acoustic, he uses a fun and relaxed approach to help students of all ages and abilites reach their goals on guitar!

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