The RBL Team
Brian Gorman — Co-Director, Teacher, Drummer, Storyteller, The Most Beautiful Woman In The World, Member of Rainbow Beast
Brian has been a performer and musician for most of his life, and developed his skills as a professional performer while living and teaching in Japan and while on the road with his critically acclaimed band Tartufi. Brian has almost two decades of early childhood education experience, as well as many years of working with adults and children with special needs, and has designed and taught a variety of specialty classes for pre-k and elementary school kids. When not rocking out and telling tales in Rock Band Land, Brian is one third of the band Cassiopeia. He is part dragon.
Marcus Stoesz — Co-Director, Teacher, Composer, Producer, Band Leader, Second Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Member of Rainbow Beast
Marcus started writing music at a young age and the creation of songs has played a huge part in his development as a functioning human adult boy. He spent much of his young adulthood in Kansas leading the influential band Paper Airplanes and attended Wichita State University for Music Theory and Composition. He has been teaching children and putting them in baskets for 16 years. He is 10% maple tree, 10% mechanical biped, 50% Canadian and 30% of unknown origin (most likely edible). He currently resides in a hammock, performs and tours as Gentle Spirit and is in love with a potato.
Taylor Giffin - Teacher, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Radio DJ, Studio Assistant, Custodian
Taylor took interest in music and performing arts at a young age. As a toddler, he used the TV and VCR remotes as drum sticks, banging on glass tables until they shattered. A few years later, he began putting on dance shows in the living room at weekend gatherings, where he would do impersonations of Michael Jackson. He started tap dancing at age 4, and eventually transitioned into hip-hop, where he found success at several competitions. In elementary, he started making original short films. In middle school, he started writing songs, playing in bands, playing shows, and recording music. He has been passionately pursuing such activities every since. In 2016, he graduated from SFSU, where he studied Cinema, World Music & Dance. He is a yellow belt in Judo! He knows how to feed a baby with a bottle of milk. He loves cheese, and he loves to dream. Taylor believes that eating cheese helps you to achieve great dreams.
Taylor McElroy - Video Bing Bong Co-Director, Teacher, Multi-Instrumentalist, Photographer, Soldering Wizard, and General Contractor of Rock Band Land
Taylor has been a musician, educator, and hobbyist of deconstructing electronics for over a decade. First honing his music skills in his parents garage playing anything he could get his hands on, while simultaneously destroying any keyboard in sight at the local thrift store his grandmother managed- all while teaching kids proper sippy cup etiquette during his formative years as a rodeo alien.
He now resides in San Francisco, touring with his band The Brankas when Rock Band Land hibernates for the summer, and makes soundtracks for films his wife writes in her dreams.
Alejandra Widner - Video Bing Bong Co-Director, Lessons Coordinator, Administration & Anarchy, Inner Child Whisperer, Oddball Cheer Captain, Castle Bouncer, and RBL Nights Lead Goblin
For over a decade Alejandra has been teaching and strengthening educational programs with regular applications of her inspired mental masonry.
Alejandra's background is in early childhood education and developmental psychology, unless she stands in front of a fireplace. At those times her background is a fireplace. From the classroom to direct care to after school programs, Alejandra's career has been focused on helping and supporting others. Art has always been the leading character in the movie version of her life, "Alejandrawings Forever".
With a firm belief that the encouragement of self-expression through the arts builds confidence, resilience, and independence among our young weirdos, Alejandra's classes further empower our rockers and artists to be their own crazy and to find their own beautiful.
Jessie Woletz - Yoga
Jessie has been teaching yoga in SF for over 10 years.
She has completed a variety of teacher trainings at the Yoga Loft, including Karma Kids Yoga Teacher Training. She also trained to become a restorative yoga teacher with Judith Hanson Lasater, and she regularly assists Britt Fohrman at Yoga Tree with gentle, restorative, and prenatal yoga workshops.
Jessie enjoys sharing yoga with those across the age and ability spectrum, so that all can experience yoga’s profound invigorating and relaxing benefits.
Maira Clancy - Teacher, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Sound Designer, Visual Artist, Filmmaker
Maira has been teaching music, visual art, and digital media technology to children and adults since 2010. She earned a BMus in "Music Technology" from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, as well as a BA in "Visual Arts (Concentration: New Media and Animation)" from Oberlin College in 2013.
She has taught a variety of creative curriculum to Bay Area youth, including music production, animation, making/DIY, robotics, video game design, graphic design, and creative writing. She's especially passionate about amplifying marginalized voices: in her free time, Maira volunteers with Women's Audio Mission in SF, and remotely for the Chaikuni Institute, an environmental justice and Indigenous rights non-profit in the Peruvian Amazon.
Maira is available for private bass, keys, and voice lessons. When she's not melting the faces of innocent children through the sheer force of shred, she is melting shredded cheese over nachos with her calico cat Pickles, whilst yapping away to plant spirits around a blazing fire.
Tina Collins - Attorney, Story Editor, Merch Maven, Portmanteau Specialist (or portmanecialist, if you prefer), Bibliophile, and Mother Lioness of a Notorious RBL Rocker
Tina developed an adoration for wearing many hats at once when she was a young orphan in France in 1845. That spring, she became the head head model for an underappreciated milliner named Marceau, whom she instantly fell deeply in love with. Marceau quickly recognized that Tina’s head was so tiny that she was able to don many of his unique creations all at once; she could wear a cloche on top of a beret on top of a fedora on top of a montera with stylish ease and finesse. With a good head on her shoulders and her business acumen, she increased Marceau’s recognition, garnered him much notoriety, and thus increased his sales. Marceau and Tina would have lived happily ever after in the bounty of their success, but, sadly, Marceau died mysteriously in a freak pistachio macaroon incident. To this day, Tina cannot speak of the details surrounding his death. Shortly thereafter, she moved to San Francisco, where she put her good and tiny head to other uses. Tina has been an attorney for over twelve years, an editor for over two years, a merch gal for quite some time, and a parent for nine years and happily for a long time to come. In solemn tribute to her deceased beloved, she proudly dons multiple chapeaus daily.
Rebecca Alison - Behind the Scenes Wizard, Enrollment Zen Octopus, Spellbinding Bookkeeper, Garbage Pail Kid Collector and Subordinate (or Boss, depending on the situation) of a Stupendously Awesomely Weird RBL Rocker and Artist.
Rebecca is invisible, at least that’s what she used to tell her parents when she was in trouble. She is also a wizard, which pairs well with being invisible, although bad for when you want to show off your elaborate cloak and hat. When Rebecca is not playing magic or using her powers for good, she is working tirelessly behind the scenes to manage and coordinate RBL’s most prized possessions, including but not limited to organizing and maintaining the spell books, coordinating and managing waitlists and all enrollment and keeping up RBL’s good looks by applying just the right amount of blush and lipstick to the website.