The inspiration for Rock-a-Baby came after years of working with children of all ages and recognizing a need for early childhood exposure to music. Trachtenberg made a career as a piano teacher by day and gigging keyboardist by night. With a B.S. in Music Education from N.Y.U. and a strong desire to enrich children’s lives through music, Trachtenberg expanded his career as Music Director for several plays and music programs at schools and community centers in Rhode Island and New York. He became the accompanist for Looking Glass Theater, a touring group that brings theater to underprivileged schools and communities. He co-created a children’s musical theater class at the JCC in Manhattan, co-wrote children's musicals The Lady & the Ladle, and Hood, a production of Robin Hood for the Wheeler School in Rhode Island. He has performed with Jay and the Americans, The Blues Brothers, with cover bands, The Tremors, The Free Downloads (who appear in the feature length film: The Comedian , 2017) and recording artists including PT Walkley. Marc has also composed and performed for television and web (Gillette, Ad Council, Hasbro, Team Umizoomi), and even appeared as the voice of Keanu Reeves on MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch . Trachtenberg’s diverse and extensive experience culminates with Rock-a-Baby – a unique and enriching musical adventure for you and your child.
NYC Regional Manager
Teacher, Guitar, Vocals, New York
started working with children at his first summer job as a day camp counselor,
and he’s loved doing it ever since! As an actor/musician, he has
performed in his fair share of children’s musicals, most notably in NYC’s
Fringe Festival Encores Series with Super Sidekick! The Musical, and through
the Northeastern Children’s Theater Company. He has taught drama and
music at Camp Airy in Thurmont, MD. Daniel is a proud graduate of NYU, and has
fostered his love of comedy by studying at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
and Magnet Theater.
Boston Regional Manager
Emily Siagel Jabbawy was born and raised
in a musical home in Newton Massachussetts and currently works at The
Dance Academy of Siagel Productions as the Director of their early childhood
program, Little Beats, teaching dance as well as Music & Movement to infants
and toddlers. She has a passion for music, dance, and children and contagious
enthusiasm for the Rock-a-Baby band. Emily is thrilled to be following her
dream of working with children and sharing all the love that music has to offer
and can’t wait to ROCK OUT with you and your little ones!
Teacher, Piano, Vocals, New York
Ben is an
actor and musician in the New York City area. He was born and raised in
Baltimore, Maryland where he began playing piano at age three. Ben studied
piano at the preparatory program at renowned Peabody Institute and was accepted
into the Carver Center for Arts and Technology’s magnet acting program for high
school, where he discovered his love of coaching his fellow students and
composing. After high school, Ben was accepted and attended New York
University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he trained in Practical Aesthetics
at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Atlantic Acting School. Ben has worked as a
music director at New York University, Feinstein's/54 Below, and in the New
York Musical Theatre Festival. When he’s not performing, composing, or music
directing, Ben works in the greater New York City area as an audition coach
specializing in youth coaching for magnet programs, summer programs, and
Teacher, Keyboards, Vocals, Newton
Cale plays Harmony, the keys of the
Rock-a-Baby band and he never skimps on humor. Part comedian, part expert
musician, Cale brings a creative flare and musical expertise to Rock-a-Baby. A
graduate from the New England Conservatory, Cale is
a versatile musician who enjoys playing the drums, the piano, and exotic instruments.
He may be super-sized, but he's VERY popular with the Rock-a-Babies and their
Teacher, Vocals, Rhode Island
O'Connell first fell in love with Rock-a-baby when she brought her daughter to
a class in 2014, and by 2015 she had joined the band. Rachel has been
performing since she was old enough to climb onto tables and belt out songs
from Mel Brooks films and Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Since then she
trained as a founding member of the Indianapolis Children's Choir, and she has
performed in chorales, orchestras, and numerous plays and musicals at the
college, community and professional levels. She studied theatre and music
at Washington University in St Louis. She has also studied guitar at Old Town
School of Folk in Chicago and ukulele at Rhody Center for World Music and
Dance. Rachel and her husband love to sing and play music at home with
their own two Rock-a-babies Sol and Matilda.
Teacher, Keyboards, Vocals, New York
Brendan O'Grady is so happy to have Alisa finally write
his bio after working for RAB for 5 years. He has been playing piano for
children for more than a decade and is Associate Musical Director and sometime
show director and writer for The Story Pirates. He also plays bass for, and has
recorded and toured with, artists including The Bloodsugars, Blue Harvest,
Johnny Flynn, Michael Bram, Geoff Hartwell and Yonrico Scott. He fulfilled a
childhood dream when he was able to perform with The Blues Brothers. In the fall
of 2014 he played bass for the Off-Broadway production of FOUND at the Atlantic
Olivia loves spending time with kids so much that she often
meets them the very second they're born! She's a birth doula, singer,
actor, improviser, and chess teacher in NYC. Olivia performs improvised musicals at the Magnet
Theater, where she's been a house team member since 2012. Olivia spent two
years co-starring in the off-Broadway sketch comedy hit How to Be a New Yorker and
hosts many events around the city, including the annual Bryant
Park Spelling Bees. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Point Park
University in Pittsburgh and has worked regionally as an actor in many plays
and musicals. Singing, dancing and playing instruments with the Rock-a-Babies
is the highlight of her week!
Teacher, Guitar, Vocals, Rhode Island
At 19 years old, Ben is now the youngest member of the
R-a-B band! He's a Rhode Island native and has had a passion for music and the
guitar for over 10 years. In high school, he started playing live shows at
nursing homes and retirement centers around New England. Through these
performances he discovered a potential for music to brighten the lives of
others. He has a strong interest in music education and is thrilled at the opportunity
to introduce musical concepts to young children. Ben is psyched to be rocking
out (as Rhythm) in Sharon, Providence and Warwick this session!
Teacher, Guitar, Vocals, Boston
Damien Young Scalise has been
working as a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and music teacher since 2009. He
received his Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from Ithaca College in 2013,
having studied with Steve Brown, Michael Titlebaum, and Peter Chwazik. Since
then, he has been pursuing his Master's degree in Jazz Studies from New England
Conservatory, which he will receive in May of 2015, studying with
guitarist/improvisor Joe Morris and composer/improvisor Anthony Coleman. Damien
loves working with children, especially within the context of music. He has
always believed in the power of communication through music and has found a
great outlet for communicating with little ones who can't yet speak in
Teacher, Guitar, Vocals, Rhode Island
Benny Tilchin has been a member
of many musical acts over the years, including Wordsworth, Dingo, The Mammoth
Jammoth, Lil' Jo
nny, Five Guys Twelve Shoes, The Free Union Band, The Stone
Enders, and Banjovi. He is the found
er and sitting chairman of SOFTAMERICA
(society of free theatrical and musical entertainers redefining interactive
arts), and writer/director/conductor of the Open Air Funk
Opera. Benny is currently running the SOFTAMERICA Free Funk Recording
Studio in Rumford, RI. He knows that today's Rock-a-Babies are tomorrow's
Teacher, Guitar, Vocals, New York
Matt Whyte is thrilled to be joining the NYC Rock A Baby Band
this winter. Pete Seeger was known to have remarked that playing for children
throughout his long career was what brought him the most inspiration…and Matt
considers advice from Pete Seeger hard to top. Matt works full time as a
composer, producer and performer in Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife and
unborn baby girl. Among his endeavors as a musician, Matt has travelled around
the world with his band Earl Greyhound and more recently as guitar and keyboard
player for Joan as Policewoman. He sings Brazilian music every other week in
Williamsburg but understands little of what he sings.
Teacher, Vocals, Rhode Island
Woods began her musical career singing along to Disney Sing-Along VHS tapes
using the living room coffee table as a stage.
Courtney still loves the spotlight. She is the lead singer of a funk/soul cover
band, I’d Hit That. She also proudly performs with Rhode Island’s local Rocky
Horror Picture Show shadow cast, RKO Army.
loves working with children. She teaches private swim lessons for all ages and
is studying to become a speech pathologist.
Rhythm was created in 2007 along with his friends Melody
& Harmony. He’s the blue puppet with
the hula skirt hair, but don’t think he’s sad.
Rhythm is the heartbeat of the music; the pulse; the driving force
behind the song, so he’s got nothing to be unhappy about. He’ll also lead you in dance if you let him.
He was spotted Hokey Pokeying near a 7-11 in Hoboken, doing the Twist in
Nigeria with the Uyot, and napping under a parachute in Brazil with a caxixi by
his side. He’s been drumming since he
was born and supplying the comic relief when things get tough at
Rock-a-Baby. Look out for Rhythm moshing
in your nearest pit.
Diva, and proud of it.
She’s the pink, pretty puppet with the blond hair, purple eye shadow,
polka-dot headband and a voice from the heavens... And she
knows it! Watch out Gaga and Madonna:
Melody might not be on stage at the Super Bowl, but all the
Rock-a-Babies know her by name. Don’t let her ‘Type A’ personality fool you, though.
She’s sweet and charming and knows that anyone (and almost any
instrument) can sing the melody too, so she’d be happy to have you sing with
her any day. Whether it’s playing the
Musical Riddle, or belting her solo hit “That’s Me,” it seems like Melody is
always ready for the spotlight!
He’s shy, funny, cute, and weird. He’s Harmony.
And he’s the foundation upon which any great song is built. Take a hit like the Rock-a-Baby opening
number: it wouldn’t be much without him
banging out those chords on piano to make a solid base for the Melody. He knows that without him you’d probably
start singing off key. He loves it when
the Theme of the Week is announced so he can start working on his new
collection (did you know he’s already got sixty gardens, some of the most
extraordinary bugs in the world, and two hands?) He’s been working on his stand-up and his
poetry too… just don’t ask him for any examples.