Ben Davila is a co-founder of the Rock Stop and serves as the lead teacher. Prior to moving to Traverse City in 2014, he spent nearly a decade teaching students and groups, at the Bird School of Music in San Francisco.
Ben is a prolific song-writer and multi-instrumentalist, having written and recorded a song every week for five years. His music has been used in plays, movies, ads, and video games. He has performed with a variety of groups. When he isn't teaching, writing music, or performing, he records other artists.
Ben graduated with degrees in music and sound technology from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Besides music, Ben enjoys astrophysics and science fiction.
As a co-founder of the Rock Stop, Elysha Davila helps out at shows, and helped the Rock Stop get going. Elysha plays and performs on keyboard, clarinet, and bass guitar, and loves recording and production.
A native of Northern Michigan, Elysha lived for a decade in Chicago and San Francisco before moving back home in 2014. Aside from the Rock Stop, she works remotely in communications for a leading environmental conservation organization that's based in San Francisco.
Our Support Staff
Carly recently joined the team to help with some administrative tasks during the week when she's not at Northwestern Michigan College. After many back-and-forth decisions, she has decided to study social work here in town. During the weekends, she ties on her apron and waits tables at a local restaurant. After growing up with feline friends, her dream came true when she rescued a two-year-old polydactyl cat this spring. Outside of school and the Rock Stop, she enjoys knitting, writing fictional stories, going to concerts across the midwest, and traveling with her boyfriend's band across the state for shows. When it is not bitter cold outside, she enjoys hiking and going to Elberta beach. With her desire to help anyone in any way, and her love for music, Carly is very excited to help out a few days a week!