Middle C Staff
Our staff is a dynamic team of creative individuals who have extensive experience across the music industry.
Matthew Elias, Store Manager
Matthew, a graduate from the Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts in 2001, has owned his own recording studio and has over ten years’ experience doing live sound in venues from the Brass Monkey, to Fletchers and the Ottobar. He has worked as personal assistant to drummer Bill Stevenson (All, Descendants, Black Flag) and engineered at Stevenson’s recording studio, The Blasting Room. Matthew plays piano and guitar, and has opened for bands from the Mad Caddies, to Rahzel of the Roots, and Run DMC. Outside of music, Matthew is passionate about Science and Philosophy and is pursuing a teaching degree in the sciences.
Michael Sweeney, Floor Manager
Mike is a soul-singer and songwriter who appreciates all styles and genres of music. His other instruments include clarinet, hand drums, and world percussion. Mike studied psychology at Fayetteville State University. When not at Middle C, he also works as a counselor for inner city youth, encouraging his counselees to use music and arts as a solution to their problems.
Dave Nuttycombe has been part of the D.C. music scene since the Nixon administration. In fact, he played a gig for CREEP, the Committee to Re-Elect the President, for which his band had to learn to play “Nixon’s the One,” the campaign theme song. Dave has also shared stages with Doug Clark & the Hot Nuts, Otis Day & the Nights, and Weird Al Yankovic. As manager of Washington City Paper’s music-centric music site, inDC, Dave interviewed hundreds of bands, produced benefit concerts, and promoted the local music scene. Dave was also a writer/producer for the award-winning PBS documentary, “The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint,” which profiled the 45-year history of the legendary Georgetown nightclub. He plays vintage Slingerland drums, any genre except opera.
At the age of 12, Trey L. Sorrells discovered one of the most expressive instruments ever created, the saxophone. His love for its pure and unique sound was instantaneous, inspiring Trey to pursue the music art form. It was in the church that Trey honed his music skills early in his playing and serves as a huge influence and contribution to his powerful and soulful sound that he plays with now.Trey currently fills the saxophone position in the band Future Prospect. While having only been around for a year Future Prospect has made a mark in the music industry, releasing two unofficial albums and one official album, The Climb which was released July 29, 2016 on the Ropeadope/Jellowstone record label, this album peaked at #6 on the iTunes jazz charts.
Originally from Seattle, WA, Bryan has been in the D.C. area (and part of the Middle C family) for a few years. He has played saxophone since he was 9 years old; Bryan has a Bachelors in Music from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and a Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, NE. Aside from helping customers at Middle C, you can find Bryan playing with various jazz, rock, and funk groups in the D.C. area, frequenting local jam sessions, and generally doing whatever he can to improve as a musician.
Bryan has performed at many national and international jazz festivals, as well as at concerts in Italy, Germany, and Shanghai and Beijing, China. He has shared the stage with such jazz luminaries as Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Clay Jenkins, Bill Watrous, Sara Gazarek, Jeff Coffin, Randy Brecker, and Wynton Marsalis.
Jai James, Lesson Manager
Jai is a young vocalist and violinist raised all around the Mid-Atlantic. A recent graduate from DC's School Without Walls, Jai is applying her expanse of musical knowledge as lessons manager here at the store.
Kevin is currently a finishing his Senior year at American University, studying Business and Entertainment with a focus in Audio Technology. He has studied Jazz Guitar for more than 10 years and currently DJs in many of D.C.'s nightclubs and music venues. In his free time, he enjoys listening to hiphop, deep house, and alternative rock.
Maxfield Wollam-Fisher, Print Manager
Maxfield Wollam-Fisher, manages print music and knows about everything bowed. A graduate of Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin where he studied cello with Sharon Robinson and Uri Vardi, Maxfield pursues performance, creation, recording, and education in classical, contemporary, world, folk, dance, and interdisciplinary projects. Maxfield is a Suzuki certified teacher and has taught students and chamber groups of all ages and abilities who have gone on both to study at major music schools and play in local rock bands. When not searching down obscure scores for customers at Middle C or playing chamber music in grimy local dives Maxfield can be found playing and dancing tango til the wee hours of the morning.
Mozart, Resident Composer