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.
Originally from Seattle, WA, Bryan has been in the D.C. area (and part of the Middle C family) since 2011. 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. He has performed at many national and international jazz festivals, as well as at concerts in Italy, Germany, and Shanghai and Beijing, China.
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, she first joined the Middle C family as an intern. Jai quickly proved herself an extremely capable and motivated employee and is currently applying her musical knowledge and scheduling acumen as lessons manager here at the store.
Mozart, Resident Composer
Mozart is our store dog. He is a cockapoo and his interests include saying hi to customers, walks, and biscuits. Oddly enough, this Mozart has not composed 17 piano sonatas.
Maxfield Wollam-Fisher, Print Manager