Meet the Staff
Brian Rothschild – Executive Director
Brian grew up listening to the great harpsichord and piano music of the 18th and 19th century. His mother was a concert pianist who started giving him lessons at the age of 4. By 15 he was accompanying choral groups and at age 16 played the celeste with the Hartford Symphony for the Hartford Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. After that, he began writing music and songs, and eventually was signed as an artist with Columbia Records under the name Iam Siam. In 1998, along with music manager David Sonenberg, Brian created the first version of the Lennon Bus and has since devoted his time to expanding the project around the world.
Hometown – New York, New York
Nickname – Bchild
Fav Food – Katz’s Delicatessen
Fav/Band Artist – John Lennon, Elvis Costello, Ann Margret
Jaime Walden – Executive Vice President
Jaime Walden received her MBA specializing in International Management from Northeastern University and a BA in Music from Baruch College. She began singing, playing guitar, and writing songs at the young age of six years old in Florida. Her passion for live music led her to New York City, where she began working in production and talent booking for several music venues. In her sixth year overseeing management and events of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Jaime focuses on the operations, development, and programming for international busses.
Hometown – Deerfield Beach, FL
Nickname – Mama
Fav Food – sweet potato fries
Fav/Band Artist – Jeff Buckley, The Beatles, Dion & The Belmonts, Tom Petty, hipster “The” bands
Jeff Sobel – Chief Engineer
Jeff Sobel has been a professional sound engineer since 1998. He has produced several albums for indie artists and was both a house and touring live sound engineer before joining the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in 2002 as an on-board engineer. Jeff spent 3 years on the road with the Bus during which time he oversaw the 2004 re-build of the first Lennon Bus. In 2007, Jeff was responsible for the conceptualization and design of the current Lennon Bus for which he created a floor plan and system design ideally suited to the Bus’ unique mission.
In addition to his work with the Lennon Bus, Jeff is currently a freelance audio/video producer, consultant, and educator living in Los Angeles, CA and is the author of the Apple Pro Training Series book Sound Editing in Final Cut Studio.
Hometown – Missouri
Nickname – Jeffro
Fav Food – Vegan
Fav/Band Artist – Elliott Smith, Neutral Milk Hotel, Uncle Tupelo, Brian Jonestown Massacre
Alex Martinelli – Engineer
Alex is from Paris, France and fell into music at the age of 17. He never got out of it. The deep roots of reggae music helped him feel the power of sound and pursue his desire to have a career in music. During his studies, he explored the many different sides of engineering, creativity, and learning with great people. Now, he wants to share what he’s learned with visitors of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Europe.
Hometown – Paris, France
Fav Food – Italian / French
Fav/Band Artist – Lee Perry, The Sonics, Nina Simone, The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Otis Redding
Henrik Kühling – Engineer
Hendrik is from a small German island in the Baltic Sea. He started playing musical instruments at age 11 and has played in bands since he was 14. The band experience developed his interest in recording and producing music, which is why he chose to study sound engineering in Berlin. Hendrik is really into all kinds of blues genres and music that has its roots in blues music. He is very happy to be a part of the Lennon Bus crew and to share his love for music with the students.
Hometown – Weitendorf/Poel Island, Germany
Fav Food – Mediterranean
Fav/Band Artist – Free, Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt, Taj Mahal, Gary Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart
Scott Holmes – Driver
Scott has been a professional driver since the age of 23. He started driving tourist coaches around Europe, and has spent the last 8 years driving buses and trucks in the music industry for the artists including Megadeth, Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga. Growing up in North Wales, UK Scott listened mainly to his Mum’s record collection (Dr Hook, Abba, Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers). Nowadays, he’s now found his own sound in classic rock, Irish folk, and indie music, but is most happy driving down the road listening to a bit of AC/DC.
In addition to driving, Scott previously was part of setting up and running a charity youth center in his home town, and loves being able to help further the mission of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus by providing young people with hands-on opportunities throughout Europe. He’s still a big kid at heart and enjoys building Lego models as a hobby!
Hometown – Llanrwst, North Wales, UK
Nickname – Don’t really have one but ‘Scotty’ has been used a lot!
Fav Food – Greek or Chinese
Fav/Band Artist – AC/DC, Arctic Monkeys, Jeff Healey, K T Tunstall, Aerosmith, Ed Sheeran… Chas ‘n’ Dave!