Lesley discovered the joy of making music with kids in Brooklyn in 1996 when her first child was born. Groove Family Music has twice received Westchester Magazine's Best of Westchester Award for Best Kids' Class, as well as numerous accolades from parenting publications and real live parents, too! Lesley has a BMA in Voice from the University of Michigan and a MFA in Arts Management from Brooklyn College. She has proudly performed with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, New York Choral Society and the Juilliard Choral Union,. Before creating Groove, Lesley enjoyed a 10 year career as a professional fundraiser and events producer. She served as Director of Development for Jazz at Lincoln Center (alongside Wynton Marsalis), Playwrights Horizons and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn.
Jesse plays lead guitar for the NYC-based band Dolly Spartans with whom he has performed at Mercury Lounge, Highline Ballroom, Rockwood Music Hall, Shea Stadium/Bklyn, Webster Hall and venues across the country. Jesse interned at record label Captured Tracks and at Shea Stadium, both in Brooklyn. Fun fact: Jesse's dad took him to David Weinstone’s Music for Aardvarks classes in NYC from 1996-2000.
Brittany’s love of music began at an early age- with a hairbrush as a microphone and stuffed animals as her audience, she was wowing imaginary crowds at the age of 3. A native of Georgia, Brittany performed in various musical theatre productions throughout her youth in Georgia and northern California. After graduating from The University of Georgia with a BA in International Affairs, Brittany decided to take on the Big Apple. Working as a nanny for several years, and then as a special events consultant and director, Brittany has always loved working with children and continues to sing daily to her 5 year old twins. When not at Groove or with her family, Brittany is the Chairperson of the Komansky Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council at New York Presbyterian- Weill Cornell.