Chairman & CEO
Gary is an attorney in Washington, DC who specializes in consumer class actions. He is a Founding Partner of Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP, a plaintiffs law firm with offices in Raleigh, NC, Nashville, TN and Washington, DC. His son, Matthew (16), a drummer, joined the BBJYO when it started in 2017. Gary volunteered to become its Executive Director in 2018. Gary lives in Bethesda with his wife, Thea, and son, Matthew. His daughter, Jessica, is a Senior at Wesleyan University.
Rick Brown is a native Washingtonian and has been a life-long real estate broker and investor. Raised in Silver Spring, he and his family reside in Potomac and Kent Island, Maryland. He purchased the Bethesda Theater in 2012 and built the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club into one of the premier entertainment venues in the Mid Atlantic region. Raised by a jazz drummer, he created the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Youth Orchestra to provide a venue for young aspiring players to study and learn their craft. He is a Senior Project Director with The Pacific Institute, a leading company in the field of individual and organizational performance training.
Dave is an investor and Founder's Club member of Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club. A graduate of Georgetown University, he has spent over 30 years as an IT Sales and Marketing Executive with organizations including: IBM, Oracle, EMC Corporation, and most recently Pure Storage. A resident of Silver Spring, MD, Dave is an avid bass player who performs with his band, Off Color and with the Journey's Crossing Church band in Germantown, MD.
Daryl is an American R&B and blues musician, activist, author, actor and bandleader. Known for his energetic style of boogie-woogie piano, Daryl has played with such musicians as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, B. B. King, Bruce Hornsby, and Bill Clinton. His efforts to improve race relations, in which as an African-American he engaged with members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), have been reported on by media such as CNN, NPR, and The Washington Post.
Cynthia Ellis-Givens is a native of Savannah, Georgia and graduate of Savannah State University with a bachelors degree in chemistry. Cynthia spent most of her career in pharmaceutical sales for three of the top Fortune 100 pharmaceutical companies. She is an active member and leader in several social, community and national organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Jack and Jill of America Inc., and Wings for Joy. As founder of “Let Me Be Me” LLC., she is dedicated to supporting youth access to the arts and providing a bridge to under-served communities. A resident of Silver Spring, MD, Cynthia is the mother of BBJYO vocalist Alexa Givens.