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About School of Rock Columbia

Welcome to School of Rock Columbia, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Columbia that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2012, School of Rock Columbia is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.

Whether our students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or vocals, School of Rock Columbia equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals, and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians. Our performance-based approach helps our students build the skills they need beyond the stage, too: confidence, teamwork, innovation, art, and humor, just to name a few. We don’t just get our students amped about music – we get them amped about life.

Visit School of Rock Columbia and get a feel for how we crank up the voltage of music education for today’s students and musicians.

Contact Information

School of Rock Columbia
6935 Oakland Mills RoadSuite NColumbia, MD 21045
(410) 415-1970

Hours of Operation

Monday
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday - Wednesday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Columbia, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Columbia students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Columbia’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Columbia is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Columbia, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Columbia students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Columbia’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Columbia’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Columbia musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Columbia can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Columbia is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Columbia, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Columbia’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Columbia’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our (geomodifer) Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Columbia’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • At School of Rock Columbia, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Columbia enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Columbia’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

At School of Rock Columbia, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits. Columbia students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by ...
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At School of Rock Columbia, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Columbia students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Columbia’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Staff

    • Jeff Klinetob
      General Manager / Music Director
      I enjoy sunsets, long walks on the beach, and Led Zeppelin. Lots and lots of Led Zeppelin. I was introduced to School of Rock and started teaching guitar at our Baltimore location in the Fall of 20...
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      I enjoy sunsets, long walks on the beach, and Led Zeppelin. Lots and lots of Led Zeppelin. I was introduced to School of Rock and started teaching guitar at our Baltimore location in the Fall of 2008 and was immediately hooked on the awesome program and amazing kids. Many lessons and shows later, I'm excited to bring School of Rock's unique approach to music and community to Columbia. When not teaching, I serve as the guitarist for Annapolis based Peterbuilt , bassist for Cat and the B5's, and guitarist for vocalist Cat Stratakis for an acoustic duo. I hold a B.S. in Music from FSU, 2005.
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    • Brigid Reale
      Little Wing Director
      Singing has been part of Brigid Reale's life from birth. Taking from her mother's example, Brigid found every opportunity to develop her voice. From church, to school performances, to jamming with ...
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      Singing has been part of Brigid Reale's life from birth. Taking from her mother's example, Brigid found every opportunity to develop her voice. From church, to school performances, to jamming with friends, or just driving in the car, she could be heard belting out any tune. In 1995, Brigid began recording in New York, in hopes of making a career of her first love. However, marriage and family diverted those plans...slightly. After graduating from University of Maryland Baltimore County, Brigid received her teaching certificate from the Institute of Advanced Montessori Studies. With over 10 years of teaching experience, Brigid now brings together her two passions, music and guiding children, as the director of the Little Wing.
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    • Michael Bulmash
      Studio Coordinator
      I see music from every aspect imaginable. Being a gigging drummer with both original and cover bands over the years as well as working in the bar and restaurant business I have learned many tools a...
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      I see music from every aspect imaginable. Being a gigging drummer with both original and cover bands over the years as well as working in the bar and restaurant business I have learned many tools and tricks from all over the entertainment spectrum. I have 25 years experience behind the kit (including recording sessions, local gigs, touring, & Warped Tour), with a vast knowledge and versatility with several different styles including jazz, big band, drum core, rock, metal and punk. However, my personal style leans towards screamo/ hardcore. Not only do I teach playing styles focusing on the drum set but I also work with students on proper technique (there's these things called rudiments & dynamics?), equipment maintenance (can't play it if it's broken… and when you’re on the road you have to be able to fix it), and band management & booking (let's be honest we all know who the real leader of the band is).
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    • Karla Chisholm
      Vocal Coach
      I am a full time musician living right here in Columbia, MD. I was born in Mitchell, NE (I dare you to find it on a map! :p), but spent most of my life in Dallas, TX. In 2004, I received my Bachelo...
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      I am a full time musician living right here in Columbia, MD. I was born in Mitchell, NE (I dare you to find it on a map! :p), but spent most of my life in Dallas, TX. In 2004, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music ( Jazz emphasis ) from the University of North Texas and in 2007 grew roots in Baltimore, MD. I have lived many places and performed in venues across the United States. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to perform in Greece, United Arab Emirates, Bermuda, Caribbean, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Each one equally beautiful and fascinating. In 2009, I released a straight ahead Jazz duo record called, "Live at Domenica's".In 2011, I released my debut album of original material called "Moving On".The CD release was held at a world renowned club in DC called Blues Alley.The Washington Post says, " Chisholm's songs will wriggle their way into your head and stay there for the foreseeable future ."You can learn more about my latest release and tour dates at www.KarlaChisholm.com In addition to pursuing my career as an Artist, I perform regularly in Baltimore, DC, New York and Miami with an 8 piece band called The Source. Band members include Baltimore natives Gary Grainger (bass) and Greg Grainger (drums). School of Rock is a great learning ground for young musicians. From performance experience to mic technique to ear training to being a band leader to booking gigs...I wish I had something like this when I was "growing up!"
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    • Mike Smith
      Guitar Instructor
      Mike Smith is a platinum recording artist with over 25 years experience playing guitar. His skills have been utilized as a studio/live guitarist as well as a singer/songwriter/producer. Mike has wo...
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      Mike Smith is a platinum recording artist with over 25 years experience playing guitar. His skills have been utilized as a studio/live guitarist as well as a singer/songwriter/producer. Mike has worked with talented artists including Limp Bizkit, Snot, The Start, Stickball Britney Spears. With Limp Bizkit he co-wrote and recorded 7 songs off the Terry Date produced album "Results May Vary" which sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide. He also toured with them as their live guitarist for 5 headlining/co- headlining tours performing on stages in stadiums, arenas, theaters festivals alike in Japan, Korea, Europe and the United States, which included co-headlining the summer sanitarium stadium tour with Metallica Linkin Park. His live TV appearances include Mtv Metallica Icon, Wrestle Mania 17, Mtv Live at Finsbury Park, AOL live, The Pepsi Smash live. His magazine features include Guitar Player, Rolling Stone, Hit Parader, Rip, and US weekly. With Snot Mike toured as a live guitarist all over the U.S. including Ozzfest '98 with Ozzy Osborne, Tool, Megadeth, Motorhead, System of a down Incubus. With The Start he was signed to 143/Atlantic records through producer Josh Abraham and legendary music producer David Foster , and then recorded guitars for the Start's "Shakedown" record with producer Josh Abraham. With Mike's band Evolver he has also worked with producer Brian Virtue .
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    • Frank Grocholski
      Guitar Instructor
      Frank Grocholski, more popularly known as Frankie G., received his first guitar at age 3. From that point on he knew he was destined to pursue a career in the music industry. Frankie started writin...
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      Frank Grocholski, more popularly known as Frankie G., received his first guitar at age 3. From that point on he knew he was destined to pursue a career in the music industry. Frankie started writing/recording his own music by the young age of 11, and by the time he reached high school he was teaching private lessons. While at C. Milton Wright High he participated in the All County Jazz Band. Follow high school Grocholski attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After leaving Berklee Frankie went on to tour through the United States, as well as Europe and Japan with a variety of bands, including: Plunge (now Cinder Road), The Wes Mcdonough Band, Hindsight, Half Nasty, The Smash, Lucky and the Chain Smokers, 81 South, Eleven 54, The Bel Air Community Jazz Band, and many more. Frankie continued his teaching career at the School of Rock where he was the head guitar instructor for the Baltimore and DC schools. Grocholski has also taught at Dayjams/NGW and Music First. Currently Frankie G. teaches private guitar lessons, does live and studio session work, and is involved with several local Baltimore bands.
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    • Scott Hommel
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Scott Hommel has been playing guitar and bass since 1994, taking professional lessons and studying music theory in college. He has played with several bands and most recently with The Cheaters , a...
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      Scott Hommel has been playing guitar and bass since 1994, taking professional lessons and studying music theory in college. He has played with several bands and most recently with The Cheaters , a southern rock band that gigs frequently and has shared the stage with national acts such as Bret Michaels and ZZTop. With years of experience Scott is now focused on teaching what he's learned along the way and sharing his passion for rock and roll. His favorite band is Led Zeppelin, first band he saw in concert was KISS and the first album he ever owned was Def Leppard's Hysteria
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    • Nick Delaney
      Guitar Instructor
      Nick Delaney has been playing guitar for almost 20 years, and has been interested in music since he was able to climb up on a piano stool at his grandmother's house to try to figure out what those ...
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      Nick Delaney has been playing guitar for almost 20 years, and has been interested in music since he was able to climb up on a piano stool at his grandmother's house to try to figure out what those fascinating sounds coming from the keys were. Since then he's always found an excuse to form a band and has done so in situations ranging from using actors to play music before a performance in full costume and being in military training school. Nick is currently the resident musician for the ChesapeakeShakespeare Company in Baltimore, where he's made it his personal mission to bring rock n' roll to classic stage works. He also plays guitar and sings for cover band The Arden Bards.
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    • Ted Merrill
      Guitar Instructor
      Hailing from Baltimore, Ted has been playing out in street festivals and local venues since he was 14. The high energy style of his first band featured Ted's step out solos and his explosive stage ...
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      Hailing from Baltimore, Ted has been playing out in street festivals and local venues since he was 14. The high energy style of his first band featured Ted's step out solos and his explosive stage performance. Their act earned them coveted gigs in major venues supporting such national acts as Smile Empty Soul, Dizzy Reed of Guns and Roses, Uli Jon Roth and Charm City Devils. Faithful listeners of Baltimore's 98 Rock selected Ted as a finalist in the Mark Tremonti shredding contest.Ted is a two-time School of Rock National All-Star, playing lead guitar on two national tours, Miami-Dallas (July 2011) and Baltimore-Miami (July 2012). Ted's other major performances include opening for Aaron Tippin, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band. He currently plays in Philadelphia rock band MACH22. The band features other guitarist Sebastian Labar, who is the son of Cinderella's Jeff Labar. MACH22 was the national winner of Guitar Center's "Onstage with Slash" contest. Ted has just returned from Nashville with the band after recording their debut album produced by Jeff Labar. The album is set for release in 2014.Ted is a proud endorsed artist of PRS Guitars. He also has a wide variety of musical influences from the raw rock of Guns and Roses and Aerosmith, all the way over to the blues and country styles of Joe Bonamassa and Brad Paisley.
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    • Matt Jones
      Guitar Instructor
      Hailing from Annapolis Maryland, Matt Jones picked up his first guitar at the young age of nine and has never looked back. He knew then that playing guitar is what he was meant to do. Matt's profou...
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      Hailing from Annapolis Maryland, Matt Jones picked up his first guitar at the young age of nine and has never looked back. He knew then that playing guitar is what he was meant to do. Matt's profound appreciation for the guitar grew as the years past, so much so that as a teen he sought out the finest guitar crafting company in the business, PRS, and went to work in their shops.There he learned to understand and appreciate the guitar even more. Throughout the years, and after leaving PRS, he kept a job to pay the bills, all the while playing guitar full time. With almost a decade of PRS sponsorship and support he has been able to climb the ladder and is now a career guitarist and can be seen on stage and traveling, living out his dream. Matt thanks not only his family for their encouragement, he also thanks PRS for their continuing support of him and his work in the industry. With out either of them this dream would not be possible. www.cowboymouth.com
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    • Ahren Buchheister
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Ahren picked up violin in 5th grade but only really found his passion for music when he found his dad's beat up guitar in the attic at the age of 12. For more than 10 years since then, Ahren has pl...
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      Ahren picked up violin in 5th grade but only really found his passion for music when he found his dad's beat up guitar in the attic at the age of 12. For more than 10 years since then, Ahren has played as much as possible ranging from original rock bands, Jazz Big Bands, dance bands, musical theater, classical music, traditional American and Irish music, and everything in between. Ahren is often thought of as a stylistic chameleon.Ahren also plays Dobro, Mandolin, Bass, Lap Steel, and Pedal Steel. You can find his band Pompeii Graffiti playing a number of gigs locally around Annapolis and Baltimore on any given weekend.
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    • Bobby Betlejewski
      Guitar Instructor
      Bobby B's interest in music goes back to childhood. Early photos document him in his crib, holding guitars and Beatles albums. Bobby currently runs the Upper School Jazz Combo Program and teaches p...
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      Bobby B's interest in music goes back to childhood. Early photos document him in his crib, holding guitars and Beatles albums. Bobby currently runs the Upper School Jazz Combo Program and teaches privately at the prestigious Friends School (Baltimore Campus) and The First English Lutheran Preschool And Kindergarten of Baltimore City; however, most of Bobby's time is spent performing in numerous live situations including the award winning 'Pop meets Jazz-Fusion Country' band 'Bobby B. and Friends'. Bobby has also taught at The Community College of Baltimore County, The Community College of Howard County and Towson State University and remains as an 'On Call Faculty' member and advisor. Lately, the East Coast based guitarist /multi-instrumentalist /vocalist has been touring North America with the 'Super-Acoustic-Klezmer' group 'The Atonement Band'. The trio released an EP of 7 songs in January 2010 which has been embraced not just by the Klezmer fans but Bluegrass and Jam-Band circuits as well. Bobby's playing resume includes numerous live and recording credits on indie and major label CD's, radio and TV shows as well as commercials and major motion pictures -plus- enough musical artists to fill a jukebox. A brief list includes Country favorites Joe Diffie, Marty Stuart and RB Stone. Blues harmonica legend the late Jim Allison. Jazz/Fusion artists Ethel Ennis and John Jorgenson as well as Rock n' Roll legends The Box Tops, The Shirelles, The Del Vikings and The Chiffons just to name a few.'A gifted writer, he creates innovative material and reveals highly diversified skill with styles ranging from vocal pop to jazz, fusion, country, and blues, all of which he plays with equal authority. He's very clean and tasteful, standing out in whatever style he chooses to express himself in.' Guitar Player Magazine (Mike Varney - review of Bobby B's self titled album)''¦Bobby is a more tasteful and commercial Ry Cooder'¦'City Paper (Baltimore,Md.)''¦Bobby makes our guitars sing'¦you are GREAT man!'Chris Byrne -Danelectro Guitars ( Cutt Above Distribution)''¦that boy sure can play'¦'Guitar Icon James Burton (Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley'¦)
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    • Evan Cooper
      Keyboard, Guitar, Voice
      Evan Cooper is a local multi-instrumentalist in the Baltimore-Annapolis area. Although he is a vocalist and guitarist his main interest is on the piano and he is pursuing a degree in Jazz Commercia...
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      Evan Cooper is a local multi-instrumentalist in the Baltimore-Annapolis area. Although he is a vocalist and guitarist his main interest is on the piano and he is pursuing a degree in Jazz Commercial Piano at Towson University. Evan began playing in local groups when he was 15 and has played in many groups since in a variety of genres such as funk, jazz, RB and rock and has played on several national stages at music festivals such as Lollapalooza and Hangout Festival. Evan is working towards memorizing a variety of works in the classical piano repertoire and plans to continue pursuing a career in music.
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    • Matt Bowers
      Drum Instructor
      Matt has been playing drums for roughly 30 years, and gigging for close to 20. His current bands are Kill Betty (original rock), Collect All 5 (Top 40 covers), Stone House (country), and Rocky Moun...
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      Matt has been playing drums for roughly 30 years, and gigging for close to 20. His current bands are Kill Betty (original rock), Collect All 5 (Top 40 covers), Stone House (country), and Rocky Mountain Stoneflies (blues band made up of various PRS employees and Derek St Holmes). Matt played with Ted Nugent at 2010 Dallas Guitar Show and has shared the stage with such acts as Z02, Charm City Devils, Hurtsmile (featuring Gary Customer of Extreme and Van Halen), We Are The Fallen (featuring members of Evanescence), Otis Day and The Knights, and Orianthi, to name a few.
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    • Jason Heiser
      Drum Instructor
      Jason is a seasoned performer and instructor, he can be seen touring nationally with Charm City Devils, regionally with Peterbuilt, and locally with Ed Lauer and various groups throughout Fells Poi...
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      Jason is a seasoned performer and instructor, he can be seen touring nationally with Charm City Devils, regionally with Peterbuilt, and locally with Ed Lauer and various groups throughout Fells Point and Canton. Jason is proud to endorse Vic Firth sticks, Paiste Cymbals, and Ludwig Drums.
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    • Ben Zamzow
      Drum Instructor
      I first picked up a pair of drumsticks in the fourth grade (18 years ago), and I haven't put them down since. My first performance experiences were with school bands, including the marching band, s...
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      I first picked up a pair of drumsticks in the fourth grade (18 years ago), and I haven't put them down since. My first performance experiences were with school bands, including the marching band, symphonic band, orchestra, percussion ensemble at Howard High School in Ellicott City, MD. I've also studied privately with Howard County-based instructor Chuck Ferrell and the former head of Towson University's music program, Dale Rauschenberg. I have been teaching privately for the past 5 years in the Baltimore and Howard County areas.I currently play in the original rock bands New Media , Disarmer , and ZAMZOW . I've also worked with David Andrew Smith , Blind Rhetoric , Eureka Birds , Steve Herrera (of Fools Horses), NASAwives , Tears of Mars , and various other projects at New Noise Recording , Negative Space Studios , and Prescott Studios .
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    • BJ Kerwin
      Drum Instructor
      I am a full-time drummer and teacher, based out of Woodbine, Maryland. I got my start at the same age as most kids here at School of Rock - making a noise in my parents' basement, and having the po...
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      I am a full-time drummer and teacher, based out of Woodbine, Maryland. I got my start at the same age as most kids here at School of Rock - making a noise in my parents' basement, and having the police frequent our home. I attended Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, where I got my bachelor's degree in Entertainment Business and Recording Arts. Post-college, I joined the Niki Barr Band out of Baltimore. With them I was lucky enough to travel the world and tour over 30 countries, as well as all over the United States. My current project, The Last Year, is signed with Shanachie Entertainment and our single "Sugar" is currently in rotation on radio stations nationwide. When teaching, I try to give my students a peek into the real world of being a professional rock musician. While the rudiments of music are essential, I also put an emphasis on being in a band and all the little secrets that go with it.... like which seat to choose in a van (it's a very important choice)... and why you can not survive on ramen noodles. At all.
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    • Fall Programs are now Enrolling

      School of Rock Columbia has released it's Fall 2015 lineup of Performance Program offerings alongside class schedules for musicians of all ages and is accepting enrollment requests here http://goo....
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      School of Rock Columbia has released it's Fall 2015 lineup of Performance Program offerings alongside class schedules for musicians of all ages and is accepting enrollment requests here http://goo.gl/forms/TBpSZ7Nj0v. Performance Programs include a tribute to Pop Punk that studies bands like Blink 182, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy and a host of others. A tribute to "Guitar-mony" takes a cross-genre look at iconic riffs and solos from artists like Queen, Ozzy Osbourne, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Steely Dan and the Allman Brothers Band, while another program pits Guns n Roses in a battle royale against contemporaries Stone Temple Pilots, ending not it violence but rather supergroup Velvet Revolver. Adult students in the schools "grad school" program will review the history of Women in Rock from the social commentary of Dolly Parton's 9to5 through modern rockers Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.
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    • School of Rock the musical with Andrew Lloyd Webber

      There’s a pragmatic reason for premiering School of Rock on Broadway, and that’s because schools of rock actually exist in the US – and they produce the sort of kids required who can actually...
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      There’s a pragmatic reason for premiering School of Rock on Broadway, and that’s because schools of rock actually exist in the US – and they produce the sort of kids required who can actually perform in the show. “If it ever goes to London, it’s going to be a lot harder to cast. There’s a very different culture with the kids here [in the US], where they can go to these schools to learn to play the guitar or whatever at the age of nine or 10. And what’s amazing is that they’re playing British rock from my time when Superstar was being recorded next door to Led Zeppelin at the Olympic studio. Whereas nowadays in Britain the kids are sitting at home with their computers and generating songs that way.”

      The live onstage band, in which no one is more than 12 years old, includes a nine-year-old bass player “whose bass is taller than she is”, he tells me. All of this, of course, also strikes an uncanny nerve with another project he has lately become intimately involved in through his charitable Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation: namely, music education in schools.

      Lloyd Webber has been particularly excited to see how transformative putting music at the centre of the curriculum can be, and has actively funded projects to do just that.

      “You cannot help but notice that schools that take music seriously tend to be more academically successful. I saw for myself how Highbury Grove school in north London, which was a sink school, changed when a new headmistress gave every child a free violin at the age of 11, and for the first week they were taught nothing but violin. Seven years later, it was one of the most desirable schools in the area to get your child into; and three years ago, it secured its first Oxford admission. I went to a concert there recently and all the children were listening intently to a Poulenc clarinet sonata. So my foundation is now helping to roll it out to four other schools. We want to be able to show the government what music can do.”
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    • School of Rock Columbia performs at Laurel Main St Festival

      Entertainment A Stage, Revere Bank parking lot between A and B streets 10:30-11:30 a.m., Savage Bluegrass Band; 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Ras Lidj and Deep Band (reggae and go-go); 1:10-2:10 p.m., M...
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      Entertainment
      A Stage, Revere Bank parking lot between A and B streets
      10:30-11:30 a.m., Savage Bluegrass Band; 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m., Ras Lidj and Deep Band (reggae and go-go); 1:10-2:10 p.m., Morrison Rhodes (blues, country, southern, classic and modern rock); 2:30-4 p.m., Whyte Crimson (funky jam).
      B Stage, alcove next to Oliver's Sports Bar
      10-11 a.m., Voodoo Pharmacology (old-timey folk); 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m., The Expanding Man (progressive rock jam); 12:40-1:40 p.m., Burn The House (blues); 2-3 p.m., Pale Discretion (alternative rock); 3:20-3:50 p.m., Will Sims (alternative acoustic).
      Main and Avondale
      10:30-11:15 a.m., Sons of God; 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., School of Rock-Columbia; 1:10 -2 p.m., The Fruition Experience; 2:20-3:50 p.m., DJ Aggie.
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    • Free Back 2 School Jam

      Free school supplies will be given away at the Laurel Back 2 School Jam. Represent your school at the concert while listening tothe DJ play all of today's hottest hitsfrom Robin Thicke to the Wobbl...
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      Free school supplies will be given away at the Laurel Back 2 School Jam. Represent your school at the concert while listening tothe DJ play all of today's hottest hitsfrom Robin Thicke to the Wobble.The concert includes youth bands likeThe School of Rock and grown folks bands likeThe Earth Wind and Fire Tribute Band.Free for all ages, somethingfor everyone.For more information, contact the Laurel City Council President Fred Smalls at (301)830-0225.The original article can be found here http://patch.com/maryland/laurel/free-back-2-school-jam#.U_N-wmOtoqI
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Testimonials

  • “I can't tell you how much it means to me to watch my kid up there, doing something he loves with such confidence. You guys are amazing!! ”
    — Deb, Laurel MD
  • “A huge THANK YOU goes to you and your staff for making this such a great summer for [my son]. He has had so much fun at camp. I thought Metal Camp was the only one he'd do but he loved it so much he has asked to keep signing up each week. It isn't easy to keep a 14 year old occupied all summer so SOR Camp has been a blessing. He has really found a second "home" with you guys and I couldn't be happier for him. Thank you for everything you do for these kids. It really makes a difference. ”
    — Danielle, Columbia MD
  • “We LOVE School of Rock! This place has something for everyone that has a joy and interest in music. They specialize in all ages and talent levels. We can't say enough great things about School of Rock and their extremely talented staff. ”
    — Christy, Woodbine MD via FB
  • “My husband and I went to Looney's today to have a late lunch and watch the O's. What a treat to enjoy all your students' performances. Please pass on our applause to them! ”
    — Emily, Fulton MD