Carl Holzapfel Drum Teacher
Carl attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. There he studied with the legendary teacher Alan Dawson. From the mid 70s to the mid 80s he played in the Washington, DC area with a number of original bands. Among the venues he's played are Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Merriweather Post Pavillion and Cellar Door in DC, The Other End and Folk City in New York City, Pine Knob Music Pavillion in Detroit, MI, and Tippitina's in New Orleans. Among the people Carl has opened for are Joan Armatrading, Steve Martin, Andy Kaufman, Bob Seger, Buffy St. Marie, Elvin Bishop, Rick Danko (The Band), Sea Level and George Thorogood. From the mid 80s to early 90s, he performed on a harbor cruise ship doing a mini Broadway revue, backing featured entertainers and playing a large variety of styles. Carl moved to Colorado in '92 and played with Lona Melton, who he toured Japan with; Wildcard, who he recorded two CDs with in CA and also did a month-long east coast tour with; and The Bill Wright Band, who he was on three local CDs with. Currently Carl plays with The Suitcase Kings and has also been teaching for several years.
Donald Young piano Teacher, Trumpet Teacher
Donald Young is a graduate of Ft Lewis College (BA Music) and has over 30 years of experience as a professional keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist. He has played with some of Denver’s best groups, including Hot Lunch and The Freddie-Henchie Band, and has toured extensively in the western US as well as the Pacific Rim. He has opened for national recording artists such as KC & the Sunshine Band, The Temptations, Sir Mix-a-Lot and saxophonist Eric Darius. He is also a composer, arranger and session musician.
Terra Salazar Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher
Terra has an arts endorsed diploma from Denver School of the Arts, where she graduated with honors. After a brief stint at the University of Northern Colorado as a double major in Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre, she transferred to the University of Denver in 2013. Terra is a professional actor in Denver and the surrounding areas. She has performed in over 50 musical theater production ns the past 16 years. She has had the pleasure of performing in some of the best venues in the Denver area, such as The Bug Theatre, Mercury Café and Dazzle Night Club in addition to Stanford University, Harvard University, Boston Conservatory and The Ellie Caulkins Opera House. She has also opened for McPhly, Los Lonely Boys and WAR. Terra has been trained in classical voice, jazz, musical theatre and barbershop singing. She has been recognized with several awards from Downbeat, National Youth Theatre and 9 News Kids Who Care.
Mike Morris Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Mike Morris is a Colorado native, United States 101st Army Band veteran and a Fort Lewis College of Music graduate. Mike has performed in professional music ensembles since 2003, and has been teaching music professionally since 2012. Many musicians in the Denver and Boulder music scenes call Mike a chameleon musician, with the ability to play and teach many instruments and styles of music. His specialties range all the way from symphonic orchestral settings, to jazz, rock, funk and beyond. Some of the instruments he teaches exclusively include drum set and percussion, mallet percussion, bass guitar, piano and saxophone, but he can also demonstrate intermediate concepts on dozens of other instruments, including guitar, and woodwind and brass instruments. In his free time outside of music, Mike loves visiting family, going on hikes, playing tennis, working on real estate investing endeavors and cooking.
Greg Foster Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Greg has become a staple in the Colorado music scene by playing and recording throughout the Midwest in a variety of cover and original bands ranging in styles from hard rock to country, to R&B/funk and blues. He is also a musical composer and producer that can be heard on albums from Millionaire Freaks and 2 Dog Tuesday among others. Bands of note include Nasty’s Nightmare (with KBPI's prime time DJ Uncle Nasty), Sheryl Renee, The Broken Everlys, Kelly J, Buckner FunkenJazz, Voodoo Kings and Carolina Reign. National artists that Greg has worked with or been an opening act for include Mr. Big, Savatage, Styx, Steve Morse Band, Chris Duarte, Jason Ricci, John Lee Hooker Jr., Joe Bonner and Hamilton Loomis. As an instructor he believes that learning the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’ results in improved comprehension and performance.
Brendan Schuster Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher
Brendan has been doing music for over 17 years, and has played and sung professionally for much of it. He attended the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, and received a degree in Vocal Performance, Jazz Studies and Commercial Music. He loves to play a wide variety of genres, from folk to jazz to rock, and is always eager to learn something new. Brendan is a native Coloradan and like many of them enjoys skiing, hiking and generally taking advantage of the nearby mountains.
Daniel Cawley Drum Teacher
Daniel Cawley was born in Somerville, NJ, where he began his academic life as a percussionist at the age of seven. For this seventh birthday he received a Remo practice pad and the drummer's bible, "Stick Control" by George Stone. Before that, his taste was strictly avant garde, refusing to play on anything but pots and pans. Daniel began taking lessons for the drum set at the age of eight and continued to take lessons until age 18. At 10, his family moved from New Jersey to North Carolina, where he would continue his love for music and expand from lessons to playing in various bands. In high school, Daniel would take private lessons from Robert Shi, Berkley Grad and the author of "Drummer's First Aid Kit." After high school, Daniel attended North Carolina State University for Business Management but was never able to shake his love for playing the drums, so after leaving business school he decided he would dedicate himself to finding, preparing for and getting accepted to a competitive music program. With the help of his capable wife, whom he met during this search, he was accepted to the Lamont School of Music at University of Denver. He is currently enrolled there, pursuing a degree in Jazz Studies for drum set under the studio of Mike Marlier. Teaching for Daniel embodies a passion to encourage and inform the artists of the future.
Carl Sorensen Drum Teacher
Carl Sorensen started playing drums in his elementary school band. He continued learning music through middle school and high school by taking lessons and playing in jazz band, concert band and marching band. This led him to take his education to the next level at Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), Terri Lynne Carrington (Herbie Hancock), and Kenwood Dennard (Jaco Pastorius) among many other world-class professionals. Carl has since built a reputation in Denver for being 'Denver's Hardest Working Musician' ("Westword," 2014), having played with 100+ different bands in the Denver metro area. Carl currently performs with Dragondeer, Chimney Choir and Extra Gold among others, as well as hosts multiple jam sessions.
Adriene Bible Vocal Instructor
Adriene Bible is from Houston, Texas, where she taught at both School of Rock Kingwood and School of Rock Champion Forest for three years. Adriene attended Prairie View A&M University, where she was a member of the concert chorale as well as a founding member of the PV Singers small ensemble. Adriene also had the distinct honor of being chosen to represent PVAMU at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as a part of the HBCU (Historically Black College and University) Honor Choir, The 105 Voices of History. Adriene continued her studies at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she received her degree in Vocal Performance. Coming from a musical family, Adriene has been singing and playing piano since she was eight years old and has loved rock and jazz just as long. Some of her favorite artists include Whitney Houston, Robert Glasper, Coldplay, Snarky Puppy and Joe Sample. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Aurora.
Greg King Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Greg King grew up in Boston, MA and started playing guitar at a young age. After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Guitar Performance, he taught and played gigs all over Boston, New York City and Colorado, as well as in various other cities and states. He loves sharing his passion for music with students, as well as teaching ensembles and group classes. He has experience gigging and playing with many different bands that vary in style/genre. When Greg isn't teaching or gigging he is most likely listening to Led Zeppelin or a variety of funk, jazz, fusion or rock music. He loves teaching all ages and experience levels and is a guitar teacher and bass teacher. He excited to be living in Denver and teaching at School of Rock Aurora.
K.R. Azad Drum Teacher
K.R. Azad is a versatile musician, able to play in diverse genres such as jazz, rock, funk and hip-hop. He has also learned about musical styles from around the world, augmenting his drum set abilities with knowledge of Cuban, Brazilian, West African and Turkish percussion. Azad has also strengthened his skills by teaching across these diverse genres in classes for the African Drum Ensemble at KU. He is also an avid composer, a graduate with a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Kansas in 2016, and is the winner of the 2016 George Lawner Prize for Orchestral Composition at KU. In addition to teaching, Azad is also a performer, playing with local groups Brothers of Brass and Stop Motion. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Aurora.
Josh Bennett Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Josh Bennett has been a musician for 20+ years. His primary instrument is guitar but he dabbles with drums, bass and vocals, as well as ukulele when the mood feels right. Over the years he has played with dozens of bands and artists in genres including rock, blues, country, metal, jazz, funk, ska and punk. Josh has spent years touring the USA, as well as time abroad in Europe and Southeast Asia. Nikki Sixx once described him as "a really cool guy." Josh has recorded on multiple commercial albums, and, with his band Acidic, held the #1 indie song in the country and was #33 on Billboard. During his free time he is an avid hiker and works as a personal trainer. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Aurora.
Josh March Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Josh March is a Colorado native. He started playing guitar at a relatively young age. In fact, he used to be a student at School of Rock Aurora. He was a part of the school’s first House Band and several after that. He played a lot of pretty exciting gigs, some of which included Red Rocks, Summerfest, The Marquis and a bunch of bars all shapes and sizes. Josh’s favorite guitarist is Jimi Hendrix. He listens to songs from almost every genre. When Josh isn’t teaching lesson or rehearsals, you’ll probably find him practicing some riff for the millionth time. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Aurora.
Colin Shore Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Colin Shore is a guitar player specializing in rock, funk and jazz fusion. Born and raised in Atlanta, Colin moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Colin spent several years touring the country with his band Mister F, who played well over 100 shows per year. He has been invited to play with blues/soul icon Robert Randolph, smooth jazz artist Earl Klugh and bands such as Twiddle, Aqueous, Kung Fu, Dopapod and Mungion. Colin’s teaching style is highly adaptive to each student’s individual tastes, skills and goals. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Aurora.
Kathryn Fernandez Studio Coordinator
Kathryn Fernandez was born in Clearwater, Florida, where her interest in music began at an early age. At the age of 12, she moved to Warwick, New York where she studied voice, piano and musical theatre for several years. She graduated from The State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta with a Bachelor's of Science in Mass Communications and a Bachelor's of Arts in Music Industry. Kathryn has several passions in music, graphic design, art, photography and film. She recently moved to Denver and is very excited to be working as a part of the School of Rock Aurora team as our Studio Coordinator.
Jimmy Finnegan Bass Guitar Teacher
Jimmy Finnegan is a bass guitar teacher and Rookies teacher at School of Rock Aurora. With his first primary instrument being cello, he has a deeply rooted understanding of the role of low-register instruments in a variety of musical settings. He began playing bass at age 13 and his enthusiasm for the instrument has flourished since. Jimmy is a former student and House Band member at School of Rock Aurora, which has given him the knowledge necessary to help students succeed in School of Rock and in other facets of the musical world. He currently attends Metro State University of Denver, majoring with a BA in Music and using jazz bass as his primary instrument. He aims to expand his students’ musical versatility through structured and exciting lessons that translate directly to practice and professional rehearsal settings. Jimmy has learned everything he knows from other teachers and musicians whose musical passion profoundly inspired his own.