Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock Cary’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.
Manguss Cagnotto Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Music Director
Manguss, born Daniele Cagnotto, is an Italian guitar player, songwriter, arranger, singer, bass player and fx programmer based in North Carolina. As his main background comes from hard rock music, he's always been open-minded and willing to explore a lot of different genres. His career saw him playing for the black metal band Mortuary Drape, the electronic projects DC Project, Sensory Gate, Matrix Meretrix, the ambient psychedelic band NG (Northgate) and different hard rock bands such as Lymph of Wisdoom and Showdown Boulevard, bringing to all of these projects his songwriting and arranging skills. The guitar players that he considers sources of great inspiration for his own style are artists such as Jimmy Page, Billy Duffy, Vernon Reid, Rich Robinson, Eddie Hazel, Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Slash, Dr. Know, Eric Clapton, Ernie Isley and many many others. Over the years he shared the stage with many artists of different musical background such as Living Colour, Adam Bomb, Tim Ripper Owens, Joe Delia, Aaron Mills of Cameo, Delaney McQuaig, etc. Manguss has been collaborating on a regular basis with many bands and artists. He is currently also the lead guitar player for the band of the renowned Redemption Church based in Greenville, SC.
Frank Ingenito Drum Teacher
Frank Ingenito has been playing drums for 30 years. He studied with Guy Gelso of Zebra. He has played with various local bands in New York and two worship teams at Calvary Chapel. While he will teach any style, his specialty is in classic rock. Kenny Aronoff is his drumming hero. He is also an obsessive music collector.
James Evans, Jr. Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
James Evans Jr., a Greensboro native, is a keyboardist, bass player, composer, recording engineer and classically trained pianist based in North Carolina. He began playing music as a teen after being accepted into Weaver Academy’s Performing and Visual Arts high school program. From there on he realized his love and passion for performing and creating music. Many describe his sound as a fusion of neo-soul and progressive rock, mixing influences of the new with the old. Currently, James is performing with local blues legend Roy Roberts and The Quest Blues Band and is also performing with The Blockade Runners, a local Southern rock band. In addition, he has produced, engineered and composed for several solo artists throughout the Carolinas.
Adam Johnson Guitar Teacher
Adam is a Berklee School of Music graduate who's been playing since he was a young lad. You can catch his metal band The Hell No playing the local music scene. If you're looking to take your guitar skills to the next level, or if you want to take a deep dive into music theory, Adam's your man.
Mike Sedito Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Mike Sedito is a full-time professional guitar/bass teacher at School of Rock Cary and performer from North Carolina. Mike uses clear proven approaches to teaching guitar. Having learned from and played with Gene Simmons (Kiss), Lita Ford (The Runaways) and Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Mike has played over 1000 shows, with many bands including Appetite for Destruction and Shine. He is well-known in the Raleigh music scene as both a performer and dedicated teacher. His playing ranges from genres like rock, R&B, funk and country to jazz and he always has fun while playing.
Sergio Grossi Keyboard Teacher
Sergio Grossi was born in Buffalo, NY. He has an Associates Degree in recording arts from the Los Angeles Recording School and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Appalachian State. He asked his parents for piano lessons at age 6. As a teenager, Sergio taught himself guitar, bass guitar, and drums. While at App State, he played piano in the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo and started learning saxophone. Sergio has played hundreds of gigs with various bands on keyboard. He has a passion for composing and producing, and has released over 50 songs on various solo albums and singles. Music gave Sergio a freedom of expression through improvisation and composition. He cannot go a day without listening, learning, studying, playing, and creating music. He loves to teach and show his students how fun and powerful music can be.