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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock Cary’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Cary music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.

Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Music Director

Manguss CagnottoGuitar 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.
Drum Teacher

Jon McClainDrum Teacher

Jon McClain is a household name in the North Carolina punk, alternative and rock music scenes. His career started in 1981 with the band Norockstars from Charlotte, NC and continues to this day with his new band Chrome Plated Apostles. In between he's played with Stillborn Christians, Ugly Americans, Bad Checks, Picasso Trigger, Leadfoot and Black Sabbath cover band Back Stabbath. He's shared the stage with Bad Brains, The Descendents, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, Corrosion of Conformity and Sonic Youth to name a few. Jon is also a freelance photographer and once won a car on the Price is Right! Like savior faire, he is everywhere!

Frank IngenitoDrum 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 JohnsonGuitar 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.

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