Eric Lonning Owner
School of Rock Chesapeake is owned by Eric and Jennifer Lonning. Before opening the Chesapeake school, the Lonnings opened School of Rock Virginia Beach in 2015. Throughout his childhood, Eric took guitar and drum lessons, played in bands, and had success touring and recording with a great group of friends and bandmates. Later, Eric pursued a career in marketing before returning to music at School of Rock. Eric's mission is to create a music school where students will become outstanding musicians, but more importantly inspiring and amazing individuals. Eric attended Wake Forest University where he studied Communication and Religion.
Jennifer Lonning Owner
Jennifer and Eric Lonning own School of Rock Virginia Beach and School of Rock Chesapeake. After graduating from Virginia Tech, Jennifer pursued a career in orthopedic sales. She loved working with doctors and patients throughout Hampton Roads, but she jumped at the chance to join School of Rock full-time in 2017. Jennifer focuses on community outreach, early childhood music programs, camps and overall school operations. When she's not at School of Rock, Jenn keeps busy with the Lonnings' three children, Max, Emily and Izzy.
Daniel Brunner General Manager
Daniel Brunner has been playing bass since the age of 11 and guitar since 13. Daniel was also formally taught on saxophone in middle and high school. His first major influences were ska and reggae basslines, but then Daniel made what he calls one of the most important decisions of his life by buying "Led Zeppelin: Early Days and Latter Days." Everything was about guitar and playing better from that point on so much of his playing and soloing is informed by Jimmy Page.
Daniel also plays drums and piano, and he's adept at most instruments. As General Manager at School of Rock Chesapeake, Dan creates a safe and inspiring environment for students to thrive. Dan began his School of Rock career in Virginia Beach as a Rock 101 Director, Rookies Director and popular instructor for several years. Dan spent a year as an orchestra teacher in the Norfolk public school system before returning to run School of Rock Chesapeake.
Dan is a graduate of Old Dominion University and a Norfolk native. When he's not teaching at School of Rock, Daniel tours internationally with Kishi Bashi, and performed on "The Late Show" before David Letterman retired.
Kyle Folsom Music Director
Kyle Folsom has been a fixture in the Virginia music scene for years. Kyle performs as a vocalist and lead guitar player with several projects, including his original band, Woodwork, and a Grateful Dead cover band, Last Fair Deal. Kyle is an experienced show director, guitar teacher, vocal teacher and former drummer. Kyle worked for several years at School of Rock Virginia Beach, where he became known for his hard work, positive attitude, attention to detail and inspirational teaching style. Kyle's mission is to cultivate and maintain an inspirational music program where students are inspired and challenged to reach their full musical potential. Kyle enjoys being able to share his love of music to inspire his students to grow as musicians. He is the Music Director at School of Rock Chesapeake.
Romanze Willoughby Bass Guitar Teacher
Romanze Willoughby has been playing professionally on electric bass for 25 years and also has many years of performing classical upright bass. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music and he spent 11 years traveling and performing with the prestigious Navy band. After living internationally, he recently returned to Hampton Roads and jumped at the chance to work with the young performers at School of Rock. When he's not teaching, Romanze stays active performing, writing, and recording covers and his own original music. Romanze is a member of the American Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Black Rock Coalition (BRC). He is a bass guitar teacher and show director at School of Rock Chesapeake.
Colin Andrews Guitar Teacher
Colin Andrews is a decade-long guitar player who specializes in many styles of music. He took his love for guitar to Berklee College of Music at the age of 17, where he studied with many world-class teachers and players. What Colin offers as a teacher is perspective into how every exercise we practice translates into actually playing music. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Chesapeake.
Gigi Johnson Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Goluia “Gigi” Johnson is a vocalist and keyboardist from Chesapeake, VA. Her lifelong love of music inspired her to study Vocal Performance and Music Production at Chowan University, where she received a Bachelors of Science in Music in the spring of 2017. During her collegiate studies, she performed in several vocal and instrumental ensembles ranging from genres like classical to jazz. In March of 2018 she was signed as an artist/songwriter/music producer to No Choice Music Group (NCMG) where she continues to create music for herself as well as several NCMG artists. She specializes in jazz, R&B, soul, rock and pop, however she appreciates many forms of music from across the globe. As she continues to learn and grow, she considers herself a true believer in the power of music to both inspire and entertain. She is a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Chesapeake.
Caleb Little Piano Teacher
Caleb Little is originally from Chambersburg, PA and as a child was exposed to many musical experiences. He first started playing saxophone at age 11 at Kemps Landing Magnet School under the instruction of Ken Poe. He picked up guitar at 15 and played his first professional gig at 16. Then he started playing piano at 17 but didn’t transfer full-time to piano and keys until his 20s. Caleb favors the acoustic piano, electric piano and organ but also loves playing clarinet and synthesizer.
Caleb is a full-time member of touring band Bennett Wales and the Relief. He has shared the stage with many high-profile artists such as Goo Goo Dolls, The Wallflowers, The All-American Rejects, Vulfpeck, Umphrey’s McGee, Gin Blossoms and many more.
Caleb enjoys deconstructing the keyboard and getting students comfortable within their own style because the piano/keyboard can be an intimidating instrument. Learning to play any instrument is a spiritual journey and he’s really happy that he can lend his experience to help mentor students towards their goals. He is a piano teacher at School of Rock Chesapeake.
Keith Perkins Drum Teacher
Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Keith grew up listening to The Grateful Dead and started playing drums at five years old. He started school band in fourth grade and continued in school bands until graduation. In high school, he had the privilege of attending Governor's School for the Arts for four years. There he learned jazz and orchestral percussion, music theory, piano, was given private lessons for drum set and took tons of other unique classes.
Keith has performed hundreds of shows in many bands, including Project Recovery, False Cape, Invisible Landscapes, Bended Light, Last Fair Deal and his own project under the name hjkl. He’s been on stages at venues such as Carnegie Hall and has learned a lot on his journey. Keith wants to teach what he’s learned and encourage the next generation to make music important to them. He wants to inspire passion in students to help them find their sound and discover their goals. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Chesapeake.