Amanda Zurich General Manager
Amanda's passion and appreciation for music began at a young age through her father's collection of rock and roll. That collection shifted into her own library of endless genres as she began traveling and volunteering at various music festivals and concerts across the states. In her early years, Amanda took the stage in choir, musical theatre and dance. Upon graduating the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Communication, she was able to channel her passion for live entertainment and media by successfully starting a career in New York City. Her profession began in talent & production with music television channels such as Fuse, Vh1, MTV and VICE. After transitioning her career from TV to music, Amanda began managing numerous summer tours under Primary Wave Music. Today, Amanda manages and books artists on the East Coast. Her goal is to bring the power and escape of music to other's lives. She is thankful for the opportunity to do so here at School of Rock!
Joey Cassata Music Director and Drum Teacher
Joey’s band ZO2 toured nationally with such acts as Kiss, Poison, Motley Crue, Van Halen, Scorpions, Dream Theater, Cinderella and many more. Joey has been a member of the world-renowned Trans Siberian Orchestra for over 13 years and also starred in, co-wrote and co-produced the hit IFC comedy series "Z Rock." Joey performed over 500 shows in the "New York Times" critically acclaimed Broadway musical "The Great Comet of 1812." It starred Josh Groban and received 12 Tony nominations. Recently, Joey began drumming for Mr. Big’s Eric Martin and in Broadway's new hit comedy, "Gettin’ the Band Back Together."
Michael Reuben Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Mike Moon Reuben is a guitarist/producer/songwriter/vocalist who is known for his work with p-funk legends Bernie Worrell &The Woo Warriors, Dawn Silva and The Brides Of Funkenstein, and George Clinton and Chops Horns. He has also worked and performed with hip-hop groups EPMD, Shock-G of Digital Underground, the R&B group Xscape, Gloria Gaynor and Leela James. He has worked with rock artists such as Kip Winger, Buckethead, TM Stevens as well as jazz/fusion artists such as Wayne Escoffrey, Jeremy Pelt, Ian Hendrickson Smith, Larry Goldings, Stanley Jordan and Johnnie Oneal. Mike Moon Reuben has also written, produced and mastered albums under his own name entitled "Blacklight Lullabies" and "Alice To The Moon," both which delve into the areas of funk, R&B, rock, hip-hop and jazz/fusion genres. Mike currently works with various bands and vocalists in the NY & NJ metropolitan area, specializing in R&B, jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop and hospel genres, as well as producing and writing music for various artists.
Josh Rios Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Ever since he could remember, Josh Rios has always wanted to be a guitarist. He began exploring music at the age of six on the piano and he has been in love with music ever since. His earliest influences were drawn from the rock n’ roll pioneers of the 50s. Quickly, he quickly began to branch onto other instruments and within a few years, he had picked up other instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, violin, harmonica, etc. However, he never forgot his dream to be a guitarist and began to devote his attention to guitar, drawing influence from blues, rock, metal and jazz among other genres. At the age of eight, he began performing on a regular basis and within a few years, he was performing professionally.
In high school, Josh was very involved in the music program as a percussionist in the concert band and drumline, and as a guitarist for the jazz band. He was awarded the Louis Armstrong award - the highest level interscholastic award given to a musician for jazz. As a budding musician, Josh has performed hundreds of times, touring around the East Coast playing in cities such as NYC, Boston, Cape May, Orlando, Miami, Louisville, along with all 21 counties of NJ. He has worked as a session musician in NJ, NY and MA and is credited on five albums. Josh is very passionate about teaching music to others here at School of Rock, and finds fulfillment seeing his students’ love of music grow themselves!
Tyler Boland Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher
Tyler knew that music would be his passion, his purpose, ever since he was given his first keyboard in the first grade. Growing up, his childhood home reverberated with classics from bands like The Beatles, Queen and The Who. His interest in playing keys then shifted towards learning other instruments.
Throughout high school, he explored the realms of metal and the blues, and took a music theory class, which pushed him to learn even more. Tyler then studied music at UCC and Kean University's Conservatory of Music, while gaining several years of teaching, performing and recording experience along the way. He has been a part of many student performances, including shows with his band, The Afraid Brigade, playing the guitar, keys and doing vocals. They have been playing all over New Jersey and have ventured out to Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts.
Tyler believes the power of music can help get anyone through life's obstacles. He is dedicated to enhancing his student's abilities and expanding their understanding of music.
Kendall Lantz Drum Teacher
Kendall has been playing drums since he first put the sticks in his hands at the age of nine. Since that time, he has followed his passion and dream to play drums. In 2005, Kendall studied percussion at Berklee College of Music's summer program. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he enrolled at Musicians Institute and obtained an Associates degree in Performance Art. Since then, Kendall has been playing drums in New York City, and across the country with countless bands of various genres. Kendall has a love for teaching and enjoys helping students learn to play music. His ability to adapt and play what the music calls for is his strength. His versatility and capability to play all genres give Kendall a unique ability, which he brings to teaching here at School of Rock.
Elizabeth Sullivan Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, and Singing Teacher
Elizabeth teaches piano, guitar, vocals, ear training, songwriting, composition and music theory. She has been cultivating her musical knowledge for over 30 years. Elizabeth is a graduate of the Hunter College Music Department with a BA in Music and Phi Beta Kappa honors.
Elizabeth believes music to be a true gift, and is always excited to share her knowledge and passion for learning instruments with everyone and anyone that is seeking to learn.
Joey Walsh Vocal Instructor
Joey Walsh found punk rock at the age of 13 and it changed his life. After growing up performing musical theatre, he began to embrace music that he’s truly passionate about. A self professed rock n' roll encyclopedia, he loves all things loud, fast and leather clad. After honing his vocal and songwriting abilities at Berklee College of Music, he now actively pursues the life of a working/touring musician. Taking his tunes across the US and Canada, he lives to write, perform and record. He believes School of Rock is the perfect way to teach kids about crucial technique and skills, but most importantly to love music. He is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Clark.
Diamond Anderson Drum Teacher
Diamond Anderson has been playing drums since she could tap rhythms at the age of five. Since then she has followed her passion, obtaining her B.M. in Jazz at Montclair State University. In that time she started her band, The Diamond Project, and played with various groups and artists throughout NJ. The Diamond Project has been featured as part of New Brunswick Jazz Project’s Women in Jazz Month of March 2019. Diamond also plays djembe and congas, and has taught at Stokes Forest Music Camp (SFMC), MSU’s Preparatory Center for the Arts’ summer camp. Diamond is also a songwriter and artist. She recently released her first single, "Tap In, which is now available on iTunes, Spotify, CDbaby and more. In addition to SFMC, Diamond has taught rhythm and percussion as an Enrichment Specialist through Ironbound Community Corporation’s Summer Plus program. She is currently pursuing endorsements as she grows as a drum teacher at School of Rock Clark.
Carolyn Hislip Studio Coordinator
As a child, Carolyn had a passion for music and her parents nurtured that passion by putting a juke box in their living room. That was the first place she performed, right in her living room. As soon as school began, she performed at any given opportunity, singing at any talent show she could. A few years later, she started writing, singing, and performing her own songs. This passion has continued to follow her through her life. She still writes songs and sings to this day. Carolyn is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Social Work and truly believes in School of Rock. She believes that nurturing a child’s passion for music can lead to great things, even if it means putting a juke box in the living room.
Benji Daniels Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher and Keyboard Teacher
Benji Daniels is a Chicago born bassist, producer, and educator who recently relocated to New Jersey. He first gained a passion for music at the age of 5, as he began studying the piano. As this passion grew, Benji was referred to the School of Rock in Chicago. Here he flourished as his passion for music became even greater! In 2014, Benji was offered a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he majored in Bass Performance. Since graduating, Benji has been performing and producing in the Chicago Music Scene. He has performed at venues such as, Rivinia, Canopy Club,Green Mill, Jazz Showcase, and more!