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! After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a B.A. in Communications, Amanda was able to successfully start a career in New York City. Her profession began in talent & media production with Music Television channels: Fuse, VH1 and Vice.
After transitioning her career in 2016, Amanda began managing numerous summer tours under Primary Wave Music and then finally found her true calling at School of Rock. Amanda's goal is to bring the power and escape of music to other's lives and is thankful for the opportunity to do so here at School of Rock Clark!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
JILL BECKETT Bass Guitar Teacher and Guitar Teacher
Jill has been growing up around guitar and music since she was a child. At the age of 12 she picked up guitar and never wanted to put it down. Once discovering her greatest love for alternative and rock music, she decided to start a band playing guitar and writing original music at the age of 14 and since then never stopped playing in a band. She learned all about music theory, guitar and songwriting from her father and from playing with other people in high school. In 2017, Jill started a new project called "Pollyanna" singing/writing and playing guitar. After graduating high school she decided to pursue playing and touring around the country, as well as playing Warped Tour in 2018. She has a passion for sharing her knowledge on guitar and writing music and believes School Of Rock is an amazing way to truly connect with learning to play music and have fun while doing it.
Jack Wagner Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Jack Wagner is a 2020 graduate from the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Jazz Studies. At the end of his senior year he received the Outstanding Undergraduate Performance Award, the Excellence in Jazz Award, and the New Jersey Jazz Society Scholarship.
During his time at Montclair, Jack got to study with renowned musicians such as Dave Stryker, Marcus Printup, David Cook, and Mike Lee. He has experience playing in a wide variety of ensembles-- from pit orchestra performance’s to playing in multiple local rock bands. Jack looks forward to inspiring his students and sharing with them the joy of creating music while nurturing their creativity.
Jordan Perillo Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher
Jordan is a keyboard player and singer from Tampa, Florida. He has two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Music Studies, and is currently studying for his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. He has classical training in piano and voice, but has also played in numerous jazz, pop, and rock bands. He enjoys helping students learn the songs they love!
JAKE FLETCHER Drum Teacher
Driven by a passion for music Jake has played several different instruments from a young age before ending up behind a friend's drumset. He instantly fell in love and hasn't looked back since. After getting his first drum set at age 13 Jake has played in many bands spanning several different genres of music but is most at home in metal and rock. His bands "This Curse" and "Gladiators" have played all over the country with several national acts such as In Flames, Periphery, Ice Nine Kills, Dance Gavin Dance and many more. He strives to ignite the same passion for music that he has in up and coming musicians.
Amanda Conti Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Amanda Conti studied music therapy at Montclair State University, with a concentration in voice. After her first original piano composition was sent to the Juilliard School of Music at the age of six, she has since used her love for songwriting to advocate for causes that she cares about and help others through music. In that time, she has picked up many instruments, such as guitar, drums, ukelele, and more. As a music therapist, she has worked with a wide variety of clients. When she’s not teaching, Amanda performs as a solo singer/songwriter and with her band. She has frequented iconic venues in the tri-state area, and charity events for causes that are close to her. She has three albums of original music released on all streaming platforms. As a former school of rock house band member, she knows the importance of community at School of Rock and hopes to inspire creativity and self-expression in her students to help them create their own voice through music and connect with others.
Chris Dombrowski Guitar Teacher
Realizing his musical passion for guitar at a young age, Chris started playing guitar when he was in 5th grade. He has played in multiple bands starting at the age of 15. Playing in a band “Sentinels”, Chris has played shows with acts such as “Parkway Drive”, “Killswitch Engage”, “Currents” and more, touring across multiple countries, signed to a major record label “Sharptone Records”, and works at Iron Audio studio.
Tyler Boland Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Tyler Boland
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 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 so that they may carry on the torch of Rock.
Howard "How" Portney Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Howard Portney, better known as “Hollywood How” began his career as a drummer in the early 1980’s, eventually performing as both drummer and lead singer from behind the kit. Kicking off the millennium, he entered the 2000’s stepping out from behind the drums. His new role as “frontman” turned out to be exactly the spark needed for this multi-talented musician’s star to burn long & bright.
His solid educational base (BA in music with an intense focus in Classical & Jazz theory) has led HH into such musical endeavors where he has performed with, worked with, and produced recordings and/or video projects with some of Hard Rock & Heavy Metal’s most beloved musicians. Among them are the late, great AJ Pero, Michael Romeo, John “JD” DeServio, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Mike Orlando, Ross the Boss, Thomas Miller, Mike Pinnella, Mike LePond, Steve Brown, and Derek Taylor. Another notable working experience for Howard was having the opportunity to both record with and perform onstage along side Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage) during his time as the founding frontman of Metal band, Dark Sky Choir (2016-2017). This background prepared him to tour and share the stage with Rock legend, Ace Frehley - an experience HH will not soon forget.
Jess Bober Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Jess Bober is a graduate from the School of Rock Clark back in 2020 and now studies forensic biology at Kean University. She had played bass and keys for the last 7 years. She was involved in the performance program since 2016 as well as a former houseband member for those 4 years. She is very grateful for all the opportunities that the school has given her such as playing with famous musicians such as Bumblefoot, John 5, Angus Clark, and Billy Sheehan. With SoR, she even embarked on two national tours to places like Nashville, Memphis, Chicago, and Cleveland and played on big stages such as the Exit/In and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She also went on to form her own band with other students at the school called Radium’s Revenge back in 2019 where they perform locally in NJ and the tristate area. She still holds everything she has learned at the school in her heart, and she is very excited to share this passion of music and the love of SoR to others.
Darius Mobley Guitar Teacher
Darius found a love for guitar at age 14 (30+ years) and learned by ear before taking lessons. He is heavily influenced by Hard Rock/Metal but plays all styles. He started teaching about 20 years ago. He is currently in original and cover bands, has collaborated with audio industry professionals, and his original band, Start The End, regularly performed at CBGB's and other NYC venues. Darius had a passion for teaching for many years, and enjoys seeing students overcome hurdles and make progress. One of the biggest compliments he's gotten was from Ken Schalk (Candiria) who at the time was producing an EP for his band, Start The End, Ken said "You play Metal beautifully"!