Christina Olson Studio Coordinator, Little Wing Teacher, Rookies Teacher
Christina Olson is a classically trained singer, voice actor, and performer. Her love of music and performing drew her to the theatre, where she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Nebraska Wesleyan University, After spending a few years in Chicago performing and juggling multiple jobs, her journey brought her to Fort Collins. Here, Christina has had the opportunity to pursue multiple passions, including voice acting, becoming a yoga teacher, and getting back to her musical roots. Though well versed in many musical genres, Christina grew up in a family where the morning routine was always set to a soundtrack of classic rock and roll - so she is really a rocker at heart. We are thrilled to have Christina as part of our School of Rock family, and to support her quest to help young students discover their love of music!
Jordan Pasquin Music Director
Jordan Pasquin is a Drum Set performer and educator based out of Fort Collins, Colorado. He has been playing for 17 years, and in addition to performing across the country, he maintains a busy teaching schedule that includes students of all ages and skill levels. His diverse performance background and Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music allow him to authentically teach a wide array of styles and techniques, while focusing on helping his students achieve their personal goals. Jordan strives to demonstrate how music can be healthy for you physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Jordan is known for his work performing with Write Minded, Cary Morin & Ghost Dog, and I Am The Owl. He also works regularly as a session musician for countless other artists across all genres. He takes great pride in all he does relating to music, including helping other artists sound their best as a Drum Tech for The Blasting Room. Jordan is grateful for the impact music has had on his life and loves passing on the joy of music to his students.
Abraham Dashnaw Stiles Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drums Teacher
Abraham Dashnaw Stiles is a critically acclaimed and nationally touring multi-instrumentalist specializing in Bass, Drums, and Guitar. They have 5 years of experience as a music teacher, with one of those years working as the Music Director for the Larimer County Boys and Girls Club. To Abe, the best part of being a teacher is having the opportunity to help a student find their voice through their instrument and using music as an outlet for growth and self-expression.
Along with teaching, Abe also plays in a multitude of bands- their main projects being People in General and the Grace Kuch Band. People in General is a 3-piece jazz-pop band where Abe is the lead Songwriter, Singer and Guitarist. The trio recently won the FoCoMa Peer award for Best New Band of 2019. Their debut album piglet is available on all streaming platforms. Abe has played bass for the Grace Kuch band for the past two years. During that time the group has played some amazing venues, including the main stage at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena Arkansas, The Circle Bar in New Orleans, and BB King's Blues Club in Memphis Tennessee.
Jake DiFebo Singing and Keyboard Teacher
Jake discovered his love of singing in the eighth grade when he tried out for a rock opera and soon realized he had some potential. A few years of choir later he decided to major in music, and after applying to a number of colleges he chose to attend UC Santa Cruz for Vocal Performance. In his now eleven-year career as a singer, Jake has performed musical theatre roles, opera roles, sung in an a cappella group, and been featured as a soloist on a record.
Throughout his journey as a singer, Jake discovered his love for teaching. Now he is a Master's student in Music Education and Composition at Colorado State University. Nothing makes him happier than helping people to express themselves musically. Jake obsesses over a new band all the time, but his all-time favorites include: The Beatles, The Who, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Muse, Radiohead, Nirvana, Kung-Fu, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Phish, Yes, CHON, System of a Down, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Rush - and honestly far too many more for this short bio. Ask him about music and he will gladly talk your ear off!
Jesse Mathews Keyboard Teacher
Musician and educator Jesse has been active in the Fort Collins music scene since 2013. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Music Education in 2009 and has been making music and teaching others about making music ever since. Jesse picked up piano and trumpet when he was ten, and has learned guitar, ukulele, and a plethora of other instruments and skills in his career. One of his favorite experiences in education was teaching music technology to middle school and high school students.
Jesse’s main influences are in funk and jazz. Some bands and artists that he loves include Lettuce, Wulfpeck, Cory Henry, Hot 8 Brass Band, Stevie Wonder, Roy Hargrove - and many others who are harmonically exciting, devoted to their art, and just nasty relentless in their groove. Local bands Jesse has performed with include Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band, Organomatron, Chunkayy Brown, Euforquestra, Supermagick, Smooth Beethoven, Colorado Swing, Punch Drunk Munky Funk, and more.
Jesse is classically trained, versed in jazz, Little Kids Rock certified, a music theory nerd, a multi-instrumentalist, and loves to ROCK! He brings a very wide and rich experience of educating and performing to his teaching. No matter what your musical pursuit, Jesse is happy to guide you down your path.
Mike Shamrock Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher
Michael Shamrock Robertson Jr., an American guitarist, was born into a military family that took him from coast to coast before finally settling in Fort Collins, Colorado at the age of 21. His earliest musical memories are of singing Billy Idol's "Mony Mony”, watching Michael Jackson's movie Moonwalker, and watching his dad, cousin, and their friend playing "Hotel California" at a backyard BBQ. He soon became mesmerized by the unique sounds of Rage Against the Machine, Tool, and Jane's Addiction. He began playing guitar at the age of 13, picking up bass soon after.
Shamrock's devotion to music is undeniable. His close friends, band members, and community acknowledge him as a guitar virtuoso. In 2009, he was recognized as the best guitarist and songwriter by KRFC's Night Howler JJ Johnson. He's been involved in numerous award-winning bands, such as 20XIII, AutoFate, Pretty Noise, Guerrilla Radio (Tribute to Rage Against the Machine), Sonic Temple (Tribute to the Cult), and Sabotage (tribute to the Beastie Boys) just to name a few! The mix of both original and tribute bands highlights Shamrock's versatility and diligent focus on his craft.
Shamrock's hard working disposition is shown through the countless acts and projects he delves into. On top of being currently active in six different bands, he utilizes his free time honing his technique, ear training, writing, and recording music, while also promoting his album "Not I!" Said the lil’ mouse.
Looking forward, he anticipates pushing 20XIII and his solo band, collaborating with other artists, and is especially excited about teaching his craft as an instructor at School of Rock Fort Collins.
Mike Adams Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher
Mike Adams has been playing the keys for almost 25 years. He earned a degree in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music, where he was the president of the Songwriters Club — the largest club at Berklee.
He moved to Fort Collins in 2017 where he started working at the Downtown Artery. His work at the Artery sparked a passion for the Fort Collins local music scene, and in 2018 he started playing keys for local surf rock band Robert Shredford. Mike plans to spend the rest of his life playing music.
Stephen Segura Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
At 13 years old Stephen decided to learn the drums. The very first song he learned was 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' by Metallica. The fire was lit, and he was obsessed with metal drumming. Slayer, Pantera, Arch Enemy, and many more were his teachers until he graduated high school.
In 2007, he attended New Mexico State University and studied music and percussion under Dr. Fred Bugbee. He studied all percussion from marimba and timpani to drum set and world drums. While studying he performed with the Pride of New Mexico Marching Band, the Winds Symphonic band, and many garage bands.
Stephen joined the 44th army band in 2009 and toured across New Mexico for 6 years. In 2017 he was honorably discharged.
Throughout all his schooling and his time in the army he applied everything he learnt into his own music. He played in a variety of bands including metal, prog, ska, and of course, classic rock. He has recorded 2 albums with 2 different bands and won Gorilla Music's Battle of the Bands New Mexico.
Stephen knows that many things can be learned from all forms of music and that music teaches us many life lessons. He is excited to mold the next generation of rockers and pass on to them all of his knowledge and experience.
Lance Ruby Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Guitarist and music educator Lance Ruby recently earned his Masters of Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado studying with Steve Kovalcheck - and he also loves to rock! A Utah native, Lance completed his Bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance at Utah State University studying with Corey Christiansen.
While in Utah, Lance co-founded the soul/funk band Danger 5, and continues in this project along with lead singer Dani Armour. Since moving to Colorado, he joined the Fort Collins based blues fusion band, Musketeer Gripweed. He is a also member of the New Orleans funk group Crescent City Connection, and recently joined Bevin Luna as well. Lance has toured the country with the Randy Burghardt Band, Bo DePena, and Jackson Taylor and the Sinners.
Jacob Maestas Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher
Jacob Maestas has been playing rock, funk, ska, and punk in and around Colorado since he was 15 years old. In the short time since he’s built a solid musical resume that includes performing at major festivals like Taste of Colorado, and presenting TedX talks on how music education changes lives for the better. When it comes to teaching, Jacob tailors his approach to the uniqueness of each and every student, helping them to find their own unique musical voice.
Drew Rogers Guitar Teacher
Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Drew Rogers has been performing professionally since he was a teenager, and during that time has gained invaluable experience in a variety of styles including Rock, R&B, Soul, Funk, and more. Drew has performed all across the United States and Europe, and was a semi-finalist awards at the 2017 Bucharest international Jazz Competition. He holds a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from the University of Arkansas, and a Master's in guitar performance from Utah State University, where he studied with Corey Christiansen. Drew also has eight years of professional teaching experience (including three at the college level), where he has taught students of all ages, ranging from complete beginners to advanced college students.
Daniel Ondaro Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher
A Colorado native, guitarist and vocalist Daniel Ondaro grew up in Fort Collins and graduated from Rocky Mountain High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Musicology and World Music from CU Boulder where he studied a wide variety of vocal and guitar styles including Classical and Brazilian. After graduating, Daniel went on to teach beginning to advanced guitar students at CU.
Daniel released his debut solo EP “Ao Brasil.” in 2013, and toured Europe from 2013 to 2016 leading his group "The Shy Birds” in support of their self-titled LP. In 2016, Daniel began working as a featured performer on cruise ships, often performing 7 nights a week, in locations worldwide up until March 2020.
Having been influenced by decades of travel, Daniel’s performances showcase a wide range of styles - from Rock to Country, and Folk to Classical. In addition to teaching at School of Rock Fort Collins, Daniel is also still active as a recording artist and performer.
Michael Millan Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Michael is a keyboardist and vocalist based in the Northern Colorado area. He recently graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, and has been an active musician since his freshman year. Michael has had the great opportunity to study jazz piano under Dana Landry, Tom Amend, and Annie Booth, all active musicians in the Northern Colorado scene and beyond, and to study voice under Jenna McLean.
Having started playing classical piano at the age of 5, playing in jazz groups since middle school, and taking vocal lessons in college, Michael is well-versed in multiple genres of music. He has played in/for big bands, small modern jazz ensembles, salsa bands, musical theatre pits, and singer-songwriters.
Michael is excited to be a part of School of Rock Fort Collins, and he looks forward to making connections and guiding the next generation through their musical journey!
Cody D. Schmitt Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Singing and keyboard teacher, Cody D. Schmitt, started learning piano from his dad at a very young age. By the time he was six, he was already a regular performer at church and actively competing in local talent shows. Adding violin to his musical arsenal, Cody earned a spot in the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, playing with them for three years. In High School, Cody was able to apply his piano skills to learning xylophone, marimba and vibraphone for marching band, and picked up ukulele and bass as well. Singing in all-state choir, barbershop and a capella groups became his passion, which brought him to the University of Northern Colorado where he studied voice. After graduating, Cody worked for the Missoula Children's Theatre, and over the course of two-and-a-half years on tour across 38 states and 3 countries he taught thousand of kids musical theatre. All this experience has given Cody a set of skills that can be applied to teaching all genres of music. He’s excited to be rocking out in Fort Collins!