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!
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.
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.
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!
Leanne Allen Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher
Leanne has been dabbling in the arts since childhood. Starting with ballet lessons at age 4 and adding piano lessons at age 7, she felt very at home. She began writing songs and her piano teacher encouraged her to perform them at recitals at ages 8 and 9. Throughout junior high and high school, Leanne focused primarily on vocals, joining the church choir and chorus at school. At age 16, she was hired as a dancer at a theme park, and went on to major in dance during her first year of college. She got a degree, got a job, got married, and had 3 kids - but before long, the inner artist in her begged to return. Leanne once again started writing songs, playing piano and singing - and began teaching piano, guitar, vocals, and songwriting workshops. She released her first project of 10 original songs, a CD called “Grace”, in 1999 - and a second 6 song EP, “The Light in You” in 2014. Leanne is thrilled to be joining the School of Rock Fort Collins team, and looks forward to helping a new generation of students to learn, play, and love music!
Don Cruickshank Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Since he was a wee lad, Don Cruickshank’s life has revolved around music. His uncle, who was a rock n’ roll road warrior, would stay as his family’s house in between attending such legendary events as Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival. Upon departing for his next concert, his Uncle would often leave stacks of his extensive vinyl album collection with Don for safe-keeping. This gave him the opportunity to devour all the great music created by the legendary artists of that era. He’d put on his Uncle’s headband and moccasins, and rock out to those records over and over again - declaring that he would learn to play music just like them. And he did.
For the next 50 years, Don played with countless musicians in amazing venues all across the county, and has not slowed down - continuing to home his skills to this day. You can truly say that music is in his blood! Don is now thrilled to be at School of Rock Fort Collins where he can share his passion for music with the next generation of rockers.
Sean Speer Drum Teacher
Sean Speer was born in Fort Collins, but spent much of his youth moving around the country. Moving so often meant a lot of change for Sean, but playing the drums for the past 13 years has been a constant anchor for him. Sean truly knows first-hand the benefits playing music can have on dealing with difficulties. Having studied under several different instructors, Sean has learned how to use their different perspectives to form his own drumming style, creating a unique accent to whatever he plays. He absolutely loves all forms of music and is constantly exploring new genres. His musical curiosity has so far lead him to specialize in Funk, R&B, Blues, Rock, and Latin styles of drumming.
Along with playing drums professionally, Sean is also a former professional Jiu-Jitsu competitor and instructor. Teaching and also competing in martial arts has granted Sean with a wide lens on education, and has taught him how to teach students to work through any barriers or obstacles to achieve their goals. He is passionate about creating a positive learning environment where students don't feel pressured by their mistakes, where they can play with confidence, and where they can find their own voice on the instrument.
Ethan Christi Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Ethan Christi is a Fort Collins native and multi-instrumentalist specializing in drums and bass. He started playing djembe at the Fort Collins African drum and dance collective at 11 years old, playing shows around northern Colorado and becoming immersed in the culture of rhythm at a young age. Ethan later took up bass and drum set, and now gigs and tours with a wide variety of bands.
People in General is Ethan’s main project, a jazz-pop 4 piece that won the FoCoMa peer award for Best New Band of 2019. For the past 3 years, Ethan has also played drums in the Grace Kuch Band. During that time, the band has toured across the United States, and has played shows like BB King’s Blues Club in Memphis Tennessee and the main stage of the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena Arkansas.
Ethan has always had a fascination with the different rhythms and styles from cultures across the world, and tries to incorporate the different types of drums and percussion into his play style and teaching style. To Ethan, the best part of teaching is to open student’s eyes to the diversity and impact of music across the world, and get them motivated to find their own purpose in playing music.