Adam Instefjord Regional Director
Adam Instefjord is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 12, immediately started his first band in the eighth grade and has been performing both locally and nationally ever since. Over the years he has decided to expand his musical prowess and learned how to sing, play bass guitar and drums. Another concentration that Adam has pursued is audio recording and production. He chose to continue his education at The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, OH, where he received certification in Audio Recording and Production.
Adam currently plays in multiple bands, including playing bass and singing in Chicago-based cover-band The Student Body. Adam started his career at School of Rock Oak Park in 2013. He started his tenure as an instructor, was promoted to Music Director and is now the Regional Director of both School of Rock Oak Park and School of Rock Glenbrook. During his years with us, he has taught guitar, bass guitar and production, directed countless shows, taught Rock 101 and Rock 201, and taught Project Studio and Oak Park’s House Band.
Amy Renzulli Owner
Amy Renzulli, former corporate marketer, is the owner of School of Rock Oak Park and School of Rock Glenbrook. Starting at an early age, Amy recognized a tension between art and business. It began when her doctor dad left his medical practice to pursue a career in art and her stay-at-home mom went off to law school and started her own successful career. As a result, Amy has spent most of her work life blending the two sides, building her career in sales and marketing at Blue Cross and Blue Shield and, at the same time, pursuing artistic interests. While she developed her business skills in web marketing, sales strategy and technology adoption, she also hosted art shows, crafted and sold jewelry in local boutiques and galleries, and generally sought opportunities that would enable her to marry her business skills with her love of art. When her daughter, at the time only 12 years old, attended summer camp at School of Rock Chicago, Amy suggested that they should consider opening a school in Oak Park. Amy learned that School of Rock was a franchise opportunity and a light bulb went off. She knew that she would be the person to make it happen. In early December 2012, Amy and her ever-supportive husband, Bob Miller, converted a 50-year-old combination warehouse and office building into the vibrant home of School of Rock Oak Park. After having built the largest School of Rock in the world in Oak Park, she is setting her sights on bringing the same magic, energy and passion to the communities of Northbrook and Glenview with School of Rock Glenbrook.
Ben Kremer Drum Teacher
Ben Kremer is a drummer, producer, audio engineer, and former School of Rock Oak Park student. During his tenure at the School of Rock Oak Park, Ben was in the house band and was a three time School of Rock AllStar. The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a country-wide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar.
Ben operates and engineers at Picture-Minded Studio in Oak Park, and is currently working with multiple groups as a drummer, songwriter, and producer. These include indie rock groups Idioglossia and Mock Nine, as well as R&B fusion group Space Cake. When he isn’t teaching, Ben spends his time honing his craft as an audio engineer and producer. Having mixed and engineered for over 10 bands and artists before the age of 20, Ben isn’t stopping making music any time soon.
Colin Rambert Drum Teacher
Colin Rambert is a Chicago-based percussionist and drummer who actively performs in a multitude of contemporary and classical music settings. He began his musical journey at age 10 by joining the band program at school. As he got older, he played in various punk, rock, and indie bands throughout high school and eventually decided to pursue music as a career. Colin went on to receive a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Music from Millikin University (2012) and a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015). He can most regularly be seen playing with The Phantom Broadcast, an experimental rock outfit that pushes the boundaries of indie, post-rock, classical, and jazz, and can be heard on their latest full-length album Antiquities. He can also be found playing drums for the Chicago pop-rock band King Mixer.
Colin also enjoys teaching young musicians of all ages throughout the Chicagoland area. Aside from his work with School of Rock, he serves as a percussion teaching artist with the Chicago Arts and Music Project and with Sistema Ravinia in Waukegan. He also teaches privately and instructs marching percussion at a handful of public schools, most notably John Hersey High School, Buffalo Grove High School, Elk Grove High School, Glenbrook North High School, and Homer Jr. High. Colin believes that learning music can be fun, inspiring, and lead to growth in all aspects of life and hopes to share his passion with all of his students.
Dave Vazzano Music Director
Dave Vazzano’s passion for music and performing developed at a very early age. His musical journey began in grade school when he joined both concert and marching band. He continued in both performance groups throughout grade school and college at Western Illinois University. Dave bought his first drum kit at age 12 and his passion for rock music grew. This journey then grew as Dave and his best friend and School of Rock coworker Adam Instefjord started a band that specialized in 90s punk rock covers. Dave and Adam also write, produce and record their own original music and continue to release albums. Currently Dave is playing with multiple Chicago-land area bands. He is a founding member of the Chicago punk rock trio The Mizzerables, who have released their third album "Whatever... This Sucks." One of the projects that takes up most of Dave’s time is The Student Body, a high-energy rock cover band that specializes in party rock anthems. You can catch The Student Body at festivals, casinos, weddings, corporate events and more. Dave currently teaches drum lessons at School of Rock Oak Park and is the Music Director for School of Rock Glenbrook.
Drew Delneky Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Drew Delneky, a Chicago native, is a songwriter, music educator and performer. He holds a Bachelor’s in Musical Theatre from Columbia College Chicago and is currently completing his Master’s in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. His vocal training began at the age of 6, under the direction of Daniel Kane and longtime Vaudeville performer Lori Rocklin. Early in his career he landed lead roles in Les Misérables and Bye Bye Birdie, as well as numerous vocal performances in the style of crooning. He is well versed in vocals, guitar, piano, and bass guitar. Drew has trained and performed with musical artists such as Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, and Shirley King. Over the span of his performance career, Drew has been a founding member of numerous musical ensembles, including The Prime, Yeh Boi, Blackjack Kings, Funk Vendetta, Bluewater Kings and Feelgood. He has recorded albums with Gravity Studios, Waterdog Studios, Ultra Records, as well as solo projects with Information Playback Reel. Notable performances include venues such as The House of Blues, North Coast Music Festival, United Center, Wrigley Field, and Game of Thrones Traveling Choir. Throughout numerous appearances spanning across the U.S. Drew has opened for bands such as St. Lucia, Dr. John, Shaun Martin, Spare Parts and many more. He is currently one of five lead singers for the band Affinity with production company Aragon Artists. Drew is on faculty with Allegro Music Academy and School of Rock, working to ignite passion and direction in the next generation of musicians. Passion projects have included managing for Greenpeace, being a frontline activist to promote solutions to global environmental problems that are essential to a green and peaceful future. He is also a blackbelt in Shotokan Karate and has been a member of the US National Karate Team. Drew is an advocate of his passion being his profession, and continues to perform across the U.S.
Erica Lemish General Manager
Erica grew up in Michigan and her passion for music began at a young age when her mom and two older sisters were constantly playing classic and 80’s rock records in their home. This eventually led to an obsession with MTV and music videos as a kid and then attending tons of rock shows and festivals as a teen and adult. After graduating from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree, she started her career in Project Management and Technology Sales, working her way up through several global IT organizations. Then in 2014, Erica was introduced to School of Rock when her now fiancé, Dave Vazzano, who is also the Music Director in Glenbrook, invited her to attend a School of Rock performance that he directed in Oak Park.
Ever since then, she has been inspired by the extraordinary talent and continued growth of the kids, and has wanted to be part of the sense of belonging and community that School of Rock brings to everyone involved. Erica was lucky enough to have the opportunity to make a career change and recently joined the School of Rock family as the General Manager of Glenbrook. She is so excited to be surrounded by music everyday and to potentially make a difference in the lives of young musicians! Outside of work, Erica enjoys traveling the globe, hiking, gardening, hanging out with her French Bulldog Silvio Dante, true crime books and podcasts, and of course, going to as many rock shows as possible!
G Passaro Studio Coordinator
G is a bassist and keyboardist, as well as a passionate organizer. They are a former School of Rock student and participated in both House Band and Allstars. G also founded the event Tough as Nails, which focused on showcasing female, non-white, and queer artists, poets, musicians, and speakers while raising money for the organization FlowKits. Their high school band Jonnycatland has an EP and 2 albums out, and G is currently working with more than 3 groups to release music and begin playing shows. They have had the opportunity to play venues like Subterranean, Elbo Room, and Beat Kitchen and multiple festivals like Lollapalooza, Riot Fest, and SXSW. G is now focusing on the intersection of music, self-expression, visual arts, fashion, and critical thinking through the newly founded Gay House Collective, which will soon be a gallery and show space.
Jack Divjak Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Zeljko (Jack) Divjak is from Bosnia and Hercegovina. Jack is a musician. Even though classically trained in piano, he always leaned toward rock music and the electric guitar.
Jack loves to share his passion for rock/pop music or any genre which offers an interesting approach to music.
For many years he has collaborated with musicians (recording sessions, gigs) and has taught guitar and piano, as well.
Joseph Madary Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Joseph teaches beginner to advanced voice and beginner piano. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance from Viterbo University and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana University - Jacobs School of Music. Joseph’s love of singing and playing the piano began as a child when he first started taking lessons as a second grader.
Joseph says that he loves teaching because it brings him joy to help students work on technical or musical puzzles that they encounter on their own musical journey. His goal as a teacher is to help students find a passion for music and to help facilitate that passion so that it stays with them for their life.
Kyle Teegen Guitar Teacher
Kyle was captivated by music at a very young age, listening for hours with his father to the artists of XRT. Inspired by the rock ‘n roll of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, he picked up a guitar and took lessons throughout his childhood. In high school, it was the attitude and rebellious nature of pop punk bands like blink-182 that led him to form a band with his friends and begin performing music for others. Being a quiet natured kid from the suburbs, the stage allowed him a platform of self expression unlike any other. He pursued this creative outlet in college, earning a degree in Music Performance from Columbia College Chicago. It was here that he first heard The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, forever expanding his conceptions of music and songwriting. Since then, music has continued to be a central part of Kyle’s life, whether it was repairing and building stringed instruments, or performing the sounds of funk, soul and Motown with the Chicago based Second Hand Soul Band. Now a guitar and bass instructor at School of Rock, he is excited to share his lifelong passion with others.
Michael Brooks Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Michael Brooks has been studying music since the age of four, when he started piano lessons and first heard his parents' vinyl copy of "Pet Sounds." While being trained in classical piano, Brooks eventually found himself drawn to Billy Joel, Ben Folds and rock operas. He studied music, theatre and voice at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI before moving to Chicago with his indie pop/piano rock band Common Shiner. In his 12-year tenure with that project Brooks charted nationally in the AC format (thanks to major support from Midwestern radio stations), toured the continental US and made a slasher movie parody music video that went viral across the globe with over 12 million views. Brooks has also voiced radio commercials and characters nationally, and won a Kennedy Center Special Award for Theatrical Sound Design in 2006. Current endeavors include Otter Finn, Foster, Front Runners and solo projects.
Michael Mahany Keyboard Teacher
Michael has a passion for teaching piano to the point you don't want to walk away. He began playing the piano at eight years old. The piano is a way to express feelings and ideas. What is so amazing about Michael is that he brings you into the vortex of the musical idea. He designs his teaching to fit the needs of each student. For example, if a student is good with numbers, he relates math and music together on the keyboard. He makes learning music fun. Michael has taught over 75,000 lessons. He has accompanied Toni Tenille, Ray Price, & Francois Clemmons from Mr. Rogers. While studying Music in college, he jokes he Majored in The Who and Minored in Duke Ellington.
Michael is known for being a piano whisperer.
Nick Fane Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher
Nick grew up in the west suburbs of Chicago, and started his life in music by picking up a bass guitar at age 15. Influenced by bands like Rush, The Who, Tool and Soundgarden, he became immersed in every element of the musical process, from songwriting to music production and beyond.
After earning his Bachelor's of Music from Columbia College Chicago in 2013, he spent four years with the Nick Moss Band, an internationally known blues/rock band. Pulling on experience gained from years of touring the continental United States, northern Europe and beyond, he works with his students to fully enrich their musical lives, as well as make them better players.
Alex Johnson Guitar Teacher
Alex Johnson has a passion for music that was nurtured and further developed during his eight year tenure as a School of Rock student. A multi-instrumentalist covering bass, keys and vocals, his primary gig instrument is the guitar. A member of multiple local bands including Summer Drive and Space Cake, he also works as a local session musician creating guitar parts for original music. Having spent several summers as a production assistant for an award winning kids musical theatre camp, working as an instructor at School of Rock has brought his love of music, performance and instructing youth performers together. Alex teaches guitar!
Reid Robichaud Studio Coordinator
Born and raised in Westerville, Ohio, Reid first became interested in music with violin lessons at a young age. His love for the art was fully realized once he began playing clarinet in marching band and after attending his first All Time Low concert. Since then, Reid has become an accomplished woodwind doubler and avid vocalist. Having completed his Bachelor of Music education at Otterbein University, Reid has decided to expand on his classical training and return to his rock influences by joining the team as a Studio Coordinator at School of Rock Glenbrook.
Isis Graham Singing Teacher
Isis Elizabeth has a passion for music and theater that was further developed during her 16-year musical theater career in Chicago. Having studied at the Chicago High School for the Arts, she's had her fair share of performing in shows, especially rock musicals. An all-around artist, she also studies various styles of dance and spends most of her free time writing songs. Isis released her first single, 'Roses' on all streaming platforms back in 2020. Some of her theater credits include Mimi in Rent with PTC theater, Dorothy in The Wiz with The Emerald City Theater and June in Big Noise Theater’s Chicago. Isis is excited to teach voice at School of Rock!