Chondell LeLand General Manager
Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Chondell LeLand began her singing career performing in small clubs in the Northeast and Canada. By her late teens, she had gained the attention of songwriters and producers as an up-and-coming artist on the rise. After college, she packed her bags and headed for the bright lights of Las Vegas. It wasn’t long before Chondell earned her reputation as a vocal powerhouse and a soulful technician with an incredible dynamic range.
Cutting her teeth in bands up and down the Las Vegas Strip, she studied with some of the greats, sharing the stage with regional heavy-hitters and world-renowned performers. In addition to vocal performance, Chondell has had experience in marketing, promotions, events planning, and as a DJ and MC for corporate events.
In 2013 Chondell enrolled her son at School of Rock Las Vegas West and fell in love with the program, so much so that she applied to be a vocal instructor. She enjoyed employment in that location for six years and is happy to be bringing all of her experience and passion for nurturing the next generation of musicians to School of Rock Green Valley.
Carlos Paguaga Music Director
A Miami native and resolute student of the percussive arts since the age of 11, Carlos Paguaga has spent the past few years bringing his combination of chops and uncompromising energy to stages and studios across the country. His musical curiosity was sparked at a young age while listening to his dad’s expansive collection of Beatles and jazz fusion records, and after joining his school’s music program in middle school, he never looked back.
Cutting his teeth in the vibrant South Florida local music scene upon graduating from high school, Carlos became immersed in songwriting and the furthering of his musical development at every turn. After playing with renowned Miami bands Addax, Say They Exist and Never in Red, he was picked up in 2012 by multiplatinum-selling artist Kevin Rudolf as his touring drummer. This, in turn, led to touring and session opportunities with artists as varied as Los Angeles singer/songwriter Davina Leone, Miami guitar virtuoso Andrew Sansac, Las Vegas country singer Siana King and San Francisco electronic duo Analog Dream.
From hard rock to pop to country, Carlos’ goal is to consistently expand his skill set in order to bring something truly special to the creative output of every artist he works alongside.
Anisa Buttar Drums Teacher
Anisa Buttar played in jazz band, concert band and pep band throughout middle school and high school and took private lessons as well. She studied with Nick Stamanis, Tom Mears and Robert Bonora. She graduated from UNLV in '09 with a Bachelor's in Print Journalism and a minor in Film Studies, but decided it would be most fulfilling to play music instead of writing about it. Anisa is a founding member of the original hard rock band Candy Warpop and founding member of cover band Every Woman. She is a drums teacher at School of Rock Green Valley.
Nakaze Harris Vocal Instructor
Nakaze Harris was born in Boston, Massachusetts and now resides in Las Vegas. Her singing talents have been seen in the blockbuster film, and soundtrack for, "Sister Act 2" starring Whoopi Goldberg. With over 30 years of experience in show business, Nakaze has performed worldwide with Ben Vereen, Boy George, Kenny Loggins, Charo and Michael Bolton, just to name few. Teaching young performers to excel in the arts is her favorite pastime.
Pei-Long Maeder Piano Teacher
Pei-Long Maeder is a classically trained pianist, artist and DJ. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Willamette University in Oregon, where she studied the Taubman and Alexander technique with Dr. Anita King. Locally, she has played keys with the band Halloweentown, and artist Jessica Manalo. She maintains a DJ residency as DJ Panda in downtown Las Vegas. She is a piano teacher at School of Rock Green Valley.
Billy Reichling Guitar Teacher
Billy Reichling was born and raised in Hawaii. His first exposure with music was at the age of five when he first heard his friend’s Kiss albums. After years of pretending to play along with "Kiss Alive 2," he got a real guitar at age 11, and after hearing Metallica at age 12 he finally stopped pretending and actually started learning how to play in a band. After a life-changing experience seeing Joe Satriani live, he developed a lifelong obsession with learning and playing guitar. From then on it was all about the guitar and practice, studying and obsessing over the styles and techniques of guitarists like Steve Vai, Yngwie Malsteen, Paul Gilbert and Van Halen. After spending many years gigging and doing studio sessions in Hawaii he relocated to Las Vegas. Today he shares his love of teaching and his obsession of music with as many people as he can, hoping to inspire a new generation of players the way his heroes inspired him. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Green Valley.