Dylan Gross Regional Manager, Music Director
Dylan's training is Classical and Jazz but his heart is all Rock n Roll. Coming to School of Rock as a multi-instrumentalist he took the school by storm and quickly became the Assistant General Manager. With a Music Education degree from Five Towns College and now a Master's Degree in Music Education from Hofstra University, Dylan has had the incredible opportunities to perform in chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra and theatre orchestra on multiple instruments including the upright and electric bass. Of course when not a part of the orchestra he toured with local rock bands playing drums, keys and the bass! A lesson with Dylan means a lesson in theory, ear training, performance and exposure to multiple genres of music. He is the Regional Manager and Music Director at School of Rock Huntington.
Danny Lamagna Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher
Years ago when Dan decided to start sharing his musical knowledge with children he quickly realized how rewarding it would be. Now, looking back, he sees the accomplished musicians he has helped develop. Companies such as Sabian, Vater and Drum workshop have Dan on their education/artist rosters and retain his services to hold clinics and masterclasses for all three companies. Dan studied music at Nassau Community College, Drummers Collective and continues his education with the well known-instructors Joe Morello, Jojo Mayer and Frank Bellucci. Dan has played with several national acts touring globally. Dan's focus is drum set, snare drum and mallets along with preparation of his students for NYSSMA.
Dawn Lee Studio Manager, Assistant Music Director
Dawn Lee is a multi-instrumental and vocal instructor who graduated from Five Towns College with a degree in music education. While in college she had the opportunity to perform in many different ensembles, toured in places such as Boston, various high schools on Long Island and performed in large-scale venues, such as Carnegie Hall. Dawn has been a featured vocalist in jazz, classical and pop ensembles. She is currently an elementary music teacher and spends time arranging and notating choral and solo vocal music. To this day, she still performs with the Five Towns College Pops as a featured vocalist and principal clarinetist. She is our Studio Manager and Assistant Music Director at School of Rock Huntington.
Sampson Everdean Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Sampson Everdean is a multi-instrumental and guitar teacher who graduated Five Towns College with a bachelors degree in music education. Throughout his college experience, he had the opportunity to perform in various ensembles that led to performances at major venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Sampson was also given the opportunity to conduct a piece in concert band and choir for concerts. While he is classically trained in guitar, he loves the Rock 'N' Roll genre since he grew up listening to and playing all the great hits. Sampson is also a superhero movie nerd!
Tom Diognardi Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Thomas Diognardi is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter from Bethpage, NY. He's spent the better part of his life performing with various bands, and graduated from the Music Conservatory at SUNY Purchase with his Bachelors Degree in Studio Production. Being both a self-taught musician and well-versed in music theory allows Thomas to approach lessons and teaching with a laid-back, yet critical and corrective mindset. He currently records/produces local bands out of his home studio while touring and pursuing a career with his band In Loving Memory.
Kyle Young Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Kyle is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer whose main focus is guitar. He graduated from Five Towns College in 2016 with his Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance and Audio Recording. From there, he went on to pursue his Master’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance, and graduated in 2017. He performs in several classical and jazz ensembles for Five Towns College. Playing in rock/metal bands most of his life, Kyle enjoys sharing his knowledge of music theory with a rock n’ roll approach. Kyle wants to inspire his students to strive for excellence while having a blast playing along to some great tunes. He writes original music and loves covering his favorite bands. Kyle plays guitar and does backing vocals for his band, More of Myself to Kill, a progressive metal band from Long Island, New York.
Felipe Rondon Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Felipe is a multi-instrumentalist from Lima, Perú. He started playing the piano when he was four years old. He is a published composer and arranger in his homeland and has more than 16 years of experience performing as a pianist, woodwind player, doing Musical Theatre and dancing in Perú and Europe. He is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition at Five Towns College. Felipe was also given the opportunity to conduct his pieces in concerts in school and out. Currently, Felipe gives private lessons in all of his instruments and also performs with Latin, pop and jazz bands around the Long Island and New York City areas.
Michael Janover Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Michael Janover is a rock musician from Long Island with more than 10 years of performance experience. Privately he has taught guitar, piano, music theory and singing lessons on and off for over 10 years. Michael attended the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam for Music Education with a performance medium of voice for four years before pursuing Psychology and graduating in 2016. More recently, you could have seen him fronting Go the Distance, a pop/punk outfit based in Potsdam, NY. He dropped his first album, "All or Nothing," as part of Go the Distance in late 2014. Now you can find him acting in/musically directing community theatre and performing in pit orchestras all across Long Island/NYC, and even composing and orchestrating original musicals. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Huntington.
Christopher Caressimo Drum Teacher
Christopher Caressimo is a drummer from Long Island, NY, and is the drummer for Queens-based metal core band Anahata. He has been sitting behind the drums since he was 10 years old, gaining heavy influence from drummers like Martin Lopez, Mario Duplantier and Chris Turner, who really molded and shaped his style. Chris has been regularly playing shows since 2016, primarily in Queens and the city, and in the summer of 2017 he played at The Gramercy Theater for the first time. After that he knew that music was the path he wanted to pursue. As an instructor, Chris implements music theory in a more creative way to keep younger and newer students captivated, and challenges older and more experienced students. He adds more unique techniques that will help his students become more diverse musicians. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Huntington.
Deanna Rossi Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Deanna Rossi is a singer, keyboardist, songwriter and lyricist from Centereach, NY with a classical and musical theater background. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition at Five Towns College. In school, she sings in many vocal groups, including the vocal jazz and chamber ensembles, and arranges for many of the groups. Apart from arrangements, Deanna has written many original pop songs, some performed as a solo artist, and some with her pop band called Human Holiday. When she’s not singing or writing, Deanna enjoys fitness training and cooking. She is a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Huntington.
Andrew Warren Drum Teacher
Andrew Warren has been playing drums for 17 years. He obtained a degree in Commercial Music from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He has had the opportunity to play in many different rock ensembles, jazz ensembles and orchestral ensembles over the years. In his free time, Andrew likes to record drum content for the internet. He has a Youtube channel where he uploads weekly drum covers, lessons and gig videos. One of his dreams is to play on Broadway in New York City. Andrew loves teaching drums and spreading music. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Huntington.
Amber Cresser Vocal Instructor, Studio Coordinator
Amber Cresser started singing at age 10 and has not looked back since. As a graduate of School of Rock Rockville Centre and a multi-year member of the School of Rock House Band, Amber is determined to provide the life-changing experience that she had to students. She has performed at venues such as The Bitter End in New York City, Revolution in Amityville, the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland and more. She currently attends Five Towns College, pursuing a degree in Vocal Performance. She is a vocal instructor and Studio Coordinator at School of Rock Huntington.
KEVIN QUINN guitar teacher
Kevin Quinn is a New York based guitarist, composer, and sound engineer. Born and raised in New York, Kevin began his musical studies on guitar when he was 18 years old. While attending the State University of New York at New Paltz, Kevin began to take an interest in music. Kevin pursued a Bachelor’s of Science in Jazz Studies, studying with guitarist Mark Dziuba. After graduating, he started his career as a sound engineer at the ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY, where he studied with bass guitarist Matthew Garrison. Continuing his journey, Kevin has played at ShapeShifter Lab, Bowery Electric, Shrine, Highline Ballroom, Muchmore's, Silvana, Wiliamsburg Music Center, The Falcon, Tomi Jazz, Pianos, Mohegun Sun, Garment District Art Festival and many of New York’s venue. Today Kevin enjoys playing all types of music whether it's jazz, rock or country.
DORIANNA GROSS MARKETING DIRECTOR
Dorianna Gross has extensive experience working with children, including being an Assistant Director at a sleep-away camp for underprivileged children and adults with special needs. She has also worked at several local day camps, as well as after-school programs. She is excited to be a part of School of Rock as the Marketing Manager. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary College and a Master's Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University.
BRANDEN ANDRADE guitar, bass, keyboard, singing teacher and Recruitment Director
Branden Andrade is a graduate of Five Towns College with a Masters in Music Composition and a BA in Music Performance. He was Director for Long Island's first Alzheimers and Dementia chorus group “The Sharpnotes”. In his free time, Branden enjoys watching all types of Superhero movies and singing (yelling) all the superhero theme songs. Branden’s favorite styles of music range from Folk Rock to Post Hardcore. He strives to make his students ROCK GODS. He teaches guitar, bass, keyboard and vocals at School of Rock Rockville Centre.