Dylan GrossGeneral 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. His students are often hit with a lightening round of "Quick, name as many Bass players as you can!"
Danny LamagnaDrum 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 LeeSinging Teacher, Piano Teacher
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. Dawn has a secret obsession for singing Disney princess songs!
Sampson EverdeanGuitar 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!
Derek MossGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Derek is a recent graduate of SUNY Oneonta's music industry program. Having studied the guitar since the age of eight, he has been part of many bands and is experienced in a variety of styles. His current band, The Mariguanas, recently released their debut album, "The Ruckus," and are playing shows in the Long Island and NYC area. He is also an electronic music producer, DJ and experienced music social media coordinator.
Jimmy GerovacGuitar Teacher, Singing Teacher
Jimmy Gerovac is a singer/songwriter/guitarist out of Amityville, NY. Self-teaching himself guitar at age 15 and joining his first band a year later in Indiana started Jimmy on the path of music discovery. After five years of touring and recording as a guitarist he began to find his voice as a singer, moving to New York and fronting popular bands in both NYC and Long Island. He has studied under and received lessons from renowned vocal instructor Bret Manning who works with Hayley Williams of Paramore and Robert J. Lunte who has worked with Chris Cornell and Steven Tyler, just to name a few. Currently, Jimmy is the singer and guitarist for the rock band Craving Strange who have released two albums, toured the country, and licensed music to movies and television.
David NievesDrum Teacher, Piano Teacher
David is a 20-year musician specializing in drums, percussion, woodwinds and piano. He got his start at the age of 10 when a chance meeting with a music teacher prompted him to start clarinet. He attended Laguardia High School of Music and Art and Mannes School of Music, performing with the Laguardia orchestra, the Mannes concert orchestra and the ISO orchestra. After graduating high school, David attended Queens College where he performed with the senior orchestra for three years. He's taken lessons with some of the most famous clarinetists in New York City including Bonnie Sholl, David Glazer, David Weber and Stanley Drucker. After years of clarinet lessons, David felt he needed a change. Percussion was always a love of his so after transferring to Lehman College in the Bronx, he decided to take drum lessons. After four years of percussion lessons with Howard Hirsch, he began performing in various marching band groups and symphonic bands around New York City, trading the woodwind section for the percussion section. Currently, David gives private music instruction in all of his instruments, performs with various rock bands and cover band groups around the city, and writes original compositions in his spare time.
Tom DiognardiGuitar 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 YoungGuitar 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.
Michael RubinGuitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Michael is a really old soul. His main instruments are a cream 1969 Fender Telecaster and his homemade sunburst Stratocaster. Michael started his first band, The Inoculated Canaries, at the age of 13. The Canaries have toured multiple times and released their latest EP, “Trying Times,” in January 2018. Michael spent nine years as a School of Rock student himself. He spent seven of those years as a House Band member, and toured with the AllStars for three years. During his time as a School of Rock student, Michael became fluent in the bass guitar, as well as the drums. Michael’s musical influences are varied, but are rooted mainly in classic rock. His all-time favorite band is Pink Floyd, with guitarist David Gilmour playing a hugely influential role in his playing style and technique. Other musical influences include Steely Dan, Nirvana, Tame Impala, Led Zeppelin and Frank Zappa.
Felipe RondonGuitar 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.
Allison DugganSinging Teacher, Piano Teacher
Allison Duggan is a New York-based composer, performer, music teacher and marketing consultant. Allison graduated from SUNY Purchase College with a Bachelors in the Arts, majoring in Arts Management and concentrating her time and studies with studio composition, music production and theatre management. As an emerging composer, Allison has had her music performed at prestigious colleges such as Syracuse University and Purchase College.
Allison has written for theatrical shows, including as a 2015 participant in the Venus/Adronis Festival, a(MUSE), and composed for the award-winning short, "White Privilege Frankenstein." She is also a freelance vocalist, and has participated in Brazilian ensemble groups, as well as local choirs in the metropolitan area. Allison performs in Brooklyn on bassoon, and has participated in various large bands to support music education in scholastic settings. She has extensive experience working with sound at production companies such as Big Yellow Duck, Deetown Entertainment and Northern Lights Post.
As a music teacher, she has gained a great rapport with her students varying in different learning styles, musical ideologies and genres. She has brought on average seven students to NYSSMA yearly with good to excellent levels in grading, yet strives for all musicians she teaches to focus on the craft, not on a grade.