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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock Huntington Beach’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Huntington Beach music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.

Jeff Nunes Owner

Jeff "Noonzy" Nunes has been a professional musician for almost 35 years, and has been playing guitar since he was six. Starting his professional career at the age of 14 as a solo guitarist in numerous venues around the Bay Area, and continuing through his college years, Jeff went on to become a co-founding member and frontman for the Bay Area rock band Interstate. In 2005, having met Larry Boodman backstage at a show in San Francisco a year earlier, he was asked to join and become the lead guitarist for the L.A.-based, award-winning, indie-rock band Fourwayfree. In his career as a professional musician Jeff has served as a teacher, producer, touring pro and for a brief time a music store owner. Jeff holds degrees from the University of California Davis and Arizona State University College of Law. When he's not spending time with his lovely wife Sarah and their kids Jacob and Emma, he's either playing guitar, playing in an acoustic duo with his son Jake or practicing law. Jeff is extremely excited to be using his background in music education and business, as well as his experience as a businessman and attorney to bring School of Rock to Huntington Beach.

Larry Boodman Owner, General Manager

Larry "Boody" Boodman has been a professional musician (drummer) for the past 17 years and has been playing since he was 11. As the co-founder and drummer for the L.A.-based award-winning indie-rock group Fourwayfree (where he and co-owner Jeff Nunes first met) between 2001 to the present and an OCSA Alumni (Musical Theatre), Larry has developed a strong background and passion for stage, theatre, performance and of course music! As a graduate from CSU, Fullerton's film/TV program, Larry also spent a number of years in the film industry working as a location scout/manager and camera assistant. As a hobby (and a way to support his artistic and creative endeavors), Larry has tinkered in the real estate and hospitality industries. He is thrilled to be combining his professional experience and passions to launch School of Rock Huntington Beach. Larry and his wife, Sandra, have two boys, who will soon be students at School of Rock!

Joey Ancona Owner, Music Director

Joey Ancona is a passionate, working musician with 30 years of experience in live performances, touring, sound design and recordings. Joining his first band in high school led to the craft of creating music and playing live that continues to this day. Currently front man for two working acts, Joey enjoys rocking out weekly all over Orange County. A professional theatre arts teacher for over 20 years, most notably at the Orange County School of the Arts as Director of the Production and Design department (Directing, Acting, Technical Directing and Sound Design), produced the opportunity to work with such professionals as Francis Ford Coppola, Cathy Rigby and Broadway stars Susan Egan, Lindsay Mendez, Krysta Rodriguez and Matthew Morrison. Joey current serves as an enthusiastic, resourceful, motivating teacher and leader with an expertise in nurturing the development of an artist congruent with challenging the student and staff to excel, thrive and succeed. He's the proprietor, manager and head of operations for Graziano's and Sal and Sons Italian restaurants for over five years.

Benji Dixon Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Benji grew up surrounded by music with a love of rock n' roll. Starting his first band at age 13, the guitarist was ready to share his passion with others. Writing and recording his own music drove Benji to also become an audio engineer at age 20. After starting and joining countless music groups all the way through his early 20s, this southerner decided to move to California at age 25 to continue his journey in a world of music. He still continues to write and record his own music and serves as the lead guitarist of the smooth yacht rock group Yachty By Nature.

Jesse Wilder Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Jesse has been a professional musician and performer for more than 20 years. Wilder's first band was The Scholars in which he sang, played saxophone and keyboards, then began writing songs with Aaron Barrett for Reel Big Fish. With Isaiah Ikey Owens (Mars Volta) and others he formed Teen Heroes, which played in the Orange County scene in the 90s and broke up in August 2000. He founded Makeshift Love Affair with bassist Ed Kampwirth and Chris Clawson of My Superhero and the Neville Staple project. Wilder joined the group The Littlest Man Band and toured in England. Soon they released a studio album in September 2004 only to break up in 2006, as did Makeshift Love Affair. Since then Wilder has played briefly with The All-American Rejects and released various studio sessions. His most recent band was ForceField On, whose first full-length album was released in 2007. He also played with Isaiah Ikey Owens in Look Daggers, with rapper 2Mex. Along with former Teen Heroes guitarist, Peter Berberich, he made the music for the online multi-player puzzle game system called Skill City Games.

Amanda Restivo Singing Teacher

Amanda is a professional singer, dancer, actress and private vocal coach. Originally from Southern California, she has been featured in musical theater, plays, television and has spent the last 10 years performing all over the world. Amanda graduated with honors from California State University, Fullerton with her Bachelors degree in Theatre Arts. In 2004 she was hired by STILETTO Entertainment to perform aboard luxury cruise ships for Holland America Line, and most notably on the QE2 for Cunard Line. She spent three years as the lead singer and dancer on board, traveling to all seven continents and over 65 countries all while entertaining thousands of passengers. She later moved to New York City where she lived for two years training and auditioning.
In the summer of 2008, Amanda was cast to replace the original singer and composer of the Broadway production of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy. She was the only vocalist in this cirque style musical, playing the character of Mother Nature. She toured the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico performing eight shows a week for almost a year. After a successful tour, Amanda was asked to reprise the role at the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 2010 Amanda moved overseas and was hired as an associate vocal instructor at one of the most prestigious voice and recording studios in Hong Kong. For three years she taught private vocal lessons as well as group cabaret and musical theatre workshops for children and adults. In addition, Amanda worked as a vocal producer on numerous professional recordings and albums released in Hong Kong and Taiwan. She trains beginners to professionals, and has experience coaching musical theatre, country, pop, rock, jazz and classical styles. Amanda is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Michael Steiner Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Michael Steiner's love for music began at eight years old when he started learning how to play the violin. Since then, he has been involved in a plethora of musical endeavors including everything from orchestras and strings groups to post-punk hardcore bands. He currently performs as a singer-songwriter and is an active performing musician. Michael has offered his skills as a guitarist, vocalist, bassist, drummer, keyboardist, violinist and songwriter to various groups and bands, and has served as a music director and worship leader for several churches. Michael loves to share his passion for music through teaching, and believes in helping students to become skilled musicians and find their own individual musical styles.

Harley DeWinter Drum Teacher

Harley DeWinter is a graduate of the Orange County School of the Arts under the Commercial Music program, while also maintaining the position as sole drummer for the MONTAGE! performing group from 2012 until his graduation in 2015. His band Un D Vided, now called My Mechanical Heart, won the OC Music Awards "Best Youth Artist" in 2013 and 2014, and is currently working on their debut EP under the new name. In 2014, he assisted national touring band Siren, now called Mycah, as their drummer from August 2013 until July 2014, and performed with the band twice during Memorial Day weekend at the 2014 Rocklahoma Festival. In the summer of 2015, Harley toured with A+ Dropouts on the Vans Warped Tour. Harley is currently working towards earning an Associate's Degree in Digital Media, with a Certificate of Specialty in Audio Recording, and Certification in Pro Tools recording software at Golden West College. Also, Harley is currently a working session drummer at ReAmp Studios.

Pat Leon Drum Teacher

Pat started playing the drums at age five and soon became active in bands by age 10. In junior high, Pat was fortunate enough to meet and have the famous teacher Chuck Wackerman as his jazz instructor. Pat would then go on to study with world-renowned drummer, clinician and teacher Chuck Flores. After graduating high school he enrolled in the Jazz program at Fullerton College on a full music scholarship. There he would study with Allen Carter who became another huge influence. Other major influences are Chris Partridge, Dave Goode, Esteban, James E. Keegan and Jughead. Currently a top call show and recording drummer for Disney Worldwide and drummer for Zeppelin USA: An American Tribute To Led Zeppelin, Pat also has a diverse body of work as far as styles and artists. He has been very fortunate to work, record, tour or just share a stage with such artists as Greg Walker (Santana), Roger Daltrey (The Who), Reggie Boyd Jr. (The Staple Singers, Dolly Parton, Bob Marley), Kentucky Mark Meadows (Meredith Brooks, John Waite, Dweezil Zappa), producer Scott Mathews (Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Sammy Hager) and many other talented artists. You can hear Pat on Marvel Comic’s video game “The Punisher” and also the long awaited “Red Alert 3" video game. You can find Pat all over the score to the soundtrack from the 2005 motion picture "Partners” and the soundtrack to the 2006 film "White Air."

Chris Brady Drum Teacher

Chris Brady was born in Long Beach, California and developed an interest in music and drumming at the age of 14. He began studying drums in high school in addition to playing the euphonium and trombone. He began his drum studies with Bill Thomas and continued on with Chuck Wackerman and then Gregg Bissonette. Chris continued his education at California State University Long Beach, earning a B.A. degree in music. During this time he played in club and casual bands, taught private lessons and worked in music retail. He also did the transcription work for the Gregg Bissonette DCI videos “Private Lesson” and "Playing, Reading and Soloing With A Band” and Chad Smith’s “One Hot Rhythm Method.” For the past 20 years Chris has worked at Aquarian Drumheads as Director of Artist Relations/Marketing.

Joey Vargas Bass Guitar Teacher

Born and raised in Westminster, CA, Joey was highly influenced by the play of James Jamerson and Bootsy Collins. In an attempt to escape the gang life of Westminster Joey found punk, where his new heroes were MXPX and The Ramones. After years of playing throughout Orange County in many punk bands and leading worship for youth groups and college groups, Joey was called back by the old Motown vibe through Pino Palladino, Michael League and Sharay Reed and now plays in funk, R&B and soul cover bands.

Jake Magness Drum Teacher

Hailing from Las Vegas, NV, Jake Magness has been a professional drummer since he was 17 years old. Auditioning and getting into Las Vegas Academy to study music and various instruments, he quickly found himself joining show bands and playing three to five nights a week across the Las Vegas Strip. As well as being a professional drummer, he has had numerous jobs in the entertainment and music industry like helping run a recording studio, having residencies as a DJ, producing and building audio/lighting installations for Bon Jovi, Kings of Leon and more.
As a drummer, he’s opened up for acts such as Atlas Genius, Ra Ra Riot and Rooney. He also toured the U.K. for three weeks and has played at the Life is Beautiful Festival and the Wine Amplified Festival alongside acts such as Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Kings Of Leon and blink-182.
As a DJ, he’s opened up for Jauz and has played at venues such as Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas and Webster Hall in Manhattan. He’s produced alongside some of the best producers in Hollywood such as Sasha Sirota (Justin Bieber, Drake), Jay Gordon (Linkin Park, Korn), Troy Welstad (P!nk, Colbie Caillat) and more.
Currently living in Anaheim, Jake’s passion for music shows in every performance, lesson and session he does.

John Mroch Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

John Mroch, a guitar and bass player, grew up right here in Huntington Beach. He first felt the call to play music after seeing Green Day in 2005 for their American Idiot Tour. Bands with friends and small passion projects soon followed. Years spent listening to The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, David Bowie and R.E.M. learning tunes and jamming on chord progressions shaped him into the musician he is today. Currently John plays with his band, The Gospel Swamp, with some of those same long-time friends from the early days and he’s always happy to share whatever he can with the young musicians that come to School of Rock.

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