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
Benji is a School of Rock Huntington Beach guitar teacher and show director. After starting his first band at age 13 and joining countless music groups through his early 20s, this southerner moved to Southern California at age 25 to continue his journey in a world of music. Writing and recording his own music drove Benji to also become an audio engineer. Today, when he is not teaching guitar in Huntington Beach, Benji continues to write and record his own music and gigs constantly as the lead guitarist of Orange County’s premier smooth yacht rock group, Yachty By Nature.
Jesse Wilder Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Jesse is a guitar teacher, bass teacher, keyboard teacher and show director at School of Rock Huntington Beach. A professional touring musician and performer for more than 20 years, Jesse has performed and recorded with notable acts such as The Scholars, Teen Heroes, Reel Big Fish, Makeshift Love Affair and All-American Rejects to name a few. Jesse brings extensive music industry and teaching experience to School of Rock Huntington Beach.
Amanda Restivo Singing Teacher
Amanda Restivo is School of Rock Huntington Beach’s primary vocal teacher. She is a professional singer, dancer, actress and private vocal coach. Originally from Southern California, Amanda has been featured in musical theater, plays and television in a career that has taken her to all seven continents and over 65 countries. A graduate with honors from California State University, Fullerton in Theatre Arts, in 2008 Amanda was cast in the Broadway production of "Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy," which took her on a world tour. After spending three years as an associate vocal instructor at one of the most prestigious voice and recording studios in Hong Kong, Amanda returned to Huntington Beach. She trains beginners to make them into professionals in pop, rock, musical theatre, country, jazz and classical styles here at School of Rock Huntington Beach.
Michael Steiner Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Michael Steiner is a guitar teacher, bass teacher, keyboard teacher and show director at School of Rock Huntington Beach. Michael’s experience spans 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 gigging musician. 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 at School of Rock Huntington Beach.
Harley DeWinter Drum Teacher
Harley DeWinter is a School of Rock Huntington Beach drum teacher. A local phenom, Harley graduated from the Orange County School of the Arts Commercial Music program, while working as the sole drummer for the MONTAGE! performing group from 2012-2015. Harley’s music career has included playing for the award-winning group My Mechanical Heart, and as a touring musician his travels have taken him on the Vans Warped Tour and to support such acts as Mycah, A+ Dropouts and Diamante. But even with his work as a touring musician and session drummer for Orange County’s ReAmp Studios, Harley brings his skill, passion and talents to his students at School of Rock Huntington Beach.
Pat Leon Drum Teacher
Pat Leon is a drum teacher at School of Rock Huntington Beach. Starting the drums at age five and playing in bands by age 10, Pat studied his craft with such world-renowned drummers as Chuck Wackerman, Chuck Flores and Allen Carter. He has worked, recorded, toured or just shared 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) and producer Scott Mathews (Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Sammy Hager). Pat is currently a top call show and recording drummer for Disney Worldwide and the drummer for Zeppelin USA: An American Tribute to Led Zeppelin. He shares his artistry and experience with drum students at School of Rock Huntington Beach.
Chris Brady Drum Teacher
Chris Brady is one of our drum teachers at School of Rock Huntington Beach. Hailing from Long Beach, California, Chris studied drums with revered teachers such as Bill Thomas, Chuck Wackerman and Gregg Bissonette. After getting his B.A. in Music from California State University Long Beach, Chris worked locally as a professional musician and drum teacher, as well as served as the Director of Artist Relations/Marketing for Aquarian Drumheads. Chris brings his considerable experience and talents to the drum students of School of Rock Huntington Beach.
Joey Vargas Bass Guitar Teacher
Joey Vargas is the primary bass teacher at School of Rock Huntington Beach. Born and raised in Westminster, CA, Joey found punk rock at an early age and picked up a bass to emulate his new heroes, 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, Sharay Reed, and the funk of James Jamerson and Bootsy Collins. Joey now plays in various funk, R&B and soul cover bands throughout Orange County and teaches all these styles to bass students at School of Rock Huntington Beach.
Jake Magness Drum Teacher
Jake Magness is a drum teacher at School of Rock Huntington Beach. A professional drummer since he was 17, Jake started his career playing three to five nights a week in show bands up and down the Las Vegas Strip. As a drummer, he’s opened for acts like Atlas Genius, Ra Ra Riot and Rooney, and has toured festival circuits in the U.K. playing alongside acts such as Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Kings of Leon and blink-182. Currently living in Anaheim, Jake’s passion for music shows in every performance, session and lesson he teaches at School of Rock Huntington Beach.
John Mroch Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
John Mroch is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Huntington Beach. Straight out of Huntington Beach, John first felt the call to play music after seeing Green Day in 2005 for their American Idiot Tour. 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. John plays with his band, The Gospel Swamp, and he’s always happy to share his talents and knowledge with the young musicians at School of Rock Huntington Beach.