Rose Blessing General Manager
Rose Blessing was born in Arkansas and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, which she now calls home at 26 years old. Most of her family are musically inclined. Her mom sings gospel and her dad sings rock n' roll. Rose started singing before she could talk, and she got her first guitar at 14 years old, which is where her music really took off. Rose was in choir from sixth-11th grade and received a letter in choir while in high school. She enjoys karaoke with friends and family any chance she gets. She is the General Manager at School of Rock Kansas City.
Liam Sumnicht Drum Teacher
Liam Sumnicht has been playing the drums since the age of 10. Liam took private lessons, played in school bands, jazz band, percussion ensemble and orchestra, and finally started a rock band in high school, where he found his passion. Heading to college while the landscape of the music industry was changing, and aware of the role that business and visual art plays in music, he majored in Entrepreneurship and minored in Graphic Design at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
After graduating in 2010, he joined and became a founding member of Not A Planet, and the band hit the road for an east coast tour two weeks later. The band continued to tour for several years on the Northeast coast, the Southeast Coast and in Austin, TX. The band played Music Week, Boulevardia and Summer Jam, was awarded Best Rock EP by the Independent Music Awards and Best Rock Band by the Pitch Music Awards, and received other nominations from both. They played with Stone Temple Pilots and The Dirty Heads, and toured with Blues Traveler. Today, Liam plays in Not A Planet, Kangaroo Knife Fight and Jaenki. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Parkville.
Olivia Marshall Drum Teacher
Olivia Marshall is a School of Rock alum from School of Rock Parkville. She is a drum teacher and is one of our Rock 101 leaders. As a performer and instructor, Olivia enjoys classical rock to heavy metal and everything in between.
Richie St. John Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Richie St. John is a School of Rock Alum turned teacher. He is a piano teacher and a guitar teacher, both instruments of which he learned during his time as a student here at School of Rock Parkville. Currently, Richie is the rhythm guitarist and keyboardist of Minor Rewind. He has opened up for noteworthy acts such as Journey, Steve Miller Band, Tower of Power and many more. In addition, he has been involved in a few musical productions, most notably as the role of Skszp, the guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist and musical director for The Egads in the Arts Asylum theatre production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."
Daniel Cole Drum Teacher
Daniel Cole is from Kansas City, Missouri and started drumming at the age of 10. Early influences came from his father, as well as the musicians that he grew up with. He developed an interest in music education after years of formal training all throughout his elementary, high school and college years. He graduated with a degree in Music Technology and Performance. Daniel has been drumming professionally since 2009. You can catch him playing local gigs, touring, recording and working with musicians and artists at various levels in the music industry. His favorite genres include rock, hip-hop and pop, but he is experienced in many other styles. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Parkville.
Kyle Cimino Guitar Teacher
Kyle Cimino and his band CIMINO have taken their music from a regional level to the world stage, racking up positive reviews around the globe, making stops at iconic venues such as LA's Whisky a Go Go and the Full Throttle Salon in Sturgis, SD. Aside from features in the world's largest rock magazines such as "Revolver," "Guitar World" and "Classic Rock," the group has shared the stage with many of the industry's most legendary acts including Shinedown, Papa Roach, Korn, Counting Crows, Barenaked Ladies, Ted Nugget, Jackyl, Bret Micheals, Vince Neil, Buckcherry, Skid Row and many more. He also performs with the legendary Kansas City groups Disco Dick and the Mirrorballs and Baloney Ponyz. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Parkville.
Natalie Boos Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher and Singing Teacher
Natalie Boos is a local Kansas City musician finishing her undergraduate degree in Voice Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Boos specializes in a variety of instruments from voice, bass, piano and drums. With 4 years of private teaching experience, Boos has also been a performer at Howl at the Moon in Power and Light while performing with UMKC Conservatory’s Opera, Lawrence Opera Theatre and various other companies. When off from performing and teaching, Boos likes to watch comedy movies, hike and eat ice-cream!
Connor Branson Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher
Born and raised in Kansas City, Connor has been making music since he was 5 years old. After catching the theatre bug in middle school, Connor went on to get a degree in Acting and a degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. After college, Connor moved back to KC and joined his band, Late Nite Cavalry, where he has been the lead singer since 2015 and played across the Midwest. When he's not teaching voice and guitar at School of Rock, you can find Connor watching professional wrestling or cheering on the Chiefs and Royals! He loves all the classics that have shaped the sound of Rock n Roll and turning the volume up LOUD!
Michael O’Brien Bass Guitar Teacher
Michael O’Brien is a musician all the way from New Hampshire – very far away! Growing up, he was obsessed with rock n’ roll, starting with a Classic Rock mixtape of all the greats, then soon after discovering Nirvana, Three Days Grace, and even alternative artists such as Coldplay and Bloc Party. Playing in both original and cover bands all the way through high school, Michael decided to go to Benedictine College in Kansas and study Music Education. Now, he is a musician and actor in Kansas City as well as a teacher at School of Rock. Michael loves sharing his passion for music with others, and hopes to continue jamming all around the world.
Q Rubio Piano Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher
Q has been a music instructor at School of Rock Parkville since December 2020. He moved here from Florida in 2017 and performed around the state as a worship leader before landing in Missouri. Q loves working with kids at School of Rock because it inspires him to constantly learn and stay youthful. Q has been a musician for 17 years. He is also a piano entertainer for Howl at the Moon, and a wedding singer for Twice on Sunday.
Chris Blades Guitar Teacher
Chris has been playing music his entire life, beginning with his primary instrument — the guitar — at age 4. Along the way, he gained proficiency on bass, drums, piano, violin and cello. Over the years Chris has performed close to one thousand shows across the country, with countless bands/artists, tackling every genre of music (from jazz to outlaw country). Chris has shared the stage with Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch), Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (of The Misfits) and pioneering British heavy metal legends, Diamond Head. Chris began working for School of Rock in 2014, and has enjoyed sharing his experience/acquired knowledge with students in his own unique, relaxed-but-tough way.