Aaron FutchMusic Director
Aaron began playing bass at the age of 16, after seeing a need for it when most of his friends began picking up other instruments like guitar and drums. Soon after, he was playing with the youth praise band at his church, performing and rehearsing on a weekly basis. Aaron went on to attend Georgia State University where he received a Bachelors of Music with a concentration in Music Recording Technology.
During his time at GSU, Aaron studied Jazz Bass as well as performing in a multitude of various ensembles spanning many different musical genres. After graduating, Aaron worked in several studios in the Atlanta area and has performed in various venues around the Southeast and Seattle. Over the years Aaron has been able to take up other instruments such as piano, guitar, and drums, to help him achieve his goal of always expanding his musical horizons.
It is through his own love of learning that Aaron began to teach to pass on the incredible gift of music. He has also taught and show directed at the School of Rock in Atlanta, GA and Issaquah, WA. Aaron’s hope is in helping each student find their own creative musical voice, whichever direction that may lead, while also learning as much as he can from his experiences with each of them.
Ian SteedGuitar Teacher
Ian has been playing music most of his life and teaching for many years. He's been in tons of bands, playing everything from surf rock to death metal to jazz. Ian attended Berklee College of Music with a scholarship, which brought him to Massachusetts from San Diego. He's played all over Southern California and continues to play around the Boston Area with his bluegrass band and doing jazz gigs at local clubs. Ian says, "Playing music is the coolest and most rewarding thing I get to do. The second is teaching and getting others to play. School of Rock is such a tremendous blast! The students have such an awesome time, it makes the progress and work we do together super fulfilling."
Thanos PapadopoulosDrum Teacher
Thanos developed a passion and need for music from an early age. He bought his first keyboard at the age of six and started writing, learning melodies by ear. He is still as passionate today as he was then.
Born and raised in Greece, he was exposed to a colorful palette of music like Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong as well as bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple just to name a few.
By the fifth grade he had picked up accordion and began studying classical music, and at the age of fourteen he joined a contemporary orchestra and chose percussion and drums as his principal instrument.
While studying economics at University of Macedonia, Thanos was performing professionally as a drummer with rock and R&B artists across Greece. After graduating he joined the army and was selected as a percussionist for the military orchestra and marching band.
After completing his time with the army Thanos was accepted into Berklee College of Music with an academic scholarship. While at Berklee, he majored in Performance, Music Production and Engineering, studying under performance greats Ralph Peterson Jr., Kenwood Dennard, Dave DiCenso and multi-Grammy award winner Prince Charles Alexander. He also worked with professors in numerous projects performing in school festivals and summer music labs, teaching tonal harmony and music production as well as producing music for artists at the Berklee studios.
During his time in Boston he has performed in historical rock venues like the Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theater in New York City and Theater of the Living arts in Philadelphia to name a few. He toured along with legendary bands like the Dead Kennedys and G.B.H.
Matt MigliorinoGuitar Teacher
School of Rock was the foundation of Matt’s musical career. At age 13, he began at the School of Rock in Easton, PA with Guitar and Bass as his primary instruments. He joined the performance program and performed in many shows over the course of several years. As a member of the house band, he received more opportunities to perform at many community and charitable events. A few years later, he was selected as a School of Rock AllStar where he got to do his first tour and play at some incredible venues. The following year, he was a part of the SoR Zappanale tour where he toured in Germany and performed at a Frank Zappa music festival. School of Rock gave Matt some amazing opportunities such as opening for Jon Anderson of Yes and performing alongside members of the Mother’s of Invention. Matt has graduated from Berklee College of Music summa cum laude, majoring in Music Production and Engineering with a minor in Acoustics and Electronics. While in college, he started performing with Jonny Glenn and continues to perform all around the Boston area at places such as the House of Blues, Fenway Park, The Middle East, etc. Matt has a passion for teaching and working with children and has previously been an instructor at the Easton School of Rock.
Al LombardiPiano Teacher, Drum Teacher
Al Lombardi teaches keys and drums, and is also a very capable guitar and bass instructor, making him a valuable part of our school. Al grew up in New Jersey and started playing drums at the age of seven. Eventually he started joining bands with his friends and learning new instruments, which led him to move to Boston to attend, and graduate from, Berklee College of Music. Al has played in many different bands and draws inspiration from all kinds of music. He has performed for audiences up and down the northeast ranging from back yards, to rock venues, to concert halls, to stadiums. Having studied music education at Berklee, of course he also has a passion for teaching. Since graduating, he has been giving private lessons, and has also taught at multiple music camps. He’s excited to help students of all ages get off to a good start on their own personal musical journey!
Robert McCarthyDrum Teacher
Robert McCarthy is a percussionist, composer, arranger and writer from Boston, MA. Born in Brockton, MA, Robert McCarthy began studying percussion at the age of 10. Robert received his bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Music from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, all while studying percussion with musicians from West Point and taking summer lessons with Lee Vinson (formerly Boston Symphony Orchestra). He then went on to hone his skills at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, earning a Master’s degree in Music Education. Robert has taught in public school settings for years and teaches music at Berklee in the summer.
Robert also specializes with theater percussion, and has toured the east coast in performances such as Ceci N’est Pas Une Balle and Ideas, Not Theories. With theatrical shows like Blue Man Group and PACE percussion trio in mind, Robert also enjoys composing and arranging music with high energy and performer enjoyment. His composition "Tiger's Blood" for percussion ensemble was premiered at PASIC 2013, and has been named "Editor's Choice" on JWPepper.
Steve ChandySinging Teacher
Steve Chandy is a singer songwriter, guitarist, performer, teacher and producer. He started writing and performing songs when he was 12 years old, and at the age of 14 he taught himself guitar and was part of a successful band in Philadelphia for six years. Steve studied psychology as an undergraduate student and worked as a recreation specialist at a neuro-rehab facility. However, his love for music drove him to step into the music industry full-time and leave his profession.
He performed throughout the Philadelphia region, first as a street busker, where he would find gigs, to being part of band and a non-profit organization called Beatpeace Inc. He has performed in many world-renowned venues like World Cafe live, The Apollo and as a member of Beatpeace opened for the rapper Common. He has been featured on Dreamnation TV’s Acapella series, toured the country and released an album with Beatpeace Inc.
He has started several music programs and has worked as a mentor and music teacher for children and youth in West Philadelphia. His work has mostly taken place teaching guitar, vocals, creative writing and music theory to children and youth who have not had access to music classes within their own schools. He has seen how music allows people to find another means of communicating with others, helps them cope in productive and healthy ways, and empowers them to express themselves.
He moved to Boston with his wife and hopes to continue School of Rock’s success in Natick. He is currently writing and finishing up his debut solo album.
Jack ErithGuitar Teacher
Born and raised in Scotland, Jack started playing guitar at age 14 and fell in love with bands such as Van Halen, Led Zeppelin and The Foo Fighters. Once he heard guitar virtuoso Steve Vai for the first time, that changed everything. Jack went on to attend a music school in Glasgow. During his time there, he performed regularly in various bands playing rock, pop and funk music, as well as teaching guitar on the side. Jack recently graduated from Berklee College of Music and hopes to write music for video games while continuing to teach guitar.
Kamen RossSinging Teacher, Piano Teacher
Originally from Colorado, Kamen came to Boston because of its musical reputation, and an acceptance letter from Berklee College of Music sealed the deal. Kamen received his Bachelors Degree in Songwriting with voice as his principal instrument. He is a multi-instrumentalist and powerful vocalist, lending his talents to various musical groups in Boston's legendary rock establishments and prowling its liberated underground. Though a prolific performer and studio musician, he works primarily as a teacher, sharing his knowledge throughout his entire academic study at Berklee and years after. In his words, "What matters most as a teacher is spreading your love of the craft to other people. It is way more important to enjoy what you’re doing than to be especially skillful at it, because I’ve found that if you love doing something, the skill will come with time. The best lessons or workshops you can hope for as a teacher are ones where students leave with a greater hunger for the things you wish to see more of in the world. Most of the time they will have things to teach in return. It can be really scary for people to pick up a new instrument or put paint on a canvas, and I think it’s because the world is full of judgement and they’ve been exposed to it. But the world is also full of support, and this is something you can encourage people to explore whether you’re a teacher or not."