Billie Seeland General Manager
Billie is a nonbinary, New Jersey based musician and the general manager at the Princeton location. After graduating from the Princeton School of Rock in 2011, they began teaching and directing at the Doylestown, Philadelphia and Princeton locations, but Princeton will always be their home. With their background in performing, music production and knowledge of music history, they are glad to have been able to continue to give back to the program that did so much for them over the last decade. Knowing what the program can do for students, Billie strives to maintain a community of inclusiveness for young musicians in Mercer County, just as it was for them growing up by creating a curriculum made up of diverse music and artists for both learning and discussion.
Ali Gleason Studio Coordinator
Ali has been a teaching artist for more than 15 years teaching and performing at theatres across the country. She’s been lucky enough to have toured the country performing in musicals and most recently got to see a little bit more of the world as a lead singer in Syd Norman’s Pour House with Norwegian Cruise Line. But she keeps coming back to the thing she loves most, watching and helping kids to grow as artists. Her dog Scout loves watching the School of Rock students perform!
Dante Cimino Regional Music Director, House Band Director, Seasonal Show Director
Dante has been playing drums for 32 years. He has toured the world with owner Mike Morpurgo and their band Dandelion. Dante has also shared the stage with bands like Radiohead, Rob Zombie, Gwar, The Ramones, Alanis Morrisette, Goo Goo Dolls, Red Kross and countless others. He has written and performed songs that have been featured in the movie "Brainscan," as well as popular shows like MTVs "The Real World" and "Beavis and Butthead." He has also recorded an album with Rudy Blitz with his good friend Chad Ginsburg from the band CKY. Dante's approach to his music direction and as a drum teacher is brutal truth. With this approach he has produced some of the greatest drummers School of Rock has ever seen and also some of the greatest shows. His approach to teaching drums is simple: use your ears. That’s how he learned and that’s how he teaches. He loves his job and the kids. Anybody who’s had an interaction with Dante has always walked away learning something, and at the very least gotten a good laugh.
Riley Byrne Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Riley Byrne is a musical multi-instrumentalist, as well as a music instructor. He has been composing/producing his own music and playing in different bands around New Jersey for over 10 years. He studied Jazz Upright Bass performance at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Music Degree in May of 2015. Riley hopes to continue inspiring others to play music through instrumental music education while still pursuing performing live, composing music and producing records.
Chris Seeland Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Chris started playing music at a very early age starting with the saxophone and then moving to guitar and bass. He then went to School of Rock for years and participated in many shows. Chris performs with a variety of different bands and musicians that have allowed him to open up for such reputable acts such as The Misfits, Plain White T's, Aaron Carter, Tom Keifer of Cinderella and David Cook. He also has been able to tour around the country and work with labels like Atlantic Records, Megaforce Records and 320 Records.
Stevie Iannettoni Drum Teacher
Stevie Iannettoni has continuously played up and down the east coast for over a decade. Since joining School of Rock Cherry Hill at the age of 12, he has performed as a drummer, vocalist, bassist and guitarist for original projects, cover bands, jazz ensembles and more. Mainly a drummer, he has played and recorded for countless bands, piling up hundreds of shows, including a tour in Europe with Eric13 (of Combichrist) and even a 2011 Choice Musician Award from the Berklee School of Music high school jazz competition. Stevie was also the bassist for indie rock band Sonnder, which came with lots of radio airplay. He played on big stages such as Underground Arts (Philadelphia), Mercury Lounge (NYC) and even Festival Pier (Philadelphia) opening for The Struts. He can now be found providing lead vocals and drumming for The Way Outs, a cover band that plays all types of music in venues anywhere from the Jersey Shore to Sloppy Joe’s in Key West, FL. Looking to constantly write more songs, new original ideas are always in the works as well.
Chris Shepherd Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Chris Shepherd has been teaching music for over two decades. As a veteran instructor at School of Rock, he has taught in several locations throughout the country. He has been on the Princeton staff as a guitar instructor and show director for two years. Chris has a Master's Degree in Music Education, and has performed globally in a variety of touring acts as well as a solo artist and band leader. Some of his notable performances include concerts with YES, Robbie Krieger of The Doors and local legends Lotus, Disco Biscuits and WEEN. He has composed commercial music for companies such as Pepperidge Farms, Campbell's Soup and Hyundai. He was nominated as a music instructor for the 2014 Grammy Awards.
Sofi Spatola SINGING TEACHER
Sofi started playing music at age 10 when she started taking lessons at the Princeton School if Rock. The SOR alumni also has training in choir and musical theatre singing. She has been teaching and directing at multiple School of Rock locations for the last 3 years and has a deep appreciation for this program having been in both student and instructor roles.
Monika Ryan SINGING TEACHER
Monika Ryan is a versatile vocalist with 11 self-produced albums out. Over the course of her 30-year professional career she has toured 3 continents and sung in large concert halls and small venues alike. She is a Voting Member of the Recording Academy and holds a BFA in Vocal Jazz from the esteemed New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music. Her teachers include jazz legends like Sheila Jordan and teachers to the stars like Katie Agresta, teacher to Jon Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Sting, Cindi Lauper, Nathan Lane and more. Monika loves to teach and has both of her own children currently enrolled in the School of Rock Princeton.
Andrew Chojnacki SINGING AND KEYBOARD TEACHER
Andrew Chojnacki is a voice and keyboard teacher at School of Rock. He is currently studying voice, music education, and music theory at Westminster Choir College. He plays keyboards and sings in Us & Them, one of the premier Pink Floyd tribute bands in the greater Philadelphia area. The core ideas behind his voice teaching involve taking classic principles such as diction, resonance, and breath support, and incorporating them into a great performance with excellent stage presence. Keyboard students can expect to learn a lot of music theory in their studies, and will be able to take basic chords and scales and incorporate them into improvisation and performance. Above all, Andrew strives for each of his students to have fun singing and playing music, and he takes pride in any kind of improvement shown, no matter how significant.
Lexi Campion Drum Teacher
Lexi Campion is a New Jersey based-multi-instrumentalist. Lexi has been drumming since the age of nine, and has since played in countless bands and ensembles.
She holds a degree in Music Industry with minors in Business Administration and Marketing from Drexel University. Lexi plays guitar and sings in Philadelphia based band Grayling, currently signed to 6131 Records.
Mandy Kessler Singing Teacher
Mandy is a singer songwriter who graduated with a Bachelor of Songwriting at Berklee College of Music. They have an intense, powerful, emotional vocal delivery, and songs that are meaningful and inclusive of a wide audience. They sang in the Women's Vocal Ensemble at the Zurich Conservatory of Music for years, touring in Europe and South Korea. They participated in many solo shows at Berklee and were part of an a cappella group, Treble Threat. They currently front a band called The Canvas Collective.
Michael Kowalski Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Michael has been a part of School of Rock for over 14 years in both the Princeton and Philadelphia locations. As a student in Princeton, he was a long time member of the House Band and All-Stars and performed across the tri-state area. Michael went to the University of the Arts as a Set Design Major and works around Philly as a musician and artist.
Jordan Perillo Keyboard Teacher
Jordan is a keyboard player and singer from Tampa, Florida. He has two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Music Studies, and is currently studying for his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. He has classical training in piano and voice, but has also played in numerous jazz, pop, and rock bands. He enjoys helping students learn the songs they love!
Chris Baker Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Chris "Crisbie" Baker is a professional musician, multi-instrumentalist and music instructor based in Cherry Hill, NJ. For over a decade Chris has been teaching and playing stages all over the states and overseas, including multiple international tours with rock artist - Eric13 (of Combichrist). Primarily a lead guitarist, Chris has recorded with numerous artists/bands including DMC of Run-DMC. In addition to guitar, Chris plays bass, drums and sings. Chris is currently working on his first full length release for a brand new project called Ego Planet and plays guitar for The Way Outs.