Jimmi Kane Owner, General Manager, Drum Teacher
When Jimmi Kane started bouncing on his rocking horse right on beat to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It," his dad thought quickly and put some drum sticks in the four-year-old’s hands. Without any formal training, Jimmi quickly taught himself to master the drums. By the time he was 15 years old, he was a regular on stage in and around his hometown of Saugerties, NY.
Jimmi's career as a professional drummer has allowed him to record and tour the country with artists such as Krista (RCA/Jive Records), Thieves and Villains (Victory Records) and The Morning Of (Tragic Hero Records). He currently leads the east coast cast of the award-winning punk rock drum troupe, Street Drum Corps, where you can catch him banging on oil drums and pounding on kegs in the electrifying spectacular Blood Drums every weekend in September and October at Dorney Park's The Haunt or Six Flags Great Adventure's Fright Fest.
Suzanne Kane Owner
Suzanne's love of music began as soon as she was old enough to speak. After listening to the Original Broadway Cast recording of "Annie" on repeat for what seemed like years, her mother decided it was time to to take the five-year-old to a vocal instructor. Suzanne's show tune repertoire soon evolved beyond "Tomorrow" and, eventually, she began singing and acting in local stage productions, such as "Gypsy" and "The Music Man." Then, one fateful seventh grade day, Suzanne discovered KISS. At that moment, rock and roll seeped into her bloodstream and there was no turning back.
After graduating from Syracuse University, Suzanne worked in all facets of the music industry, from radio to publicity to concert booking, before taking time off to start a family. Now, ready to get back into the world of rock and roll, Suzanne, along with her husband, Jimmi, jumped into a business that will give them the satisfaction of teaching new generations to love and appreciate music.
Bruce Gatewood Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Drum Teacher
Bruce Gatewood was raised in Jersey City, NJ. He started playing guitar at age six, and developed his musicianship by learning how to play other instruments and styles of music. He furthered his musical journey through college, earning a B.A. in Music.
Some of Bruce’s Performing and Recording credits include: The Holland Tunnel Project, Roadside Alibi, Joe Lynn Turner, Jon Secada, Gloria Gaynor, Joe Colledge, Atello, Deodato, ELO part2 featuring Jose' Feliciano, Delores O'Rirodan, and Angelo Badalamenti to name a few. He also performs with many Tri State Area bands. He has released a solo CD and some singles.
Maggie Callahan Vocal Teacher
Maggie Callahan is a vocalist with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Moravian College, with a focus in voice pedagogy and diction. While she is trained to sing opera and art songs, she has a passion for singing rock, musical theater, folk, jazz and pop. With over five years of teaching experience, she uses her classical background to teach students how to sing any genre with proper breathing and safe vocal techniques. In addition to teaching, Maggie performs regularly in the Lehigh Valley and NJ area with bands, musical theater productions and professional choruses.
Matt Thompson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Matt has helped to instruct and guide musicians at School of Rock in Randolph, NJ since September 2018. He has been a musical artist, composer and performer for over 33 years. Matt's primary instrument is his voice, although he is also well-versed in guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion and ukulele.
Matt is also an experienced studio musician and live performer and is knowledgeable in live sound and sonic engineering. He has a passion for sharing his love of music and inspiring future generations of composers and performers to attain their dreams and express themselves sonically.
Jordan Bernacchia Drum Teacher
Jordan Bernacchia began playing drums at 15 and instantly fell in love with the instrument. He started at School of Rock Bedford in New York around then. At the age of 18, Jordan moved to NYC and started gigging professionally all the way until graduating from The Collective School of Music from the Advanced Performance Program with honors, becoming proficient in funk, rock, metal, Latin, jazz, Brazilian, reading, linear, odd times, technique and more. Jordan is currently the drummer of the premier metal group AnAkA. He has also played with acts such as Alex Cano and Tucker Woods, as well as Dueling Pianos. At the young age of 25, becoming a professional and endorsed drummer has been nothing short of hard work. Becoming successful at such a young age is a great opportunity for Jordan to teach young musicians how to approach music conceptually and professionally. By teaching attitude, respect and discipline, as well as technique, appreciation and general music studies beyond the drum set, Jordan gives young musicians the tools to become successful in today’s world. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Randolph.
Josh Held Guitar Teacher
Josh started playing guitar at the age of 11. Encouraged by his family's musical roots in blues and classic rock, he pursued a degree in Audio Production at Ramapo College and graduated in 2015. Displaying an aptitude for music theory, he became a tutor during his undergrad, where he got his first taste of teaching. After college, he embedded himself in his local scene, joining local death-core act Ocean of Illusions in 2016, with whom he has released 2 singles, 1 EP, and 3 music videos. Josh teaches guitar, music theory, and music production. Outside of music he also enjoys photography, dogs, and spending time outdoors.
Patty Turse Piano Teacher
Patty Turse is a pianist, harpist and board certified music therapist who believes in the power of music to heal. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in music/ music therapy and has maintained a private teaching studio in harp and piano. She performs locally in shows with the harp, also playing for weddings, events, local orchestras, and parties. You can purchase her harp cd, "This is My Father's World" online at amazon.com or cdbaby.com. Proceeds go to fund an orphanage and medical clinic in West Liberia. Her duo, "The Diamond Blue Duo" (flute and harp) performs in the tri-state area and she often plays with string players a variety of pop, rock, classical, Big Band, Bollywood covers.
Alec Hay Piano Teacher
While composing music is his first love, Alec has worn many hats in the music industry. In addition to teaching piano, he is a performer, musical director, and audio engineer. Alec’s arrangements and MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) files have been used both in the United States and internationally by various theatre groups. Among his original works are the contemporary opera King David and Danse Macabre, a collection of eclectic pieces for choreography.
Throughout his musical career, Alec’s love of teaching has remained constant. For the last few years he has worked with students ranging in age from five through seventy. Alec combines a traditional approach to piano instruction with a personalized lesson plan to meet the needs and interests of each individual student. With a strong background in composition and arrangement, Alec frequently provides custom arrangements of pieces that both appeal to the student and incorporate techniques the student needs to master. Alec also has extensive experience working with special needs students. Alec keeps his piano skills honed by performing with Hollywood Nights, a Bob Seger tribute show. Alec shares his home with his Steinway and two cats.
Matt Migliorino Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar 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 legendary 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 graduated from Berklee College of Music, majoring in Music Production and Engineering with a minor in Acoustics and Electronics. Matt is also a live sound engineer for concerts and a recording engineer. Matt has a passion for teaching and hopes to inspire his students the way he was inspired by his time as a student at School of Rock.