Jimmi Kane Owner, General Manager
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 Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Drum Teacher
Bruce Gatewood was born and 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. Bruce has been performing on stage and recording his entire life. He has recorded and performed with a multitude of acts such as Roadside Alibi, Joe Colledge, Atello, Deodato, ELO part2 featuring Jose Feliciano, Delores O'Rirodan and Angelo Badalamenti to name a few. He is currently an in-demand studio musician and live performer, as well as being an advocate for early childhood musical education.
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.
Rod Rivera Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Born in a musical home, Rod’s father was a classical folk singer/guitarist and his mother was a semi-professional opera singer. Rod started his musical journey at the age of four, singing with his parents. He picked up the guitar at the age of seven and was taught by his father. In his early teens, he attended a music academy in Puerto Rico where he learned classical, Flamenco, rock guitar and music theory.
Rod has 30 years experience as a professional musician, performing, recording, composing, teaching, touring and producing. He is the founding member of international Christian metal recording artist Rivera Bomma, featuring members of Symphony X, Hades and the Rock of Ages Band. Rivera Bomma is currently celebrating 16 years together.
From Flamenco to rock, Latin fusion to classic heavy metal, Rod’s guitar work and music has been admired by fans and music professionals all over the world.
Paul Gargiulo Guitar Teacher
Paul Gargiulo is a professional guitar teacher with many years of experience performing and teaching. He is adept in creative lesson plans for all ages and is very patient working with students young and old.
Chelsea Carlson Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Chelsea Carlson is an award-winning singer/songwriter, Berklee College of Music alumnus and graduate of School of Rock herself, with over seven years of teaching experience. Since 2010, Chelsea has performed at nearly 100 venues throughout the northeast, including the Hard Rock Cafe, Bitter End and Stone Pony as both an acoustic soloist and in bands. In 2013, Chelsea was awarded Top New Female Act at the Jersey Acoustic Music Awards. Her debut album, "The Broken Road," premiered in "Songwriting Magazine" in early 2016. Chelsea now performs and releases original music under the stage name Carlsea.
Since she began teaching, Chelsea has taught over 80 students voice, guitar, piano, bass and ukulele lessons with a focus on cultivating creativity, musicianship and love of performance. It is Chelsea's goal to not only teach students how to be great musicians, but to provide them with the tools necessary to have a future career in music themselves. In addition to private lessons, Chelsea has taught preschool music at Long Valley Christian Nursery School since 2014, and is a former vocal lab instructor at Hunterdon Preparatory School.
Matt Thompson Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Matthew Thompson is a proud father and husband and has had an extensive career for over 30 years in musical performance, composition and education. He currently performs and records music professionally in New York City with a project named Zr. King. He is a singer and songwriter experienced in playing and teaching acoustic and electric guitar, piano, bass and ukulele. He is also an accomplished singer and vocal instructor. He is also a practicing visual artist and oil painter with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Art History from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
His musical career began at the age of four, playing piano and singing at home. He began his performance career as a choir singer and soloist at the age of seven. Matthew has taught musical instruction for over 15 years to children and adults. He has also performed and acted in a variety of theatrical performances and musicals. He is passionate about creativity and sharing the joy of playing and learning music with all ages. Matthew is very honored and thrilled to share his love of music and creativity at School of Rock. He believes that music is a universal language that everyone can learn and enjoy.