Dylan Gross Regional Manager, Music Director
Dylan's training is classical and jazz but his heart is all rock n' roll. Coming to School of Rock as a multi-instrumentalist, he took the school by storm and quickly became the Assistant General Manager. With a Music Education degree from Five Towns College and now a Master's Degree in Music Education from Hofstra University, Dylan has had the incredible opportuniy to perform in chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra and theatre orchestra on multiple instruments including the upright and electric bass. Of course when not a part of the orchestra he toured with local rock bands playing drums, keys and the bass! A lesson with Dylan means a lesson in theory, ear training, performance and exposure to multiple genres of music. He is our Regional Manager and Music Director at School of Rock Rockville Centre.
Sam Coughlin Assistant Music Director
Sam "Stellar" Coughlin is a NY music scene veteran and classically trained vocalist from Long Island, NY. With a hefty musical theater background, she made the transition to front woman for several prominent Long Island acts at the tender age of 14. As a child, her father, a self-taught guitarist, would play all kinds of rock songs for her until she eventually begged for lessons herself. She's been playing guitar for over 10 years and bass for around nine. Being rooted in traditional vocal and speech training, Sam has been able to span her songwriting over a vast collection of genres including pop, indie, punk and hip-hop. Along the way, she's toured the country fronting various musical acts with stops at festivals such as SXSW and Warped Tour. She is the Assistant Music Director at School of Rock Rockville Centre.
Chris Bedward Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Chris Bedward is a rock/fusion guitarist and composer based in New York. He is a regular at many major trade shows such as the NAMM show, NY Amp Show, The Stompbox Exhibit and more. He has worked as a product specialist with Electro-Harmonix, has been featured on the 96.7 The Buzz radio station and has played for hip-hop/reggae group RSNY, as well as toured with international reggae star Shaggy. In the summer of 2015, during a showcase with up-and-coming saxophonist David T.V. Barnes, Chris received industry-wide accolades from labels such as Def Jam Records, Atlantic Records and Universal Music Group. Having played venues like CBGBs, The Knitting Factory, Club Show, Sullivan Hall and Webster Hall, Chris is now seeking to expand his horizons, as well as teach those who struggle to grasp the guitar. Chris is also a private guitar instructor and session musician. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Rockville Centre.
David Nieves Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher
David is a 20-year musician specializing in drums, percussion, woodwinds and piano. He got his start at the age of 10 when a chance meeting with a music teacher prompted him to start clarinet. He attended Laguardia High School of Music and Art and Mannes School of Music, performing with the Laguardia orchestra, the Mannes concert orchestra and the ISO orchestra. After graduating high school, David attended Queens College where he performed with the senior orchestra for three years. He's taken lessons with some of the most famous clarinetists in New York City including Bonnie Sholl, David Glazer, David Weber and Stanley Drucker. After years of clarinet lessons, David felt he needed a change. Percussion was always a love of his so after transferring to Lehman College in the Bronx, he decided to take drum lessons. After four years of percussion lessons with Howard Hirsch, he began performing in various marching band groups and symphonic bands around New York City, trading the woodwind section for the percussion section. Currently, David gives private music instruction in all of his instruments, performs with various rock bands and cover band groups around the city, and writes original compositions in his spare time.
John Tocabens Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
John is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Oceanside, NY. With a background deeply rooted in punk and progressive rock, his philosophy is focused on developing the musical acuity and passion of his students. A drum student since age six and a self-taught guitarist, John has spent his life studying both the method of music theory as well as the art of songwriting. He received his Bachelors degree in music from the City College of NY. By focusing on aural development and comprehension, his curriculum is designed to prepare students for the unique challenges that accompany group performance. John currently plays guitar in It Came From Space, a Long Island-based post/math rock band.
Tom Diognardi Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Thomas Diognardi is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter from Bethpage, NY. He's spent the better part of his life performing with various bands, and graduated from the Music Conservatory at SUNY Purchase with his Bachelors Degree in Studio Production. Being both a self-taught musician and well-versed in music theory allows Thomas to approach lessons and teaching with a laid-back, yet critical and corrective mindset. He currently records/produces local bands out of his home studio while touring and pursuing a career with his band In Loving Memory.
James Terranova General Manager
James Terranova began playing music before he learned to speak. James is the General Manager at School of Rock Rockville Centre. James received his degree in Audio Engineering from I.A.R. James is now touring with his band, The Inoculated Canaries, as they prepare for the release of their newest EP, "Trying Times."
John Barber Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
John graduated from Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, majoring in Performance. John has toured and performed as the co-lead vocalist and guitarist of Ellis Ashbrook, a contemporary psychedelic rock group from Brooklyn, NY. A multi-instrumentalist, John specializes in guitar and piano. John loves teaching and tailors his lessons to the individual by working through the fundamentals and teaching new techniques. John also focuses on songwriting, soloing/improvising, sight reading, recording and how to work with other musicians. John's favorite artists include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Grateful Dead, Phish, King Crimson and David Bowie.
Danny Lamagna Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher
Years ago when Dan decided to start sharing his musical knowledge with children he quickly realized how rewarding it would be. Now, looking back, he sees the accomplished musicians he has helped develop. Dan studied music at Nassau Community College, Drummers Collective and continues his education with the well-known instructors Joe Morello, Jojo Mayer and Frank Bellucci. Dan has played with several national acts touring globally. Dan's focus is drumset, snare drum and mallets along with preparation of his students for NYSMMA.
Jimmy Gerovac Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher
Jimmy Gerovac is a singer/songwriter/guitarist out of Amityville, NY. Self-teaching himself guitar at age 15 and joining his first band a year later in Indiana started Jimmy on the path of music discovery. After five years of touring and recording as a guitarist he began to find his voice as a singer, moving to New York and fronting popular bands in both NYC and Long Island. He has studied under and received lessons from renowned vocal instructor Bret Manning who works with Hayley Williams of Paramore and Robert J. Lunte who has worked with Chris Cornell and Steven Tyler, just to name a few. Currently, Jimmy is the singer and guitarist for the rock band Craving Strange who have released two albums, toured the country, and licensed music to movies and television.
Michael Janover Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Michael Janover is a rock musician from Long Island with more than 10 years of performance experience. Privately he has taught guitar, piano, music theory and singing lessons on and off for over 10 years. Michael attended the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam for Music Education with a performance medium of voice for four years before pursuing Psychology and graduating in 2016. More recently, you could have seen him fronting Go the Distance, a pop/punk outfit based in Potsdam, NY. He dropped his first album, "All or Nothing," as part of Go the Distance in late 2014. Now you can find him acting in/musically directing community theatre and performing in pit orchestras all across Long Island/NYC, and even composing and orchestrating original musicals. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Rockville Centre.
Christopher Caressimo Drum Teacher
Christopher Caressimo is a drummer from Long Island, NY, and is the drummer for Queens-based metal core band Anahata. He has been sitting behind the drums since he was 10 years old, gaining heavy influence from drummers like Martin Lopez, Mario Duplantier and Chris Turner, who really molded and shaped his style. Chris has been regularly playing shows since 2016, primarily in Queens and the city, and in the summer of 2017 he played at The Gramercy Theater for the first time. After that he knew that music was the path he wanted to pursue. As an instructor, Chris implements music theory in a more creative way to keep younger and newer students captivated, and challenges older and more experienced students. He adds more unique techniques that will help his students become more diverse musicians. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Rockville Centre.
Alric Carter Piano Teacher
Alric Carter is a professional touring keyboardist and composer capable of writing and playing across many different genres. Having toured with Long Island's own progressive rock-fusion band TAUK for over 10 years, Alric has developed a deep understanding of the inner workings of the music industry. He has played hundreds of shows and festivals, including Bonnaroo, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Terminal 5 and The Allman Brother's Peach Music Festival. With a bachelor's degree in Music History and Analysis from Northeastern University, he is able to incorporate music theory, song writing and improvisation as foundations within his curriculum. Alric is a firm believer that music should be a fun form of self expression and is excited to share his musical knowledge with students at School of Rock Rockville Centre as a drum teacher.
Noam Beili Guitar Teacher
Noam Beili is a classically trained guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from Jerusalem, Israel. A musician for over 10 years, Noam studied at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and has been an avid educator of music ever since. He is passionate about teaching people of all ages and spends his free time composing. He believes that fostering an appreciation and love of music in students is a teacher's greatest goal. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Rockville Centre.
ANTHONY RIZZO Guitar and bass teacher
Anthony Rizzo is a New York based guitar player, TV, film and multimedia composer with over 35 years of playing, composing and recording experience combined. He composed all of the original music for the documentary "Dennis and Lois" (Casspix Productions). He is the former composer for the IFC show, "Maron", which he also composed the main titles for. His past contributions to TV and film include: "My Dead Boyfriend" (Cohen Media Group), Beware The Gonzo (Corner Store Entertainment), Side By Side (documentary - Produced by Keanu Reeves) and the acclaimed FX series Lights Out, where he is credited as co-writer of the main titles and composer of the "previously on." In addition, he composed and currently performs all of the music for the children's play, "Hatched" as well as "Olive and Pearl"(Treehouse Shakers). He has performed in many bands, including Garden Variety, Vic Thrill, Little Embers, The Nefarious Pow and Local Zeros. He teaches Guitar and Bass at School of Rock Rockville Centre.
MARCO LAMAS guitar, bass and keyboard teacher
Marco attended SUNY Purchase just outside of New York City. He studied songwriting under Jim McElwaine (writer/arranger: Barry White, EW&F) and composition under Joel Thome (writer/arranger: Frank Zappa, percussionist: Israeli Philharmonic). Marco has worked with or played with J57 (prod: Method Man), Audible Doctor (prod: 50 Cent), Pitchblak Brass Band, Bree and the Whatevers, JB Baretsky and many others. He teaches guitar, bass and keyboard at School of Rock Rockville Centre.
BRANDEN ANDRADE guitar, bass, keyboard and singing teacher
Branden Andrade is a graduate of Five Towns College with a Masters in Music Composition and a BA in Music Performance. He was Director for Long Island's first Alzheimers and Dementia chorus group “The Sharpnotes”. In his free time, Branden enjoys watching all types of Superhero movies and singing (yelling) all the superhero theme songs. Branden’s favorite styles of music range from Folk Rock to Post Hardcore. He strives to make his students ROCK GODS. He teaches guitar, bass, keyboard and vocals at School of Rock Rockville Centre.
CASSANDRA GIANNAKAKIS Studio Coordinator
Cassandra Giannakakis grew up on Long Island surrounded by her mother that only played rock music. The first concert she ever saw was at Jones Beach Theater, where Aerosmith was preforming. Prior to joining School of Rock, Cassandra was completing her year of service as an Urban Education Fellow with AmeriCorps. Cassandra has a love for travel; one of her most recent trips was to Ireland where she worked as a direct support professional for people with intellectual disabilities. Upon completion of her travels, Cassandra graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from SUNY Potsdam.
OWEN ANDRUCHOW SINGING AND KEYBOARD TEACHER
Owen Andruchow is a piano teacher, vocal instructor, and composer interested in traditional and modern music. He enjoys listening to music from all eras of classical as well as jazz, rock, and indie-pop. He discovered the joy of teaching while serving as music director for two a cappella groups during his time as an undergrad at Hofstra University. His experience in a cappella early on laid the foundation for him to pursue a music degree in composition. During this time he studied classical piano, music theory, electronic and film composition, and was a baritone in Hofstra's chorale and chamber choirs. He is an experienced performer as a solo pianist and as an ensemble singer; frequently his performances feature his own compositions or arrangements.