Shannon Jabczynski-Allen General Manager
Shannon Jabczynski-Allen was born into a rock n' roll family. Both of her parents were in a band together, Mid City Rock, where her mom was the lead singer and her dad was the lead guitarist. Needless to say, rock n' roll is in her blood. At a young age she developed her love for Aerosmith and Heart, which are still two of her favorite bands.
A born entertainer, Shannon discovered her passion for dance when she was just a tot. Although her parents would've loved for her to pick up an instrument, they realized that dancing was her way of expression and let her pursue it. She attempted to learn guitar but it just did not compute in her brain so she stuck with movement though never walked away from rock n' roll.
When she was 16 years old, she got her first job in sales. This was something that came very easy to her and in a few years Shannon stepped into a management role. After 15 years with that company, they decided to sell the business and Shannon came to School of Rock. She is now the General Manager at School of Rock Rockwall.
Ashton Hart Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Ashton Hart is a Dallas-based blues guitarist heavily influenced by functional harmony.
He is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, where he studied both classical and jazz music. Later, he attended Berklee College of Music, majoring in Performance on Guitar and Music Theory.
As an instructor, his goal is for each of his students to excel on their instrument of choice while also gaining a strong foundation in music altogether.
His influences are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons, John Scofield, Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour and Wes Montgomery.
Glenn Austin Drum Teacher
Glenn started playing drums when he was nine years old after seeing a performance at his elementary school talent show. A student played a blue drum set along to a KISS song and he was hooked. Glenn played on everything that he could get tone out of with a pair of sticks his dad made for him out of wooden dowels.
After a few years of books, pots and pans, Glenn got his first real drums at the age of 14. He started playing along to every song on the radio, learning all he could about every style of music he listened to. After playing house parties with different garage bands he and his friends put together, Glenn got a call from a real working band in the club scene. They spent the next couple of years playing every club and venue in north Texas and southern Oklahoma that would let them play. Eventually that led to Glenn’s first tour with a “road” band.
After touring the Midwest for a while he got an audition with Vince Vance and the Valiants. They toured most of the southeastern U.S. After leaving the Valiants, Glenn freelanced with many artists, including two-time Grammy nominee and CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke, finally getting a gig with former Head East lead guitarist and solo recording artist Ricky Lynn Gregg. Glenn is currently the touring drummer for Texas recording artist Tom McKelvain and the Dirty Pesos.
SASHA HAMMER Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher
Sasha is a classically trained bass player from Houston, Texas. An accomplished string musician, she started on the double bass when she was 10 years old, and picked up electric guitar and bass a year or two after that.
In high school Sasha performed locally in rock and metal bands all the while keeping up participation in the school orchestra. During her tenure in orchestra Sasha and her fellow musicians earned the right to travel to New York City and compete in the National Orchestra competition where they were awarded First Place!
Sasha’s journey with School of Rock started in her Sophomore year when she joined Champion Forest School of Rock playing guitar and bass. After half a year of being in the performance program, she picked up the drums, and in another half year she picked up the keyboard.
She is currently an instructor in both the School of Rock Mansfield and School of Rock Rockwall.
An avid D&D player, Sasha slays dragons in her spare time and writes songs about her adventures in the realms! She’s currently attending college at University of Texas Arlington seeking a Bachelors in Music Media, and is a part of their orchestra there.
Dalton Rapattoni Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher
Dalton Rapattoni, is a pop-rock singer/songwriter from Dallas, Texas who is most recently known for being one of the Top 3 finalists on the 15th and "final" season of the Fox Television hit show, American Idol.
Dalton began performing at the age of 12 when he formed his first band Fly Away Hero, which released two EP's. At 14, he was contacted by a casting director that discovered his band through YouTube and asked for him to audition for a new act called IM5. The principles were Simon Fuller, Perez Hilton and Jaime King. From over 30,000 nationwide auditions, Dalton was chosen for the group. Over the next 4 years, Dalton worked with many well-known producers, songwriters and choreographers including Toby Gad, Harmony Samuels, Rock Mafia, Nappytabs, and Meghan Trainor.
At 18, Dalton reunited with his childhood band Fly Away Hero, who landed themselves at #17 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart after releasing a new EP titled Lost and Found that debuted at #22 on the Alternative charts and included their song Hercules, written by Dalton, which remains the #1 selling song on the EP. (Cont…)
Dalton's latest solo album, Nobodys Home reached #5 on the iTunes chart in September 2017.
James Opiteck Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
James Opiteck II was born in Denver Colorado.
James started learning drums and percussion in middle school band. Throughout highschool he was in drumline and played for multiple different bands. In 2011 James moved to Florida to attend college at Full Sail University for his bachelor's degree in show production and touring. After college James moved back to Texas for a couple of years then back to Colorado in 2015. While living in the snowy state he played with several more bands and rocked out on multiple tours around America.
In 2018 James joined the Sabian cymbals family and also got an endorsement with a custom drum throne company. In 2020 James started teaching at the School of Rock in Colorado Springs. Outside of teaching James also runs audio / lighting for venues and tours with the thrash metal band Havok as FOH engineer. Some of James' favorite bands are Meshuggah, Skeletal Remains, and Nails. His favorite things to do in his free time are going on walks with his dog Patch-Rick, riding fast on his motorcycle, and snowboarding.
Sophie Rapattoni Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Sophie Rapattoni is a singer/songwriter from Sunnyvale, TX. She started as a student at the Dallas School of Rock location at the age of 8, and participated in the School of Rock program until she aged-out as a highschool senior.
Sophie is a two-time national School of Rock AllStar, which is the highest honor bestowed on a School of Rock student. She has toured the country multiple times with some of the most advanced students in the School of Rock community. She started her first rock band at the age of 12 has performed at more than a hundred events, has won the Battle-of-the-Bands contests, and has played high-profile music festivals including The Wildflower Festival, Summerfest, and Lollapalooza. Sophie is a versatile vocalist who sings within many genres and is a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, bass and keys.
She loves manatees and can recite every US president in order. Her musical interests range from Dolly Parton to Bauhaus to Moondog. She's in a punk band called Boring Lauren with other School of Rock alumni Dalton Rapattoni, Sydney Heffley and Cat Yeoman.
"I think quotes are very dangerous things." -Kate Bush
Jake Tarpley Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Jake loves rocks--Minerals, Gemstones, Metals, and of course MUSIC! Being one of the first School of Rock students in the DFW metroplex Jake started rocking in 2008 at the age of 11. His long red hair made him stand out as he mastered his skills on the kit. Not satisfied to keep the beat in the background, he picked up guitar in high school and quickly joined the ranks of those who stand and perform. He has fond memories of all of his teachers, so he knows the important role a teacher plays in the development of a student.
To indulge his interest in earth science, Jake attended The Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Geological Engineering. Not entirely ready to trade his sticks for the pick axe, the musician in him found a like minded group of students and started gigging around Golden, playing mostly funk-influenced, improvised “jams”. While his foundation was clearly set in the classic rock bands of the 60’s and 70’s, with Red Rocks Amphitheatre a mere 10 miles away Jake discovered jam bands The String Cheese Experience, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Twiddle, Phish, and Uhmphrey’s McGee who all trace their influences to the likes of The Grateful Dead. Regarding his current creative endeavor, Jake creates electronic music as a solo artist characterized by unique sound design, intricate grooves, and a strong influence on multi-cultural instrumentation.
Jake lives with his cat Yosi who tolerates his passions.