Jason Ashcraft Guitar Teacher
Jason Ashcraft began playing guitar at the age of 12 when he lugged home a giant amplifier and an off-brand guitar from a neighbor's house. He began by making loud noises and rocking out to Metallica albums like "...And Justice For All." With a combination of lessons and being self-taught he quickly grew as a performer and songwriter through high school. He attended Pinnacle College, where he graduated with a certificate in Audio Engineering. He is now the founder/songwriter of the national touring metal band Helion Prime out of Germany.
Jason has a passion for teaching. He has been teaching music as well as children with autism for over eight years. He believes music is something to be shared with everyone and being able to help others evolve into the performer/songwriter they wish to become is a great feeling not much can compare to.
David Endacott-Hicks Music Director, Assistant General Manager
David Endacott-Hicks, was born and spent his early years in California, where he completed a Bachelor's of Music from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. Graduate training brought him to the East Coast, where he attended and studied at the New England Conservatory of Music as a Vocal Performance major. David is an equity actor and has been a principal performer on both East and West Coast national tours and has performed professionally on Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway. In addition to his opera and theatre credits, David has performed as a resident guest entertainer throughout the Mediterranean and Caribbean as well as a soloist in many ensembles, including on two European tours in which he was not only a performer but also an assistant conductor. After returning to California to sing with the San Francisco Opera in 2016, David found a home with School of Rock, where he is able to shape musical minds and talents of all ages.
Moriah Spencer Vocal Instructor
Growing up in a family of musicians, Moriah Spencer was influenced to be a singer at a very young age and was first put on stage at the age of three. She later took piano lessons form age seven from her grandmother and learned to play some guitar from her father around the same time. Throughout her childhood she was heavily influenced by blues and rock artists like Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, then later became obsessed with classical, jazz, gothic rock and metal genre. Moriah studied classical voice through college and became a vocal mentor to beginning/advanced voice students for three years after completing the Voice program at Sacramento City College. She is currently finishing her degree in Music Education and continues to perform in the band 3 Stones Cry with her father and brother. Moriah has an incredible passion for music that she hopes to share and inspire all the students that come her way. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Roseville.
Zach Waters Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher
Zach Waters has had over nine years of experience playing the guitar. Although primarily a rock/blues guitarist, Zach is also experienced in the following genres: pop, jazz, country and more. Some of his biggest influences are Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Ronnie Montrose. He currently fronts the award-winning blues/rock band The Zach Waters Band, and has been seen on stages with internationally successful acts all across the Pacific Northwest. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Roseville.
Dillon Spencer Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Dillon Spencer has been studying, writing and performing music for over seven years. He began his musical journey at age seven when his father bought him his first acoustic guitar. His father, who is also a guitar teacher, gave him a sheet of paper with the seven diatonic modal scales on it and told him to study them until he knew them like the back of his hand. Dillon listened and practiced them gradually everyday and soon learned to use the scales properly by improvising over songs he enjoyed. From time to time Dillon would play with his father and they would create chord progressions and take turns improvising and making riffs over them. This helped Dillon facilitate his creativity by learning to express his thoughts musically and fluently on the spot. Around age 14 he really began to discover his passion for guitar playing, and started learning three to four songs every week for his high school guitar class. Artists such as Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Coheed and Cambria, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of a Down and more inspired him. When he became a junior in high school he started to instruct struggling classmates right before their guitar class to help them progress. Dillon is currently on the path of obtaining an AA in Audio Engineering and Music Education before transferring to a UC to get his bachelor's degree. He also has been teaching peers at Sacramento City College that have been seeking his musical guidance outside of their class. He has performed at dozens of live shows as a guitarist, vocalist and bass player. He has performed in college live shows with the commercial music ensemble, for his father's band (3 Stones Cry) and in a guitar duo group playing small venues and wedding dinners. These performances have given him personal knowledge of what it takes to be a gigging musician. This is relayed through his teaching methods and passion for creating better musicians. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Roseville.
Iain Hicks Drum Teacher
Iain Hicks fell in love with music at a very young age with the help of his older brother David. Countless trips in the car singing his heart out gave Iain a natural sense of harmony, pitch and tone. Those talents never left him even as he transitioned from being a primary vocalist to a percussionist. Although he received his first drum set when he was six years old, his talents in percussion didn’t really flourish until high school. Iain was 14 when he joined his first band, Ghost of Vermeer. This remained his primary, but not only, musical project for years. Iain also continued to hone his vocal skills. In the summer of 2003 his choir won the Golden State Choir Competition, as well as the International Choir Competition in Vienna, Austria. Since those years, Iain has been a percussionist in countless projects. Most recently, he has been a drum tech and fill-in drummer for Christian band Machaira. He also provides percussion to live theatre productions at the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Roseville.
Kevin Long Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher
Kevin Long has been a disciple of music since the beginning. In his youth, he pursued every musical opportunity and found himself doing everything from holding down clarinet and saxophone in wind band to playing guitar/keyboard and singing in rock bands, and playing major roles on local musical theater stages. He now holds a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Cal State Fullerton and has been singing professionally for over a decade. Kevin etched a music career primarily in LA as a staff singer for renowned choral and classical organizations, recording studios and televised worship. He has shared the stage with many major artists on west coast tour stops. His voice can be heard on various international recordings for movie trailers, pop/rock artists and Disney. Through college and during his time in the industry, Kevin taught voice and piano on the side and developed a love and passion for teaching. He now resides in Roseville with his family and spends most of his time teaching, music directing and accompanying local musicians. Kevin is drawn to School of Rock for its ensemble culture, and because it melds two of his greatest passions together: teaching music and hard rock/metal. He is a vocal instructor and piano teacher at School of Rock Roseville.
Sojourner Zink Drum Teacher
Sojourner Zink grew up in a musical household. She has played music most of her life, beginning with 11 years in choir, then pre-professional training in jazz drums, orchestral percussion and music theory at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. She has played in several bands in Sacramento over the past 10 years, including Manzanita, Todd Morgan and the Emblems, and currently House of Mary. On Wednesday nights, you can find her in Folsom at her favorite open mic spot as a house drummer/backing vocalist, and on rare occasions as a solo artist on guitar and vocals. Sojourner studied both audio engineering and culinary arts at American River College in Sacramento, and worked as a youth director for three years at Unity of Sacramento. Her passion is to encourage kids to grow in self-confidence and form healthy habits at an early age. She is a drum teacher at School of Rock Roseville and directs our Little Wing and Rookies programs.
Jackie Lorona Piano Teacher
Jackie Lorona learned piano in the sixth grade by watching his music teacher play and learning melodies by ear. He began playing ragtime after learning a simpler version of "The Entertainer," which sparked interest in the composition and the composer. After purchasing a book on Scott Joplin's works, he began to learn all his favorite rags with midi files on the internet for reference. After performing the full composition of Beethoven's "Fur Elise" for a sixth grade talent show, a teacher donated a baby grand piano from her living room to Jackie. He spent many hours learning ragtime songs and his favorite songs on the radio by listening to midi files and mp3s online.
By the end of high school he had taken musical classes like orchestra, jazz band, choir and beginning piano to learn the fundamentals of music. He then shifted his focus to his voice and began to accompany himself while singing songs, and performing in talent shows and for small parties. As a prize for winning a high school talent show he was given the opportunity to tour nationwide with the group J’on Harris and the Voices. He has also performed in the San Joaquin County Honor Choir, and became a winner in Stockton California’s Apollo Night at Bob Hope Theatre in the Male Teen Vocalist category. Since then he has played with the group Archeara, and the groups Nightshift and People of the Sun, occasionally opening for artists like KRSone and La Circa. At age 19 he took classes at Sacramento City College, where he studied voice, music theory, commercial music ensemble and modern recording techniques. Some of his musical influences include India Arie, Erykah Badu, Dave Brubeck, Scott Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and more. He is a piano teacher at School of Rock Roseville.
Kyra Murphy Studio Coordinator
Kyra Murphy has been singing for as long as she can remember and has been an avid musical theatre performer since she was 14 years old. With a combination of sporadic voice lessons and self-taught practice Kyra has become an active member of the Roseville/Rocklin theatre community. She was also part of several rock bands due to her involvement with Woodcreek High School's Commercial Music Project Program.
Kyra has an immense passion for music and performing. She's very excited to see the passion for music grow with every student (and parent) she has the pleasure of meeting and working with. She is a Studio Coordinator at School of Rock Roseville.