Preston Huber Show Director
Preston has been playing music ever since he was six years old. Starting with guitar, he quickly made is way to experiment with other instruments including drums, bass, keys and singing. He worked his way through high school playing in bands with his friends. During his Junior and Senior years, he had the opportunity to perform at Disneyland for two summers with the school’s band. In 2015, Preston graduated from the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California. Pursuing his music education further, he attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA where he graduated Cum Laude in Drum Performance with an emphasis in Music Business in 2017.
Preston has used his music education and experiences in several professional environments including education, performance and studio recordings. He has been teaching for over three years and has seen tremendous musical growth in his students. He has performed in several clubs/theaters including Segerstrom in Irvine, The House of Blues in Anaheim, The Yost Theater in Santa Ana and the Viper Room / Whiskey A-Go-Go in Hollywood. Preston has also had the privilege to record in well-regarded studios including Hurley in Costa Mesa and The Boneyard (the personal home studio of Joe Perry of Aerosmith). When Preston isn’t teaching, he is constantly performing, recording, songwriting our touring during the summers.
Jesse Wilder Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
At age 11, Jesse took to the stage in his first performance and never looked back. Starting as a vocalist, he added more and more instruments to his arsenal, becoming one of the most sought-after multi-instrumentalists in LA/OC.
Wilder has toured with dozens of bands in over ten different countries. He has a gold record for songwriting and has never stopped producing his own albums and working with other musicians.
Most recently, he fell in love with teaching as the Music Director at multiple Schools of Rock for over 6 years. Sometimes it all comes full circle and he's so happy to help Santa Ana become a new place for our up and coming musicians, engineers, producers and everything in between!
Jesse has collaborated with artists like Reel Big Fish, Jack White, The Mars Volta, Oingo Boingo, The Specials, Chris Cacavas, Teen Heroes, All American Rejects, Maroon 5, Phantom Planet, Forcefield On, Look Daggers
The Littlest Man Band, The Aquabats, Eve 6, Lit, The Scholars, and The Goodwin Club. He has also worked with a number of producers including Hans Zimmer, Craig Schumacher, Jim Monroe, Antoine Arvizu, Mike McHugh
and Jim Goodwin.
David McKinzie Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher
David McKinzie, a musician born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee began appreciating music at a very young age. He first taught himself how to play the drum set around the age of 5 so he could play for his church band. Not much after, he began to teach himself keyboard/organ after being inspired by his favorite musician/artist, Ray Charles. He soon began to pursue music more seriously and attended guitar lessons and joined his school band around the 3rd grade. Shortly thereafter he discovered the bass guitar, which is now his favorite instrument to perform on! He knew that he had a natural gift on bass guitar so he always stuck with it. Later, David chose to study music in college as well, receiving a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music and attained a degree in Business, Music Performance, and Music Production. Since then, David has shared the stage with countless talented individuals, George Clinton, Kirk Whalum, and Booker T. Jones just to name a few. He has also relocated to Los Angeles recently in 2020 to officially start up his artist career in music. This is just the beginning of David's Odyssey.
Karen Mercado Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Karen Mercado was born and raised in Santa Ana, California, and grew up learning about passions through school and the community. She started playing trumpet in the beginning band in middle school at the age of 10. Since then, she has fallen in love with the world of music to practicing a variety of instruments including piano and guitar. Karen obtained her Bachelor's of Music degree in Music Education at Vanguard University in 2020 and is currently pursuing her Teaching Credential at Cal State Long Beach in Music Education. Throughout her high school and college career, she's been involved playing trumpet, guitar, and piano in numerous ensembles including Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Mariachi, Brass Quintet, and Orchestra. She has been teaching music to students for over 3 years around Southern California.
Sky Wilson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher
Sky Wilson is a multi-dimensional musician from Long Beach, California. After starting piano lessons at a young age, Sky decided that he was going to teach himself as many musical instruments as possible, and that list continues to grow. At School of Rock Santa Ana, he teaches drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, and vocals, and has taught music in elementary schools for over 6 years. Sky plays in quite a few bands around LA and OC, everything from Blues to Metal, while maintaining an unmatchable love for his children, and family. Sky is on a mission not only to be a rockstar, but also to create as many rockstars as he possibly can in the process.
Anthony Klinner Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Anthony Klinner has been in love with music his whole life. His performance career started off in Heidelberg, Germany when he was around seven years old in his church worship band. From there, Anthony would continue to lead worship and pursue music all the way up until today.
Throughout his life, Anthony has been a part of touring jazz groups where he sang and played trumpet, touring choirs, National and International songwriting competitions, and leads worship in many different churches across the country.
Today, Anthony attends Vanguard University where he is studying Musical Theatre and still actively pursuing his music and acting careers. When he is not writing songs or teaching lessons, you'll most likely find Anthony re-watching marvel movies for the 100th time.
Danny Hudson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Danny Hudson is a bassist, guitarist and pianist from Fountain Valley, California. He started to play music when he was twelve and soon found a soft spot for the bass. Shortly after, he joined the Huntington Beach School of Rock and developed his skills on the bass. He trained for a few more years until he was accepted into one of the top music programs in the Southern California area at the Orange County School for the Arts. While he continues to focus primarily on the bass, Danny enjoys playing the guitar and piano as well. After playing for a few years, he started performing with local bands and studios as a bassist and guitarist. He is very active in the local music scene and is excited to continue on his musical journey, wherever it may take him.