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.
Renee Sigal Singing Teacher
Renee Sigal or more commonly known as “Nay Nay,” found her performing arts passion early on in life. The California native’s musical zeal was sparked by her mother’s position at the famous Irvine Meadows. At just five years old Renee was provided with the exciting opportunity to perform song and dance on the big stage and at that special moment she knew her life aspiration was to become a performer.
At three years of age Renee joined performance groups and began private voice lessons. By the age of eight, she performed countless solos in elementary school performances, excelled in honors choir and was an active member of the Advanced Ladies and Chamber Choir at Aliso Niguel High School under the direction of the talented Tom Flannery. In Renee’s early high school days, she worked behind the scenes managing street teams for bands such as Maroon 5, Phantom Planet and local labels such as Drive-Thru Records, Fearless Records, and various local talents. Through her extensive networking she was able to find a niche by using her talent to provide voice lessons to bands. Post-high school, Renee graduated from the Musician’s Institute; Vocal Institute of Technology (VIT). During her time at the Musician’s Institute she continued to share her love for music while working with bands such as Underminded (currently members of Sleeping with Sirens), As Night Falls (currently members of Bonnie McKee), Ambriel and Wiggum. She also led the backup vocals for the Hard Rock live performance workshop.
Today, Renee is the on-call vocal coach for NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood; a world class recording and production facility that has produced some of the world’s best Rock artists such as Incubus, Linkin Park, No Doubt, P.O.D., and many more. In this role she has worked with two Monster Uproar Festival winning bands; Mindset Evolution and The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show along with Anchored and Girl on Fire. Her most recent work was with Eyes Set to Kill prior to their album recording and she prepared the Butcher Babies for their tour, opening for Marilyn Manson and Mayhem Festival.
Not only does Renee work behind the scenes with the music industry, but she is also active in creating her own music. Her credits include singing “Call Me Maybe,” for an iPhone app commercial, vocals on a few EDM tracks and her repertoire includes: rock, pop, hardcore, and much more. She has also worked as a singing telegram for birthdays and various life celebrations. Renee is currently working on her own release, along with a project named Renee and the Dreamboats.
As a singer, songwriter and vocal coach, Renee is able to detect and highlight the gifts within each student and provide a positive environment to discover and develop their unique talents. She works with her students on tone, texture, dynamics and connecting with the story the song tells. Every student has a personal connection with music and she takes pride in providing the perfect environment to explore each students individual musical aspirations. She believes that vocal performance is more than just technique and she is passionate about creating a vocal adventure or story and most of all having fun. Renee’s passion for music comes from a place of sentiment and she believes that music is an escape from the world and a language all on its own.
Paul Baza Drum Teacher
Paul Baza has over twenty years of performance experience as a drummer. He attended Pasadena City College where he earned an Associates Degree in Music and went on to earn a Bachelors in Music from California State University, Northridge. in 1990 he attended Grove School of Music to study hand and sticking techniques as well as Latin drum-set application. Paul has performed in a variety of musical settings from big band performances to musicals, jazz trios, rock shows, and independent film score. His instruction style focuses on hand technique and sight reading for both individuals and groups.
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.
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.
Seven Pappanastos Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Seven Pappanastos was born in LA county and has been playing bass since the age of 10. After becoming dissatisfied with a few years of classical piano training he decided to endeavor into the world of rock music. While attending Orange County School of the Arts, Seven played bass in a variety of bands and also began a study of recording technology. Since then he has had the opportunities to gig frequently in Orange County, Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and San Diego, and also recorded in various studios around California. He is currently an undergraduate student, majoring in jazz studies and working with various performing groups with styles ranging from Latin to funk, rock, indie, metal, and jazz.
Taylor Hecocks Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher
Taylor Hecocks is a drummer, guitarist, song-writer and producer from Orange County. After graduating with a degree in Audio Engineering, Taylor went on to work in multiple studios in LA as an engineer, producer, writer and session player. He has toured all of North America and Canada as a musical artist and with numerous acts, hoping to now share his experience to prepare the next generation for the current and ever-changing music industry.