Katie Farmer General Manager
Katie has been with School of Rock since 2015 as a Studio Coordinator, drum instructor, show director and tour coordinator for three School of Rock AllStar tours. Katie graduated from The University of St. Thomas with a degree in TV and Film Production. Katie has been on the stage and behind the scenes most of here life through theatre, film, dance and music.
D'etta Brown Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher
D’Etta Brown grew up in a vortex of musical creativity in Lubbock, TX, and soon couldn’t imagine doing anything else. She attended South Plains College to study Commercial Music and Entertainment Business, and then went on to teach there as a vocal instructor and at other local studios in the Lubbock area. She honed her passion for performing with numerous bands, singing everything she could, including rock, soul, blues and jazz. D’Etta relocated to Los Angeles in 2018 and now calls School of Rock Santa Clarita her musical home. She is a vocal instructor and piano teacher.
Jeremy Colson Drum Teacher
Jeremy Colson is a world-renowned drummer who was born and raised in San Francisco. Jeremy comes from a family of musicians and began playing drums at 10 years old and professionally at age 17. Although best known for his work with guitar virtuoso Steve Vai, Jeremy has toured the globe with a long list of diverse bands and musicians, including Billy Idol, Marty Friedman of Megadeth fame, and Michael Schenker of UFO and Scorpions. In addition to touring, he is a sought-after session drummer who has recorded professionally with a wide range of rock, metal and pop acts, including Eric Gales, Johnny Hiland and Sebastian Bach, the original voice for the platinum-selling band, Skid Row. He also performs all over the world at numerous drum clinic tours and drum festivals.
Jeremy began his tenure with Steve Vai in 2002. After countless international tours and appearances, recording multiple full-length studio albums, two concert DVDs and a Grammy nomination for "Now We Run" from the iconic live album "Where the Wild Things Are," Jeremy remains Steve’s go-to drummer almost two decades later. Jeremy’s distinctive style of drumming originates from his love of progressive rock and metal. He cites legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart among his many influences and credits his childhood obsession with progressive rock and odd-time signatures for his ability to master the intricate details of the Steve Vai catalog. Jeremy blends his appreciation and understanding of progressive drumming with his passion for punk rock and metal to create an unmistakable and powerful sound that is uniquely his own. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Santa Clarita.
Benjamin Forth Guitar Teacher
At a young age, Benjamin Forth was involved in his primary school’s concert band when he found his dad’s antique acoustic guitar in the closet one day. He hasn’t put a guitar down since. After high school, he went straight to Hollywood, CA to study in GIT at the Musicians Institute. He spent his short breaks from college teaching guitar classes at his former middle school. After graduating with his Associate of Arts degree in Guitar Performance, he was hired to play four nights at The Renberg Theatre with LA’s LGBT Transchorus for their “Ziggy Stardust” performance. He now currently plays for several Hollywood acts, including an all original jazz/fusion band Mr. Giant, alternative rock artist Esemae and classic rock cover band Agent 18. His influences include artists like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, B.B King, Albert King, Frank Gambale, Greg Howe, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, Bob Dylan and many more. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Santa Clarita.
Jordan Ilous Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Jordan Ilous is a Los Angeles native and multi-instrumentalist, and has been involved in music for over 15 years. His love for music began when he first picked up a guitar at the age of nine, and since then has never stopped growing. He has taken several courses on music theory, as well as studio engineering, and has been creating original music for about 10 years. He also collaborates with other artists and musicians in the studio.
Jordan has been teaching guitar and bass for over five years, but started teaching professionally since 2019. He has experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels, as well as playing many different styles and genres of music. Some of his work has been featured in independent films and documentaries. He has an immense love and passion for music, and loves the idea of helping other people reach their full musical potential. He believes learning to play an instrument is a fantastic way to express one’s self, not just musically but also emotionally, and strives to help each and every student he works with do just that. When he’s not teaching, he’s either in the studio writing, recording or producing, as well performing in live settings. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Santa Clarita.
Sharon Odiakosa Singing Teacher
Sharon Odiakosa is a singer, songwriter, rapper, producer and musician from Los Angeles, CA. She attended Musician's Institute Vocal Institute of Technology and The Los Angeles Film School for Audio Engineering. She also performs around Los Angeles with her all girl band. Sharon has over 10 years of experience teaching voice and helping young kids, teens and adults find their voice through music and sound.
Julian Ho Drum Teacher
Raised in Los Angeles, California, Julian was captivated by the collective sounds of hip hop, rock, and funk from an early age. In his teens, he frequently performed at world-renowned L.A. venues, such as the Whisky a Go-Go and House of Blues with local bands. Enrolling in Musicians Institute to further his musical studies, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Drum Performance. While at MI, he won two Downbeat Magazine Student Awards for Best Blues, Pop, Rock Performance for his work with his original funk band, Prussia, and an Outstanding Student Award. Upon graduating Julian has worked with Musicians Institute’s International Outreach department teaching drum clinics and master classes in South Korea, Thailand and China. Some of the artists Julian has recorded or performed with include: Artur Menezes, winner of the Albert King Award for Best Blues Guitarist, Filipino rapper Ruby Ibarra, Producer and Rapper Illa J, Rapper Open Mike Eagle, country group Truxton Mile, Joe Bagg of Jeff Goldblum’s Midlred Snitzer Orchestra, Dawn Bishop of the Sergio Mendes band, Korean Music Association Award winner Ann One and more. Recently Julian has teamed up with Korean American singer and producer Ann One to form the hip hop/neo-soul band Nagunae.
Ananda Dhar-James Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Ananda Dhar-James is a guitarist/producer/teacher from Delhi, currently based in Los Angeles. He has been playing music for over 10 years, both in the studio and in venues across India & Los Angeles.
With performances at the ‘Amazon Fashion Week’ in India and an Indian nationwide campaign for ‘Sprite’, Ananda’s live repertoire is vast and diverse. Most recently, he served as a venue musician aboard an international cruise ship, as a part of his acoustic duo ‘MoAnanda’. An alumnus of Musician’s Institute, Hollywood and Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (known as ‘Asia’s Premiere Music College’); Ananda holds degrees in both Audio Engineering and Guitar Performance. He received an Outstanding Student Award during his time at Musician’s Institute, and graduated top of his class from both Musician’s Institute and Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music. He also holds a Topper Award for Grade 8 Guitar from RSL Awards, London.
Along with performing, Ananda is a versatile producer/engineer, having worked with various artists in India and the U.S. His works have been featured on Rolling Stone India, VoyageLA, The Indian Music Diaries & WildCity.