Phil Martelly Owner
A graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, his passion for music is unmatched by few and is a driving force behind his bringing School of Rock to the Southern Mass/Rhode Island area. He is the definition of the word musician as he plays not one but several instruments: guitar, bass and drums. Phil has played with a lot of the area's hottest bands including Pappy Chulo as the opening act for none other than Incubus.
Shawn Garrity Owner
Shawn's musical journey began at age eleven when his dad handed him a guitar and taught him a few chords. As he grew, so did his love for music. At fifteen, he joined a band, began writing music and playing original and cover songs at clubs and venues throughout New England. He studied jazz and classical music at Western Connecticut State University and earned a B.A. in Music Industry from the University of New Haven. After college Shawn formed several bands which eventually resulted in the formation of his current band, VulGarrity. The band has completed three nationwide tours, signed an artist development deal with MySpace Records and won first place in 95.5 WBRU's 2011 Rock Hunt. Shawn has shared the stage with The Prodigals, Ra, Robert DeLong, The Heavy, Ra Ra Riot and Electric Six. Shawn continues to record music and tour with his sister and VulGarrity bandmate Tracy. With the use of loop pedals, the two play guitar, bass, drums and keys simultaneously while singing, often switching instruments during their shows, creating a unique live music experience. While Shawn enjoys listening to and playing a wide variety of music, he is most inspired by all things rock.
Scott Roddick Music Director
Scott started playing music at the age of ten. He studied jazz and classical music at Rhode Island College, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition. Scott has played in several groups throughout New England. Currently he plays with Hungry Freaks, Interplay and Take It To The Bridge. He has toured nationally and recorded on three studio albums with Gavin Castleton. Some of his musical influences are Mr. Bungle, St. Vincent, TV On The Radio and Primus.
Kevin Williams Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Kevin has well over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. He has had music featured on cable networks like The Discovery Channel, the BET network and others, and is best known as a blazing blues guitarist with Worcester, MA-based contemporary R&B act Blue Honey and his rocking blues combo The Kevin Williams Trio. He has toured and performed internationally and has been featured on several recordings as a guitarist, vocalist, bassist, keyboardist and as a producer.
Jake Heady Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher
Jake attended the Booker High School's VPA Music program as a vocal major. While there, he participated in the undefeated, nationally recognized Vocal Jazz ensemble, winning the Berklee High School Jazz Fest for the seventh year in a row. Upon graduation, Jake attended Berklee College of Music as a Vocal major and a Piano minor. He arranged and performed for several different ensembles throughout his time there. Jake then transferred to Rhode Island College, where he pursued his degree in Music Education with a Jazz Studies minor, and a concentration in voice. After Rhode Island College, Jake spent the next few years performing with several groups throughout the east coast, performing with such musicians as John Blackwell, Phil Magallenas, R.LUM.R, Rodney Roqous, Johnny Walker and more. Jake now teaches, arranges and performs throughout New England.
Eric Sheppard Drum Teacher
Eric began playing drums at the age of nine, focusing mainly in both rock and metal. He has many years of experience as a live performer, playing for multiple metal and rock bands, as well as performing with hip-hop acts. Eric is also a studio drummer, being featured on more than 25 recordings. Songs he has performed on have been featured on both 107.3/97.7 WAAF and 100.7 WZLX. His drumming skills focus on not only the technical side, but knowing when to play for the song.
April Eisemann Studio Coordinator
April is a Rhode Island College graduate with a Bachelors in Mass Media Communications. She is the co-owner and performer of a princess party company based in Rhode Island. She’s been working with children since she was 14 years old and loves every minute of it. She also interned for local radio stations such as 95.5 WBRU and WCTK 98.1 Cat Country. When she is not dressing up as a princess and performing, she really enjoys listening to all types of music and spending time with family.
Jon Pelzman Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Jon started taking piano lessons at age five and began studying guitar at age seven. He moved to Rhode Island from NY in 1980 and immediately started playing on the local music scene. He has been playing professionally in the New England area for almost 30 years, including lengthy stints with Studio C, High Definition, Harbour Lites, The Paul Borrelli Orchestra, Treasure Chest and many others. Currently you can find him playing with local show band Image, jazzing it up with Travis Colby & The D Street Band, playing classic rock hits with Fuzzy & the Fuzztones and going unplugged with The Laura May Duo. His biggest influences are Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore and Eric Clapton. His repertoire includes jazz standards and hundreds of tunes from the 60s and 70s through today’s current dance and rock hits.
Mike Murdock Drum Teacher
Mike is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and has also studied at the University of Rhode Island. During his college years, Mike studied with several noteworthy educators, some of which include rock heavyweights Rod Morgenstein and Mike Mangini, and jazz/Latin greats Mark Walker and Neal Smith among others. Since graduating, Mike has been performing and teaching throughout New England.
Jeanne Thibault Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher
Jeanne’s interest in music began at the age of seven when she listened to her mom sing in the church choir. She started private classical piano lessons by the age of eight and at 16 formed her first rock band, where she played keyboards and sang lead. Over the next decade Jeanne traveled with several different bands while touring the east coast and then spent a year playing in the renowned French Quarter in New Orleans. Upon returning to the New England area, her band The Fashion performed for several Chrysalis and Arista recording company showcases at The Channel nightclub in Boston. She most notably opened for Pat Benatar, Robin Lane and The Chartbusters and Aerosmith. Jeanne also recorded an EP with a band called English while playing full-time in southern New England with the popular band Fallen Angel, which was the only group in the area at that time with three female musicians/vocalists. She is currently playing in the local area with a duo called A Pair of Jeans.