Kent Newman Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Kent Newman has been a professional guitarist for over 30 years. He began playing at the age of 13 and at 15 was in the Texas dance hall circuit as lead guitarist and singer for the established band The Emotions. In 1989 he formed the band Rat Ranch. That band lasted 28 years and played thousands of shows for audiences from Florida to Alaska. He has also recorded countless projects, including original music for Rat Ranch as well as guitar and vocal arrangements for all levels of professional studio production. Over the years he and his bands have shared the stage with artists such as Kansas, Joe Walsh, 38 Special, America, Jefferson Starship, Peter Frampton, Dishwalla and many others. In addition to rock guitar styles, Kent has played just about every other type of popular music out there and he attempts to incorporate a broader understanding of music in general into his lessons. He also has decades of experience keeping a successful band together as a business pursuit. Kent currently plays in the country group Shotgun Road and the 70s classic rock group Diamond Jack. He is a guitar teacher and a bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Sugar Land.
Grace Rogge Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Grace Rogge was a student at School of Rock Clear Lake for three years and worked her way up to become an instructor and show director. When she picked up a guitar at age 15, Grace knew it would be the right direction for her. As the only musician in her family, she has gained knowledge of five instruments, as well as basic theory and sight reading. Grace is passionate and determined, and she hopes to inspire the next generation of musicians. Her number one inspiration is the lead singer from Paramore, Hayley Williams. She is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher, drum teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Sugar Land.
Randy Rost Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Randy Rost was born in Houston, Texas. Music has played a very important role in his life since he began playing the guitar at 10 years old. He took private lessons and apprenticed under the teaching of jazz guitarist Gary Kent, where he learned the fundamentals of music theory, composition and reading music. At age 14, Rost started his first band and quickly began booking and performing shows. Inspired by the DIY ethics of many of their predecessor musicians, the band began recording their own records, manufacturing their CDs and vinyl records, publishing their own music and distributing it through their own record label. At 17, he was proficient at bass, drums and vocals. Randy’s guitar teacher offered him a job as a guitar teacher at the very same guitar shop that he himself took lessons at. He continued teaching guitar lessons there for several years, developing a very high success rate methodology.
In 2012, a friend told Rost about the School of Rock being a really amazing and innovative music education facility. After looking into the company, Rost applied and was hired as a multi-instrumentalist instructor and show director at School of Rock Katy. He quickly began overseeing all of the Performance, Rock 101, Adult Band and House Band groups at the school. In 2016 he was promoted to Music Director for School of Rock Rockwall. His dedication was instrumental in bringing success and growth to this location as well. Currently, Randy Rost is still enjoying the reward of teaching others how to play music as the Music Director of School of Rock Sugar Land. He is also a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher, drum teacher and vocal instructor.
Jeremy Horton Co-Owner, General Manager
Jeremy Horton is the General Manager and Regional Music Director for School of Rock Clear Lake and School of Rock Sugar Land. He has been a professional musician for over 25 years, played over 3000 shows and concerts and is fluent on bass, guitar and drums. He is a freelance bassist, session musician and producer for many studios and artists, one of them being the eight-time "Billboard"-charting R&B artist J Metro. In 2013 they toured Africa, headlining jazz festivals and teaching master classes at schools as part of an arts-envoy program for the United States Government. You can also find Jeremy on tour with soul country artist David Grace or his band Moses Guest that has been together for 22 years and recently completed their seventh album titled "Light." Several songs from Moses Guest have also been featured on MTV's popular show "The Real World." They've opened for several great artists, such as The Steve Miller Band, Willie Nelson, Jewel, Tower of Power, Jerry Garcia Band and many more. Jeremy comes from a musical family. His mother is a pianist and vocalist, while his dad is a bassist, guitarist and vocalist. Jeremy’s ultimate goal is to pay it forward by giving young inspiring artists something that will be with them forever, and to bring them the same joy that has filled his life with great satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.
Jordan Wright Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Jordan Wright is a longtime student and lover of music. Starting off with piano and choir in elementary school, he moved on to the guitar and bass guitar before beginning to dabble with other instruments such as drums, mandolin and ukulele. He played as a sideman during this time, as well as in multiple original Houston bands including Condition Green, Wasi Townsend and Madlove, MacAdams, The Psychodillos, Moonshine Summit, The Hightailers, POTROAST, Don't Worry 'Bout It, and Michael Shanks and the Merry Shanksters. For 10 years he was also the resident audio engineer at Last Concert Cafe in downtown Houston, affording the opportunity to work with all kinds of bands of all sizes from all over the world. In another life, he was also a math tutor and teacher's aide for HISD. He has a love for working with youth and is excited to combine his two passions, music and teaching, at School of Rock Sugar Land. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and drum teacher.
Krystal Salinas Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Krystal Salinas was born in Houston, TX. She sang on her first recording at five years old. She was in choir and band throughout high school and college, playing alto saxophone. She played in several state competitions, but was always drawn to rock and metal. She started seriously getting into guitar and drums within the same week when she was 13 years old. When she was 17 her band started playing live and she got into radio broadcasting. She studied under the great Kathy Forsythe. She has been involved in the local radio scene for over two decades.
Eventually she started recording multiple records with her band and touring the country. She developed relationships with multiple sponsors, venues, booking agents, recording companies and other musicians throughout the world. She decided to pass on her gift of music by teaching at School of Rock. Krystal is the Assistant General Manager, and is also a drum teacher, guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Sugar Land.
Calvin Parker Drum Teacher
Calvin Parker's parents gave him his first drum set on his fifth birthday and he has had sticks in his hands ever since. He started playing in church as a young teen, eventually joining the snare line in high school. After receiving a degree in Audio Engineering from SCA in Raleigh, North Carolina, he made his way to Houston, Texas. At age 18 he joined his first working gig with the high-energy funk band Out of Control. Fast forward 11 years, thousands of shows and studio sessions played with multiple bands and artists, and he has progressed as a musician through the Houston music scene. These gigs ranged from small pubs to touring the whole southwest casino circuit with cover bands. He has also been a part of multiple original groups, playing drums and providing production. He's played with bands of all genres, from the hip-hop flavored Positive Disturbance, Marauderz and CB Kings, to pop-rock acts Who is BC and Michael Flores, to country artist David Grace and many more. He is a drum teacher and also teaches audio engineering at School of Rock Sugar Land.