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.
Alyx Bridwell Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Alyx Bridwell is a former student of San Jacinto Community College Music, where she studied Vocal Performance, Audio Engineering and Music Composition. She studied choral performance and jazz. She also studied piano, performed with the steel band, jazz ensemble, multiple choirs and the student composers organization. As a part of the SJCC curriculum, she is fluent in the recording arts, specifically Finale composing program and Avid’s ProTools, the industry standard in recording technology. Alyx is versatile in a wide variety of genres including, but not limited to, classical, instrumental, blues, jazz, rock, soul, hard rock and metal. Alyx is very active as a freelance musician and recording engineer. She has contributed in musicals, solo performances and events at SJCC's campus. She is currently working on a new metal project, and her band looks forward to touring with her new material in the near future. She is a guitar teacher, drum teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Sugar Land.
Haley Zills Studio Coordinator
Haley Zills is a 21-year-old college student from Alvin, TX. She is in her senior year of college at the University of Houston - Clear Lake, pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Literature. Haley enjoys being immersed in our community of instructors, students and parents, and loves feeling like a part of the School of Rock Sugar Land family. One of Haley's greatest passions is music, so being Studio Coordinator at School of Rock is something of a dream job for her.
Brad Torres Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor
By the time Brad Torres graduated high school, he had already spent a season in the Kansas City Youth Symphony as a concert tubist, he had performed theatrically in several leading roles at the Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park for crowds of thousands, he’d traveled to London to march with a band in the New Year’s Parade and he’d sung at the Kansas City Music Hall with his best-of-state award-winning barbershop quartet.
Seeking a future as a composer, Brad began attending the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri, Kansas City with scholarships in music, theatre and academics. There, he pursued a degree in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in theory and tonal composition.
Brad started giving regular music instruction at School of Rock Sugar Land in December 2016. He served as the General Manager from March of 2017 to September of 2018. He was quickly promoted to Studio Coordinator and Show Director, and then Asst. General Manager. In the Spring of 2018, Brad co-authored the script to, and wrote the music and lyrics for, "Cast Away: a Musical Parody," which debuted at the 2018 Winnipeg Fringe Festival in July. From September through November, he performed with The New Tribesmen, a comedy band, at the 2018 Texas Renaissance Festival. He also recently joined the Native Sons, a band fronted by Houston musician James Koby Boren of the Jeremy James Band. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher, piano 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.
Will Herrington Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Will Herrington is a 23-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Alvin, TX and the Assistant Music Director at School of Rock Sugar Land. He has been with School of Rock Sugar Land for three years. After he taught himself to play guitar at 15 years old, Will joined a band called Afternoon Power as a guitar player. When Afternoon Power disbanded in 2014, Will and two of his best friends started And Then Suddenly, a math rock band, in which Will is the lead vocalist and guitarist. Since And Then Suddenly’s formation in 2014, Will has recorded several albums, played guitar in a prog rock band called Vox Vocis, recorded albums and toured nationally.
Because Will is a multi-instrumentalist, he teaches lessons in several instruments School of Rock offers. Lessons with Will capture his fun-loving personality and his passion for music. Will loves teaching music at School of Rock because it allows him to play a part in each student’s growth as a musician. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher, drum teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Sugar Land.