Marina has loved music since before she was born. It started with the last Grateful Dead tour with Jerry Garcia while her mom was pregnant with her! She has always been passionate about live music and directly involved in stage production for electronic music shows starting at age 15! Some of her favorite artists include Janis Joplin, Johnny Hobo, Lil Peep, Pink Floyd, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Zeppelin, and more! She brings a versed background in music, management, retail and food service, and is stoked to be a part of our team!
Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Assistant Manager
Walker has been playing music for 19 years, starting out on alto saxophone at age 11before picking up guitar at 13. An avid musician throughout high-school, Walker then pursued music professionally, graduating from the University of New Haven with a bachelor’s degree in music and sound recording in 2014. While attending, he also took private guitar instruction from Nick Nasko, as well as performed with the UNH Jazz Band on both guitar and saxophone. He has played in numerous rock bands around the New Haven area and is currently performing regularly with original bands Strawberry Cheesesteak and Hatfield, as well as shoreline cover band Covergirl. Walker has also worked as a professional live sound engineer since 2016, as well as written and recorded several solo projects over the years.
Studio Coordinator, Singing Teacher
From a young age, Gleeson always knew she wanted to be surrounded by music. Singing became a big part of her life, and she joined choir and audition-only groups throughout grade school. Writing has always been an important outlet for Gleeson, from poetry to writing song lyrics. She studied music at Southern Connecticut State University and graduated with her bachelor's degree and an award for excellence in musical performance in 2021.
Gleeson was vocally trained in classical, musical theater, and jazz. She also sang lead vocals for blues, jazz standards, and Latin jazz ensembles in college, which performed twice each semester. She performed in the New Haven Festival for Arts and Ideas the summer after graduating and continues to expand and explore her musical abilities with solo projects, learning new instruments, and collaborations with other talented musicians. Gleeson is excited to bring her music theory knowledge, musicianship, and enthusiasm to School of Rock Madison!
Bass Guitar Teacher
Christian S. started performing as a clarinet player in his middle school concert band. He began studying bass as a student at School of Rock Madison when he was 16. He remained in the student program for 2 years while also taking part in other musical endeavors such as his high school rock ensemble. In 2020, Christian took up a music studies major in Manchester Community College, with the aim to transfer into a 4-year state university and major in music education.
Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher, Bass Teacher
Rach is a person who wears many hats. She started in ballet, musical theater, and poetry. At 8 years old, her father introduced her to her first rock artist, Rob Zombie. As she got older, ballet became stressful due to an injury and she decided to quit. She found company in writing poetry and performing in musicals. As a young adult, she found solace by entertaining and connecting with an audience. Rach is a self-taught vocalist, pianist, and bassist. Through guidance of her family, friends, and bandmates, Rach developed herself as a musician.In 2015, Rach started playing piano. It started with one song to break through an emotion and ended with a thousand more. She took piano classes at Capital Community College in Hartford, CT and has the capability of jump starting a youth's passion for piano. Rach has also been recognized for her stage presence and confidence while performing. She looks forward to building the confidence of future youth and bringing out their inner rockstar.
Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Max Caserta is a professional guitarist based out of Milford, CT. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Connecticut State University in 2020 with a B.S. in Music Education. Max is well versed in many styles including jazz, funk, rock, rnb, soul, gospel and theater. Since graduating, he has been performing professionally and teaching lessons around the tri-state area. These performances include various musical theater shows, jazz festivals and shows, church concerts/services, weddings, and various venues around CT, NY and NJ.
Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Autumn is a flutist, saxophonist, and keyboard player. While the flute is her main instrument, she has been playing the piano her whole life! Autumn studied jazz performance with a specialization in saxophone at Western Connecticut State University.
Autumn is a professional jazz musician and plays live jazz in local venues. She is well-versed in the language of tonal harmony and chromatic/atonal harmony. In her spare time, she likes to play chess and eat mashed potatoes. Autumn is also a huge Lord of the Rings nerd.
Tommy has been playing and writing music for over two decades. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Scoring, with Guitar as his principal instrument.
As a performer, Tommy has been a session guitarist for studio recordings in a variety of genres and he has fronted and played lead guitar in bands that regularly gigged across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. His compositions and sound design have been featured in films, television shows, movie trailers, and marketing campaigns for multinational corporations, and played before the British parliament.
Chris Lyons is a versatile freelance drummer who is able to adapt to any musical situation. Whether he is playing Motown with The Temptations, romping blues shuffles with the late great George Baker, laying down tracks for songwriters, or rocking and rolling his way across Connecticut, Chris is right at home!
He has jammed with such notables as the Marty Stevens Orchestra in New York, played at the Connecticut reception for Geoge W. Bush in 2000, and recorded soundtracks with David Smyrl of Sesame Street. Chris worked with Robert McIntee, The Drifters, Bowser from Sha Na Na, and Charo. Chris is also known to have worked with many acts on Royal Caribbean in his younger days, including being Ringo Starr in the Broadway rendition of Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles!
In his over 50 years of drumming, Chris has studied with greats like Joe Bonadio, Tommy Campbell, Sam Ulano, and the late legend Joe Morello. When Chris is not working with the cool kids at School of Rock Madison, he is living it up with his wife, daughter, son, dog, and cat in Cheshire, CT.
Dolph always listens to music like Stan Getz, the Wailers, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Muddy Waters. He comes from a musical family: his father was a musician and his cousins, aunts, and uncles played in bluegrass, folk, rock, and blues bands! Dolph is a self-taught musician and grew up playing bass and drums in school and playing with friends in garage bands!
Dolph's first band experience was gigging for four years with a progressive instrumental band called The Apparition. He also played and gigged with the reggae band Greg and the Groupers for about two years, and he has played music with folk bands and Celtic rock, too!
Dolph exudes positivity and acknowledges that, while no one is perfect, we all CAN get better with dedication and perseverance!
Eli has two decades of experience behind the drums! He has been transformed by many musicians and great teachers like Larry DeLeo from Goldie and Libro and Greg Trabandt from RVP studios!
Eli has been in bands since the age of 13 playing rock music from Jimi Hendrix to Metallica to even The Grateful Dead! Now, he plays for bands that all reach different levels of musical genres from jazz to dance-pop to fusion and good ole rock n' roll! He currently plays in King Bolete Band and No Cheez Orchestra out of the New Haven area and The Mike Brandon Band out of Oxford!
Christian always knew he wanted to be a drummer and has been playing drums for 20 years and specifically drumset for 15 years. Throughout his musical journey, Christian has played in concert bands, marching bands, jazz ensembles, and most notably the Regional Center for the Arts jazz and percussion programs. After high school, he attended The University of New Haven for a degree music industry. Christian has been playing in his own bands since he was 13 years old and has experience with genres such as metal, rock, pop punk, progressive rock, funk, fusion, jazz, big band swing, and multiple types of Latin-influenced music.
Recently Christian earned a degree from the Connecticut School of Broadcast and dabbles in audio recording and manipulation through DAWs and voice-over work. His current band, the Mushroom Cloud, can be seen playing all over the Northeast. Christian's love for the New Naven music scene has sculpted his connections with venue owners and the opportunities he’s earned—and ultimately all this stems from his absolute love of music.
Mark is originally from Madison and began playing drums when he was 6 years old. Both his older brothers had taken up the instrument, so there were always drums around just waiting to be played. Mark is self-taught outside of lessons in school symphonic, marching, and jazz band. Ever since he can remember, Mark wanted to be a professional musician and the summer after his senior year in high school that dream started to become a reality. He started a band with some of his friends and began to play local shows around the New Haven area. The band, These Green Eyes, had a following that grew quickly and they embarked on their first tour down the East Coast.
After a decade of touring across the U.S. professionally and playing some of the biggest music festivals in the pop-punk and post-punk genres, These Green Eyes decided to call it quits. They released two full-length albums, the latter, being their major label debut. Mark has also been featured on many session recordings for local and regional musicians. He is incredibly familiar with the local music scene having also played in cover bands across the state and is currently playing shows on a regular basis with The Sparkle & Fade. Mark hopes to continue his own music education and help inspire any drummer who walks through the doors of School of Rock Madison to help them reach their goals musically.