Al Lombardi Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher
Al Lombardi teaches keys and drums, and is also a very capable guitar and bass instructor, making him a valuable part of our school. Al grew up in New Jersey and started playing drums at the age of seven. Eventually he started joining bands with his friends and learning new instruments, which led him to move to Boston to attend, and graduate from, Berklee College of Music. Al has played in many different bands and draws inspiration from all kinds of music. He has performed for audiences up and down the northeast ranging from back yards, to rock venues, to concert halls, to stadiums. Having studied music education at Berklee, of course he also has a passion for teaching. Since graduating, he has been giving private lessons, and has also taught at multiple music camps. He’s excited to help students of all ages get off to a good start on their own personal musical journey!
Alex Necochea Guitar Teacher
Alejandro, or Alex, picked up an electric guitar at age 12, having been enamored with 80s era MTV as a kid. Within months he was performing in local bands throughout central Pennsylvania with musicians many years his senior. By the mid-2000s Alex was recording albums and touring extensively with his 12-to-20 man band, Bang Camaro, with music and appearances in film, television and the widely popular "Guitar Hero II" and "Rock Band" game platforms. The band went on to appear at Lollapalooza, on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" and on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Between tours, Alex became a fixture at School of Rock in Watertown, where he mentored students of all ages and skill levels in both lessons and the rehearsal setting. Recently, Alex continues to tour the world with Sarah Borges and The Broken Singles, The Andrea Gillis Band and his own heavy rock band, Worshipper. While performing is his passion Alex has years of teaching experience and is dedicated to cultivating the spirit and skill of rock ’n' roll in anyone that wants to learn. We couldn't be happier to have him on the team and to work with some of you.
Joe Messina Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Joe recently moved to Boston from the Philadelphia area, where he was an instructor at School of Rock Cherry Hill in NJ. Growing up, he received classical training on violin, viola and music theory, eventually switching his focus to guitar, singing, songwriting and composition. During his time in Philadelphia he played in several bands, including Victoria Watts, Amsterdam, 88mph and Jackson Moe. Joe records original music as a solo artist and has composed music for productions at Good Good Comedy Theater in Philadelphia.
Joe is committed to giving students a well-rounded knowledge of music, so that in addition to knowing what to play, they will always know why to play it. He believes a quality music education requires an appreciation of all kinds of music and is excited to share his eclectic musical point of view. In addition to teaching and gigging, he is currently pursuing a General Music Studies Certificate from Berklee College of Music, studying keyboard, composition, recording and music business.
Tim Clark Guitar Teacher
Born and raised just south of Baltimore, MD, Tim Clark's passion for music was sparked early on thanks to his father's fine ear for great songs. Music from all genres was present at home, from Van Halen, to Merle Haggard, to Parliament Funkadelic, to Norah Jones. Nothing was off limits. Tim began playing guitar and drums at the age of 12, focusing primarily on rock and blues music. Upon graduating high school in 2011, Tim was accepted to Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, but ultimately decided not to attend. A year later, he auditioned at the Berklee College of Music on a whim and has lived in the Boston area ever since. During his time in college, Tim's playing horizons began to broaden greatly thanks to professors Mike Williams, Jeff Lockhart and Thaddeus Hogarth, who he studied everything from country finger-picking to disco rhythm guitar with. Finding his niche in funk music, Tim enjoyed a short stint as the guitar player for Worcester-based soul/rock band Blue Light Bandits throughout the majority of 2014. After his first gig with BLB opening for Sublime tribute band Badfish in Syracuse, NY, Tim experienced shows at many different types of venues, from nightclubs and cigar bars to outdoor festivals and vineyards. Tim earned his bachelor's degree from Berklee in Guitar Performance in 2016, and has been teaching private lessons ever since. In the fall of 2017, he also earned a position as a music teacher at North Andover Public Schools, where he teaches guitar, piano and sound recording courses. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Natick.
Molly McCoy Singing Teacher
Molly McCoy recently graduated from Longy School of Music with her Masters of Music in Opera. Originally from Manchester-by-the-Sea Massachusetts she has been singing her whole life. She has been teaching music for 5 years, loves working with kids, and will jump at any excuse to sing. A private voice coach as well as a professional Opera singer, McCoy has starred in numerous operatic and musical theatre roles and has been a featured soloist in a number of orchestras. Her true passion lies in Modern Opera and she regularly performs and cultivates the art. Though opera is her passion she loves any genre she can get her hands on. In her free time, she enjoys paddle boarding, cuddling with her cat, and anything Disney.
Bruno Cabrera Music Director
Dr. Bruno Cabrera was an Adjunct Professor of Music at Taylor University where he taught percussion and was also a drummer and percussionist for The Ball State Department of Theater and Dance and Muncie Civic Theater. During his Masters degree, Dr. Cabrera worked at Indiana University’s Latin American Music Center as a performer, arranger, lecturer and coach for the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble, group where he shared the stage and wrote arrangements for great names of Latin American Music such as Grammy Award Winners Gonzalo Grau (Venezuela), Adam Del Monte (Spain), Grammy Award nominees Pablo Aslan (Argentina), Jovino Santos Neto (Brazil), and Michael Spiro (USA). Bruno also appeared as guest artist in the recording of "Latin Love Songs" by Grammy Award Winner Sylvia McNair.
Bruno started playing drums when he was 3 years old. His parents are amateur musicians and supported him to pursue a career in music. During his doctorate he researched music psychology, music cognition, and motor skill development, which helped him to develop a methodology to optimize the development of skills and musical knowledge of young students. Bruno worked for the School of Rock in Fishers Indiana before moving here and joining us.
Robert Trevisani Drum Teacher
Robert Trevisani is a drummer, composer, and music teacher from Massachusetts who has been playing drums for over 10 years. Growing up, he went to the School of Rock in Watertown (then called SOR Boston) and was a part of the school's house band. Robert attended and graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Composition. At Berklee, Robert studied ear training, music theory, composition and performance. He also had the opportunity to study privately with renowned drummers such as Rod Morgenstein and Kenwood Dennard. During his last year at Berklee, Robert was employed by Berklee as a peer tutor, helping underclassmen in subjects such as theory, ear training, conducting, and counterpoint. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Composition from Boston Conservatory.
Robert has performed in the New England area regularly for years, playing in both original bands and cover bands in various venues and for private events. As a teacher, Robert has taught drums, percussion, and beginner guitar to students ranging in age from 3 to 80, as well as given lectures/presentations on music theory and music history at both Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory.
Nick Lees Guitar Teacher
Inspired by classic rock bands and cartoon soundtracks, Nick Lees began playing guitar and writing songs at an early age. Growing up, he took leadership roles in local bands, provided accompaniment for musical theater and dance, and began experimenting with recorded music.
In 2015 he was accepted to The Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he learned to arrange and compose for a variety of ensembles including big band and orchestra. He played the part of Cory Wong in Henry Godfrey’s Vulfpeck Ensemble, and opened for Jason Aldean with local country singer Catherine Roche. In 2019 he earned his degree in Contemporary Writing and Production summa cum laude. He hopes to encourage students to listen, analyze, and interact with their favorite music.
Rose Mancuso General Manager
Rose Mancuso is originally from Canton, MA. Although she has some classical musical background, Rose went to Northeastern University for Theatre Production. Having stage-managed plays, operas, and musicals in the Boston area, she found her way to School of Rock in 2020 to make a difference and find her place in the world when theatre was no longer an option. Music plays such an important part in her life that it's important to her that she helps make that same impact on every kid that comes to School of Rock.
Gavin Caine Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Gavin Caine is a musician, composer, producer, and music teacher from New Jersey. He started playing piano at 4 years old, and since then has learned to play guitar and taught himself bass and drums. A School of Rock alumni from School of Rock Cresskill (formerly School of Rock Tenafly), Gavin first enrolled at age 9, joined the school’s House Band at age 11, and was a two-time School of Rock AllStar in 2015 and 2016, where he played at festivals such as Lollapalooza and Gathering of the Vibes.
He went on to study Music Theory and Composition at Boston University with a concentration in piano performance, all while playing in several bands around the Boston music scene. With such a musically diverse background, Gavin always tries to expose students to all aspects of music and give them a well-rounded education. Outside of teaching, Gavin can be found writing and producing his own music, as well as producing records for other musicians!
Zeke Martin Drum Teacher
Zeke Martin was born in Brussels and entered the world with a pair of drumsticks in his hands. He was influenced by his father, Stu Martin, who played drums with jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, and Quincy Jones. Zeke’s musical repertoire includes a blend of Jazz, Funk, R&B, Reggae, Rock and more.
When he was 12, Zeke had his first gig in France with world-renowned saxophonist, Steve Lacy. Shortly after, he moved to the United States where he began a successful career, including the formation of Zeke Martin & The Oracle in 2000, earning him an interview in Drum! Magazine as an up-and-comer to watch.
Zeke Martin has performed in many locations in the United States as well as throughout the world. Within the U.S., he has performed at Fenway Park, the Berklee Performance Center, The Regatta Bar, House of Blues, and The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. He continues to perform with his band, The Oracle, throughout the New England area. In addition, he teaches at Northeastern University during the school year and Berklee College of Music during the summer.
Sam Eastman Guitar Teacher
Sam Eastman is a guitarist hailing from Newton, MA. His musical efforts began in childhood, inspired by the recordings of acoustic guitarists such as Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges. He is a graduate of the Schulich School of Music in Montreal, Canada, having studied jazz performance. This is also where he began his professional career by joining several local rock bands and performing at some of the city's best-known venues as a solo acoustic artist. Thanks to this diverse background, Sam is able to offer a high degree of versatility both as a performer and a teacher.
Derek Johnson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Derek Johnson is a New England based folk/americana artist that has crafted an intimate and sincere sound. Derek grew up outside of Worcester Massachusetts, where he first found the classic rock and folk music of the 60's and 70's. At 18, Derek moved to Nashville TN where he grew as a songwriter and performer.
While setting roots in Nashville, he decided to perform under the stage name "Derek W. Curtis" in homage to a family name of Homestead porch-playing musicians. In the 7 years while living in Nashville, Derek's released "Carpetbagger" which was a conceptual album about his experience of moving to the country music capital and where he belonged with his northern folky roots. After releasing "Carpetbagger", Derek hit the road and toured throughout the Midwest, East Coast, and all throughout Canada spanning from Montreal through Vancouver.
At the end of 2018, Derek moved back to the northeast, bringing his refined live show back with him. His melodic guitar playing brings a blend of Folk, Bluegrass, and Country stylings, paired with his honest and self-reflective lyrics. A couple weeks before leaving Nashville, Derek spent a couple days in the studio with his dear friends he had made in Nashville, and they recorded his body of work "Blue Veil" which dives into his self exploration and time on the road.