General Manager, Show Director, Singing Teacher, Rookies + Little Wing Teacher
Liz has been singing since she was a little girl. Music and expressing herself have always been in her blood, from playing trumpet and piano to singing in musicals, jazz choir, show choir, concert choir, barbershop quartets, and state solo competitions in high school and college. Liz has toured the whole state of Wisconsin two summers in a row in a traveling troupe called Kids from Wisconsin, performing 73 shows a summer.
Liz attended the University of La Crosse Wisconsin and studied Trumpet Performance with a minor in Theater. She has performed in multiple groups in Las Vegas playing keyboards, trumpet, and singing pop/synth/rock/punk music. She has opened for many different artists including The Fixx, Missing Persons, Bow Wow Wow, Modern English, Warren G, Metalachi, and many more. Liz toured all over the United States and played in the world’s largest music festival—Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin—as well as in music festivals in Las Vegas.
Mackenzie was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Las Vegas when she was 4 years old. She has been singing for as long as she can remember, starting with talent shows in 1st grade and eventually joining the school choir in 2nd grade. Mackenzie started playing guitar in 8th grade, taking lessons at School of Rock for about five years, and was in House Band for two years. Along the way, she learned how to play bass, but mainly focused on guitar.
Mackenzie then went to Las Vegas Academy of the Performing Arts as a Vocal Major. She has played on stage with Green Day twice, once in San Francisco and then again in Los Angeles. She is currently going to college aiming to get an associate's degree in political science and then a bachelor's degree in music sciences. Although she doesn’t know what she wants to do specifically, Mackenzie knows she wants to pursue music for the rest of her life.
Drum Teacher, Rookies Teacher
Ryan is originally from California and his love for the drums started when he was 4 years old. He started taking lessons soon after and studied rudiments and various percussion instruments and styles with backgrounds in jazz, funk, reggae, and rock. In his teen years, Ryan joined the marching band in school. During his junior year of high school, Ryan auditioned and acquired a snare drum spot in the professional drum & bugle corps, The Anaheim Kingsmen, which gave him a deep understanding of rhythms, music composition, and self-discipline. He later taught three high school drum lines for many years as well as several private students.
Ryan moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2000 to pursue musical options. He played with local bands, co-hosted open mics, and created relationships with recording studios for session work. In 2010 he co-founded the rock band The Roxy Gunn Project, which has become a local and worldwide favorite due to a movie role and soundtrack contribution to the Lionsgate film Road to Hell. He also was the musical arranger for the film.
In 2017, Ryan co-founded the pop-punk band Crimson Riot, which signed with Die Laughing Records. In 2019, they won the top prize in the Top Golf-sponsored TV show Who Will Rock You, which led to several performances around the country.
Ryan now plays with the local Las Vegas punk band Suburban Resistance and has reentered the teaching world.
Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Daniel grew up in Rochester, NY. From the time he first heard a Stevie Ray Vaughan tape, he knew he was going to make a career with music somehow. Daniel played in several jazz, blues, and rock bands in high school, and was in a gamelan ensemble in college. He studied harpsichord (yes, harpsichord) and music education at the University of Rochester and Nazareth College.
After graduating, Daniel moved to New York City where he taught music in public schools for two decades. He also sang in several choirs, performing more than once at Carnegie Hall, and was a member of a local rock band. In late 2022, he and his wife packed up and moved to Las Vegas. Daniel strives to help his students live up to their full potential; not only in technical ability but in creative expression. In addition to rocking out at school, Daniel studies film scoring at Berklee College of Music Online.
Adrian found his love for music and guitar at age 12 when he was accidentally placed in a music program. Showing natural gravitation to music, he pursued it from there on by attending the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts as a guitar major. After high school, Adrian served in the United States Marine Corps where he found his love for teaching and performed in his off time.
Adrian returned to Las Vegas and now continues his education by attending the University of Nevada Las Vegas as a Music Education Major and Guitar Performance Major. Adrian has five years of teaching experience which includes teaching music to brand-new music students and advanced students. During his off time, he teaches classical guitar, song writes, and performs in smaller events.
Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Joe got his first guitar when he was 6 years old and quickly became heavily influenced by the '90s wave of grunge and hard rock. He began listening to classic rock once he entered high school, and that was when he fell in love with the drums. Joe started playing in bands with friends and putting on big concerts for our fellow students during the summer breaks. He studied music in college and began learning about every style of music that he came across.
When he was 19, Joe made the decision to play drums full-time and started his first band with his hometown friends. They played nonstop, made an album, and even got radio play! A year or two later, he was hired as a guitarist and joined one of his favorite bands from Boston. Joe moved to New York with the band and they got to play at venues like the Apollo Theatre, Webster Hall, and all of the Lower East and West Side clubs.
After leaving that band about a year later, Joe moved back home, switched back to drums, and then began his professional drumming career. That was when he first started teaching music. Joe moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue music and was a full-time musician for many years. He moved to Vegas in 2019. Joe has recorded many albums, played in some amazing bands, worked with amazing musicians (still does), produced records, and has played every club and venue up and down the east coast and west coast.
Singing Teacher, Little Wing + Rookies Teacher
A Southern California native, Celina Sasso is an Argentinian-American vocalist who has graced the stage in musicals, bands, tribute acts, and several performances around the Las Vegas Valley. She has covered renditions of her favorite artists and covers a diverse repertoire of music genres such as opera, jazz, blues, Broadway, pop, and rock.
Celina studied music technology and voice at CSN where she obtained her associate's degree in Arts. After college, Celina began her music career performing in venues such as Palazzo, The Venetian, Mandalay Bay, Lost Spirits Distillery, Maxan Jazz, The Sandollar Lounge, and more. In 2022, Celina was a finalist for the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition in the musical theatre category where she competed against over 1,500 candidates in the US and Canada.
Celina was also nominated for “Best Entertainer” in the 2023 Silver State Awards. In 2021, Celina made her touring debut traveling and performing around the nation with the Swing It! Girls. In addition, she has just completed her first residency at the Tuscany where she headlined for over a year singing '80s rock hits. Celina continues to perform around Las Vegas and is honored to have the opportunity to give back to the music community through teaching with the knowledge she has obtained throughout her career.