Chris Kopp Music Director
Chris Kopp has had a passion for music his whole life which was instilled at an early age growing up in a musical family. This passion eventually led him to attend, and graduate from, the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA with a degree in Professional Music. After graduation he returned to his hometown of Monterey, CA and began pursuing a career in music. In 2008, Chris auditioned for the United States Navy Band where he was fortunate enough to spend more than a decade traveling the world, leading bands, and performing for high-profile audiences, all while sharing the stage with some of the greatest musicians in the world. After separating from active duty service in 2018 he went back to school and received a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology. Chris, along with his wife Maki, opened School of Rock Santa Ana in 2021 where he currently serves as Music Director.
Preston Huber Show Director
Preston has been playing music ever since he was six years old. Starting with guitar, he quickly made is way to experiment with other instruments including drums, bass, keys and singing. He worked his way through high school playing in bands with his friends. During his Junior and Senior years, he had the opportunity to perform at Disneyland for two summers with the school’s band. In 2015, Preston graduated from the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California. Pursuing his music education further, he attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA where he graduated Cum Laude in Drum Performance with an emphasis in Music Business in 2017.
Preston has used his music education and experiences in several professional environments including education, performance and studio recordings. He has been teaching for over three years and has seen tremendous musical growth in his students. He has performed in several clubs/theaters including Segerstrom in Irvine, The House of Blues in Anaheim, The Yost Theater in Santa Ana and the Viper Room / Whiskey A-Go-Go in Hollywood. Preston has also had the privilege to record in well-regarded studios including Hurley in Costa Mesa and The Boneyard (the personal home studio of Joe Perry of Aerosmith). When Preston isn’t teaching, he is constantly performing, recording, songwriting our touring during the summers.
David McKinzie Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher
David McKinzie, a musician born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee began appreciating music at a very young age. He first taught himself how to play the drum set around the age of 5 so he could play for his church band. Not much after, he began to teach himself keyboard/organ after being inspired by his favorite musician/artist, Ray Charles. He soon began to pursue music more seriously and attended guitar lessons and joined his school band around the 3rd grade. Shortly thereafter he discovered the bass guitar, which is now his favorite instrument to perform on! He knew that he had a natural gift on bass guitar so he always stuck with it. Later, David chose to study music in college as well, receiving a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music and attained a degree in Business, Music Performance, and Music Production. Since then, David has shared the stage with countless talented individuals, George Clinton, Kirk Whalum, and Booker T. Jones just to name a few. He has also relocated to Los Angeles recently in 2020 to officially start up his artist career in music. This is just the beginning of David's Odyssey.
Sky Wilson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher
Sky Wilson is a multi-dimensional musician from Long Beach, California. After starting piano lessons at a young age, Sky decided that he was going to teach himself as many musical instruments as possible, and that list continues to grow. At School of Rock Santa Ana, he teaches drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, and vocals, and has taught music in elementary schools for over 6 years. Sky plays in quite a few bands around LA and OC, everything from Blues to Metal, while maintaining an unmatchable love for his children, and family. Sky is on a mission not only to be a rockstar, but also to create as many rockstars as he possibly can in the process.
Anthony Klinner Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Anthony Klinner has been in love with music his whole life. His performance career started off in Heidelberg, Germany when he was around seven years old in his church worship band. From there, Anthony would continue to lead worship and pursue music all the way up until today.
Throughout his life, Anthony has been a part of touring jazz groups where he sang and played trumpet, touring choirs, National and International songwriting competitions, and leads worship in many different churches across the country.
Today, Anthony attends Vanguard University where he is studying Musical Theatre and still actively pursuing his music and acting careers. When he is not writing songs or teaching lessons, you'll most likely find Anthony re-watching marvel movies for the 100th time.
Danny Hudson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
Danny Hudson is a bassist, guitarist and pianist from Fountain Valley, California. He started to play music when he was twelve and soon found a soft spot for the bass. Shortly after, he joined the Huntington Beach School of Rock and developed his skills on the bass. He trained for a few more years until he was accepted into one of the top music programs in the Southern California area at the Orange County School for the Arts. While he continues to focus primarily on the bass, Danny enjoys playing the guitar and piano as well. After playing for a few years, he started performing with local bands and studios as a bassist and guitarist. He is very active in the local music scene and is excited to continue on his musical journey, wherever it may take him.
Calista Domingcil Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Calista Domingcil was born and raised in Dinuba, California. She’s been in love with music since she was 8 and has been singing for as long as she can remember. Taking piano lessons, recording in her dad’s studio, and jamming with her family are some of her fondest memories. Calista is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in music education from Vanguard University and will be graduating this spring. When she is not singing, you’ll most likely find her in a dance studio or baking something sweet!
Ryan Reiff Drum Teacher
Ryan Reiff fell in love with music at an early age playing violin in elementary school and tenor saxophone in his jr. high school band. At age 12, he sat down at his first drum set and knew he had found his calling in life. Since those early days, Ryan has played in many bands, toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and shared the stage with some of his heroes like TV on the Radio, Little Dragon, They Might be Giants, Sage Francis and Raekwon of the Wu Tang Clan. While collaborating with Ikey Owens (The Mars Volta, Jack White) for a decade in the band Free Moral Agents, Ryan honed his performance, writing and improvisation skills. But the biggest lesson learned was what a great impact a talented mentor can have on a passionate musician. As a drum instructor at School of Rock, he aims to impress those same valuable lessons on his students to help them succeed in their musical pursuits as well as in their lives.
David Sampen Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher
David Sampen is a well-known actor, entertainer, and multi-instrumentalist music producer. He has appeared in several films including "Avatar" and "Blades Of Glory" and continues to work regularly in front of the camera on shows such as ABC's "General Hospital" and Amazon's hit series "Goliath." David grew up playing the violin, saxophone, piano, and voice, and attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts for 8 years. In college, he received degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Recording Tech. Featured in the famous Los Angeles rock bands 80-DO, Expiate, Sound Library, and The Edgar Allan Poets, David produces music for each group with performances in and around the LA area. In addition to his virtuosic guitar performing and free-lance artistry, Sampen composes music, builds guitars, and produces music commercially.
Charles Wiley Drum Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Charles has been playing music for over 25 years, starting out playing with his father and brother as a child. Charles studied music theory at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, and later studied with drummer Gil Sharone, who is known for his work with Marilyn Manson, Dillinger Escape Plan and Stolen Babies. Charles also studied with legendary big band drummer Ed Shaughnessy, probably best known for his years as the drummer for The Tonight Show Band on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Charles wrote his first piece of music before he even became a teenager and has written hundreds more since. His music has been featured on television shows like Oprah, Dateline NBC, Late Night with Seth Myers, The Young and the Restless, and The OWN Network. Charles is always expanding his skills in new areas and has enjoyed great success playing in musical projects ranging from metal, rock, progressive, blues, country and pop. Charles is currently playing with several bands and can be seen most weekends playing around the greater Los Angeles area.
Charles really enjoys teaching and approaches each student with the goal of helping them find their voice with their chosen instrument. He is really excited to be teaching at School of Rock.
Charles enjoys composing his own solo pieces and working with other musicians and artists on creative projects, such as his Corn Man project, a progressive musical suite accompanying a “children’s book” style graphic novel creatively exploring some of the challenges of today’s food industry. He is also a regular contributor to Drumhead Magazine.
Giancarlo Arzu Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Giancarlo Arzu is a musician from Los Angeles California. He earned his bachelor's degree from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2018 as a jazz bass performance major (with minors in Digital Arts and Music Theory). While at CalArts, he taught with the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program at Plaza de la Raza, Sotomayor Arts and Sciences Magnet, and Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. After graduating, he worked full-time as program coordinator for Young Musicians Foundation where he helped initiate and manage the development of the Online Music Academy.
Giancarlo has performed and recorded at several venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Capitol Records, The Troubadour, and The Walt Disney Concert Hall and has played music alongside artists including Ozomatli, Steve Lacy, Justo Almario, Ndugu Chancler, and Patrice Rushen. He is excited to bring his experience and passion for music to School of Rock Santa Ana.