Katie Farmer General Manager
Katie has been with School of Rock since 2015 as a studio coordinator, drum Instructor, show director, tour coordinator for five School of Rock AllStar tours and now general manager.
As a drummer, Katie has been privileged enough to play and at some of the greatest venues in the US.
Katie graduated from The University of St. Thomas with a degree in tv and film production and has been on the stage and behind the scenes all of her life through theatre, film, dance and music.
More recently Katie worked as a Production Assistant on the film, “Nothing Really Happens”, which was the winner of several awards including Best Feature Film at the Sci-fi London Film Festival. She also worked as video editor and production assistant for a Female Comedy Tour produced by Lahna Turner.
D'etta Brown Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher
D’Etta Brown grew up in a vortex of musical creativity in Lubbock, TX, and soon couldn’t imagine doing anything else. She attended South Plains College to study Commercial Music and Entertainment Business, and then went on to teach there as a vocal instructor and at other local studios in the Lubbock area. She honed her passion for performing with numerous bands, singing everything she could, including rock, soul, blues and jazz. D’Etta relocated to Los Angeles in 2018 and now calls School of Rock Santa Clarita her musical home. She is a vocal instructor and piano teacher.
Benjamin Fortin Guitar Teacher
At a young age, Benjamin Fortin was involved in his primary school’s concert band when he found his dad’s antique acoustic guitar in the closet one day. He hasn’t put a guitar down since. After high school, he went straight to Hollywood, CA to study in GIT at the Musicians Institute. He spent his short breaks from college teaching guitar classes at his former middle school. After graduating with his Associate of Arts degree in Guitar Performance, he was hired to play four nights at The Renberg Theatre with LA’s LGBT Transchorus for their “Ziggy Stardust” performance. He now currently plays for several Hollywood acts, including an all original jazz/fusion band Mr. Giant, alternative rock artist Esemae and classic rock cover band Agent 18. His influences include artists like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, B.B King, Albert King, Frank Gambale, Greg Howe, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, Bob Dylan and many more. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Santa Clarita.
Reece Clark Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Reece Clark started learning guitar at the School of Rock in Dallas, TX in 2009, and after continuing through their program for a few years he eventually started playing in bands of his own. He then took his love for guitar and for learning to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where he studied guitar of all genres (including classical, jazz, pop and R&B) as well as music theory, live production and music business while still touring with his band outside of school.
Since graduating, Reece has decided to pursue music as a career. His old band Oh, Weatherly signed to Los Angeles-based record label Hopeless Records, put out their debut full-length album and immediately hit the road. Since then, he’s toured across the entire United States and Canada with alternative acts such as Mayday Parade and Ryan Key of Yellowcard, performed on the final Vans Warped Tour, Sad Summer Festival, and most recently decided to put that same passion into teaching and possibly helping other kids find their love for music as well.
Zakary Herman Singing Teacher
Zakary Herman is a Los Angeles based Performer and Composer. With over a decade of experience in vocal performance, his musical endeavors span across genres from Musical Theater, Jazz and Rock.
Ryan Arshonsky Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Ryan grew up in Santa Clarita and began his musical journey at a young age. At 7, he started learning guitar and writing song, and soon after began drums lessons and teaching himself piano.
Growing up, Ryan produced his own songs while playing live shows across various LA venues such as the Whiskey-a-Go Go, the Grove, and the Mint.
In 2018, Ryan attended Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2021with a bachelor of music.
He continues to write and record with his band, Cap’n Marble, as well as backing up other LA artists such as Annika Rose and Bleu Stroud in their live acts.
Ryan started teaching at School of Rock Santa Clarita in 2021. He has found a passion for teaching young students the art form and craft that has inspired him throughout his life.
Clay Zimmerman Drum Teacher
Clay recently graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where Clay was born and raised until moving out to Los Angeles. Clay has been playing the drums for almost 12 years.
"My older brother has been a drummer long before me and was a huge influence on me at a young age to pick up the sticks and start drumming."
Since then Clay has fit music into daily life in any way possible by playing in various groups, learning new styles, teaching, or going to live shows. Outside of music, Clay loves to create any kind of visual media, such as designing for digital graphics and websites or making videos and short films.
"My ideal profession would be to combine this with music in some way and find opportunities to be a visual storyteller."
Benjamin Badalian Guitar Teacher
Benjamin is a music student at College of The Canyons studying guitar performance. He plays in the Jazz ensemble as well as the Commercial Music ensemble. Benjamin has spent a lot of time studying a variety of styles of music including Jazz, Funk, R&B, Blues, and of course, Rock. Benjamin's goal is to one day become a professor of music.
"Music is my favorite language, and to be able to teach a person to speak the language is a privilege."
Jake Rodriguez Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Growing up in the Antelope Valley, Jake began learning music at the age of seven. He started playing drums at a local church.
At the age of nine, he started to learn the scales of the piano and has been an accompanist for his high school choir. In addition to that, he started to pick up the guitar during his high school days.
He studied music composition and obtained an AA from College of the Canyons with an emphasis on piano. Recently he has earned a certificate from UCLA extension in “Independent Music Production.”
He currently works on his own music projects and is glad to be a part of The School of Rock in Santa Clarita community.