Gary studied with some of the world's most renowned drum teachers, including: Carmine Appice, Joe Franco, Bobby Rondinelli, Michael Lauren, Dave Stark, Dom Famularo and Jim Chapin. He performed and recorded with some of Long Island's best original bands, including: Pyra, Tombstone Shadow, Hot Tin Roof, Fire, Mudcat, Sinner's Prayer and Soulstice. Gary also taught over a thousand students.
Music Director, Drum Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Teacher
Paul is a professional musician from the Long Island area. He went to LIU Post and received a bachelor's degree in Music. He has performed all over the NY area and beyond, from the studio at Webster Hall to the Great South Bay Music Festival.
Paul currently plays drums in his band Staleworth. While in college, he performed at the Prudential Center and toured Costa Rica among other great performance opportunities with his school's groups. He is passionate about helping his students discover what music can mean for them.
Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Saxophone Teacher
Wayne Sayres is a multi-instrumentalist and instructor with over 20 years’ experience recording and performing live on saxophone, electric and acoustic guitars and bass guitar.
Wayne was a featured saxophonist in two Rolling Stones tribute acts, The Rolling Stoners and Tumblin’ Dice, and has played in numerous cover bands and original touring bands in the local scene playing venues and annual festivals in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he was based prior to moving to Huntington early last year.
Since moving to Long Island in early 2020, Wayne joined up with yet another Stones tribute called “Shattered” as well as New Country Road Show, an Americana/country/blues act, and the Big Bad Wolf Blues Ensemble, a band born of members meeting at casual local open mics.
Having given music lessons intermittently throughout the last several years, Wayne decided during the pandemic to get much more involved in teaching and build up a roster of students, so it’s been an absolute pleasure for him to be brought onboard at School of Rock to give group and one-on-one instruction.
Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drums Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Saxophone Teacher
Arahmus Brown is an upcoming artist. Before adolescence, he taught himself how to play the guitar, piano, drums, bass guitar and was classically trained on the saxophone. By the time he turned fifteen, he composed songs and formed a band to follow his lead. A one-man-band in his own right, he has the ability to play any part in the songs he writes. The creative sings and raps over his own melodies, creating harmony seldom experienced in real life. He makes his own content which was noticed by famous producer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Keith Shocklee. The two collaborated on multiple, highly anticipated, projects. Industry professionals believe that Arahmus will be an instrumental force that offers a new brand of creativity.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Matt is originally from Long Island and a Five Towns College graduate that has studied with some of the greatest musicians in the local area such as John Kelly, Tony Romano, Steve Briody, and Scott Ballin. His skill set is diverse and he covers a wide array of genres like Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, and Funk. In Matt's free time, he produces his own music and is the guitarist for a popular Long Island artist by the name of Arahmus Brown. Matt is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Sayville, sharing the wealth of knowledge he’s acquired over the years.
Vocal Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Katelyn Deveraux is a vocalist and instrumentalist from Long Island, NY. She graduated with an associate's degree in Arts and Sciences from Suffolk County Community College and aspires to earn her bachelor's degree in Childhood Music Education in the future. She is focused on teaching vocals and guitar, and beginner bass guitar.
Raised on listening to Pink Floyd and The Beatles, Katelyn was set up from the start to be a rock musician! She started singing at 9 years old and went on to join School of Rock for performance and vocal lessons when she turned 15. Katelyn was a student at School of Rock for four years, performing in a number of shows (The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, The Smiths vs. The Cure, Woodstock, 27 Club, etc.) as well as auditioning and becoming a member of her school’s Street Team band. She found a passion for making music as a student at School of Rock, especially with her peers.
Now a part of the School of Rock team, Katelyn can share her passion with her students and bring out the best in them just as her previous instructors and directors did, years ago. She emphasizes the importance of stage presence and connecting with the audience and bandmates to her students, alongside teaching vocal techniques and learning songs, inside and out. Whether they are jamming to punk songs on guitar or belting out Janis Joplin records, Katelyn is there to help her students thrive and be confident in their performance for years to come in their musical journeys.
Lexi picked up the guitar when she was 5 years old and instantly fell in love with it. She continued playing for over 19 years, taking lessons between the ages of 10 and 19. Lexi continued on her path by taking vocal lessons for three years. Throughout her time learning, Lexi focused mainly on jazz improvisation and chord theory to write her own music.
After high school, Lexi studied music business at Five Towns College. Following her studies, Lexi has continued to grow as a musician, releasing numerous singles and projects under her name. Lexi is now a song leader at New Hope Baptist church. She hopes to assist all students with their musical journeys and their passion for music.
Show Director, Vocal Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Arianna is a professional singer and musician who graduated from Pace University with a bachelor's degree in Music and Entertainment Studies. She spent her life studying music and attended a weekend music school similar to School of Rock. While studying, Arianna was hand-picked to sing in trial bands where she spent her teenage years touring around China, Germany, and the United States. After the cover band shows, she ended her tour by singing a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall.
Currently, Arianna teaches private piano and singing/songwriting lessons, while also performing locally and writing music. She loves being able to create an open and fun environment for the next generation of music students who desire to perform and study music. She hopes to be a great asset to the School of Rock team and the Farmingdale and Sayville communities.
Show Director, Guitar Teacher
Mathew Godfrey is a seasoned New York City guitarist and educator with a career spanning over two decades. He has honed his craft and become a masterful musician in a musical journey spanning NYC clubs to performances on global stages.
Mathew's foundation in music was forged at the renowned Berklee College of Music, where he earned his performance degree in 2006. Shortly after graduating from Berklee, his band, the New York Funk Exchange, released two full-length albums and toured the country extensively, leaving their mark on the vibrant funk music scene. Beyond his performances, Mathew has taken on the role of mentor and educator. Notably, he has served as both the teacher and guitarist for the extraordinary talent Brandon Taz Niederauer, a testament to his exceptional teaching and mentorship.
Matt's influence has reached the grand stages of Broadway, where he has served as a private instructor for the gifted casts of Broadway's School of Rock, nurturing young talents and guiding them toward musical excellence. In addition, he contributes his knowledge and expertise as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, helping graduate students solidify their understanding and abilities on the guitar.
Mathew continues to inspire and educate, leaving an indelible imprint on the world of music. Whether commanding the stage or enlightening students in the classroom, his enduring passion for music shines brightly.
At the age of 12, Asa picked up a pair of drumsticks and never looked back. With proficiency in multiple genres such as funk, rock, and pop he came up playing various shows throughout the island, NYC, and New Jersey areas. In his high school bands, he played RWDSU’s labor union floats for the New York City Labor Day parades of 2015 and 2016. In college, he drummed with the band Away For The Day and played corporate galas for DUNKIN’.
Currently, Asa plays drums every Sunday at Living Waters Christian Center Church in Amityville. As a drum teacher at School of Rock Farmingdale, he strives to provide a musical foundation for his students that emphasizes passion, perseverance, and overall having fun.
Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Teacher, Studio Assistant
Jordan is a multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, music producer, and professional recording artist based in New York. He was captivated by the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as a kid and learned guitar by ear with music from bands like Nirvana, The Cure, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Jordan started drumming by playing on pillows, just like one of his heroes, Dave Grohl, until he saved up for his first drum kit. As his hobby turned to passion, he picked up more instruments like bass and keys and sought classical voice training.
In everything he does, Jordan brings passion, curiosity, and open-mindedness. He learned the value of dedication and community in the arts through years of self-teaching, plus his time with mentors and bandmates. He encourages everyone to exceed their potential, and seek new heights within themselves.
Today, Jordan releases music under the name Jordan Ficton. Alongside music, Jordan enjoys creating content online and helping other local acts market their music. Above all, he is always ready to rock!
Erin has a lifelong passion for music, and can usually be found trying to teach herself a new instrument, studying song credits for fun facts, or traveling to another live music event. She is driven by connecting others to good experiences in music, education, and wellness, coming from a career in academic research and consulting with school districts nationwide.
Erin has been passionate about singing and school from a young age. Her proudest achievements include bringing T-Pain to her small Catholic college campus and being a first-generation college (and graduate) student. She performed in various vocal ensembles throughout school, serving as Music Director of an all-female a cappella group in college.
Currently, Erin runs an internship program at the Jones Beach Amphitheater, guiding high school graduates into careers in the music industry while she wraps up an MBA in Music Business.
Joel Camp is a certified public school music instructor who has been teaching music education for over 14 years to the age groups that attend School of Rock Sayville. Joel has worked with experienced students, as well as children with special needs. He has extensive knowledge of symphonic, rock, and jazz ensembles, music theory, and choral practice, including improvisation. Joel is a woodwind specialist who is also fluent on piano, brass, percussion, and composition. Since 2000, he has given over 30 winter and spring concerts for grades K-12 and inspired children with fantastic success at NYSSMA.
Joel is also performance-oriented since the age of 15 and is familiar with team building and stage techniques. He has been networking with hundreds of musicians for the past 20 years. Joel is a successful composer who has helped students establish a way to be creative with their own writing skills. A tenor saxophonist, composer, and educator, Joel has performed on Broadway at the Hudson Theater, The Paramount in Long Island, Carnegie Hall, Westbury Music Center, and at festivals such as Bradstock and Gathering of the Vibes throughout the United States and Canada. He has composed over 100 works for classical, jazz, and rock ensembles, including his new quartet Gravity.
Vocal Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Caitlin Rossbotham is one of the vocal instructors here at the School of Rock in Sayville, New York. She is currently majoring in Vocal Performance and Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
Caitlin is a former School of Rock student and performed in numerous seasonal shows and as part of her school's House Band. She has played at notable venues including the Knitting Factory, the Bitter End, 89 North, and more. Caitlin now regularly performs in operas and contemporary gigs and wants to continue to be a part of the School of Rock community and share her knowledge and experiences with others.
Loula Boulukos is an upcoming artist from Long Island, New York. She started writing poetry at the age of 12 and incorporated her poems into music and songwriting. Loula grew up listening to rock music and rap music and combined the two genres which she calls rock/rap or trapmetal. Her biggest inspirations are Eminem, The Notorious B.I.G., Remy Ma, and Missy Elliot. She is inspired by the Y2K punk style which is also seen in her music with hard punchlines and dark lyrics.
Loula takes pride in writing her very own songs to show their authenticity. She is currently working with her mentor Enjetic who has helped her name make noise in the music industry as well as gaining the attention of legends such as Charles Hamilton.