Coach Alex attended the Alabama School of Music as well as Musician’s Institute and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music.
Originally from New Jersey, Coach Alex and his Telecaster named “Marble” now reside in Los Angeles where they play in several cover bands, although in the past Alex has worked with such successful artists as Tom Pumont of No Doubt.
GUITAR, BASS, BAND COACHING, SUMMER CAMP
Coach Luke is our first Junior Instructor. Luke has been playing guitar and bass since 4th grade and has already put together a pretty impressive resume’. In addition to teaching individual lessons, coaching several house bands, being musical director for Summer Camp, and training bands for our Concerts To Save the Arts, Coach Luke is also the Stage Manager for our live shows.
Luke was the lead guitarist for the legendary band INDETENTION…the band that started the entire wave of youth rock bands in the City of Burbank. As such, Luke played the first note of the first song at the very first Concert to Save the Arts at Jefferson Elementary School in 2006. Since then, Luke himself has participated in shows that have raised a cumulative total of over $150,000 for arts education programs in the Burbank Public Schools.
In addition to playing with INDETENTION, Luke has played in many youth bands including his current band L.A. Noize, and the legendary Burbank band BackTalk where he played lead guitar and is the co-writer of a tremendous library of original music. In his time as a professional musician Luke has played the Starlight Bowl twice, the Colony Theater, The Whisky A Go Go, The Troubadour, and multiple other shows in front of thousands of fans, including BackTalk’s 2010 victory at the Burbank High School Battle of the Bands. Coach Luke is a glimpse into the future of your Neighborhood Rock School.
VOICE, GUITAR, PIANO, BAND COACHING, BEGINNING DRUMS, TODDLER ROCK
Allie Taylor graduated from Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) where she obtained a degree in vocal performance. Allie is primarily a country artist who writes and performs frequently with her country band Shotgun Granny. A perfect day for Allie is playing guitar, singing, and touching people’s hearts with music. Aside from country, Allie has studied and performed a number of different genres including Rock, Blues, Jazz and even Bulgarian. A big passion of Allies is teaching and working with kids bringing enthusiasm, kindness, patience and encouragement into each of her lessons. When she’s not playing music, you will find Allie doing something having to do with art, whether it be painting, drawing, or photography.
Coming out of LAMA, Allie is well trained in vocal technique, stage performance and physicality, songwriting, music theory, sight reading, guitar, and a number of other skills. With dreams of becoming a recording artist in Nashville in the future, Allie wants to spend her time leading up to that teaching and growing with your Neighborhood Rock School.
GUITAR, BASS, BAND COACHING
Chris Sauve’s life-long love of music, combined with the wisdom he gained from raising two sons, has led him to continue his teaching career at Neighborhood Rock School.
He has played guitar since elementary school, as well as sax & trombone throughout high school…and he has played for “many years in many different bands in many cheap clubs” throughout Canada & the U.S…which he continues to do to this day! Thankfully for us here in the Neighborhood, Coach Chris’ Mother & Father encouraged him to foster his love of music (his Dad played trombone in a Dixieland Band). Chris is currently teaching guitar (electric & acoustic) and bass here at your Neighborhood Rock School.
Coach Spring is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, who moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to pursue music in a new city, while believing in limitless possibilities. She has been fortunate enough to play live at The House of Blues, The Viper Room, and sell songs to motion pictures. Her dream only grows. Coach Spring is never done making her mark, being inspired to write a great song or connecting with new students and watching the way music inspires them.
Coach Spring studied Music Education at Los Angeles City College. Shehas extensive experience teaching music to children, as that is what she specializes in.She is also available to teach beginning adults. Coach Spring is very patient and finds a way to keep the kids interested, which directly relates to their progress. Sheteaches songs that are fun and relevant, so the kids will want to learn to play them — and then sneak in music theory.
Coach Ryan has his B.A in Music at Wright State University. He has been teaching guitar for 7 years but has been playing for 20 years. He recorded 2 full-length albums and has toured all over the U.S. and Canada. He also writes songs for films! Coach Ryan loves music so much, playing and teaching has never felt like a job. Music is his life and the most fun he has ever had. He has two younger siblings and a lovely girlfriend who plays the viola. Even though he’s never seen KISS (which he is totally fine with), he is currently working on his first sold EP, so I guess we’ll forgive him.
Kent Dimmel started playing drums at the age of 10 in his hometown of Clallam Bay, in Washington State. He quickly realized that music was his passion and continued to practice on his own, with private lessons, and belonged to his Junior High and High School bands. Although he was involved in multiple projects in the Northwest, he decided that he needed to take the next step to becoming a serious musician, and moved to Hollywood, California to attend the renowned Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in September of 2012. He graduated the PIT program there in March 2014, receiving the Outstanding Student Award. In April 2014, Kent accepted a teaching assistant position at the institute. Since graduation Kent has been playing shows all over Los Angeles and San Diego with his band 3 by Design. They have been playing with local and national acts such as Puddle of Mudd, Core 10, UNI, and Visa. Alongside drumming and teaching, Kent can also be found drum teching for Meytal Cohen. Kents teaching specialties include Rock, Fusion, Country, Pop, Technique, Odd Meter, and Double Bass with emphasis on jazz, latin and timekeeping.
Coach Steve has been playing guitar for over 15 years and is an active performer and educator. A California native, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Musicians Institute in Hollywood. From rock to blues, country, jazz and classical, Steve has studied and performed it all. As a lead guitarist he has performed in many bands and has toured the country. Currently you can find him onstage at Disneyland with his band Maureen and the Mercury 5. His passion for music and especially guitar ensures that his students not only learn, but have fun while doing so. Coach Steve is committed to his students’ success and finds great joy in teaching, sharing, and mentoring.