The Rock Box Music School & Stage prides itself on having a professional staff of teachers who have real-world experience in the music industry. From world tours, pro studio sessions and years of on-stage experience, our teachers have what it takes to get you to the next level!



Angel Bartolotta  –  Rock Box Founder, Co-Owner, Teacher: Drums, Percussion, Recording Studio Production


Angel Bartolotta has been playing drums his whole life. From a kid banging on pots and pans, to a Billboard charting drummer touring The United States, Canada, Germany, France, England, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. Angel has devoted his entire life to the art of music.

Angel has over 100 recording credits in his discography. He is best known as the drummer for Dope (who’s album “No Regrets” debuted at #88 on the Billboard 200, #11 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums, and #7 on Billboard’s Independent Albums), shock-rockers Genitorturers, industrial rock pioneers PIG, cyber-metal rockers Crossbreed, the iconic punk band The Undead (original members of the Misfits), as well as Switched, Rikets, and many other bands. Angel is an Artist on the DW Drums, PDP Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vater Drumsticks, Westone Audio, SkyGel Damper Pads, and Orthopedic Drum Thrones rosters. He is also the founder of Team Cybergeist, a collaborative music project featuring over 100 musicians from all around the world. In the Summer of 2018, Angel was chosen as one of the drummers to perform in the Volumes exhibit at The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. 

Angel has toured and shared the stage with many well-known bands including Motley Crue, KoRn, Godsmack, Alice In Chains, Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Limp Bizkit, Five Finger Death Punch, Seether, Evanescence, Black Label Society, Sevendust, Puddle of Mudd, Mudvayne, Staind, Halestorm, Saliva, Candlebox, Orgy, Lords of Acid, Powerman 5000, Mushroomhead, Buckcherry, Volbeat, In This Moment, Insane Clown Posse, Soil, (Hed)PE, and many others at some of the world’s most famous live music venues. Angel has also spent time in the recording studio writing and tracking songs with members of Ozzy Osbourne, Shinedown, StoneSour, Hellyeah, Static-X, Nonpoint, Coal Chamber, Morbid Angel, Soulfly, Kittie, Black Veil Brides, KMFDM, and Ministry to name a few.

Angel has a true passion for teaching. He has been teaching private lessons, group lessons, online lessons, and drum clinics/workshops for 20+ years with students from 2 years old to 80+. He has released eight instructional books and one DVD (available HERE). He is also the creator of The Dinosaur Method, an easy-to-use lesson plan for kids. Angel is a member of the DW Drums Department of Education, the D’Addario Education Collective, he is a Zildjian Educator, and a certified member of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (N.A.R.D.). He specializes in beginner lessons, but also works with intermediate and advanced players who are looking to learn something new. Angel’s students have gone on to form their own bands (performing locally, nationally, and internationally) as well as earning Scholarships and Superior ratings and awards by leading their school’s marching, orchestra, concert, symphonic, and jazz bands, competing in state and national levels. They have earned jobs performing overseas at Sea World in Abu Dhabi and Universal Studios in Japan. Some of his students have been accepted into prestigious music schools and colleges, and a few have studied under him and have used his mentorship to become teachers themselves. 

In 2016, Angel and his wife Sally opened The Rock Box Music School & Stage; an award-winning school where growing musicians of all ages can learn how to play a variety of instruments, perform live on stage, and record in a real studio.

With over twenty years of professional drumming experience, world touring and major studio sessions under his belt, Angel offers much more than the average drum instructor!

For more information about Angel Bartolotta (including tour dates, lesson info and merchandise), please visit

Certifications: DW Drums Department of Education, National Association of Rudimental Drummers (N.A.R.D.)

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2016 (teaching privately since 2001 / teaching full-time since 2014)

Contact us for lessons with Angel! In-person and online!



Sally Bartolotta  –  Rock Box Co-Owner, Teacher: Yoga, Meditation, Pilates

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Sally Bartolotta found her love for playing music, at the age of 13 when she started playing guitar.  At 17, she broadened her arsenal with learning bass, and in 2014 became a professional vocalist.  She is best known as bassist for Cherry Debauchery, PsyKill, and Team Cybergeist, and for later switching to lead vocals for Team Cybergeist. Sally has also recorded bass tracks for the industrial metal band Crossbreed on the “NFG” and “The Killer Inside” singles. 

She has toured most of the United States with Team Cybergeist, and is grateful to have shared a stage with some amazing bands, including Alice In Chains, Evanescence, Godsmack, Limp Bizkit, Halestorm, Dope, Genitorturers, Lords of Acid, Wayne Static, Sevendust, HellyeahWednesday 13, Mushroomhead and many more.

“I started learning guitar at age 13, and was later gifted my first bass at 17 by well-known friend and mentor, Shavo Odadjian of System of a Down.” says Sally.  “I instantly fell in love with the power behind bass and would go on to choose this as my outlet in multiple bands including Cherry Debauchery (Washington, DC), PsyKill (Tampa, FL), and Team Cybergeist where I was hired as the live bassist when the project decided to transition to the stage in 2009.  I later switched to vocalist in 2014.”

Although Sally is an avid lover of all things music, she is not currently teaching music at The Rock Box.  She is, however, a certified Yoga Teacher, having received her RYT-200 status through The Yoga Sanctuary in Punta Gorda in 2013, as well as a certified Pilates – Mat Instructor as of 2021.  She began teaching yoga professionally just after graduating and has been passionate about helping others grow their practice, ever since.

Sally blends her love of music and yoga, with a special class, offered exclusively at The Rock Box, called “Get to the Chakra”.

Sally holds 2 nominations in the Women To Watch category in the Women In Business magazine, both in 2022 and 2023.

Certifications: American Fitness Professionals, Yoga Alliance, Yoga Sanctuary Teacher Training Program

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2016 (teaching privately since 2013)

Contact us for yoga with Sally! In-person only.



Jess Parisi  –  Teacher: Piano, Voice

Jess Parisi has had a love for music since childhood. She started taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and continued through middle school, then was self-taught until starting lessons again in high school, along with beginning voice lessons. She graduated from Philadelphia Biblical University (now known as Carin University) with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and earned over 50 credits of music in the Church Music Program, as well as trained privately in piano and voice. Jess has been involved in many choirs, ensembles, and even a few musicals from elementary school through college. She performs with worship bands, from just playing piano and/or singing, to co-leading. She now teaches at The Rock Box and performs locally for charitable events, as well as lending her expertise to school band competitions (Imagine School, etc). Jess met her husband (and fellow teacher) Josh Parisi at The Rock Box! 

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2018

Contact us for lessons with Jess! In-person and online!



Joe Westall  –  Teacher: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo


Joe Westall has always had a love for music. When he was 9 years old, his parents started him with piano lessons and he instantly fell in love with the classics (Bach, Mozart, Handel, Chopin, Beethoven). At the age of 14, he found his new love. The guitar! His mom rented his first acoustic guitar for a few months until she saw that he was dedicated to the instrument, and on his 15th birthday, his father bought him his first electric guitar. With his parents #1 rule of keeping his grades up, Joe was fortunate enough to lock himself in his room for hours at a time honing in on his craft. At 16, Joe started playing with metal and experimental rock bands until the mid nineties when he created his first group, Tao. After a five year run of playing in front of thousands of people and two studio albums, he departed to spend time raising his two sons here in North Port, Florida. After years of a so-called “retirement”, he decided to jump back into the music scene to start his current band, Kadaver Dolls, who has shared the stage with (Hed)PE, Wayne Static of Static-X, Mushroomhead, Periphery, Born of Osiris, Audiotopsy (members from Mudvayne), and Superjoint Ritual (with Phil Anselmo of Pantera) to name a few. When it comes to teaching, Joe customizes every lesson to each individual student. “Everyone has that passion inside them!” Joe met his wife (and fellow teacher) Kelsey Westall at The Rock Box! 

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2018

Contact us for lessons with Joe! In-person and online!



Kelsey Westall – Teacher: Voice, Piano

Kelsey Westall started playing piano when she was 7 years old. Since then, she has always wanted to be a piano teacher. She took all the band classes she could in school and was the lead pianist and vocalist in her high school Jazz Band. As a teen, Kelsey learned many different vocal styles and preformed on stage in every show she could get her hands on. At 22, Kelsey started her teaching career at The Rock Box Music School & Stage and has loved teaching all ages and skill levels. In 2020, Kelsey joined the metal band Kadaver Dolls as their keyboardist and backing vocalist. She is also currently writing her own solo music. “My goal in life is to help people express themselves through music,” says Kelsey, “and positively inspire the next generation of musicians.” Kelsey met her husband (and fellow teacher) Joe Westall at The Rock Box! 

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2018

Contact us for lessons with Kelsey! In-person and online!



Paul L. Marshall  –  Teacher: Drums, Percussion

Professional Drummer, Instructor & Engineer Paul L. Marshall was raised in SW Florida by way of Hartford, CT. Moving here with his family at the age of 10, and already having banged away on a drum practice pad for 3 years, he obtained his first drum set in January 1990 and dedicated every spare moment to practice and improving. Moving on from there, Paul played in numerous shows and concerts throughout Junior High and High School as part of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, And Marching in the celebrated Cape Coral High School Seahawk Drum Line, having the responsibilities of Drum Line Captain 2 of the 4 years, simultaneously studying under renowned Session drummer/Marching Instructor, Billy Canty. Placing High Drums in State competitions, and achieving consistent ratings of “Excellent” and “Superior” in FBA Review, the music continued to grow. Taking the next step, auditioning and making the Drum Line of the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps out of Orlando FL. Paul continued to learn, apply, and lead.

Paul has performed in many local area bands including The Collective, Breaking Blues, 4 Dog Pile Up, the Blues Babies, and numerous studio sessions. Years of playing several gigs per week with many different bands professionally, and teaching drumming and theory to younger students, Paul became a recognized and sought after session and live drummer, and also took on a position of Associate Director / Drum Line Instructor positions at several area High School Marching Programs, where he continues his work to this day, preparing students for their future in Drumming and Percussion.

As Paul has grown deeper involved in the industry, he has also gained experience as a back line technician and worked as a Drum Tech for, OR has worked in the studio with (including his own studio) over 50 National Acts and Artists such as: Godsmack, Team Cybergeist, Genitorturers, Tom Petty, Staind, Linkin Park, Fuel, Nickelback, Emerson Hart, Mudvayne, Lit, Our Lady Peace, Molly Hatchet, Apocalyptica, Gargamel!, Jimmies Chicken Shack, Texas Hippie Coalition, and Skindred. Paul was also the Stage Manager for the 2013 and 2014 Ink Life Tour stops in Ft Myers, Shockfest with the likes of Trapt, Gemini Syndrome, Insane Clown Posse, Da Mafia 6, Mushroomhead, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Trapt, as well as the Hellpop Tour with In This Moment, Butcher Babies and Devour The Day in 2014.
Paul L. Marshall is an Artist for Sabian Cymbals, Aquarian Drumheads, Vater Drumsticks, Cympad, DrumTacs, Ahead Drum Thrones, AKG Microphones, BDM Mic Clips, Groove Juice, TnR Products, and Big Bang Distribution Products.

Certifications: Sabian Education Network

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2019

Contact us for lessons with Paul! In-person and online!



Josh Parisi  –  Teacher: Piano, Violin, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Euphonium, Voice

Josh Parisi has had a love for music throughout his entire life. When he was in high school, he was known as the student who could play any instrument he picked up. His dedication and passion for music has earned him top rankings on both the district and state level multiple times throughout high school, and has earned him the principal euphonium position in the FGCU Wind Orchestra and the leader of the FGCU Tuba & Euphonium Quartet throughout his college years, before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education. Josh has performed at many venues such as The Kennedy Center, Artis-Naples, Wright State University Nutter Center, and Main Street at Disney World, to name a few. Josh is equally at home as a classically trained musician and as a professional Ninja Warrior Athlete. Along with being a competitor on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” Josh has also advanced to state, regional, and world championships in other ninja leagues outside of the TV show, such as the Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association and the National Ninja League. He has also coached students who have advanced all the way to the international level as well. Josh dually applies his musical and ninja experience into his style of teaching to create a focused, but fun and energetic musical experience for his students. To Josh, the most fulfilling aspects of teaching are watching his students fall in love with making music, and watching them progress as musicians along the way! Josh met his wife (and fellow teacher) Jess Parisi at The Rock Box!

Certifications: State of Florida Department of Education Certificate (K-12), Bachelor of Music Education

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2020

Contact us for lessons with Josh! In-person and online!



Kristyn Knapp – Teacher: Voice, Ukulele

Kristyn Knapp is an experienced vocalist with a love for music and teaching. Growing up in New York, Kristyn fell in love with musical theatre and the stage. She attended Hartwick College for vocal performance and music education while directing children’s musical theatre. She has performed in over 30 musicals herself, and has been directing musical theatre since 2011. Kristyn moved to Florida four years ago and began teaching elementary music at the Imagine School of North Port. She also has continued directing and directs/performs locally with the Charlotte Players. Kristyn cannot express enough how much joy comes from seeing a student succeed and discover a passion for music. There is nothing quite like setting a goal and watching a student reach it and feel accomplished. Kristyn is a high energy teacher who loves to inspire, engage, and share knowledge with a smile.

Certifications: State of Florida Department of Education Certificate (K-12)

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2021

Contact us for lessons with Kristyn! In-person and online!



Loryn Steele – Teacher: Voice, Piano, Violin, Guitar

Loryn Steele is a New England Conservatory trained performing artist and nurturing Music Educator, and the daughter of a world-renowned concert violinist father and Reading Specialist/Literary Agent mother. Her love of teaching began shortly after her father introduced her to the violin when she saw Sidney Portier’s portrayal of a teacher in the movie musical, “To Sir With Love.” Loryn teaches voice, piano, violin, guitar, and all styles of music from rock to pop to opera to musical theater. She has a Masters in Teaching with over twenty-five years experience teaching private lessons, and has also taught Music and Theater in private, public and charter schools in both Oregon and Florida. When not in the studio, she enjoys directing children’s musicals; One of her favorite past productions was “Really Rosie” (music by Carol King), which Loryn directed in conjunction with Seattle Children’s Theater. Loryn teaches students of all ages from preschool through senior adults. She teaches standard notation and employs the Suzuki method, playing by ear, for very young children to introduce them naturally and holistically to musical structures. This is how her dad taught her to play the violin when she was four years old until she was old enough to read music, and her love of music has continued to grow ever since. Loryn has performed in many venues including Carnegie Hall, as a singer and actor in local community theater, as a worship team leader, violin soloist and vocal soloist for many churches, as a back-up singer for Integrity Music, and as a member of The Eastman Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She has also performed guitar and vocals with her students in combination rock band/chorus ensembles she created while teaching in public school.

Certifications: State of Florida Department of Education Certificate (K-12)

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2021

Contact us for lessons with Loryn! In-person and online!



Kevin Wallace  –  Teacher: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Music Therapy

Kevin Wallace began with music at a young age. It all started with a Casio keyboard at 5 years old learning Beatles music and eventually writing his own songs. Kevin quickly discovered his passion for music. By age 7, he had begun lessons on the 6-String guitar. At 14 he began leaning into the finger picking style of classical guitar. Just over 2 years later at the age of 17, Kevin picked up a friend’s bass guitar and fell in love with its textile and percussive aspects. He has played in many performing bands since, both covers and originals across many genres. This included recording bass tracks for Team Cybergeist; “Human Nature” off of How to Destroy Something Beautiful, and “Sucker” off The Other Side of Fate, and other bands he helped found like Mag Ops and Progressive Chemistry. Kevin has always had an equal passion to teach and has been combining these passions with friends and family for over 20 years. He has recently decided to step into a deeper commitment to teaching music by joining The Rock Box family.

Certifications: Singing Bowl Sound Healer, Tuning Fork Sound Healer, Singing Pyramid Sound Healer, Sound Healer Fundamentals

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2021

Contact us for lessons with Kevin! In-person and online!



Cody VanSlyke  –  Teacher: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Mandolin, Voice

Cody VanSlyke first got a guitar in junior high. While teaching himself, he played in several alternative, metal and industrial bands. Gathering inspiration from is idol, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Cody began to learn more instruments and how to record and mix music. He received formal training in the fields of classical guitar performance and recording technology at GRCC in Michigan. He then used his knowledge of music theory and ability to play multiple instruments to pursue teaching. When he isn’t teaching music to others, he also is the frontman in the genre-mashing prog rock band Venōma.

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2022

Contact us for lessons with Cody! In-person and online!



Zach Westall  –  Teacher: Guitar, Piano

Zach Westall started playing piano when he was 4 years old. At first just pressing keys and copying his dad (Rock Box teacher Joe Westall), he eventually took lessons at the age of 6. At the age of 10, Zach had found his second love of music, the guitar. Starting off with his dad’s acoustic guitar, he played every day. After a year, Zach was gifted his first electric guitar and became addicted. Listening to his favorite players such as Jimmy Page, Steve Vai, and Eddie Van Halen, he was always challenging himself to get to higher level. Since then, Zach has always found a love in the sounds that music can bring. Whether it’s happy or sad, the therapy of music has always proven to be a gift to the world. Zach’s goal as a teacher is to help students become their own unique musician and enjoy the experience!

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2022

Contact us for lessons with Zach! In-person and online!



Nathan Black  –  Teacher: Piano, Guitar


Nathan Black‘s first instrument was violin. At the age of 6, he played in a local children’s string orchestra in Springfield, MO. It was here Nathan learned to love music and music theory. After playing violin with the orchestra, he switched to piano, which would become his main instrument. Nathan moved to Venice, FL at the age of 14 where he had an opportunity continue to play piano every week at his church for over 10 years. At church, he learned to play the “improv” style of music. Later, he would also play drums and guitar for church. Before joining their staff of teachers, Nathan started working at The Rock Box Music School & Stage as a substitute and found a true passion for teaching music. “Working with students and seeing them grow in their musical journey is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life” says Nathan.

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2022

Contact us for lessons with Nathan! In-person and online!



Mark Richardson  –  Teacher: Drums 


Mark Richardson started taking drum lessons and writing his own music at the age of 11. Growing up in the western part of Massachusetts, he became very active with the local community bands and orchestras for more than 20 years (Belchertown Community Band, Holyoke Civic Symphony, The Valley Light Opera, and more).

Mark also has a love for extreme metal music, joining the band Vacant Eyes as a keyboardist to assist with the compositions on keyboards. Vacant Eyes shared the stage with acts such as Shining, Psychostick, Hath, Valient Thorr, Gost, Black Tusk, Fires in the Distance, and more (mostly at RPM Fest in Montague, MA). Even with Mark currently in Florida as Vacant Eyes remains in Massachusetts, Mark still helps the band with the songwriting online. Mark also formed the band Echoes of Entropy by combining his ability to play the drum set and piano at the same time. The most notable act the band opened for is First Jason (featuring Ari Lehman, the first Jason Vorhees in the Friday The 13th movie franchise).

With years of being a performer as a percussion and a keyboardist, Mark’s personal goal is to encourage every student to eventually use their creativity at their full potential in addition to being a very confident music reader.

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2023

Contact us for lessons with Mark! In-person and online!



Bert Vidrine  –  Teacher: Guitar, Bass Guitar


Bert Vidrine has been involved with music his whole life. From learning the piano at an early age, playing viola in middle school and then into the world of rock and roll with the purchase of his first bass guitar at age 13. After several years of taking music lessons and playing with his church’s choir, he joined his first band at 16. Throughout the years he has been part of several musical projects, ranging from ska/reggae to hard rock to metal and everything in between. After several years dedicated to the bass guitar, he began to learn the electric guitar and started his first band, Whaling in Nebraska, as the lead guitar player and songwriter. Durning this time he also studied audio engineering and held a part time engineering job at Unity Gain Recording Studio in Ft Myers, Florida.
From there he expanded his musical knowledge and eventually joined a well known local band, We’re All Virus, as their bass player. After a few years with WAV, he decided to leave the band and focus on his growing family. After a 5 year hiatus from music, he formed his current band, Future Bygones, as the bass player and songwriter. They have released a 4 song EP (which can be found on all streaming platforms) and are currently working on their first full-length album due mid-late 2023 with tour dates planned in support.

Bert has always had a passion for teaching music and is excited to pass on his growing knowledge to the next generation of musicians.

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2023

Contact us for lessons with Bert! In-person and online!



Daniel Fontaine  –  Teacher: Piano, Voice, Violin, Viola, Cello, Trumpet, Tuba, French Horn, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Guitar, Bass Guitar


Daniel Fontaine began his musical journey early in life.  Daniel moved to the United States at the age of 9, unknowing his new neighbor was Jim Rogers, a renown and experienced musician. Daniel would go to sleep hearing him practice and play a wide variety of instruments and naturally took a keen interest in music. After some convincing and monetary incentive, Daniel convinced his parents and Jim to support his musical journey. That small amount of support led him to auditioning for multiple conservatories and universities for bassoon.  Daniel was accepted into Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert’s School of Music, his first choice of school with a substantial scholarship. From there Daniel graduated with two degrees in Music Performance and Musical Education, auditioned and was awarded First chair bassoon in the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra. While his exploits in bassoon are astounding, Daniel prides himself in the variety of instruments he perfected while in college, and dedicates himself to providing support to his students the same way his professor and parents supported him.

Certifications: Musical Education Degree, Music Performance Degree

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2023

Contact us for lessons with Daniel! In-person and online!



Khiel Barnard  –  Teacher: Guitar

Khiel Barnard has been playing guitar for 15 years. He attended Booker High School’s Visual and Performing Arts program for Musical Theater. Before becoming a teacher, Khiel took guitar lessons at The Rock Box for 2 years (and continues to take lessons to expand his knowledge). He plays and teaches both electric and acoustic guitar. Khiel teaches all styles, but his favorite genres of music are rock, jazz and metal.

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2024

Contact us for lessons with Khiel! In-person and online!



Nick Barratt  –  Teacher: Piano, Voice

Nick Barratt is a pianist, vocalist, and lover of all things music. From a very early age he found an interest in music and it led him to a career and passion. After years of competing vocally in high school, he was accepted into NAFME All Eastern and worked under the conductor Tim Seelig. Early in his college years, he focused on piano and voice and developed his teaching methods and experience. Currently, he is working towards completing his bachelor’s degree which will be in Music Education. He is known for his roles in Hello Broadway, The Marriage of Figaro, H.M.S. Pinafore, and No No Nannette. He has been a part of many choirs such as the Vets Jazz Choir, Vets Chorale, Vets Concert Choir, Select Chamber Choir of CCRI, and the St.Boniface Choir. As well as participating in many festivals of music and community activities. His teaching methods aid students in developing their true musical identity. As well as a real world style of playing which prepares you for the unexpected. Through theory, aural skills, dictation, and other musical elements he aims to develop a well rounded musician. Classical music is one of his favorite genres of music, as well as folk and 21st century works by up and coming musicians. Nick has a strong passion for the art of teaching and dedication to the growth of the students.

Certifications: Keyboard Course By CICL – CURSA, Vocal Technique by Kyrene – CURSA

– Teaching at The Rock Box since 2024

Contact us for lessons with Nick! In-person and online!




Angel Bartolotta (Founder, Co-Owner)

Sally Bartolotta (Co-Owner) 

Francisco Oliveri (Office Assistant)

Brooke-Lynn Neidhart (Office Assistant)

Nathan Black (Office Assistant & Teacher)

Bert Vidrine (Office Assistant & Teacher)

Joann Hassan (Office Assistant)

Melissa Pelletier (Office Assistant) 

Jocelyn Howell (Office Assistant) 



E.T. – The Rock Box Mascot!

E.T. has been a member of The Rock Box family since we opened in 2016. He enjoys bike rides through the sky, healing flowers, and eating Reese’s Pieces. He is a great musician, an ideal role model, and he has attended every single student concert and event since the day we opened. He is proud to call The Rock Box “home”.

Contact us for lessons with ET!… Just kidding… He doesn’t teach…





David Ellefson (Megadeth)


Acey Slade (Misfits, Joan Jett, Dope, Murderdolls)


Daniel Fox (Marilyn Manson, Mushroomhead, Dope, Wednesday 13, Crossbreed)


Dave LaGrande (Sister Hazel)


Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Guitar World Magazine’s “Fastest Guitarist Of All Time”)


Kirstie Weaver (Independent / Student turned teacher) 


Savannah Brady (Tropical Avenue) 


Ray Rogers (Independent)


Douglas Ortner (Independent)


Kate Flanigan Canute (Love In War)


Mike Partee (Tantric)


EJ McCloud (Black Sparrow Recording Studio)


David Wing (Venice High School Director of Bands, Woodland Middle School Band Director) 


Tim Ferguson (Garden Elementary School Band Director, Director of Education for the Venice Symphony and the Venice Symphony Youth Orchestra) 


Sean Paxton (The Shark Brothers)



Reed Spahn (Further Within, University of Miami Frost School of Music) 


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