Faculty/Staff

School of Rock Sandy features some of the country's best music instructors:
Marla Bailey

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Bio Picture Trevor Alder
Bass Instructor/Show Director
Trevor was born in Cleveland, Ohio and started playing bass at the age of 13.  He moved to Utah in 2007 and has been teaching at the School of Rock ever since.  His influences include; Les Claypool, Jonas Hellborg, James Jamerson, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorious, Bootsy Collins and Roger Waters....

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Bio Picture Jake Bills
Bass Instructor
Jake starting playing bass around age 11. Around age 14, he was informed about the School of Rock program and joined. During his time there, he had the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Napoleon Murphy Brock (Frank Zappa) and Earl Slick (of David Bowie and John Lennon fame). He toured twice as an All Star during his time at...

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Bio Picture Van Christensen
Drum Instructor/Show Director
Van Christensen has been playing the drums for over 30 years. His early influences were Buddy Rich, Neil Peart, John Bonham, and Terry Bozzio. At the age of 17, Van played his first professional musical and his first Bar gig. His high school jazz band took 2nd in State and he won "Outstanding Soloist" and "Outstanding Rhythm Section" awards. By...

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Bio Picture Alex Leota
Studio Coordinator/Drum Instructor

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Bio Picture Matt Howitz
Show coordinator, Drum Instructor
Matt Howitz is a graduate of the School of Rock program, spending nearly 5 years participating with the "Show Band" and "All Star" groups around the country.  During his time in Show Band and as an "All Star", Matt garnered the reputation for being a very solid and entertaining drummer. When on stage, Matt has the innate ability to carry...

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Bio Picture Monty Dillon
Guitar Instructor/Show Director
Monty has been playing guitar for 10 years and started teaching in 2008. He grew up on the likes of Metallica, Joe Satriani, Michael Hedges, and extensive music theory alongside brother Ed. He has been involved in many different musical styles since then. He played jazz trumpet extensively, including lead in West Side Story and winning his high...

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Bio Picture Zak Newsom
Resident Rock Star/Guitar Instructor
sandy@schoolofrock.com

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Bio Picture Chris Stevenson
Guitar Instructor
sandy@schoolofrock.com

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Bio Picture Kai Tawa
Guitar Instructor/101 Director (Group A)
Kai has been playing guitar for nearly 5 years, spending 3 as an enthusiastic, ambitious, and talented student at the School of Rock. He successfully auditioned into the prestigious Showband his first try and stayed in for over 2 years, with one of his last shows with the group being at the invitation-only NAMM convention in Anaheim. Ever eager...

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Bio Picture Alec Jackson
Keyboard Instructor/Prodigy

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Bio Picture Donna Gibbons
Vocal and Keyboard Instructor
Donna, the daughter of a PhD in Music education, was immersed in music at a very young age.  She started working as a professional musician at age 12 with her dad and brothers and went on to perform with other bands, as a solo artist, and also worked in concert promotion all before the age of 19. Working back stage at the Terrace Ballroom...

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