Faculty/Staff

“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.” - Albert Camus


The Saddle Brook School of Rock is a unique place because of it's incredible team of instructors and staff members.  As a result of their dedication and passion for music education, the Saddle Brook School of Rock is the ultimate music community that will help your child grow as a musician and a person.

Bio Picture Jimmy Gnecco
Music Director / Vocal Instructor / Show Director
International recording artist Jimmy Gnecco has released four records to date. He has worked with world renowned producers Steve Lillywhite, Ethan Johns, Tim Palmer and Rick Rubin. He’s also collaborated with Brian May from Queen on the Spiderman 2 soundtrack. Jimmy has toured all over the world with his band Ours with such artists as Pete...

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Bio Picture Steve Brown
Show Director
Steve Brown of the band Trixter is a million record selling recording artist, writer of three Top 100 Billboard Hits, and has had three #1 music videos on MTV.  He has toured with Kiss, Poison, and the Scorpions and has been featured in Guitar World Magazine.

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Bio Picture Franky Hernandez
Bass Instructor
Education: Berklee College of Music ( 1978-1980 ) Studied with John Neves, Bruce Gertz and Rich Appleman. William Patterson University ( 1980- 1981 ) Studied with Rufus Reid, Harold Mabern, Steve Bagby and Ron Naspo. Performed with: Chet Atkins, The Mamas and the Papas, Lou Christie. Tons of oldies groups including Fabian, The Angels, Little...

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Bio Picture Mike Morance
Guitar Instructor
Mike Morance is an accomplished creative musician, songwriter and producer. He recently completed a new album titled The SaHorror Desert (mostly instrumental music) with Eddie Enzyme, co-producer and drummer, formerly of the bands Active Ingredients and The Undead. Some of Mike’s previous works consist of a recording contract with Caroline...

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Bio Picture Eric See
Drum Instructor
Eric See’s interest in drumming began at age three. Although, he’s mainly self-taught, this energetic and creative drummer drew a lot of inspiration from rock heavy weights like, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and KISS, as well as early Motown records. He later fine-tuned his skills by studying other styles, including R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and...

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Bio Picture Chris Goodlof
Show Director/Guitar Instructor
A product of School of Rock, Chris Goodlof has accomplished quit a bit for a young guy.  Born and raised in Bergen County, NJ, he has been playing guitar and bass since grammar school and already has played onstage with greats like Leslie West from Mountain, Carmine Appice from Vanilla Fudge and many of the other musicians who teach at...

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Bio Picture Bill Panagia
Guitar Instructor
It was the year 1978 that Bill Panagia took up the guitar to seek out and formulate a unique blend of playing techniques.  Upon completion of 5 years of study under a private instructor, Bill started teaching guitar locally.  He specializes in music theory and has experience with multi-track recording for original creations of his...

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Bio Picture Kathy Sheppard
Keyboard Instructor/Director of Music Theory
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music Additional studies, New England Conservatory Classical piano with Konrad Wolff, David Hagan, Stephany Plsek Jazz and fusion keyboard with Garry Dial, Adam Holzman Classical voice with Iby deGeorge Geary Rock and pop voice with Kryste Andrews...

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Bio Picture Jim DeSalvo
Vocal Instructor/Show Director
Jim DeSalvo has been tracking, mixing, mastering and writing at his Beanstudio and freelance for almost 30 years.    Jon Anderson (Yes), Daryl McDaniels (Run DMC), Jimmy Gnecco, Trixter, Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Dave Mustaine (Metallica/Megadeth), Eddie Cascio and James...

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