School of Rock Rochester
School of Rock is the national leader in music education for kids from age 7 to 18. Students learn from professional musicians in an interactive environment combining weekly private lessons and structured group rehearsals with the ultimate goal of performing live in front of real crowds.
At School of Rock Rochester, their Performance Program puts students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.
General Manager/Music Director/Instructor
Michael Latcha is currently the General Manager and Music Director at The Rochester School of Rock. He has played in Detroit based bands such as Freer, Electric Lions Sound Wave Experiment, Beats and Angles, Davila and The Beggars. He has put out released 3 LPs and 2 EPs. Michael has with local and national acts such as The Von Bondies, The Go, SSM, Office and Tiger City. In 2009, Michael was accepted into Oakland University’s music program and pursued a degree in Classical Guitar Performance. While at Oakland University, Michael was also involved with a Theater Bizarre on the production of “Wonderland”. In 2010, Michael started teaching at The Rochester School Of Rock. As of now, Michael is helping write in a few projects, record, produce and write with various artist though out Detroit. Michael has been loving teaching at The School of Rock Rochester. In May 2015, Michael took over the role as General Manager and Music Director at The Rochester School Of Rock. He hopes to share his love for music with the youth and build a strong future for live Rock n’ Roll.
Eddie has been leader of The Sights since their inception in the summer of 1998. The Sights have toured with Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), The Donnas, The Kills, The Zombies, and Tenacious D but he has also shared the stage with The Creation, The Dirtbombs, Electric Six, and Blue Oyster Cult. Eddie has toured across the United States and Canada countless times, headlined a few U.K. tours, as well as gracing Europe for a month with Guided By Voices and Tenacious D. He is an Emmy-nominated songwriter and author. He teaches guitar, bass and drums.
Curtis graduated from Oakland University in 2014 with a Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance. While at OU he won a Matilda award, was apart of the Oakland Chorale, and had 7 of his original compositions performed live, 1 of which, was performed from members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Since graduation he has performed for weddings and musicals, as well as, composing the main theme to the indie game Shadowbrume. Curtis started working at the School of Rock in 2015 and teaches Guitar, Bass, Piano, Vocals, Drums, and Music Theory.
In 2008, Adam joined the School of Rock as a student and went on to make it his life. He performed his first show through the school, made lifelong friends and learned not only about music, but the music industry. Adam was hired as an instructor in 2010 at the age of 17 and loves being able to give to the students everything the School of Rock gave to him. He is also a former School of Rock All Star and has performed around the Metro Detroit area in multiple original bands for years. He currently is the lead guitarist/vocalist of Psychic Bees while also performing regular cover gigs on the side.
Murray has been emerged in music all of her life. Studying and playing music for over 30years. She plays drums, hand percussion, piano, and sings. Adding to her versatility in more recent years has been studying other instruments such as guitar, and elec./upright bass.
In addition to teaching privately, directing music ensembles, and accompanying choirs...She spends her time in recording sessions and touring with some of Michigans best singer/songwriters. Collectively she has appeared on 29 albums and 3 film scores. She has worked with Surrogate Earth, CharlieHorse, Halflooking, The Lash, Hydrophonic, Steppin' in it, Jen Sygit, Nervous But Excited, and The LongHaired Freaks. Playing everything from coffee shops, theatres, colleges, sweaty neon pubs, to open-aired festivals. She has shared stages with Koko Taylor, Catie Curtis, Hootie and the Blowfish, Black 47, Flogging Molly, Indigo Girls, Ritchie Havens, MTV's Godess and She, Bitch, Altan, Gaelic Storm, Po' Girl, Ferron, Melissa Ferrick, Vickie Randall, Iron and Wine, Pattie Smith, Holly Near, and Sponge. Currently she is a Senior Music Director teaching for the School of Rock, playing with The Groove Riders and continuing on her musical journey.
Jenn McMillan is a Michigan-born singer, songwriter, composer, and pianist. She attended the University of Michigan-Flint and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocal Performance in 2013. Jenn grew up in the country, but went to high school at Powers Catholic in Flint, MI. It was there that she was encouraged by her guidance counselor to pursue music at the U of M-Flint. Over the years as a music student at the university, Jenn taught voice to fellow peers and helped lead the adult and children’s choir at the First Presbyterian Church in Flint, MI. During the summers at the church, she would also help direct the children's musical. Jenn loves performing, and has performed in some of Michigan's most well-known local music venues such as The Crofoot in Pontiac, The Local in Flint, and The Whiting in Flint. She has also performed at a variety of Michigan’s fairs and festivals such as the Blueberry Festival in Imlay City, and the Michigan State Fair in Novi.
Claire Thayer is a musician of seven years, playing mostly guitar, bass, and singing with experience in keys and drums as well. With six years of performance experience, she fronts a band called Catty Club and is a former student and Houseband member of the school. She is active as a musician in the metro-Detroit area from playing shows to volunteering with Girls Rock Detroit. She teaches all the basics in 101 and branches out to shows and lessons, and is also most likely to teach you anything from ABBA to Misfits in the same lesson.
Jason Torrente has been a certified teacher for over ten years, working with students of all ages in activities from music lessons to water polo, from writing to acting and debate. He enjoys playing and teaching all flavors of rock music. In his spare time he studies jazz and classical guitar.