MEET THE ROCKERS

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Your role with Rockin’ Rollers:

Co-Owner, Music Events Director, Host, Facilitator/Songwriting Workshops, Project Leader & Production, Talent Coordinator, Community Outreach.

What’s your expertise?

Songwriting, Performance, Marketing, Promotion, Production.

Where did you get your training? 

Apart from 3 years of piano and 2 years of percussion as a tween, I’m a self-taught guitarist, songwriter, and recording artist with over 30 years of professional experience writing, recording, touring, marketing. I have musical history with artists as diverse as Sammy Hagar, Stiv Bators (Lords of The New Church, Deadboys), Howard Stern, Dramarama, Gene Loves Jezebel, Chef Bobby Flay.

Tell us something about you in only one sentence. 

I’m a blue collar Jersey boy who likes to laugh, love, observe, and process life through music, poetry, pottery, storytelling, and painting.

When you aren’t at Rockin’ Rollers where are you most likely to be found? 

Performing with my band Joe Normal & The Anytown’rs, touring and recording, spending quality family time with my wife Gigi and our sons Drayke and Myles.

Where is your favorite place in the world? 

Sierra Madre of course! (Camden, London is a close second, Bucks County Pennsylvania third).

What is something you are especially proud of?

My sons… Myles for his passion for professional acting and musical theatre, and Drayke for the strides he continues to make as a teen with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, and Learning Differences.

What is your favorite book? 

I’ve always considered myself more of a writer, than a reader. When I do read books, I devour bios and autobiographies mainly on my heroes, musical and otherwise, to learn about their struggles, to help understand them, to study them and how they’ve achieved success, and to find similarities and lessons from their journeys.

What is your favorite holiday?

I love Christmas time, I’m still a big kid at heart! The whole season starts at our house with the build up to Halloween, thru Thanksgiving feast and finally arriving at Christmas with Santa Claus, Solstice, Yule, and Oak and Holly Kings.

What’s your schedule at Rockin’ Rollers?

I am primarily available for consultations, workshops, and events, or other appointments. My in-shop schedule varies.

Your role with Rockin’ Rollers:

Camp Instructor (Drums, Ukulele, Guitar, Bass, Piano)

What’s your expertise?

Drums, Bass, and Ukulele

Where did you get your training? (degrees, schools, certificates, etc)

Cal State Long Beach Bachelors in Music Performance

Tell us something about you in only one sentence.

I’m just as obsessed with motorcycles as I am with music; one day I want to get a Harley with a side car and tour the country with my dog, or convert the side car into a refrigerator and ride around town selling popsicles and ice cream sandwiches.

When you aren’t at Rockin’ Rollers where are you most likely to be found?

If I’m not at Rockin’ Rollers I’m probably somewhere relaxing with a cup of coffee, or I’m at some sort of rehearsal, with a cup of coffee.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

I’m torn between laying in the sand at Sunset Beach and Disneyland!

What is something you are especially proud of?

I am especially proud to have marched in the Rose Parade in 2010 and 2012. I just think that it’s a really cool part of Pasadena’s history and it feels good knowing that I played a part in it with so many other amazing musicians.

What is your favorite book?

I’d have to say Twilight. After reading it, the movie version came out and though it got a pretty bad rap it had an amazing soundtrack. It opened my eyes to so many different artists and genres that I now love and listen to daily.

What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas of course. I’m one of the few who NEVER gets tired of Christmas music.

What’s your schedule at Rockin’ Rollers?

I am at Rockin’ Rollers Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays!

What is your role with Rockin’ Rollers:

Music Instructor

What’s your expertise?

I’ve been a drummer and guitarist for over 2 decades. I write, record and produce music and I am a bit of a collector of musical instruments and enjoy learning a new instrument whenever I get the chance.

Where did you get your training? (degrees, schools, certificates, etc)

I most recently studied at the Los Angeles School of Songwriting For writing arranging ,music production, promotion , jazz and rock guitar and I continue my relationships with my mentors to continuously progress.

I remember My uncles always had instruments lying around there houses. Music always looked fun and interesting to me. I first began private lessons on guitar with a teacher named Brent block for about 2 years. In junior high school my focus was rock and jazz improvisation

Next I began to focus on jazz pop and rock drums at eagle rock high school . During this time by developing relationships with other friends and musicians began learning writing recording and producing our own music booking playing shows which I’ve continued to do for the past 2 decades.

The time spent learning to do all these things together with friends and teaching & learning from  friends, I think are some of the most formative lessons I received beyond formal training.

Tell us something about you in only one sentence.

I probably love baseball and basketball just as much as I love music.

When you aren’t at Rockin’ Rollers where are you most likely to be found?

I live in Highland Park . There’s a few music spots in the neighborhood I enjoy frequenting, like the Hi Hat and Highland Park Bowl.
It’s a pretty fun part of town for food, music and entertainment.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world, I guess the answer could change given on my mood… but Big Sur is a pretty amazing place to be.

What is something you are especially proud of?

I’m proud I got to play at the House of Blues in Hollywood before it closed a few years ago.

What is your favorite book?

I find history and ancient cultures and religions fascinating. I like Neil Gaimans book Norse Mythology is the my most recent favorite. But in high school “1984 “was probably the first book that really caught my attention as was required reading for punk rock and gen x kids.

What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas is tough to beat. My dog does not care for the 4th of July.

What’s your schedule at Rockin’ Rollers?

I’m usually at Rockin’ Rollers on Friday.

Your role with Rockin’ Rollers:

Music teacher (voice, piano, songwriting)

What’s your expertise?

Vocal jazz improvisation and music therapy

Where did you get your training? (degrees, schools, certificates, etc)

USC: BA Humanities, Music (2006);
CSUN: Certificate in Music Therapy (2018);
CBMT: MT-BC (Music Therapist – Board Certified) (2018)

Tell us something about you in only one sentence.

I am making efforts toward low waste living and local involvement, so you’ll probably see me carrying a reusable water bottle around Sierra Madre, where I am happy to work and reside.

When you aren’t at Rockin’ Rollers where are you most likely to be found?

Reading on my couch surrounded by my beloved stuffed animals.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Any calm, quiet pond surrounded by greenery.

What is something you are especially proud of?

I’m proud of my surviving plants! And also my album of original music, found at www.angelavicente.com

What is your favorite book?

The Lorax

What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas! The carols, weather, time with close community, and focus on peace and goodwill are all beautiful gifts.

What’s your schedule at Rockin’ Rollers?

Wednesday afternoons

SERVICES

Songwriting   Piano   Drums   Bass   Ukelele   Guitar (Acoustic & Electric)

Hourly Sessions

$30 / 30 Minute Session
$45 / 45 Minute Session
$60 / 60 Minute Session

Tuition Packages

$120 – four / 30 minute sessions
$180 – four / 45 minute sessions
$240 – four / 60 minute sessions

Rock Band / Ensemble

$100 – four 1 hour sessions (per student, 3 student minimum per class)

Students apply what they are learning and develop songs in a band setting with friends and other students.
We strive to pair students with peers that are of equal proficiency on their instruments. Kids and Adults alike are
encouraged to get involved in assembling the perfect rock band line-up!

We also facilitate with:
RECORDING COPYRIGHTS PUBLISHING CD RELEASES DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
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