Company

Bio Picture Tom Elefante
General Manager

After touring and writing with his original folk/rock band, Swear and Shake, for the last 3 years, Tom sought a big change in his music career. After living in New York and Philadelphia, he finally has settled in Franklin, and LOVES IT! Having worked as General Manager of two other schools in his time up North, Tom is really excited to be working in a community with such dedication and talent!

Bio Picture Amanda McCoy
Bass / Guitar Instructor / Show Director
Bassist, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, pianist, educator, and artist – these are only a few words that describe Amanda McCoy. Amanda is one of the most in demand musicians working in the Nashville music scene. If Amanda isn’t touring with one of many bands or artists, you will find her performing original material in Nashville, recording in the studio, teaching at the School of Rock, or getting messy with charcoal and paint.  

Since stepping onto the scene in late 2009, Amanda has delivered a power packed punch to Nashville. In those four years, she has shared the stage with Tristen Smith, Kevin Skinner, George Jones, Clint Black, Jo Dee Messina, the Charlie Daniels Band, Little Big Town, Daisy Mallory, Neil McCoy, the Eli Young Band, Eden's Edge, Lorrie Morgan, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Edgar Winter, and Molly Hatchet.

Amanda has taught electric bass and guitar since 2001. Having received a BA in Music from Bethany College, she has studied extensively with Pandel Collaros, Victor Wooten, Regi Wooten, Kenny Aronoff, Steve Bailey, Frank Gambale, and Molly Pauken.

Currently, Amanda is touring and recording with her band The Hurt, world-renowned progressive rock band - Pavlov's Dog, Tristen Smith, Zasz, Pandel Collaros, Kevin Skinner, Colleen Orender, The Sheagles, and The Broadband among others. Her latest album, The Hurt, is now available - she chose to do a physical release of the album first, before releasing on iTunes. Previous releases are now available on iTunes - they include the Jade EP, and The Rain Barrelsingle. 

Whether it’s touring, recording, writing, teaching, or being creative with pencils, brushes, and film – Amanda brings something special and unique to the table. With extraordinary creativity, drive, dedication, work ethic, and talent, Amanda McCoy is a force to be reckoned with.

Bio Picture Steve Rossi
Keyboard / Guitar / Bass Instructor / Show Director

Steve Rossi brings many years of experience to the Franklin School of Rock as a seasoned performer.  Steve has performed on stage with Rock legend and guitar virtuoso, Peter Frampton on his North American tours, as well as other well-known artists such as vocalist extraordinaire, Taylor Dayne; eighties rock legends, Cinderella (North American tours); 60’s rock & roll pioneer, Gary U.S. Bonds, and many other high profile bands and artists across several continents.

 

He has appeared on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Arsenio Hall Show and NBC’s “A 70s Celebration” with Taylor Dayne.   Steve has also appeared with headliners “The Bee Gees” and other notable 70’s artists.  Other appearances include Solid Gold with Gary U.S. Bonds and on MTV’s The Grind.

 

Steve’s album credits include Stevie Wonder, John Kay & Steppenwolf, and various other artists.  He is an independent composer/producer of music for television & multimedia. Clients include ABC/Disney, A&E, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon Networks, and The Travel Channel, as well as various other corporate and independent clients.  Steve scored 2 seasons of “Surprise by Design”, hit home improvement series on Discovery Channel and is currently composing and producing original, in-program music for “Good Morning America”

Bio Picture Khristopher Miller
Guitar Instructor / Show Director

Khris Miller, born and raised in California’s diverse San Francisco Bay Area, was always exposed to a cultural smorgasbord of music, igniting his passion for musical versatility.  Khris picked up the guitar at fifteen and never turned back.  Beginning with private lessons, Khris continued to study guitar at a local community college, then traveled across the country to Boston to graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a BA in Guitar Performance.  At Berklee, Khris began to tap into his talent to compose original pieces.  Khris performed for years in and throughout Boston and the greater New England area in Jazz, Rock, Gospel and Classical lead guitar roles, and led his own Progressive Rock band.  Khris has since moved to “Music City” (Nashville, TN) with his wife and family.  Here at the epicenter of American music, Khris has expanded his virtuosi as a singer/songwriter. Khris is a part of many music acts and bands, as always, ranging in a variety of styles from Rock, to Country, to Gospel to name a few. All along, from coast to coast, Khris has and continues to inspire others to pursue their own musical dreams as a Guitar Instructor.

Bio Picture Allie Bencar
Vocal Instructor

Allison Bencar was born in Cleveland Ohio, a city steeped in rock and roll tradition. As a singer-songwriter and band member, Allison has performed numerous shows in the Cleveland area. She has recently moved to Nashville to further her career in music and performance art.

Allison first worked with the School of Rock in Cleveland under the watchful eye of seasoned musician and director of music, Tommy Rich. There, as a vocal coach, she discovered her passion of sharing the gift of vocal instruction with the next generation of performers, and looks forward to continuing that with the Franklin School of Rock!

Allison is a classically trained vocalist with a degree in Theater from Cleveland State University where she also studied music. Her exterior background in vocal performance began with lessons and plenty of time singing in the choir throughout high school and college. This training has enabled her to embark on personal journey through songwriting and performing. She hopes to help her students find their own voice and vocal confidence while learning how to keep it healthy and strong.

Before moving to Nashville Allison worked as an Actor/Teacher for The Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland Ohio which allowed her to tour schools as an actor, director and teacher of classic theater.

Allison's eclectic list of musical influences include Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, Brandi Carlile, Radiohead and Patsy Cline to name a few. Allison is excited to bring her experiences and influence to the Franklin School of Rock, to inspire and educate the next generation of vocal performers in the subject that changed her life: Rock n Roll!

Bio Picture Michael McManus
Drum Instructor

Michael McManus is the drummer for Platinum-selling southern rock group Saving Abel. Previously, he was the drummer for 12 Stones, whose singer won a GRAMMY for his vocal performance on Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life." His drumming can be heard on many albums available worldwide and has worked with multiple GRAMMY award-winning artists and producers, including Skidd Mills, Paul Ebersold, Ben Grosse, etc. His studio career has taken him from Memphis and Nashville to Burbank, CA and his touring career has taken him all the way across the country to the far reaches of Japan and Guam to play for our United States military. Additionally, he has been published in the world's largest drumming magazines, DRUM! and Modern Drummer magazine and holds endorsements from some of the world's finest drum companies including DW, Sabian, Pro-Mark, Evans and MEElectronics. 

 

McManus grew up and established his career in Memphis, TN, playing in various bands, recording at the finest studios, teaching drum lessons and obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Music Business/Percussion Performance at the University of Memphis. Last January, he moved to the very musical city of Nashville for more opportunities within his profession. 

 

"I feel very passionate about The School of Rock and what they have to offer. I wish I had something like this when I was the students' age that will prepare them for a future in the music industry. Additionally, I am a product of and have established my career predominantly in the field of rock and therefore am honored to be teaching drums at this school and passing on the lessons I have learned during my career." 

Bio Picture Clark Singleton
Bass Instructor

Clark Singleton is an experienced and diverse musician whose true love is Bass, but also plays Drums, Guitar, Piano and the Stylophone.  Clark has played over 1,200 gigs and currently is playing in the rock and roll band called “The Heavy Heavy Hearts”. This band has been fortunate enough to have songs selected for MTV and in multiple featured films, chosen by Buzzfeed as one of the top 5 that will bring rock and roll back, and have also played Los Angeles’ greatest venues including the world famous Whiskey A Go Go, The Roxy, Viper room, and Harvelles Blues Club. “The Heavy Heavy Hearts” can often be caught in Nashville’s The Basement, The End and 12th and Porter.

 

 

Clark attended high school at Weaver Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts in Greensboro, NC. While there, he was able to focus his education on recording and playing bass in the orchestra. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree with a focus on jazz bass.

 

Clark values all genres of music- from heavy metal to gospel to pop- and prides himself on being capable of playing any gig that comes his way. He is often accused of being a music theory nerd, as he strongly believes it benefits all musicians, even when your head banging!  He loves to teach and share what he has learned with the future of the music scene!

Bio Picture Justin Colon
Vocal Instructor

Justin Colón, Baritone, is a talented singer and performer of repertoire ranging from classical to more contemporary styles such as gospel. Colón has performed under the direction of conductors Dr. David R. Holsinger, Dr. Stephen Plate, and Dr. William Green, and has performed internationally in Germany and Ireland. 

   Mr. Colón received the Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Lee University School of Music in Cleveland, TN. While at LeeColón sang with the Lee University Chorale under the direction of Dr. William Green. He also sang with the Evangelistic Singers, an urban gospel ensemble. He studied classical voice with Dr. William Green and Dr. Ron Brendel, currently studying with Dr. Kristi Whitten. Justin has performed in the operas: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro (Count Almaviva), Gilbert & Sullivan'sThe Gondoliers(Giuseppe), and in the chorus for Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. He has also performed scenes and studied roles from the operas: Mozart's The Magic Flute(Papageno), Don Giovanni (Leporello), Cosi fan tutte(Guglielmo), Donizetti's The Elixir of Love (Belcore), Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance (The Pirate King), and Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor (Dr. Cajus).

   Justin Colón most recently peformed in Belmont University's, The Marriage of Figaro as Count Almaviva and began pursuing a Master of Music in performance at Belmont University this fall. He has instructed at the Music Instruction Studio in Chattanooga, TN and teaches privately in the local community as well.

Bio Picture Chris Keller
Vocal Instructor

Chris Keller coaches stars. With Amanda Brown (top-5 finisher on "The Voice"), Natalie Mendoza (Broadway and movie actress), Michael "Jag" Jagmin (A Skylit Drive), Pam Tillis (Country Music Singer) on his client roster — among others — the proof of his vocal coaching effectiveness is indisputable. He specializes in classic rock, r&b, country, and Broadway styles, and has spent years coaching and performing in New York City and Nashville. He is currently a singer songwriter and lead singer in a new Nashville-based progressive rock band. Chris has his vocal performance degree from Middle Tennessee State University and currently resides in Nashville where he coaches and produces.
 We're proud to have Chris as a vocal coach at the Franklin School of Rock! His approach of re-constructing voices from the ground up by working on simple sounds and relaxation makes all his students feel at ease — from beginners to touring professionals. If building a unique style is your focus, Chris also offers his approach to creating a more commercial and artistic sound. There's a difference between being a vocalist and being a singer, and he is committed to bringing out the best of both in every artist. 
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Bio Picture Caleb Crosby
Drum Instructor / Percussion

A drummer since age 11, Caleb moved to Nashville in 2007 to study music at Belmont University. By 2008, he was performing with several artists and becoming versatile in the studio. While at Belmont, Caleb studied percussion under Todd London, Chester Thompson, and Zoro. In 2009, Caleb met Tyler and has played and toured with the band ever since. Caleb has earned endorsements from Gretsch drums, Paiste cymbals, and Vic Firth drumsticks. After graduating from Belmont in 2011 with a BA in music, Caleb chose to stay in Nashville where he continues to write, play and tour, primarily with Tyler Bryant. 

Bio Picture Alex Tomkins
Guitar Instructor / Keys Instructor

Born in Leicester, UK, Alex moved with his family to the US to settle in New York at the age of 12.  He began playing the guitar shortly before his family made the move and continued throughout his teenage years.  Alex is a former School of Rock student himself, having attended the Highwood School of Rock in Evanston, IL.  According to Alex, his time at the School of Rock was the point in time when he knew that music was something that he wanted to do for the rest of his life.  Alex moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University for engineering and quickly realized that music was his true passion and what he was born to do.  While attending Vandy, Alex formed the band Kid Freud with two musicians he met and they have quickly become a local favorite.  Per reviews of Kid Freud, "frontman Alex Tomkins’ goofy charm keeps all eyes on him, whether or not the music is flowing. The crowds fall silent under the rapture of Tomkins’ earnest yet playful melody and the accompanying gently strummed guitar chords." Alex is also an amazing talent on the keys.