Our Teachers

Rick Wozniak

Teaching: Piano, Guitar, Bass

bio-rickRick, founder of Classic Rock School of Music, has been teaching multiple instruments and performing for over 35 years. His styles range from classical to jazz, from rock to gospel. He has also been a worship leader at several churches in the Orlando-area.

Rick attended the University of Massachusetts for music and video production and later received his degree in biblical studies. He was born and raised in New England, and he moved to Florida in 2004 with his family. Rick currently resides in Orlando with his wife, Kathy, and his two sons, Ben and Josh. His faith and playing music with his family are his biggest joys in life.

 

David Smith

Teaching: Piano

bio-davidDavid has been playing piano since age six and has been teaching technique and theory since he was 16 years old. He was privately taught and mentored up until college. Throughout his training, he performed in the Spotsylvania Lions’ Club Bland Competition for six consecutive years. During his teenage years, he started to play keyboard for his church worship band and performed in two orchestras as the keyboard player. In college, he continued to teach himself theory and composition. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Game Art Design from Full Sail University in 2011 and began his journey at Classic Rock shortly thereafter.

He has since expanded his repertoire and performed at the Avalon Perks Café and the Citrus Bowl. Having gained an interest in composition, he has created over 230 original digital songs. He currently plays keyboard for his local church and creates background music for promo videos. Other hobbies include gaming and martial arts.

 

Lauren Petrick

Teaching: Piano, Voice

bio-laurenLauren Petrick has been playing piano for over 15 years. Throughout grade school, she performed in a variety of music festivals and participated in local and regional competitions. She began playing at local churches and weddings in 2007. She has also participated in university choirs/ ensembles at Valencia College and UCF.

In 2011, she received her AA in Music from Valencia College. Around that time, she began interning at Classic Rock School of Music. She recently finished her Bachelors at the University of Central Florida in French, with a minor in music.

 

Ben Wozniak

Teaching: Guitar, Voice, Ukulele

bio-benBen Wozniak is currently attending Rollins College in pursuit of his Bachelors degree in music, with a double minor in Spanish and German. He is a music intern at First Baptist Winter Park, where he is on the praise team.

He has been playing guitar since he was 8 years old, and he has been teaching since he was 13. He took part in numerous bands and ensembles throughout middle and high school, playing guitar, trumpet, French horn, and singing. He has played gigs at a number of local restaurants and coffee shops including Chick-fil-a, Amigos, Boston Coffee House, and Natura. He has also led worship at various churches by himself and with his family.

 

Kevin Danz

Teaching: Drums

bio-kevinOriginally from Chicago, and now residing in Orlando, Kevin possesses an aggressive funk style that is heavily influenced by rock, jazz, r&b, and world music.   In the studio, he has recorded with various artists, (some available on iTunes) including Gotti 13, Dan Miller (O-Town), Thomas McClarey (The Commodores), Rob Boyle, Jeff Phillips, Middle Rhythm Session, and Bruce Guthro [2002 ECM Album of the Year].   Kevin has appeared in drum magazines across the nation and been seen on TV in Canada, Japan, South America, & the U.S.   He has always loved performing live, notably with artists like Sheila E., Danielle Kristen, Chapter 5, Harry Connick Sr., Boots Randolph, Tremors & the Earthquake Horns, and the legendary Joe Williams.   For over 7 years, he was a full-time musician for Disney Entertainment performing music written by Phil Collins for the production of Tarzan Rocks, which was seen live by 1.2 million people every year!   Additionally, after winning an audition, Kevin toured for 2 years with the Led Zeppelin tribute band Kashmir.

In addition to being an instructor at Classic Rock School of Music for the past 6 years, Kevin has also worked for the United States Percussion Camp, the Tournament of Roses Parade, Yamaha Sounds of Summer Camp, the UMC World Percussion Ensemble, and for Florida Masters Association as a music judge for the Florida All-State High School Jazz Ensemble.   Additionally, because of his work with the University of Missouri Marching Mizzou Drumline, he was accepted as an honorary member of the national band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi.

Currently, Kevin and his wife [singer/songwriter & recording artist] Danielle Kristen are co-producing and performing a Christian Rock album entitled Sheep Song: The Collection.   They are hoping for a release date later this year and plan to perform live shows in support of the new album.

 

Josh Wozniak

Teaching: Drums

bio-joshSince he was very young, Josh has been fascinated by music. When he was 3, he was able to pick up dozens of melodies on a mini-keyboard. His interest changed to the drums at the age of 5. He quickly built his coordination and was soon able to keep a steady beat on the drum set.

In middle school, Josh started playing other instruments in band, including French horn, trumpet, and trombone. He made the top Jazz Band at his school, as well as the All-County Jazz Band, for drum set in 7th and 8th grade.

During his freshman year in high school, Josh played French horn in the highest school band, the Wind Ensemble. During the summer and into the school year, he played tenors in marching band his 9th and 10th grade year. Timber Creek Regiment won 1st place at State Finals during Josh’s freshman year.

In addition to playing at school, Josh has played in several bands. He has played drums with his family at a number of different churches. He has played gigs, usually with his brother, at establishments including Chick-fil-A and Boston Coffee House.
Lately, Josh has been working on a trick in which he juggles 3 drumsticks as he plays a beat on the drum set, a skill that very few people can claim to have mastered.

 

Peter Karner-Brown

Teaching: Drums

bio-peterPeter Karner-Brown has been playing drums for over 10 years. He is currently studying biomedical sciences at the University of Central Florida in hopes of becoming a pediatrician. However, he has been fascinated by music since a very young age. He got his first drum set for his tenth birthday and has been playing ever since. He has performed in school jazz bands, concert bands, and drumlines throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school. During his senior year in high school, he was co-captain of the drumline along with another student. He helped teach and lead the drumline to success, all the while teaching a local middle school drumline. He has also played with many bands on the side, performing at countless events including a large fundraiser by his local chapter of the American Red Cross, which raised thousands of dollars for the measles initiative. Although he primarily plays the drums, he is also self-taught on the piano, which he has played for about 5 years.

 

Leo Rojo

Teaching: Guitar

bio-leoA graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Leo has performed at Disney for many years in various shows including the “The British Invasion” at Epcot. He has also performed nationally and internationally as a member of different Beatles tribute acts in venues such as Hard Rock Live, Bush Gardens, The Venetian in Las Vegas, and the NAMM show in Anaheim CA, to name a few. Leo has been a member of the Classic Rock School of Music family since 2009.

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