Mike "Beans" Benigno
Mike has been a professional drummer and educator for 25 years. Credits include writing and drumming on Kelly Osbourne's CD, "Shut Up", writing, producing and drumming on, "On Your Own", from the TV show Californication, season 4 ep. 10. (Band name Rhino Tank). He has as recorded for Pink, Ric Ocasek, The Candybutchers, Mike Viola (That Thing You Do--vocals) and performed with Phil X and The Drills. Since moving to Las Vegas in 2013, he has performed with MJ Live for 7 years as well as subbing with Rock of Ages for drummer Alan Childs (David Bowie).
Andrew Weir has been a part of the Perth and Australian music scene for over 20 years and has had experience in many different aspects of the business. After graduating from The Conservatorium of Music at Edith Cowan University with a degree in Jazz Performance, he has composed, performed, taught guitar and toured in many different settings ranging from live rock bands to theatre productions. He has recently made the move to the United States where he now calls Las Vegas home.
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Michal released her first record, "Sky With Stars", on SONY/Columbia at 17. She was mentored by Billy Joel, who noted "she's a great songwriter"; and fellow Hunter High School alum, Lin-Manuel Miranda ("Hamilton"), recently tweeted that she was "always the most talented person in our class." In 2005 she won an EMMY award for OUTSTANDING COMPOSITION on the daytime television drama "One Life to Live". Her music has been featured by SONOS, Rdio, Canon, and Urban Decay. Her most recent full-length album, "No Resolution" (2018), featured the World Songwriting Awards best alternative song, "The Crash". Michal recently won the International Singer Songwriter Association's Female Vocalist of the Year Award (2019).
Michael is a West Chester, PA based drummer who has studied with Gary Chaffee and the Drummers Collective and has been a Sabian endorsee for over 10 years. Michael can help drummers from any level and can work on any aspects of music to help you achieve your musical goals.
Adam Fisher was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. With his father being a drummer, he has been around music his entire life helping fuel his love and passion. Adam is a professional Drummer/Educator and holds an Associates Degree in Performing Arts from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. He has had the pleasure of performing with several different bands in various genres from Funk, R&B, Blues, Country, Rock/Punk Rock to Metal for the past 20 years. While living in L.A., his band Rap Scallions had the pleasure of being featured on Rocksmith by Ubisoft available on Xbox 360/PS3.
Adam has since continued teaching, gigging/subbing and doing studio session work in the Las Vegas area. Now back in Las Vegas, he has been teaching at School Of Rock from 2013- present, teaching hundreds of students and playing at night on the LV Strip. Adam has performed in front of crowds of over 10,000, and has opened for artists such as Mike Posner, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Fishbone, Hed PE, Saliva, Orgy, English Beat, Static X, and Puddle Of Mudd.
Endorsements- Canopus Drums, Evans Drumheads, Promark Drumsticks, E-Pad & Puresound.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Justin Citron has been teaching guitar for almost 20 years. Throughout his career, Justin has enjoyed teaching rock, pop, blues, funk, and R&B, in addition to numerous other styles. He has fronted his own band, Trick Pistol, as well as played guitar for indie rock sensation Lucid Nation, and wrote the music for a rock musical based on Joan Crawford and “Mommie Dearest.” Justin has had the privilege to play with legends such as Jamie Foxx, Jerry Fuller, The Coasters, The Platters, David Somerville of the Diamonds, and Al Wilson. Over the years, Justin has studied directly with legendary session guitarist Paul Jackson Jr., “The Great Chameleon” Steve Trovato, smooth jazz icon Richard Smith, and jazz legend Bruce Forman, among many others. Currently, Justin is playing with various artists around Los Angeles, teaching private students, and doing sessions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance from the famed Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA and a master’s degree in Studio Guitar from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Justin is currently attending USC to complete his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Studio Guitar.
Lauren Ashlea Fraser
Lauren Ashlea Fraser is an Australian Soprano, Actress and Model now working in Las Vegas. Since graduating from the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, Lauren has performed internationally. Australian credits include: The Little Mermaid (Ariel), The Music Man (Marian), Mary Poppins, Evita (The Mistress), Avenue Q (Lucy), Cats (Jellylorum), Carols by Candlelight 2016, performances with Underground Opera Company, Miss World Australia National Finalist and Miss World Australia Talent 2014. International Credits include: Sex n’ The City (A Super Unauthorized Musical Parody) (Charlotte), She Loves Me (Amalia), The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Cruise Ship Asuka II (Japan), High Roller Holiday Show (LINQ Las Vegas), performances with David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra (Las Vegas), performances with Edinburgh Studio Opera (UK) and ‘Singing Gondolier’ at The Venetian Hotel Las Vegas. In addition to her performance credits, Lauren has extensive experience working with choral and voice students. Lauren has 10 years of experience providing lessons focusing on aural skills, performance practice, vocal health, and ability. She is committed to creating a positive and enthusiastic environment where students not only learn vocal technique but develop confidence to become the best performers and musicians they can be.
Born to an American father and French mother, Ben grew up in Paris. He was introduced to music at an early age by his father, Mike Zwerin, a famous trombonist and writer for the “International Herald Tribune” who played with Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy and Maynard Fergusson.
At the age of nineteen, Ben was awarded a scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music where he studied with reputable teachers such as Hal Crook, Bruce Gertz and Phil Wilson.
After graduating, Ben began performing throughout the country and taught at Northeastern University in Boston until moving to New York in 2000. Upon moving to NYC, Ben began touring internationally (“Montreux Jazz Festival”, “Jazz a Juan”, “Jazz a Vienne”, “North Sea Jazz”, “Playboy Jazz Festival”, “Newport Jazz Festival”…) as well as playing in local NYC venues (Carnegie Hall, Roseland, Bowery Ballroom, Bitter End, Joe’s Pub, Mercury Lounge) with talented and diverse artists such as Lizz Wright, Angelique Kidjo, Lila Downs (Sony), Nouvelle Vague (EMI), Claudia Acuna, Lionel Loueke (Blue Note), Kellylee Evans (Universal France), Otis Clay, The Revelations feat. Tre Williams, Oliver Mtukudzi, Ycare (Sony France), Brendan James (Decca/Universal),
Souldiggaz (Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige), Frenchie Davis (The Voice, Rent and American Idol), Ellen Greene (of The Little Shop of Horrors), Antonique Smith (of Rent and Notorious), Forro In The Dark (Nublu/Nat Geo), Running Still (East/West/Atlantic). Ben has also played in the Off-Broadway shows Bat Boy and A Broadway Diva Christmas. For the past 20 years he has focused on writing with, and producing various artists (RC Andres, Jennifer Porter, Aimua Eghobamien, Brian Lazarus, Jason Ewald, Daisy Jopling, Brianna Sage, Summer Virshup, Alex Bell, Erol Josue, Running Still...) as well as writing music for TV shows (All my Children, One Life to Live, American Pickers and several more).