Laura Shamber has worked in many different industries, including for-profits, non-profits and service businesses. Laura's main focus has always been working with the people in those industries. Laura worked in the music industry from 1993-1998. She was hired as the first female general manager at Gibson Guitar in its 100+ year history. Since 2004, she has been employed in Youth Ministry at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and has also volunteered as a Religious Education teacher there for 7 years.
During the past 7 years, she has been employed by the Pequannock Township School District as a lunch aide at the elementary school level. Laura is most interested in providing opportunities for the people of the community to follow their dreams in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
Guitar (all levels), Bass, Beginner Drums & Mandolin
With over 50,000 individual lessons taught Vince Genella is our School's Master Instructor & Music Director. Vince has been working consistently in the music business for over 20 years. Recording, performing, teaching & working as a clinician at trade shows & music stores all over the country.
Currently Vince is working on an all instrumental CD & holding guitar clinics while maintaining a full teaching schedule, doing studio sessions & gigs. Whether teaching, recording or performing Vince gets the job done, & has a blast doing so! "It's all about fun & the love of music. I'm grateful to be able to do what I love!"
Besides performing live Vince has played on recordings for artists and music library's such as Bruton Music, BMG / Zomba Records and Firstcom. These recordings have been released and syndicated both nationally and internationally. Vince is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) which is The Grammy foundation.
Over the past 22 years as a teacher Vince has taught thousands of "kids of all ages" how to play guitar, bass, drums, along with music theory. "I'm not sure exactly how many people I've taught over the years, but its been estimated that the amount of individual lessons given are over 50 thousand! Between private lessons, teaching at high schools and music stores... I've been doing this full time for over 20 years now!"
This amount of experience makes Vince a master teacher, he is very patient and is excellent with children. Vince also has an extensive background in the retail side of music. "I've worked in music stores since 1986, I couldn't picture doing anything else. Music is my life.
Roy Van Tassel
Drum / Beginner Guitar Instructor
Roy Van Tassel is the Founder/Instructor of NJ Drum School. He is a dedicated, professional instructor and musician with 13 years of experience teaching comprehensive drum technique along with 20+ years of experience as a successful live and studio drummer. A knowledgeable, highly skilled technical drummer, he has studied under such drum masters Karl Latham and Jack Kuhn. He also has a rich musical education in a number of instruments and techniques including 2 years of classical guitar study under Carol Hamersma.
Roy is a hands-on teacher with extensive experience tailoring fun and enriching lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. Individual lessons center on proper technique, coordination and music sight reading. His patient teaching style along with the comfortable learning atmosphere of NJ Drum School help students develop the skills they need for a rewarding life in music.
Beyond teaching, Roy has played drums for several notable original and cover bands from 1992 to present. He currently plays in Vince Genella & The Business and Detour. Past bands include Ghost Orgy, Suit of Lights and Screwhammer.
Saxophone (all levels), Beginner/Intermediate Flute & Clarinet, Beginner Piano
Shannon Baker has been teaching music lessons to students of all ages for the past seven years and has been performing professionally as a jazz musician for over ten years. She is comfortable teaching jazz, improvisation, classical styles, music theory and composition as well as helping students prepare for concerts, auditions, recitals and solo performances.
Shannon graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida. There she studied with legendary saxophonist and renowned jazz
educator Bunky Green.
She is currently a graduate student at William Paterson University of New Jersey pursuing a Master of Music degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging.
Piano (all levels), Clarinet
Erica's skills are versatile, and she wears several "musical caps." As a composer, she has won awards such as the 1st International Zurich Jazz Orchestra Composer Competition, a 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award, and inclusion in the 2004 NYSSMA Young Composers Honors Concert. Her pieces have been performed by the Zurich Jazz Orchestra, Todd Coolman's Quintet, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Studio Orchestra, Bernie Williams with the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra, the Erica Seguine Jazz Orchestra, and Weapons of Jazz Destruction, amongst others.
As a pianist, Erica has played in various musical situations. Jazz-wise, she plays piano in her founded "Community of the Spirit," and the Shannon Baker/Erica Seguine Duo. Erica has also musical directed and/or accompanied over 10 different community productions of musicals ranging from Sweeney Todd to Rent. She also accompanies classical vocalist and instrumentalists for recitals and solo competitions.
As a teacher, Erica privately taught piano students, classical and jazz in her hometown of Albany, NY, and she has led clinics at SUNY Fredonia and Columbia HIgh School. In addition, she transcribes for the Temptations Review feat. Dennis Edwards on a regular basis, and did some pop string arrangements for producer/pianist Greg Dokes. She also has a scoring demo reel on request.
Erica received her BM in Jazz Composition from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied composition with Bill Dobbins, jazz piano with Harold Danko, and classical piano with Tony Caramia. She is currently ?nishing her MM in Jazz Arranging at William Paterson University, where her teachers include Jim McNeely and Rich DeRosa.
Guitar, Beginner Drums
Zack Smith has been playing and studying guitar for over 10 years. Zack was the guitarist for the PTHS Jazz Band for 4 years and was the recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award his senior year. He is currently attending William Paterson University majoring in the Pop Music Program and minoring in Music Management. At the age of 12, Zack participated in Shamrock's very first summer rock camp back in 2009 and has been teaching private lessons at our school since 2015 and now assists in the very same summer rock camps in which he attended. In addition to guitar, Zack plays drums, bass, piano and writes and composes. Zack performs regularly in multiple bands playing all genres of music from Jazz to Heavy Metal.
Vocals, Piano (Beginner/Intermediate)
Kate Victor grew up with an appreciation of music. She began singing in a County Children's Choir at age 7 and continued to participate in choirs and other ensembles throughout her high school career. She also began learning the piano at age 7, and took up the cello at age 8. She has also been active in musical theatre productions throughout high school and into college, where she has performed on stage, played cello in the pit orchestras, and this past summer was assistant musical director in the production of Les Miserables. Kate has also been employed as a private instructor at numerous music camps, teaching piano, voice, cello, and sometimes recorder! Kate currently attends William Paterson University of New Jersey as a music education major with a concentration in jazz vocal performance. She is about to complete her final year and will be a student teacher in the spring.
Voice, Beginner Piano
Kristina Rigamonti is currently a Popular Music Studies Major and Music
Management Minor at William Paterson University.
Her love for music started at a very young age. Her first live performance
was at 7 years old. She began taking voice lessons at the age of 10. The
next 5 years she spent competing in voice competitions. She was also a
member of the Passaic County Repertoire Company where she would perform at
local events and also volunteered her time performing for nursing homes and
While in high school, she continued to focus on music. She performed in
choirs where she sang in different languages, learned music theory, picked
up a guitar, and also learned piano.
During Kristina's time at William Paterson University she continued to
perform in choirs and different ensembles, took piano, ear training,
songwriting, music theory, music industry, and music management classes.
Today she continues learning about the music business at William Paterson
University while performing inside and outside of school with fellow
ShamRock Instructor Zack Smith.
Kristina enjoys giving lessons because it reminds her of where she started.
Michael Dawson is managing editor for Modern Drummer, the world’s most widely read magazine for drummers, and he serves as book editor for Modern Drummer Publications, with most recent releases including FUNdamentals of Drumming for Kids by country superstar Jason Aldean’s Rich Redmond and co-author Michael Aubrecht, Stick Technique by rudimental drumming specialist Bill Bachman, and Mind Matters: Overcoming Common Mental Barriers in Drumming by retired mental health counselor Bernie Schallehn. In the pages of MD, Dawson has authored dozens of artist features, educational columns, and product reviews.
An active performer, clinician, and session drummer in the Washington, DC and New York City areas, Michael Dawson has a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in music from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He’s a senior lecturer in music journalism at the University of the Arts and is a regular guest artist at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He also operates the recording facility Elohino Studio in New Jersey.
Piano (all levels)
Originally hailing from central Arkansas, Will Dougherty developed his piano skills at an early age before moving on to Memphis, Tennessee where he developed his jazz and classical skills at the University of Memphis. During this time, Will immersed himself also in the local music scene, playing everything from jazz, blues, and R&B to indie rock and electronic music. In 2010, he relocated to the New York/New Jersey area to pursue his masters degree in jazz from William Paterson University, which he recently completed. There, he studied with artists such as James Weidman, Kevin Norton, Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, and Steve La Spina, gaining a deep, multi-faceted approach to jazz performance and composition. He is currently active in various original music projects, commercial work, and teaching.
Caleb RumleyCaleb Rumley is a trombonist, composer, and educator who is happy to be a part of the Shamrock Music staff. Caleb started playing the trombone at the age of 9 and never looked back! He currently plays in several wedding bands, jazz groups, and with his unique big band project, Big Beat. Caleb is almost finished with his Master's in Jazz Composition at William Paterson University. When he's not playing the trombone, he's usually collecting jazz records or kicking back and playing some video games. Caleb teaches all brass instruments, beginning piano, and jazz improvisation.