JOSH MARGOLIS Executive Director
Josh Margolis discovered his passion for drums at the age of five under the guidance of the renowned drummer Kenny Aronoff at the Aronoff's family barn. Ten years of both drum (Konrad Kaufman) and piano (Gay Mehegan) lessons followed. After attending Berklee School of Music, he came to NYC to study percussion with Miles Davis' drummer Mino Cinelu and Kenwood Dennard of Sting's band. He has been performing in rock, jazz, and acoustic groups in New York City for the past 25 years as a drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. He has also worked as a live television producer for Jonas Brothers, Wilson Phillips, and Josh Groban amongst others. Josh has worked as a BMI composer for ABC News, Martha Stewart Living Television, and FOX Sports. Billboard Magazine, NewSong and the New York Songwriter's Circle have lauded his songwriting skills. He currently produces music at Brooklyn Pearl Studio with composer extraordinaire Peter Fox. Josh performs with the band collective LENNY, Andy Ranley, Kilcool, and Tracy Bonham among others. He lives in Boerum Hill with his wife Aimee Good and daughter Matilda.
TRACY BONHAM FINE Artistic Director
A native of Eugene, Oregon, Bonham began singing at age 5, playing the violin at 9, and piano at age 14. After transferring to Berklee College of Music to study voice, leaving her full violin scholarship at the University of Southern California behind, she began to write songs on the guitar in 1994. She proved to be a quick study; Her 1996 major label debut, The Burdens of Being Upright (Island), went gold in the US as well as Holland, Australia, and Canada, spawning the hit single "Mother Mother". This lead to a pair of Grammy™ nominations in 1997, as well as an MTV Video Award nomination. She has since toured the world many times and has made television appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Late Show with Craig Furgussen, as well as A & E's Breakfast for the Arts. Her third album "blink the brightest" was released on Rounder Records in 2005 and with that she placed many of the songs in major network TV shows such as Brothers and Sisters, The L Word, The Closer, What About Brian, and Army Wives. Tracy's vocals are featured on various artist's albums such as Aerosmith "Honkin On Bobo" (Columbia 2004), Wayfaring Strangers "This Train" (Rounder 2004), Ron Sexmith's "Whereabouts" (violin – 1999). In 2003 and 2006 she toured extensively with Blue Man Group singing and playing violin in major arenas as their featured guest performer and their opening act. Tracy is currently writing and recording her next album and teaching violin and voice in Brooklyn.
SPENCER GALLOP Communications director,Instructor
Spencer has been with Gowanus Music Club since 2012. In addition to spreading the gospel of rock and roll to our students, he also handles spreading the word about all things GMC. He studied jazz at SUNY New Paltz with Tom Dempsey and Mark Dziuba of the National Guitar Workshop, and is equally happy working out chord melodies of old standards as he is wailing through a cranked tube amp with his band Planet Moon at NYC staples like Mercury Lounge, Pianos and Rockwood Music Hall, and of course, Hanks Saloon. Spencer currently lives in Boerum Hill with his wife and 2 cats, and when he isn't teaching or playing music, he's probably out running.
SARA LANDEAU Instructor
Sara Landeau is a guitarist, bassist, drummer, music director, teacher, producer, and band coach in NYC. After receiving a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University in 2002, Sara attended The Juilliard School where she studied audio technology, classical guitar, theory, ear training, percussion, and transcription. Since 2005, she has been band coach and guitar teacher for the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and Ladies Rock Camp in Brooklyn; and Austin Rock Camp for Girls. Many of her high school and college bound private students have gone on to attend top music schools including LaGuardia High School in NYC (the Fame school), New York University, and Berklee College of Music in Boston. She also specializes in working with adults learning an instrument for the first time. Sara is the guitarist for The Julie Ruin, a chart-topping band featuring Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill fame.
Jason Mills Instructor
Jason has also performed and/or recorded with: Beetroot, Mobb Deep, The Dan Band, Sasha Dobson (Norah Jones, Puss n Boots), Aloe Blacc, Liminha (Os Mutantes, Gilberto Gil), Ivete Sangalo, Marivaldo Dos Santos, Daevid Allen (Gong, Soft Machine), Brinae Ali, Two Dark Birds, Candice Anitra, The Love Machine Project, America, Katy Steele, and more...
He recently launched the beat-making video series YUMMY SOUNDS with his eight-year old son, Aubrey, and fellow longtime STOMP cast member John Sawicki, and is currently scoring the short film "Origami", written and directed by Paul Burger. Jason Mills is a Drummer, Producer, Composer, Engineer and Teacher who has been living and working in New York City for the last 21 years. Originally from Loudoun County, VA, he was hired in 1995 to be part of the NYC cast of the Off-Broadway show STOMP, and has worked on and off with the show ever since in its lead role. In addition to thousands of shows at the Orpheum Theater in NYC, he has visited 12 countries on 5 continents with STOMP, and stars in the DVD version of the stage show: "STOMP Live". Other highlights included a 1996 performance on the 68th Academy Awards, and the privilege of musically directing & choreographing STOMP's 2013 performance of "Cecelia" alongside Paul Simon on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon".
SCOTT SEELIG Instructor
Scott Seelig is multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and teacher. Raised in a musical family, he studied classical piano as a child, but spent much of his time composing on his older brother’s computer and teaching himself Beatles songs on guitar. After high school, Scott resumed his music education at Berklee School of Music, where he studied piano and majored in music production. Scott has engineered, produced, and performed on Flamenco, Indie-Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Pop, and Hip-Hop record releases. He has also created music educational books for Hal Leonard, Cherry Lane, McGraw-Hill, and The Metropolitan Opera, and been a guest professor of Production and Piano in India. He currently works with his band Snowmine, and regularly coaches future rock stars at Gowanus Music Club!
AYNSLEY POWELL Instructor
Aynsley Powell is a performer, composer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in a musical family, he began the drums at age 6 and his parents quickly realized it was where his excess energy belonged. Fostered by a burgeoning local music program and supportive gigging community, Aynsley had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall when he was 16. As a scholarship recipient to Berklee College of Music, he took full advantage of the school’s musical and cultural diversity and solidified his appreciation of all genres. In addition to jazz performance and composition, Aynsley studied world percussion, which lead to an intensive study at the Dagbe Cultural Institute in Kopeyia, Ghana. Since residing in Brooklyn, Aynsley has performed and recorded with an eclectic roster of artists including St. Vincent, Kaki King, Wishbone Ash, Lapland, and Tigercity. He is currently a member of Matuto, a band that performs and teaches world-wide as cultural ambassadors to the U.S. State Department. With over ten years of experience as an educator, he has worked with students of all ages and currently teaches songwriting workshops through Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Audio and visual examples of his work can be found at www.aynsleypowell.com
BOB EDINGER, Instructor
Bob Edinger, a New England native, graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2008. He is a multi-instrumentalist with his primary focus being the drums. By graduation, Bob had toured internationally, recorded on numerous critically lauded albums, and taught a wide-range of students as well as teaching at several drum clinics. Bob also received the Berklee Urban Service Award for his part in teaching and coordinating the music program at Sociedad Latina, a non-profit dedicated to at-risk youth in the Boston community.
At the moment, Bob play in several different bands with styles ranging from jazz and funk, to rock including Mother West recording artist Tom Shaner. He has played at notable venues such as 55Bar, Fat Cat, Drom, Rockwood Music Hall, and the Mercury Lounge among others. Bob also teaches at schools in the NYC area as well as privately out of his studio in Bushwick. Bob Edinger currently resides in Brooklyn, where he's lived for the past four years.
NIC DAVIES Instructor
Nic is a South African singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been based in Brooklyn for the last 2 years. He started out playing the piano when he was 6 and later moved on to play violin, guitar, bass and sing. He and his 3 brothers all played classical instruments and formed a quartet that performed around his community. When he was fifteen, in an act of teenage rebellion he put down the violin and started playing the bass guitar, quickly joining several bands and touring South Africa. He studied theatre at the University of Cape Town where he first started teaching guitar and voice and has continued to do so to this day. Nic trained as a director, specializing in musical theatre and all the while continued to play bass, guitar and sing for several bands. In 2011 he relocated to New York City with nothing but a backpack and dreams of making it big and has been composing and directing his own musicals, teaching guitar, bass, voice, acting and playing music for his friends and fans ever since. He loves music, performing and teaching and especially Rock 'n Roll.
CHRIS FOLEY Instructor
Chris Foley has been performing and teaching professionally in the New York area for over 18 years. After wearing out his parent's record collection and his own cassette tapes as a kid, he found playing guitar and rocking out on his sister's drum kit kept the music flowing! By age 14 he was playing live shows with schoolmates and learning from local teachers and the sounds on the radio. He attended the Berklee College of Music summer program as a teenager and went on to graduate from Purchase College with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree. Shortly thereafter, his band Thisway was signed to Reprise/Warner Bros. Records, and recorded two albums with Grammy Award winning producers. During the height of their popularity, Thisway toured with such musical acts as the Barenaked Ladies, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Train and Lit. His current band, Black Bunny, has also recorded two self-produced original albums. Chris' music has been heard on the radio and television over the years, and throughout it all he has continuously taught music in both private lessons and group band settings at schools in Westchester, Connecticut, and New York. He continues to perform throughout North America, Ireland, and the UK with various songwriters and bands including Michael Brunnock, Mother Feather, Niall Connolly, and the Arlen Roth Band. He lives in Park Slope with his wife Jamie Rae and loves to listen, play and learn from all the great musicians in NYC.
Alejandro Meola Instructor
Alejandro Meola is a guitarist, composer and performer based in New York City since 2013. Born in Miami, FL he grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he graduated with a B.A in Guitar Performance from the Argentine Society of Musicians (SADEM). Alejandro has been teaching music since age 19, releasing various albums with his own original material and performing regularly in the NYC club circuit.