Bruce GallipaniBruce Gallipani – Founder and Executive Director

Rock and Roll culture has dictated that its initiates should flock to the basements and garages to imitate the gods of rock and cut their teeth on three chords and a dream. Brooklyn musician Bruce Gallipani believes in rock and roll, that it offers a whole lot of positive reinforcement and social well-being for today’s youth. He’s pounding out the message with every concert, sharing his experience and vision, while giving kids a taste of performing live on the big stage together.

Justin Gallo

Justin Gallo – Guitar & Sax Instructor

Justin Gallo believes in the transformative power of childhood music education. As a graduate from the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor Degree, Justin has taught thousands of lessons across multiple instruments — music instruction has had a profound influence on his life both professionally and personally. At The Rock It Live Foundation, Justin has the honor of not only educating highly motivated students but also sharing with them the passion for performance, enthusiasm for songwriting, and the deep understanding of theory that enrich his own musicianship

Corey MarkowitzCorey Markowitz – Vocal Coach

Corey is a graduate of the NYFA: Musical Theatre Conservatory. He has studied voice and acting under numerous Broadway veterans including Kristy Cates and Deidre Goodwin. He is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who continues to perform over 150 shows a year across the country. With several Off-Broadway and NYC credits on his resume, he shares his invaluable versatility with all of his students.

Dan RickerDan Ricker – Keyboard Instructor

Dan began playing music when he was 8 years old. By the time he was 12, he had begun writing original music, started his own band, and a year later could be found performing at venues all around NJ. After attending Brown University, Dan reignited his passion for original music and toured around the US and Canada. He now runs a weekly show in Manhattan. Besides the keyboard, Dan is a multi-instrumentalist and singer, and often shares his insights into performance and stagecraft with all his students.

Robert Grande – Vocal Coach & Keyboard Instructor

Rob Grande is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Rob’s early instruction with the Rockit Live Foundation introduced him to multiple genres of music, while working with professional instructors to develop his skills. He continues to work with the Rockit Live Foundation, currently filling the roles of Vocal Coach & Keyboard Instructor, Social Media Manager, and Post Production Engineer. Additionally, he performs regularly as a vocalist and keyboardist at local venues and private events. He also interned at the world-renowned Electric Lady Studios in New York City. Rob continues to master his craft at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he studies music engineering technology and contemporary keyboard.

Justin Bornemann – Bass Guitar Instruction

Alex Silvergold – Drum Instruction

Rockit Team

“The Rockit program involves more than musical technique; it is designed to instill a sense of collaboration, team-work, and confidence in young talented music students.”

– Bruce Gallipani, Founder & Executive Director