Bruce 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.
Zac Silva – Guitar Instructor
Zac is a career musician with 10 years of teaching experience and has been working with the Rockit Live Foundation since 2011. He graduated Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music where he obtained his Bachelor of Music degree as a dual major in Guitar Performance and Contemporary Writing & Production. He is an active arranger, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who tours and performs locally and nationally with The Shady Street Show Band and Remember Jones. He is a contributing writer, arranger, producer, manager, and guitarist in his bands.
Dan 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.
Andy Greatorex – Bass Guitar Instructor
Andy was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. After moving to the U.S in 2003, Andy studied music at the University of North Texas where he received degrees in Jazz Performance and Music Theory. During his years in Texas, Andy played in a jazz band, a country band, and a blues band that toured across the states opening for bands such as Train, Collective Soul, and Johnny Winter. Now back in NJ with his wife and 3 children, Andy divides his time between teaching bass, mixing front of house, and performing in his wedding band in New York City. Andy has a huge passion for gear and recording.
Corey 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.
Michael Delgado – Director of Education
Michael is a Rockit alumnus who first picked up the guitar at the age of 10, learning blues licks and classic rock songs from his uncle. After high school, he attended Princeton University, where he studied and performed with contemporary jazz greats Dr. Anthony Branker, Ralph Bowen, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Billy Childs. He also toured internationally across Italy and Poland with his University’s Jazz Ensemble. Michael now divides his time between performing around the tri-state area, teaching at Rockit, and writing and recording his own music.
Dan Puma – Guitar Tech
New Jersey native Dan Puma is a Rockit alumnus and is now responsible for the maintenance and tuning of all guitars at showtime.
“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