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guitar | bass

Hailing from Biddeford, Maine, and currently residing in Red Bank, New Jersey, bandleader Ray Suhy is an accomplished and versatile guitarist whose playing style spans multiple genres.

While Ray grew up playing classic rock, blues and metal, he gravitated towards jazz in his teen years after hearing John Coltrane for the first time.

Ray continued to hone his skills by attending Berklee College of Music and The New School Jazz Program. Ray also studied jazz improvisation and theory privately with Charlie Banacos for over ten years.

After college, Ray toured with the bands Colepitz and The Baltic Sea before joining up with East Of The Wall, touring and recording with them from 2011 to 2015. Ray has recorded as a sideman on free jazz records with the likes of Allen Lowe, Matthew Ship and Lewis Porter.

Ray is currently touring and performing with Seasons Of Mist and Dangerous Muse, a 1980s style electro pop band.  Ray is also an in-demand New Jersey session guitarist and has been a private guitar instructor for more than 25 years.

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A graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music, NJ based Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Guitar/Vocalist/Mandolin/ Banjo) Vic Della Pello has spent the past 25 years performing, writing and recording through much of the tri-state area. He has released 7 CDs of his own original americana/roots music and has performed in original and cover bands as well as solo performances at such venues as The Stone Pony, Wonder Bar, Maxwells, The Saint, Pianos NYC, The State Theater, The Paramount Theater & various NY/NJ Festivals. Along the way, he has opened for a few of his heroes: Warren Zevon, John Hiatt, Lyle Lovett, Richie Havens & Steve Forbert, to name a few.  A passionate teacher with both children and adults, Vic is proud to be part of the Lakehouse Music Academy family.


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guitar | piano | vocals

Joe Parella is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist in the band Deal Casino and currently residing in Asbury Park, NJ. Joe studied guitar and songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been instructing at Lakehouse since the beginning. Skilled within multiple styles and genres of music has also allowed him to be a session instrumentalist on many of the recordings that come out of Lakehouse for other artists. Joe teaches private lessons as well as group classes of all ages at our academy. 


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DRUMS | VOCALS | BASS | Guitar | Piano

At ten years old, Natalie Newbold picked up her first pair of drum sticks. Fifteen years later, she is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, lead singer, studio musician, producer, composer, teacher, and touring musician. Since high school, she has been playing historic and acclaimed venues throughout New Jersey like the Stone Pony and Starland Ballroom, and she has studied music theory at her alma mater, Rutgers University. In 2012, Natalie teamed up with her cousin, a local filmmaker named Tom Kircher, and composed the scores for his award-winning short films “The Dead Rose” and “Wraith.” She spends most of her weekends playing shows up and down the east coast as the guitarist and lead singer of the band Well Wisher.

Natalie has been a dedicated and inspiring teacher at Lakehouse Music Academy for the past 3 years working with both kids and adults. As an instructor, she combines real-life, practical musicianship, traditional theory, with a progressive teaching style that is both fun and enlightening for her students.

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guitar | bass

Justin began playing music at the age of 9 when he first started to learn the bass and guitar. He studied under a private music teacher for over a decade and has pursued music in college while studying at Brookdale and Rutgers. Justin has been playing in the local Asbury music scene since his first show at the Stone Pony at the age of 16.  Along the way he has won four Asbury Music Awards, played in several bands, done some touring, and sat in with many local musicians.

Justin began teaching lessons in the early 2000’s and has worked at Clarizio Music, Rockit For Kids, and School of Rock. Many of Justin’s students have gone on to study at music colleges such as Berklee College of Music, and his earliest students are now becoming part of the Asbury music scene themselves. Justin currently plays guitar in his band Dentist.

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Chris Buono has been called many things: arcane improviser, sound diabolist, fearless composer, content junkie, video stunt guitarist, crazed educator—the list goes on. If you’re looking for simpler terms you can go with recording artist (Lava/Atlantic, Lion Music, RKM/Kindred and more), sideman (Karsh Kale, Bumblefoot, Graham Haynes and many more), educator (TrueFire, Berklee College of Music), music journalist/columnist (Guitar Player, Guitar One, Just Jazz Guitar to name a few), and author (Hal Leonard, Alfred, Cengage Learning). Call him what you want, one thing is certain—this cat is busy. Not to be tied down to any one identity for too long, Chris Buono is perpetually morphing his chameleon-like media profile making it nearly impossible to pigeon-hole his artistic output into a singular category. With a guitar in hand and a slew of gadgets within arm’s reach, Chris Buono infiltrates the modern world of guitar from all directions and shows no signs of slowing down.

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BASS | Guitar | keyboards

Originally hailing from Astoria, Queens, Rob Tanico started his professional musical career as a founding member of the New Jersey based acoustic trio, EMI/SBK recording artists MR. Reality. Their debut album was produced by Danny Kortchmar, (Carole King, James Taylor, Don Henley), which featured Rob on bass and vocals providing rich harmonies.  In support of this record, the band toured nationally including opening slots for musical heavyweights such as Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi.

Mr.Reality evolved into Highway 9 including lineup additions and a more electric sound, securing them a deal with Epic records. Their album, "What in Samhill," produced Peter Collins (Indigo girls, Rush, Nik Kershaw), achieved critical acclaim and moderate airplay across the country.

Having been influenced heavily by pop, rock and R&B,  Rob’s approach to his instrument is melodic and soulful. Already an accomplished songwriter, Rob has continued to expand his musical repertoire, adding lead vocalist, keyboards, lead and rhythm guitar, and production and remix artist to his resume. He has gone on to record, perform, and co-write with various artists both national and local such the Jonas Brothers, Val Emmich and Alex Brumel.  Rob’s contributions can be heard on many recordings coming from the New York/New Jersey music scene.

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Guitar | BASS | Piano

Mike first picked up the guitar when he was 9 years old, solidifying music as his lifelong dedication. Throughout the years he also picked up keyboards, drums, bass, and singing which allowed him to further refine his craft. As a primarily self taught musician, he was able to encapsulate his identity as a writer early on. Hes been performing/teaching professionally since he was 16. 

Mike Roman is a multi-instrumentalist who traverses a wide array of musical domains. His own band No More Pain showcases a fusion of progressive rock/metal with a songwriter and conceptual sensibility. Mike primarily specializes in rock, metal, jazz, and experimental music, but will never confine himself to any specific genre. Aside from NMP, he has worked on soundtracks for independent video game developers, and stop motion comic series Spirit Legends. He is also working on music for his own upcoming endeavors as well.

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PK Lavengood has spent most of the last 25 years as guitarist and sometime musical director for Nashville­based singer­ songwriter John Eddie. Long acclaimed as one of the East Coast's leading roots­rock guitarists, he has also graced the recordings and stages of a long roster of other artists such as Glen Burtnik, Bob Burger, Jo Wymer and Laura Crisci to name a few. An accomplished singer he can also be seen in solo and duo settings, with his long­running trio, PK's Band Without Fear and as John Eddie's guitarist and principal background vocalist. 

Prior to his move to New Jersey PK led Rods and Cones, one of the Midwest's top touring cover bands in the 80's. Although largely self­-taught on guitar, PK's early musical training included several year of playing piano, clarinet, electric and string bass. Relying on his ear and instinct, his style encompasses Nashville­-style hybrid picking and a strong slide approach, both in standard and altered tunings. All these years playing he has accumulated a massive songlist spanning the history of rock.  This serves him well in his teaching career which dates back to 1975!  With his easy­going midwestern approach and infectious enthusiasm for playing,  PK is one of the most versatile teachers around.


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Emily Grove has had a varied and exciting musical journey, from high school choirs and coffeehouses to Berklee College of Music, to television appearances to tours in the UK and Europe. Being willing to jump into new adventures resulted in a two month tour of the UK, US, and Canada, opening up for and performing with British artist David Ford. She also had her own headlining tour in Germany, Bulgaria, and England. She sang backup for David Gray on the Today Show, and for Social Distortion at the Stone Post Summer Stage. She recently put on a sold out Joni Mitchell show, featuring some of Asbury Park’s most talented musicians. She’s performed regularly with Glen Burtnik in his many large productions, including “The Summer of Love” and his British Invasion, Beatles, and Last Waltz shows.  She’s opened for a host of national artists, including Brett Michaels at the State Theater of NJ. She’s recorded with David Ford, Glen Burtnik and UK artist Jack Henderson, among many others.

 As a solo act, she’s won awards for “Best Female Acoustic Act” at the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Asbury Music Awards, and won three Jersey Acoustic Music Awards (best female singer [2011 and 2012]/female songwriter [2011]). She has recorded an EP, “Way Across the Sea” Produced by Jack Daley, and a full CD, “Life of A Commoner,” produced by Seventh Wave Studio, and is working on a new EP. She’s also painted herself gold for Tara Elliot’s performance of “Goldfinger”, danced next to Natalie Portman in a Bar Mitzvah scene on Saturday Night Live, and threw a girl out of a car for Darren Aronofsky’s Montana Meth commercial. Every day brings a new, unusual experience.




Brent has been teaching music for nearly 10 years. He has been playing music since he was 9 years old starting on piano and then switching to guitar when he was 13. Brent graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2007 with a contract major of music and business. He strives to help his students not only with musical abilities but also with a business mentality that is necessary for any emerging talent.

His instruction ranges from beginner to advanced with guitar, bass, banjo, and mandolin. Any student can expect a heavy focus of theory, technique, and appreciation of all musical types. Many of Brent's students have gone on to form their own bands, study music in college, and make moves in the music industry.

He is also an avid performer, having toured and played festivals with an attendance of up to 10,0000 people in the United States, Canada, China, and Taiwan. He has opened up for many national acts like The Sonics, Dramarama, The Detroit Cobras, Yellowcard, The Super Suckers, and many more. His band "The Hsu-nami" had a song that was the opening theme for the Chinese Basketball team at the 2007 Beijing Summer Olympics.

In 2015 he also won "Top Guitarist" at the Asbury Park Music Awards.  His band, "The Battery Electric", also went on to win "Top Rock Band" for three years in row from 2013 to 2015. 

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Guitar | BASS

While still a young boy growing up in Lakewood, New Jersey; Dan Haase began to discover the beauty of rock and roll music via The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen. By the time Dan reached high school he had taken up the electric guitar and self taught himself the upright bass and his true musical love the electric bass. After four years of learning how to craft his talent at the Berklee College of Music, Dan would return home to New Jersey to begin his musical journey as a musician and songwriter. Almost a decade since graduating college, Dan has performed all over the United States, primarily in the New Jersey based rock band Stolen Rhodes, of which he was a member from its founding in 2008 until 2016. Whether at a bar in the backwoods of North Carolina, on the giant festival stages of the Sturgis Bike Rally, or right at home in his own backyard at The Stone Pony; Dan has done nothing but leave his heart and soul on the floor every time he takes the stage. Playing rock and roll music that speaks to him, whether written by him or by one of his many rock and roll heroes, has given Dan the fuel and fire needed to make his mark in the vast world of rock and roll music. After three albums and a couple of years on the road, Dan left Stolen Rhodes in August of 2016, and arrived at Lakehouse Music Academy as the newest member of the fantastic family they have started in a revitalized 21st Century Asbury Park. Dan continues to write his own music and play his bass guitar, while educating a new generation of musicians to rise from New Jersey’s home of rock and roll.

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Mackenzie Brown is a singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist. Growing up in a household surrounded by music, Mackenzie has acquired a diverse background in many styles and generations of music. She is the lead vocalist and plays guitar and keyboard in the band MACK, based out of Asbury Park. The band has a fresh, new-age take on a classic sound. Mackenzie instructs vocals, piano, and guitar in group classes and in private lessons.