Our Team

Lakehouse Music Academy has an outstanding team of managers and teachers who dedicate countless time and energy to the betterment of their students. Our managers and teachers all balance a commitment to education with real-world experience as touring/session musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and more. Please check out the bios below! 

 
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JON LEIDERSDORFF

Owner

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Ben Marino

Music Director

Born and raised in Allendale, NJ, Ben Marino grew up in a musical home. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with dual degrees in drum set performance and music education. Read More→

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Andy letke

Music Director

Multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and zenster, Andy followed his jazz studies at Indiana University by cutting his musical teeth playing 2000+ shows touring with Asbury Park’s Latin Rock band, deSoL. Following that, he served as Music Director at the School of Rock in Marlboro, NJ. Read More→

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Juan O’Grady

Vice President and General Manager

Growing up with an eclectic taste of music and a hunger to recreate it, Juan Julio O’Grady knew he wanted to make music from an early age. Studying music throughout New Jersey as a youth, he eventually started teaching at many different music schools, including the South Hackensack Paul Green School of Rock. Read More

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Madeleine Fox

Elementary Education

Madeleine recently moved to the Jersey Shore from the Boston area with her husband, morning radio personality at 107.1 The Boss Bill Fox, two dogs and four cats. Madeleine launched a successful early childhood music school which encompassed a variety of enrichment programs for the five and under crowd which she owned and operated for 16 years. Read More→

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Ray Suhy

Guitar | Bass

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

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Bryan Haring

Vocals | Piano

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Emily Grove

Vocals | Guitar | Ukulele

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. Read More

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Santo Rizzolo

Drums

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Dan Haase

Bass | Guitar

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. Read More

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Steve honoshowsky

Drums

Steve Honoshowsky is a percussionist and bassist who also plays a variety of electronic instruments.  He has been performing, recording, composing, and facilitating workshops individually and with a variety of artists since 2001.

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Kay Kiatpreecha

Drums | Guitar | Piano

Pongsapak (Kay) was born and raised in Chiang Mai, Thailand and has been playing drums since the age of fourteen. He learned to play the drums through worship music at church and blues gigs at local bars in his hometown. Read More

David Ross Lawn

Vocals | Piano

David Ross Lawn is a published and commissioned composer and performer of oboe, piano and voice. Read More

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Joe Parella

Guitar | Bass | Songwriting

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John Hasney

Guitar | Bass

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Mike Roman

Guitar | Bass | Piano

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Rob Tanico

Guitar | Bass | Piano

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. Read More

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Pk Lavengood

Guitar | Bass

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Chris Catania

Guitar | Bass

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Matt Honold

Elementary Programming | Guitar | Bass

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Tim Boyce

Guitar

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Jonathan Tea

Songwriting

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Victor Montanaro

Drums

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Genevieve Nelson

Cello | Guitar | Bass

Genevieve started playing cello at nine years old and ever since then fell in love with music. From there she starting picking up the guitar, bass, drums, trombone, and any instrument she could get her hands on. Read More

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Kyle Ward

Guitar | Bass

Kyle Ward is a multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer from Monmouth County, NJ. He has played guitar for around fourteen years and also plays drums, bass and sings. Read More

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Brandon Flynn

Guitar | Piano

Born and raised at the Jersey Shore, Brandon has recently returned to New Jersey after graduating from Belmont University in Nashville this past spring with a degree in Entertainment Industry Studies.  Read More

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Amanda Austin

Vocals

Soprano and passionate voice instructor Amanda Austin collaborates regularly with artists of many varying genres and styles. Whether performing with Wynton Marsalis in Abyssinian Mass, recording back-up for Lauren Hill or opera with Albany Records, Amanda brings her knowledge of the voice and bel canto singing/breath technique to every performance. Read More→

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Jose Loo

Piano | Vocals

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Joe Riccardello

Ukulele

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Justin Bornemann

Bass | Guitar

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Kate Crowther

Guitar | Vocals | Bass

Kate has been the singer/songwriter/ guitarist for the hard rock band Vextion, singer/guitarist in the Christmas band The Mighty Tree Toppers, and is also releasing a solo album under her name, Kate Ortiz. Read More→

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James Kivlen

Banjo | Guitar | Bass

James comes from Brooklyn, NY. He served as music director for Barefoot Shakespeare Company for five years and now performs with his folk band Crooked Thumb.

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