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OUR STAFF

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Sean Earle

Founder

Sean combined his musical abilities with his strong understanding of brand building and digital marketing to open Romeo Gold Studios in 2019. Sean's original music has been streamed on Spotify & Apple Music over one million times in 60+ countries around the world. Doing this without the assistance of a major label has given him the knowledge, experience, and optimism necessary to create an atmosphere that will help other new independent artists meet their musical goals.

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Megan Vandeberghe

Program Director & Instructor

Megan tends to be the recognizable "face" at the studio. Megan is often the first point of contact bringing new students aboard, as well as our popular showcase emcee. Holding a bachelor's degree in Musical Theater from Rochester University, Megan has performed in over 25 large scale theatrical productions, ranging from community to professional. Additionally, Megan is a versatile singer/songwriter and has independently released her original music on all streaming platforms.

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Zack Hawes

Band Leader & Instructor

Zack knew that music was what he wanted to pursue from the moment he first started playing drums at age 16. Since earning his Bachelor's in Music from North Central University, Zack has diversified his skill set from musician to passionate teacher. As a teacher, he understands that some students want to learn an instrument in hopes of performing in front of people someday, while some just want to have the knowledge of that instrument for other musical endeavors. In Zack's words "My goal is to make your goal a reality." Zack is available to teach drums, beginning piano, beginning guitar and video production.

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Melodie Mitchell

Instructor

Melodie found her passion for music at the age of 8, when she picked up the violin. Since then, she has picked up pretty much every instrument she can get her hands on, ranging from woodwinds, strings, and brass instruments, to piano and bass. Clearly an old soul, some of her favorite musical prodigies are Elton John, Stevie Nicks, and the lead guitarist of Pink Floyd. In addition to the classics mentioned above, Melodie has experience with all styles of music from classical to modern. Whether you want to learn music theory and note reading or how to play by ear, Melodie can help you meet your musical goals!

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Christian Wanner

Audio Engineer & Instructor

Meet our audio engineer, Christian. You may recognize him running sound at our showcases. Christian began playing guitar at 10 years old and was writing songs immediately. Since that time, he has become a multi-instrumentalist and has studied as a recording engineer. Most notably, Christian currently leads a band named "The Non-Professionals", a group of friends who are gaining traction in the metro Detroit area as they continue to promote their debut full length album (released 2020). It's no surprise that when he's not teaching or recording for someone else, he's recording music for himself or his band. Christian is excited to teach you guitar, ukulele, bass, or record your next hit song!

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Shane Rickman

Retail Manager & Instructor

Shane's musical beginnings consisted of playing his dad's dusty acoustic guitar from the attic at age 10, and eventually led him to playing in various cover bands around Detroit as a lead guitarist, backup harmony vocalist, pedal steel player, organist, pianist, and bassist. The grind of performing at many bars, private gigs, festivals, and venues large and small has left him with a great understanding of musical chemistry and improvisation. With several music courses from Oakland U under his belt and a solid understanding of multi-tracking and mastering, Shane is ready to help you record your next hit single!

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Sterling Primeau

Instructor

Meet Mr. Sterling. Sterling started his musical journey at the age of 3! He has since mastered 7 different instruments, his strongest being guitar, vocal and drums. In his free time, Sterling enjoys writing, reading, and recording music. Sterling is also the frontman for an 80’s style band and had been in multiple other bands in the past. Sterling constantly strives to learn more about his craft in order to become the best he can be no matter how much work it may be. Come embrace your inner rockstar with Sterling!

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Chloe Kunz

Instructor

Coming from a musical childhood, including choir for over 9 years and being in 3 of her high school’s plays, Chloe teaches acoustic guitar, piano, ukulele, and vocal here at Romeo Gold Studios. Chloe has been taking lessons at Romeo Gold ever since its opening. She enjoys indie, alternative, and pop music and was Gabriella Montez in a production of High School Musical. Chloe’s wide range of musical interests can help any and all students grow and develop throughout their musical journey.

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Brendan Kwietniewski

Instructor & AV Technician

Meet one of our awesome teachers, Brendan. His music career all started with the drums, which he’s been playing for over 15 years now!  During his musical journey, he has been part of the Central Michigan University Marching Band chips and 6th man band. He has also performed in the marching band at Monday night football games at halftime for the Detroit Lions, and even the National Anthem for several Detroit Tigers games. His interests are music, movies, film, musical theater, and Disney. Here at RGS, he can teach Drums and Piano. Brendan is ready to help musicians improve and reach their musical goals.

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Destiny Booms

Instructor

Destiny is our vocal and beginning piano instructor. With a strong passion for musical theater, Destiny is able to help prepare students for the stage with theater specific performance techniques that help them shine at their fullest potential. Notably, her students appreciate her warm approach and encouragement. Currently, Destiny is working on obtaining her bachelor's degree in Musical Theater at Oakland University and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with young beginners.

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Emily Margaret

Instructor & Open Mic Night Host

Emily has been singing since she learned to talk—from singing her song choice of 'The National Anthem' at every childhood event to performing 'Set Fire To The Rain' at her fifth-grade talent show. She has always had a love and passion for music. Miss Emily loves all of her students; she believes that a positive and encouraging attitude is one of the best things a teacher can have! Emily prioritizes singing in a healthy manner and preaches that anyone can sing!

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Porter Rice

Front Desk

Otherwise known as "Orderin' Porter," Porter manages our store and studio inventory and keeps our shelves stocked with items for purchase. Porter is also a skilled pianist and drummer and is the drummer for our current student house band.

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Cora Greer

Front Desk

Meet Cora. Cora is a multi talented musician and athlete. Cora can play piano, guitar, and catch her as the main vocalist of the band Preteen Spirit. Cora also plays four different sports including wrestling, softball, track and field, and basketball. Cora has been attending RGS for over three years now and is your girl for all your front desk needs.

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Sawyer Lackowski

Front Desk

You may have seen him on stage but now you’ll see him behind the front desk. Sawyer has been in numerous musicals including Mean Girls, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King. Allow Sawyer to be your “Prince Eric” to help you with any thingamabob or whatcha call it.

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