Rock Band Faculty

Anthony Bloch (Drums) graduated from UW-River Falls with a Percussion Performance degree in 2006 where he studied under the direction of David Milne, Patti Cudd, and J. Michael Roy. He has also studied drum set with Phil Hey (University of Minnesota), David Stanoch (McNally Smith), Steve Goold (Owl City and Sara Bareilles) and Peter O'Gorman (McKnight Composer Fellow and Author). Anthony has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Bob Mintzer, Sweden's Lars Jansson and opened up for saxophone legend Ernie Watts. Anthony was an active performer and educator throughout the Twin Cities and Wisconsin from 2004 - 2012. From 2012 - 2015, Anthony worked for Norwegian Cruise Line in Hawaii as a drummer, bandleader and music director where he performed regularly with RCA recording artist Toby Beau, songwriter Steve Williams (wrote number 1 hits for George Strait and Craig Morgan), and legendary Hawaiian producer/arranger Kata Maduli (produced and arranged "Over The Rainbow" by IZ).  Anthony has been teaching private studio lessons since May of 2004. He has been a faculty member at the Shell Lake Arts Center since 2007. He is proficient in several styles of drumming including Rock, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Blues, Funk, Bluegrass, etc. Anthony teaches trap set and orchestral percussion such as xylophone, marimba, and timpani. Anthony currently lives in St. Paul where he performs regularly as a bandleader with Riverside Entertainment. Anthony also teaches percussion at The Music Connection in Forest Lake, MN. 

Dustin DeGolier (Guitar) is a freelance musician serving Northwestern Wisconsin. He achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in jazz guitar from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A native of Cumberland, WI, Dustin began studying guitar and music theory with Manfred Schonauer at age eleven. In addition to receiving the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, he was selected twice to perform with the Wisconsin State Music Association Honors Jazz Band during high school. Since then Dustin has studied with Billy Barnard of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, as well as UW-Milwaukee’s Pete Billmann, Elina Chekan, and Don Linke. He has participated in master classes with renowned guitarists Mark Whitfield, Bruce Forman and Julian Lage. Dustin maintains a regular performance schedule throughout Northwestern Wisconsin with groups such as The Red Cedar Hot Club Quintet, The Sylvan Springs Jazz Group, Paisan & The Family Brass and The Pipe Dream Blues Machine. When he’s not practicing or performing, he can be found teaching private lessons at the Pipe Dream Center in Comstock, WI and the Dancing Bird Art Studio in Cumberland, WI.

Craig Hara is a multi-faceted musician, educator and producer, playing Trumpet, Drums, Percussion, EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument), Guitar, Bass, Keyboards/Synthesizers and Vocals. He can be heard on recordings and in live performance with various artists and groups (Laura Caviani, Mary Louise Knutson, Charles Lazarus, David Milne, River Falls Brass, the David Singley trio, Pete Whitman, the Bad Habits Brass, Synergy, the Flashbacks, the Zebra Mussels, Zona, the La Crosse Symphony, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Asia America Symphony, the Bach Society, the Minnesota Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony, the Minnesota Opera, VocalEssence), on scores for motion pictures and television (Solstice, The Legend of EarthSea, Netforce, Chicago Hope, High Incident, Face/Off, Time Cop, Speechless, Death Wish IV), and has performed in North America, Japan, and Europe with many of the world's most eminent musicians (Leonard Bernstein, José Carreras, Amy Grant, Kiri Te Kanawa, Zubin Mehta, Itzhak Perlman, Helmut Rilling, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Williams, Louis Bellson, David Benoit, Bill Conti, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Michael Davis, Alan Ferber, Matt Harris, Mark Isham, Ingrid Jensen, Chuck Mangione, Bob Minzter, Sam Newsome, Doc Severinsen, Michael W. Smith, Mike Stern, Sarah Vaughn, Ernie Watts). Craig holds degrees from the California Institute of the Arts and is on faculty at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, the University of St. Thomas, and Hamline University.

Jason McLean (Bass) completed his baccalaureate study at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 2002, where his musical focus was jazz performance and improvisation on bass guitar.  While there he assisted in implementing an open mic program that continues today, and played in a number of jazz groups that gigged at local venues and for many on-campus events.  Jason has continued to gig with several groups around the Twin Cities area, including rock group Sepia Tone and jazz ensembles Cloud Nine and Plus One Trio.  He is also an educator at the Brickhouse Music Lesson Academy in River Falls where he provides instruction for guitar and bass guitar.

 

Natalie Wishcop (Vocals & Keys) graduated with honors from Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, Minnesota) in 2019 with a music degree emphasizing in vocal/opera performance and conducting. In college, she studied vocal pedagogy and private conducting, voice, percussion, organ, and piano lessons under Ann Frederickson, Dennis Marzolf, Mark DeGarmaux, Benjamin Faugstad, and Dr. Bethel Balge. She had many opportunities to sing with the college Jazz Band and Concert Band. She has performed and given several vocal recitals throughout her college career and looking forward to many more after. She has been a five-year member of the Ludington Guard Band in Menomonie, Wisconsin from 2014-2019 as a percussionist. During high school, Natalie attended SLAC’s Rock Band Camp four years.