Rock Band Faculty

Paul Adickes (Vocals, Keyboard) is Music Director at Luther High School in Onalaska, Wisconsin where he currently directs four choirs. He received his Bachelor’s Degree instrumental and vocal music from Winona State University in 1991, where he studied voice with Walter Hinds and Harry Mechell. During that time Paul was featured often as a vocal soloist with the Choirs, Wind Symphony, and numerous other organizations. He was also the vocalist and drummer for the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. Paul also played percussion in the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and studied piano with Robert Hungerford.

Paul has been a choral clinician at several national and regional choral festivals, teaches private lessons in voice and percussion, plays bass and percussion for the original band Cross to Glory, and has made appearances with the Tommy Bentz Band.

Tommy Bentz (Guitar) has been teaching guitar for 20 years, playing in numerous Rock, Blues, Jazz, & Swing Bands for 20 years, & has been privileged to share the stage with top-notch performers such as Rufus Reid, Ira Sullivan, Clark Terry, Willy Porter, Ben Harper, Pat McGee & Tim Mahoney to name a few. Tommy heads the Tommy Bentz Band, his original music rock band, which has performed regionally and internationally, winning the Icelandair Ticket To Fly Beatles Tribute Contest, and is planning a "Mid-to-West" tour late this summer, covering ground from Wisconsin to Colorado. Tommy conceived, and is Owner/Operator of Brickhouse Music, Brickhouse Music Academy and Velvet Brick Recording Studio in River Falls. He has had a relationship with the Shell Lake Arts Center for many years, and couldn't be happier to sponsor ROCK BAND Camp!

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, Craig Hara, 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 renowned 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. He teaches music theory and leads the ensemble program at Brickhouse Music in River Falls, WI. Anthony also teaches percussion at The Music Connection in Forest Lake, MN.  

Kyle Bonderson (Drums) received his B.S. in Music Performance with a percussion emphasis from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in 1996 and has privately studied with Patti Cudd, Peter O'Gorman, Dan Hostetler, Marc Anderson, and Sowah Mensah.  Since 1999, he has partnered with Brickhouse Music of River Falls to offer recording services and teaches private lessons in the Stillwater/River Falls area.  Bonderson has maintained an active performing schedule with many ensembles over the past two decades.  To learn more, please visit his website at kjbdrum.com.

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.

Zeb Sears (Guitar)

Clark Thaldorf (Bass) began his music education in 4th grade taking piano lessons through high school. Starting in 5th grade he began saxophone, playing through high school and college in the Concert and Jazz bands. He served a six-year enlistment in the 451st Army Reserve Band based at Fort Snelling, playing alto and tenor sax in both the Concert and Jazz bands. Clark used his music degree to teach Middle and High School Band before taking up his current career as a Band Instrument Repairman, which he has now performed full-time for more than ten years. Clark started playing Electric Bass in college as a hobby and it has since become his main instrument. He has played with various Blues and Rock bands including Byrdzcage, Lazy Susan, and currently is the bassman for the Tommy Bentz Band. Clark has taught lessons on all of the concert band Wind instruments, but now focuses on Saxophone and Electric Bass, which he teaches at Brickhouse Music!