Vinnie has been a full-time musician and teacher since 1995, and is especially patient with adult beginners. He's performed on Broadway as an understudy lead guitarist in the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp collaborative Moving Out, is currently a regular sub in the pit orchestra of Mamma Mia and has also worked on Jersey Boys. He's been onstage backing Herb Reed's Platters, Marylin Michales, and others, but most weekends, Vin rocks a crowded dance floor with party-rockers the Mulligans and/or '80s tribute act The Ronald Reagans. You might also find him replicating the mesmerizing guitar tones of The Edge with leading tri-state area U2 tribute band U2 Nation. (Yes-3 bands!!!!) Vinnie has penned hundreds of six-string-related articles and is a regular contributor of instructional lessons and transcriptions to Guitar Player and Frets magazines. Five of Vin's lesson columns were chosen for inclusion in Hal Leonard's 2008 publication The Guitar Player Book. At NYC Guitar School, Vinnie's experience in performing, writing and transcribing, have helped him design and teach the Classic Rock, U2, Heavy Metal, Surf Rock, Led Zeppelin, and Intermediate Acoustic Rock courses He also offers guidance to the Adult Rock Band performance ensemble classes. He holds a BS in Jazz and Commercial music from Hofstra and a BA in Musicology from L.I.U. In 2007 Vinnie released his solo acoustic instrumental CD Sketches for Sofia and is currently writing and performing original material with NYCGS's own Genifer Owen. He has also played on recordings by Lloyd United, The Mist, actor Chris Burke and others. Vinnie is a proud user and endorsee of Hughes & Kettner amplifiers.
Shane Chapman is the lead singer and guitarist for Brooklyn Americana band anacortes who has just released their second album. When he's not doing that, he is the guitarist and arranger for NYC's premiere Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts. Also as a performer, he was featured on the steam punk album Tempus Fugitive by The Peter Ulrich (of Dead Can Dance) Collaboration.
As a composer, Chapman has a foot in the rock world as well as the theater and film worlds (yes that's three feet). He has written music for Comfort Dogs and The Iceman Cometh, both reviewed by the New York Times which called the music "groovy" and "soncially gorgeous". More recently (as one half of the composition team - Chapman/Sirna-Frest) he wrote music for Welcome to the Gunshow: A Chekhovian Song Cycle directed by Patrick Vassel (Associate Director of Hamilton).
His most recent production credit was a single for the Songs of Love Foundation which enlists volunteer composers to write songs for children facing life threatening illness. He also performs regularly for Sing for Hope which organizes musical performances at hospitals, clinics and shelters in NYC.
His teaching credits include The Seattle Center Academy and Groundwork (an after-school program for at risk youths in NYC) and, of course, NYC Guitar School.
Chapman has taught at NYCGS since 2008 and is the author of multiple curriculum teaching students to rock for over ten years. He is currently scoring "Silent Forests", a full length documentary about the ivory trade and the eco-guards in Cameroon who fight poaching.
Chapman lives in Brooklyn with his wife Amy.