Director of Operations, Curriculum & Music Manager
Curriculum & Music Supervisor
Rock & Roll Facilitator
Brennan Rock & Roll Academy was established to help children uncover and develop their love, passion and talents through the power of music. Through positive education and encouragement from kind and gifted musicians the students learn music, performance and industry skills while learning to dream bigger and believe in themselves more by gaining self-confidence through something they are truly excited about… music, the universal language. Brennan Rock & Roll Academy provides access to both real music lessons and the equipment used to create it to spirited children who otherwise may not have that access or opportunity.
The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy is open to any child 6-18 years old that lives in Sioux Falls or the surrounding area. BRRA focuses on Rock & Roll instruments: guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and vocals. Students receive weekly one-on-one lessons with volunteer instructors. As they continue to cultivate their skills, they participate in live performances in front of real crowds.
By participating in the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy, students will go through their own unique musical journey. In addition to learning to play instruments or sing, youth will learn how to work in groups and gain confidence that will serve them throughout their lives.
Membership to the BRRA is open to children 6-18 years, grades 1-12. Six year old members must have started their first day of 1st grade before they are able to become BRRA members. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion or national origin. There is no membership fee to participate in the BRRA program. Before children may be placed in our program, parents must fill out a registration form and attend our program meeting. Please note that the BRRA may charge fees for summer camps or other additional activities. We are only able to serve the children of Sioux Falls and the surrounding area through the generous support of our donors and community volunteers. With that, contributions are encouraged, but will not affect student status or placement in our program.
Chuck Brennan, a former Sioux Falls Boys Club kid who has since had success as an entrepreneur, has struck the first chord with a donation of $250,000 and has committed funding nearly $3,000,000 to provide the rock & roll program to the kids of the Sioux Empire for the next 20 years. The Brennan Rock & Roll Academy will be located in a prime location on the historic Sioux Falls’ loop. Mr. Brennan grew up near 8th and Covell, less than a mile from the Historic Loop Plaza that he built with his business partner, Keith Bergh. As a kid, he used to ride his bike up to the construction site when they were building the original Hardee’s restaurant. As the years passed and the neighborhood started to decline he was thrilled to spearhead the development project that sparked an entire revitalization of the neighborhood.
Brennan never seemed to master an instrument so he started managing regional bands at the age of 18 to quench his music passion. In early 1990 he founded and ran one of the largest Rock & Roll venues in the Midwest, the Blitz Ballroom, in nearby Pipestone, Minnesota. Brennan also promoted concerts all over the region for years and worked with a wide spectrum of National Rock and Roll bands including his good friends in KISS, Alice Cooper, and just too many to list.
Deb Rohrer brings nearly a decade of experience helping children develop a love for music to her role as the Director of Operations and Curriculum Manager of the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy. She holds her B.M. in Music Education from the University of South Dakota and her M.A. in Education from Augustana College. In addition, Deb serves as President-Elect for the South Dakota Music Educators Association and is a member of the South Dakota American Choral Directors Association. Her greatest passion is providing music education opportunities to children that will propel them to success not only in music, but in life.
Rogene Brown brings over 15 years of experience in music education to the BRRA. Along with that experience, Rogene offers an unmatched passion for music and children in her role as the Curriculum & Music Supervisor. She holds her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Dakota. Her favorite thing about the BRRA is seeing a student come out of a lesson with a look of accomplishment and joy from learning something new about music from their instructor.
Luis Martinez brings a vast knowledge of all things guitar to the BRRA. Along with being an excellent guitar player, Luis is extremely knowledgeable about guitar theory, repair, and maintenance. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, he has found his way to the BRRA through way of Las Vegas and South Carolina. The best thing about the BRRA for him is the inspiration that comes from seeing kids learn and grow through making music.