Dominick Bersano receives Music ScholArship

Pure Rock Studios wants to send a HUGE congratulations to Dominick Bersano, the most recent recipient of North Central University’s Music Bass Scholarship! Dom prepared, performed, and earned this $2500 scholarship, and we ALL couldn’t be more thrilled! Dom plans to become a worship leader after receiving his Music Pastor degree.

Dom has been a student at PRS for 6 years now, and has been working primarily with Drew Medin. He joined PRS a beginner, and is leaving a pro ready for the next phase in his musical career! When asked about his student, Drew Medin had this to say,

“Dominick is one of the hardest working students I’ve ever had! He has the drive to learn any aspect of music the he needs in order to accomplish his goals. I’m extremely proud of the man, and musician he has become.”

Congrats again Dom… deserve it! Best of luck from everyone at Pure Rock Studios


Instrument Drive

Do you or someone you know have a used instrument still in working order they aren't playing anymore? In an effort to get more instruments in the hands of those who might not otherwise get the chance, PRS has started the Pure Rock Studios Instrument Drive! If you think you may have an instrument worth donating, swing by PRS and let us take a look!

By donating you are ensuring the future of music here in Rochester, MN! 

Instruments we are accepting:

-Guitars (electric, acoustic)
-Bass Guitars
-Drum Sets (full sets only, not pieces. electric drums ok)

*Sorry no pianos due to the cost/work to transport into homes-

Dylan Hilliker


My name is Dylan Hilliker. I have been a PRS student for over 6 years and a drum instructor for a couple of months. Pure Rock has given me so many opportunities to develop as a musician, a teacher, and a person throughout my years of drum and guitar lessons.

    I began playing drums and guitar around age 7. I picked up guitar first but it wasn’t my thing so I decided to switch full time to drums. I took lessons on and off in my home state of North Carolina. When we moved to Rochester in 2008, I was looking for a place to further my playing and my music knowledge in general. I remember hearing about Pure Rock from one of my peers and convinced my parents to sign me up for drum lessons. I started off my experience as a drum student with Ryan in the garage of his house- the birthplace of this wonderful organization.    Since then, I have been in two bands: Nicklaus Drive, my middle school project, and Dystonia, my full time high school project. With Dystonia, my bandmate Kevin and I have recorded two EPs and two full length albums throughout the course of our 4 years of high school. Releasing an album is one of the most rewarding things to accomplish as a musician and Pure Rock helped me get to the point where I was comfortable enough with my playing and songwriting to take that leap. Drew, my guitar instructor, was also one of the people featured on this last album we released.    Throughout the course of high school, I have played in my high school (JMHS) marching band, pep band, concert band, jazz band, concert orchestra, pit orchestra, and choir. Playing with all of these groups has helped me grasp the importance of listening and playing within the context of a group- a skill very much applicable to a rock band setting. Without my experiences as a high school musician, I would not have the skills transferable to a live band setting.    This year, I decided to start a music festival for teen musicians in Rochester. The event was called ROCKchester and was held at the Wicked Moose on May 15th. Eleven bands and artists representing all high schools in Rochester shared their talents with the community for a whole day’s worth of teen music and art. To see the event go from the planning stages into a full scale festival was incredible rewarding and Ryan helped me the whole way as part of my advisory board. Pure Rock also sponsored the event and had their teen group open the festival. Without the connection to PRS, I would not have had the success I had with an event that drew over 300 people in its first year!    This fall, I will be heading off to Nashville, TN to study music business at Belmont University. I would like to thank all my instructors- who are now my coworkers- for all their support and guidance throughout my journey as a musician. I plan to come home and teach in the summers and advance my career in the industry after my 4 years at Belmont. Thanks to Pure Rock Studios, I know I have the skills to succeed in whatever music industry profession I choose to pursue.


Studio Renovation


Attention Pure RockerS

PRS is thrilled to share some wonderful, exciting news with all of you! Within months we will begin a major building expansion and renovation!! After 5 years of growth in Rochester it is finally time for our dream to become reality.

Our new building will be in the same location with the expansion being added to the east (Broadway) side. The existing building will go through a complete remodel giving us a fresh, modern feel but not losing the comfortable environment you all love. Six additional lesson rooms will be added, as well as a study nook for those wanting to hang out in a more “quiet” area. The east side of the existing building will become our “Drum Wing” offering two drum lesson rooms! New bathrooms, new front entry and reception area, as well as MUCH more open space will give PRS a whole new look. The icing on the cake is our new performance area complete with staging and concert lighting. This was always our goal, and we are thrilled to see it come to be. We will finally have our own performances right here!

Adam Ferrari from 9.Square, PSC is our architect. We are exited to be working with him as his vision, as well as, his musical background aligns with ours. You may have seen his work at places like Grand Rounds, Forager, Limb Lab, and Doggery to name a few.  Adam Kramer of Kramer Contracting will be our builder. He also has a musical background. Adam and Ryan were in their very first band together as kids, and still perform together from time to time.

This awesome adventure wouldn’t be a possibility if it weren’t for every single one of you.  Some have been with us for almost 5 years now! You are our most valued customers and to you we say THANK YOU. This build is our way of showing how your money has been reinvested in you and your family’s music education.  For those that are fairly new to PRS, you’ve signed up at the right time! We are about to become something Southern Minnesota has yet to experience!

With all that being said, we have one request…..please be PATIENT with the build process. It is our goal to not disrupt lessons as much as possible. However, with a build this big things are bound to get crazy at times. Bear with us and know that in a short period of time your music lesson center will become a state of the art facility!

Thanks for all your continued business. The future looks and SOUNDS amazing at Pure Rock Studios!