Company

Bio Picture Marc Gurley
Owner / General Manager

Marc's musical journey began at age 11 when he agreed to play drums with a band performing Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water live in front of his entire school.  The only problem was - he had never even held drumsticks in his hands!  He pulled it off on sheer will and was hooked for life.  From there he went on to play drums, keys, and sing lead vocals with multiple rock bands, where he performed countless shows accross the Southeast.  His career includes time as the frontman for the original line up of alternative rock band Dust for Life.  With DFL he recorded an album at Powerhouse Studios which went on to gain top rotation on rock radio, and he and DFL performed and shared the bill on a regular basis with powerhouse acts such as Saliva, King's X, and Drivin N Cryin to name a few.

 

Marc is a graduate of Memphis University School and went on to earn a BA in Business Management from Southern Methodist University.  He owned and operated a successful multi-unit golf retail business.  However, the passion for music never faded, and School of Rock popped up on Marc's radar once he began to explore selling the golf business.  As a father of three, Marc immediately understood the mission of SoR, "Inspiring kids to rock...on stage and in life."  It quickly became evident that Marc's unique combination of business and music experience made him the perfect fit to own and run a School of Rock.  So in 2012 he joined the School of Rock family and he was lucky enough to do it in the birthplace of rock 'n' roll - Memphis.

 

Marc is still active as a musician performing lead vocals for the rock cover band, Secondfloor Saints, but running the School of Rock Memphis is truly his dream job.  "I am so excited to bring the School of Rock to Memphis.  If you want your kids to learn music, then they need to play music.  The same way you learn a language by speaking the language.  SoR removes the shackles and isolated nature of traditional instruction and places the student in an environment where he/she is free to speak the language of music along with others who are following their own path.  This is exactly how my musical journey began over 30 years ago, and I can't tell you how excited I am to bring this concept to kids in my own hometown - where music is in our blood."

 

 

Bio Picture Gerard Jones
Music Director / Guitar, Bass, & Drum Instructor / Show Director / House Band Director / Camp Director

 

G is a music fanatic, who was inspired early on to pursue a career following his passion.

After studying music with private lessons and learning to play several instruments, he began life as a performing and songwriting musician/vocalist.  Having studied communications in college as well, he used his creative abilities to write lyrics and music compositions for the bands he would help form.

 

As the bassist/lead vocalist of SPACEMAN, he has enjoyed many years of playing shows and recording original songs. The cosmic power trio plan to release a SPACEMAN cd in the near future...  G also was a founding member and bassist of the band, Dust for Life, with SoR owner/GM Marc Gurley on lead vocals! This friendship and working relationship has led to another cool creative project called EDGEWISE as well as opening SoR Memphis!  G also has played the cover band circuit extensively on guitar/vocals with Clever Medicine, The Living Daylights, and several other bands and acoustic acts as well as the occasional theater gig!

 

As a guitar, bass and drum instructor, G has enjoyed teaching students of all ages how to play and have fun as they learn their craft for over 15 years. Now as MD at SoR Memphis, he plans to use all his knowledge and experience instructing, performing, recording and loving music at work everyday!  As a father of two talented kids,one being a musician in training already, he knows the ultimate value of kids learning how to play and perform music and he remains dedicated to giving back what music has given him!

 

Come rock with us at SCHOOL OF ROCK MEMPHIS!

 

 

 

Bio Picture Landon Moore
Bass & Guitar Instructor / Show Director

 

Landon Moore has been performing and recording professionally in Memphis for the past 10 years.  Buying his first bass guitar at 18, he immediately started playing live at various venues across Memphis.   Once he had established himself as a live artist he then ventured into the world of the studio musician.  Landon has performed with local bands such as Ingram Hill, Rusty Lemon, This Is Goodbye, Fast Planet, Jeremy Stanfill, Craig Davis, Eric Gales and many others.  He has also performed with members of such bands as The Black Crowes, Better Than Ezra, North Mississippi Allstars, Galactic, Shinedown and Saving Abel.  As studio musician he has recorded with many of the most sought-after producers and engineers in Memphis including John Hampton, Jeff Powell, Pete Matthews and Paul Ebersold.  As a School of Rock instructor, Landon hopes to bring an eclectic view of music into the minds of his students; not merely teaching them how to play the music they love, but showing them where that music ultimately came from. 

 

 

 

Bio Picture Patrick Dodd
Guitar & Vocal Instructor / Show Director

After years of honing his chops on Beale Street in Memphis, TN, Native Memphian, Patrick Dodd was recently thrust into the national spotlight as a contestant on NBC’sThe Voice. Viewers loved his signature rasping growl that echoes with soul and heartfelt rocking rhythm that Dodd displayed on stage for a worldwide audience to hear! Viewers cried "Foul" when Dodd was eliminated from the show and demanded he get on the road and tour.

 

“Being on Season 4 of The Voice was an amazing opportunity because it gave me a national fan base that otherwise would have taken years on the road to obtain. I received hundreds of emails every week from fans of the show who cannot wait for us to perform in their cities. That is pure gold for an independent artist. Fortunately, I was prepared to take the next step when I left the show. Don’t get me wrong, I love interpreting others’ songs, but I have songs of my own that I want the world to hear.”

 

While Patrick’s rocking, soul-inflected performance of “Walking in Memphis” hit #22 on the iTunes charts, he has far more musical talent than just his unique vocal quality. Although he belts an impressive note, Dodd is also an accomplished guitar player with an amazing band of Memphis Hit Men that consist of the likes of Al Gamble on B3 Organ, Landon Moore on Bass, and Pee Wee Jackson on drums.

 

Patrick and his band have been influenced by such gifted players as Gregg AllmanThe Black CrowesThe Black KeysGov’t Mule and Derek Trucks along with soul icons like Steve Wonder and Ray Charles. The group gets every room moving, from the first note to the final guitar flourishes.

 

Patrick Dodd debuted in the late 1990’s, a young guitar maverick on Beale Street. He quickly became a favorite, but soon opted for early retirement to focus on his young family. A decade passed but the music was still calling him. Blues legend and personal friendBobby “Blue” Bland called Dodd to deliver fate’s final affirmation, “Son, you got an old soul. You just got to let go and play from your heart. Don’t worry about finding someone to help you- play from your soul and they will find you.” And that they did!!!

 

Patrick once again began to play and started pulling the biggest crowds on Beale Street. He never guessed, however, that it would lead to an audition for The Voice which would result in over a million Youtube views and present his name in conversations with all the hot newcomers on the music scene

 

Patrick's debut EP, Future Blues is a contrast in simplicity and a lush fullness. His southern-styled rock and jam influenced music is cutting edge and destined for a larger audience. Future Blues was produced by close friend, North Mississippi Allstars very own Cody Dickinson with engineering by Kevin Houston (Buddy Guy, Irma Thomas). After Dodd’s Voice appearance, the recording quickly began to rise to the top of the Charts in the iTunes store, peaking at #3 and staying in the top 40 for well over a month. It also continues to have “most requested” tracks on Sirius/XM’s “Bluesville.” 

 

With a summer tour being planned and a New CD in the works, the future is looking VERY bright for the Patrick Dodd Band.

 

 

Bio Picture Tori Tollison
Guitar & Vocal Instructor / Rock 101 Coach

 

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, singer/songwriter and avid music lover, Tori Tollison, constantly fights with a strong determination to share her passion for music and performing. Not only to share her music for hope of fame, but to reach people in hopes they will love music as much as she does. Tori has a big voice and even bigger personality. At a very young age, Tori's fire for singing and performing on stage burst open, and she realized that she had this insane craving to sing and make music.

Tori has been singing and playing guitar on stage for over a decade. Since the young age of 2 years old, she has enjoyed any opportunity to be on the stage, including various types of music and dance recitals, Church plays, Lead roles in Community Theater, etc…As soon as the opportunity presented itself , she began a career singing professionally in local venues. She loves surrounding herself with musicians just as insane, creative and passionate as she is. Tori is steadily working on her career and bringing music to anyone who will listen. She can be seen regularly playing in shows as a solo act, duo or accompanied by full band in Memphis,TN and surrounding areas. She is also very active in performing at charity benefits in the area.

Tori’s students have always thrived in the atmosphere of her love of music and passion for performing for others. While teaching proper technique and skill to her students, she also shares with them a desire to love music and works on the student’s confidence and presentation to share their own live music performances with loved ones and the public.

 

 

 

Bio Picture Eric Wayne Ashe
Guitar, Bass, & Drum Instructor / Show Assistant Director
Bio Picture Zach Logan
Drum Instructor / Show Assistant Director

 

 

 

 

Bio Picture Robinson Bridgeforth
Drum Instructor

Robinson Bridgeforth, a native of Memphis, TN, is a gifted and well versed drummer whose love for his craft and the art of music surpasses words and transcends into a realm of feeling and understanding. Robinson began playing drums at the age of two, performed on the legendary Beale Street at three, began reading music at four, and the rest is his-story and the grace of The Creator.

From 2010 to mid 2012, Robinson had been traveling the country and performing with the frat party band Speakerboxx led by talented artist Cayerio. Since then he has taken the seat playing behind Grammy nominee and Dove award winner Mr. Del (formerly of the Oscar winning group Three 6 Mafia), Lovers Rock Band (Sade tribute band), and Nashville artist Todd Foley and Black Horse. In his time off, Robinson is working with good friend Mike Sweep (up-and-coming artist and music extraordinaire!!!) and the developing band REACH, both out of Memphis,TN. REACH is the embodiment of a 'fusion band' with its' players coming from different backgrounds in music, as well as culture and life. The band's members consists of Greg Langston and Alex Morgan both on guitar, Zechariah Frink on bass, Zach Nixon on saxophone, and Robinson on drums. REACH is in the process of finishing up their long awaited EP which will be available soon.

Robinson is a huge advocate for, and pushes the importance of, mastery of ones craft. "What we do as musicians, and especially as drummers, is something very ancient and important to life. How can you be effective if you don't know have an understanding of what you're doing?", Robinson states quite often. With that being said, Robinson is available for percussion lessons (private or group) and percussive teaching positions (during and/or after school programs). If you would like to have Robinson perform on your project, as your drummer, or as a private/group instructor, school percussion teacher or band assistant, please feel free to contact. Contact information will be in the designated area.

Peace, Love, and Blessings!

 

 

 

 

Bio Picture Myra Patterson
Guitar & Vocal Instructor / Rock 201 Coach / Rookies Director

Education: MA in the Humanities, University of Chicago, 2008 BM in Music Education, Appalachian State University, 2003 Myra Ann Patterson has performed on guitar, violin, fiddle, viola, and cello in a variety of genres and has fourteen years of experience bringing the joy of music to students aged 4 to seventy. Myra recently relocated to Memphis from Chicago, where she taught at the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute and studied ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago. Her master’s thesis grew out of fieldwork on the Chicago blues scene, where she performed as a guitarist and violinist with Billy Branch, James Wheeler, and Mary Lane. Previous to 2006, Myra served as principal viola of the Appalachian Symphony and Appalachian Chamber Orchestras, violist in the Hayes String Quartet, and section viola with Western Piedmont Symphony and the Symphony of the Mountains. She performed as a violinist with the High Country Klezmorim and Lees McRae Summer Theater, and taught viola and fiddle at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where she performed with the Artesian Quartet and the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra. Her teachers include Nancy Bargerstock, David Yonan, Simon Ertz, Glenn Muegel, Russell Fallstad, Andy Page, and Ken Lurie.

Bio Picture Hank Parks
Guitar & Vocal Instructor

Hank Parks is a lead guitarist, vocalist, and audio engineer. He has an extensive background in all genres of hard rock, blues, and new age country and has been playing and performing music since the age of 12. He has worked alongside some amazing Memphis based rock groups and blues performers, singer songwriters, and hometown country/cover artists throughout his career. He is currently working on many diverse and amazing projects within the music community, and he keeps up a busy local gigging schedule. He was lead vocalist/lead guitarist for “Shade of Daze” at age 15, lead vocalist/guitarist for hard rock groups “Seven Hill City” and “Take Avery” from ages 17 to 21, lead guitarist/backup vocalist/co-writer for Ben Chism Band (2012-2013) touring in TN, OK, OH, FL, AL, NC, and MS. And he is currently lead vocalist/lead guitarist for the rock and roll band “Daily Vegas” and singer/songwriter/co-writer for “Hank Parks” (his personal acoustic guitar project). "Music is my life!"

 

 

 

Bio Picture Alex Greene
Keyboard, Guitar, Mandolin, & Ukulele Instructor / Rock 101 Coach / Rock 201 Coach

Alex is a composer and songwriter, and currently the leader of the all star jazz band, The Rolling Head Orchestra. Having studied electronic music in college, he went on to play piano, organ, synth, and guitar in bands around Memphis since the mid-1980s. I was a founding member of The Reigning Sound, and played on their first 4 studio CDs. The Reigning Sound, plus Jack Oblivian, were also known as The Compulsive Gamblers and there was a fine CD of their live shows released by Sympathy for the Record Industry. He also led groups called The Weeds and Rinderkinder in the 90s, and put out some singles on Loverly Records. This is all around Memphis, Tennessee, but he was born near Memphis, Nebraska. Good bait shop there. He's also played with Harlan T. Bobo, Doug Easley, & Tim Prudhomme as one of The Luv Clowns, released on Goner, Jr. Records. 

I co-founded Big Ass Truck and played on that band's first CD. Our recent reunion was a popular event in 2014. Other people I've played and recorded with: Tav Falco & Panther Burns, Alex Chilton, Impala, Linda Gail Lewis, Jim Dickinson, and Iggy Pop. And I play with my beautiful, talented wife, Lorette Velvette. We write songs together, most recently to be found on "A History of Memphis Garage Bands: the 1990s". She and I are regular players in a NYC group called The Kropotkins. The legendary Moe Tucker (Velvet Underground) was in that group for a NY minute. I scored a nifty little flick called "Olympia", directed by Robert Byington. Most recently I scored the documentary "Citizens Not Subjects! Reawakening Democracy in Memphis," made by Verissima Productions.  I also grow vegetables, write, and teach anthropology.

 

 

 

 

Bio Picture Marisela Ronca
Keyboard & Vocal Instructor

Music has been apart of Marisela’s life all of her life. Her mom loved to sing and always encouraged her to sing as well. Her uncles were in bands that were well known in Mexico. She has been singing since she was in diapers. Her first performance was at the age of two in front of her elementary school. Michael Jackson and Selena Quintanilla are her main influences. From there she went on to perform all around San Antonio, TX at many festivals and churches. Marisela started learning piano at the age of eight and loved it. She performed at the Riverwalk in San Antonio a few times and even did competitions. Music is her passion and she could not imagine life without it!

 

Marisela went on to college and did one year at Baylor University. From there she came here to Memphis to Visible Music College where she majored in Worship Leading with a vocal emphasis. She never imagined leaving Texas but God had other plans in mind. Marisela was so excited to be studying music in Memphis, the music central! She met her husband at Visible and they were married this past July. She heard about School Of Rock in March and was so excited to work with kids and to share with them her passion for music. She believes that learning music is so rewarding and it shows kids how much determination and dedication pays off. 

 

 

Bio Picture Nao Glover
Vocal, Guitar, and Keyboard Instructor / Rock 101 Coach

Naø was born and raised in a rock n’ roll family in St. Louis, Missouri. She has been in Memphis for the past 3 years studying at Visible Music College, working toward a bachelor’s in songwriting, with a vocal emphasis. She started playing guitar in sixth grade, and picked up bass and piano along the way. Growing up with a headbangin’ dad, music was an inevitable piece of her life. His guitar skills inspired her music and he is now an audio engineer, recording and producing her latest EP. She played in a youth worship band for 7 years, leading for 3 of those. She is currently playing guitar for a worship team at the Kroc Church, and is the lead vocalist in a local hard rock/metal band, Eleutheria.

 

Eleutheria plays locally with other hardcore bands in the area, and also pick up the occasional worship event. Their vision is to be a voice that speaks freedom, through music and through message. The music is heavy and the message is passionate, all to make the connection we crave as artists.

 

From sweet melodies to wailing high notes to brutal screaming, Naø loves exploring every angle of proper vocal technique. Her main instructors include Charlee Graham and Dr. Ashley Keith Davis. She will never stop learning and never stop exploring the potential in her own voice, as well as encouraging the potential in others’ music. Rock and Roll is the foundation she’s built her love of music on, and will forever be her heartbeat. 

 

 

 

 

Bio Picture Erin Kulinski
Studio Coordinator

Having been raised by two musicians, it's not surprising that Erin became one herself. She's been singing since the age of 7 and has been heavily involved in the performing arts most of her life. Currently she is a music business major at the University of Memphis on a full tuition vocal scholarship, where she performs with the top choirs and studies individual voice with Professor Evan Jones. After school, Erin hopes to become a talent scout and discover the kind of talent School of Rock produces.