Bio Picture David Rice
General Manager / Music Director

David is well versed in all things Rock! He teaches bass, guitar and even drums now and then. David also directs most of Kansas City's concerts. He can be seen (and heard!) playing around KC in his amazing bands Monarch Slaves and County Line

Bio Picture Janelle Evans
Studio Coordinator

Janelle is an essential part of the School of Rock KC team! She will always greet you with a warm smile and take care of any of your customer service needs. 

Bio Picture Matt Yates
Piano, Guitar & Bass Instructor / Show Director

"The Doctor" is in and his name is Matt Yates.

Piano and Synth master, Bass Instructor, Show Director Extrordinaire!

Bio Picture Kyle Cimino
Vocal /Guitar Instructor / Show Director

Kyle is a Kansas City legend at 21 years old. He was named KC's top rock guitarist by Banzai magazine last year and was a national finalist in Yamaha's 'Six String Theory' competition. You can catch Kyle performing around KC and the Midwest with his power trio 'CIMINO' and his country rock act - The County Line!

Bio Picture Abby Schubach
Little Wing / Rookies Director

Abby made her music debut by getting involved in musical theatre at the young age of 3, and since then, she hasn't been able to stop performing! After years of singing in various productions and choirs, she started playing guitar at age 8 and immediately fell in love. Adding to guitar and voice, she also enjoys to play the ukulele! She's been teaching at the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon every summer for 5 years, and is so excited to now be teaching at School of Rock!

Bio Picture Melissa Paavola
Vocal Instructor

Melissa is a top notch voice coach that can teach a variety of styles from rock to gospel and everything in between. You can catch her performing around the KC area fronting her band the Monarch Slaves!

Bio Picture Brandon Daniels
Bass & Guitar Instructor

A jack of all trades Brandon is well rounded experienced musician and teacher. He has played in many bands and toured all over nation. Not only is he a top notch bass/guitar insturctor he also can teach voice, drums, and keys too! 

Bio Picture Alex Bryan
Guitar Instructor

Alex "Ziggy" Bryan is the school's coolest cat. His students love his laid back, south-paw style. "Ziggy" creates monstrous kid guitarists!!!

Bio Picture Nico "Just Nico"
Drum and Vocal Instructor

Nobody can pronounce his real name so like 'Bono', 'Cher,' 'Kesha' and 'Meatloaf,' everybody just calls Nico, Nico. Catch 'Nico' and his electrifying Lawrence, Kansas based band 'Sidewise' on tour, or (if you're lucky) at a nightclub in the KC or Lawrence area!

Bio Picture James Wright
Guitar Instructor

James is truly the senior instructor of KC's School of Rock staff and turns out guitarists that are hotter than a two-dollar pistol. James is the 'guitarist's guitar player' and teacher!!!

Bio Picture Dillon Johnson
Drum Instructor

Dillon is a home grown KC drum instructor, a member of one of the world's best dance bands and about the finest & most accomlished performers that you will ever have the pleasure to hear!

Bio Picture Trevor Brown
Guitar, Bass & Voice Instructor

Trevor has been around The School of Rock for many years as a student and perenial National All-Star. His experience, knowledge & multi-instrument talents make him the ideal substitute teacher! You're in good hands with Trevor!!!

Bio Picture Joel Shipley
Drum Instructor

Joel is an experience musician with over 15 years of experience. He has performed with multiple bands including his current gig with the Kyle Sexton Band. He also has experience a studio session player and is profiecient in all styles of drumming including rock, jazz, blues, funk and country. He recently received his Bachelors of Arts from KU and has extensive knoweldge of rock and is a master of the styels of John Bonham, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell, and Stewart Copeland to name a few!

Bio Picture Thorin Pierce
Guitar & Vocal Instructor

Thorin is an alumni of the school of rock program and is well versed in all things metal as well as other genres of rock. He is the founder and guitarist for the progressive metal band “Haunting Skies”. He knows his way around a guitar as his passion for music lies in his fingertips!