Jeremy Horton General Manager, Music Director
Jeremy is the General Manager and Regional Music Director for the School of Rock Clear Lake and Sugar Land locations. He has been a professional musician for over 25 years, played over 3,000 shows and concerts and is fluent on bass, guitar and drums. He is a freelance bassist, session musician and producer for many studios and artists, one of them being the eight-time "Billboard" charting R&B artist J Metro. In 2013 they toured Africa, headlining jazz festivals and teaching master classes at schools as part of an arts-envoy program for the United States Government. You can also find Jeremy on tour with soul country artist David Grace or his band Moses Guest that has been together for 22 years and recently completed their seventh album titled "Light." Several songs from Moses Guest have also been featured on MTV's popular show "The Real World." They've opened for several great artists, such as The Steve Miller Band, Willie Nelson,
Jewel, Tower of Power, Jerry Garcia Band and many more. Jeremy comes from a musical family. His mother is a pianist and vocalist, while his dad is a bassist, guitarist and vocalist. Jeremy’s ultimate goal is to pay it forward by giving young inspiring artists something that will be with them forever, and to bring them the same joy that has filled his life with great satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.
David Hernandez Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher
David Hernandez is a bassist/guitarist from Pasadena, Texas. He started learning music in the fifth grade, where he joined the elementary orchestra program on double-bass. Since then, he has always been involved with music, inside and outside of school. He joined with the 225 Big Band jazz band and has performed with them at various venues such as Houston Yacht Club, Petroleum Club of Houston and others. He then started to play trumpet in the middle school band, while still playing with the orchestra. David has received different awards, such as solo and ensemble and regional placements in the All-Region Orchestra throughout his middle and high school years. He also placed in the All-State Symphony Orchestra his last three years in high school. He started teaching himself guitar in the summer after graduation while attending Baylor University, where he majored in Double-Bass Performance. While there, he played numerous coffee houses/open mics and similar gigs with a group of friends. He also attended San Jacinto College Central, studying Audio Engineering and Music Compositions, and still plays with the jazz band, the orchestra and for student compositions there. He graduated with an associate's and certification in Audio Engineering/Music Recording. More recently, David is writing and building his portfolio.
Aaron Williams Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher
Growing up with the influence of music in his life, Aaron picked up music at the young age of 10 when he started learning how to play guitar. Aaron lived most of his life in Hitchcock, TX. He graduated from Hitchcock ISD in 2009 as the band’s Drum Major. Ever since Aaron learned how to play guitar, he set out to learn as many instruments as he could. He's now proficient on saxophone, guitar, drums, bass, vocals, violin and more.
He studied Music and Theory at College of the Mainland and is working on his Associates Degree of Art in Music. Aaron worked as an Assistant Band Director for Hitchcock ISD from 2010 until 2015. In 2015 he was welcomed to the School of Rock Team. Aaron lives with his family and enjoys playing music, spending time with his wife and son, watching anime and playing video games. Aaron has always been involved in music, playing in a few local bands in the area. He loves to teach and spread the joy of music and the ability to pass his passion on to others.
Mike McCulloch Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher
At a year and a half old, Mike learned to play piano. His dad was a jazz player and encouraged music always. Mike's folks were also in barbershop choruses when he was growing up. He got an appreciation for vocal discipline and harmony. At 12 he picked up bass, being a huge Rush and jazz fan, and that led quickly to guitar- classical, acoustic and electric. In high school he was first chair French horn for three years. In college, Mike studied music theory and orchestral composition, with ambitions of being a film score artist. From there, he has been in over 20 bands in 30 years, each different from the last, from jazz to country to rock to metal. Mike has embraced every genre he's ever been a part of and now enjoys passing his experience on to the another generation at School of Rock Clear Lake.
Grace Rogge Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher
Grace is a guitar, drum, keys, bass and vocal instructor. She started learning music at the age of 15 years old after graduating high school. In just two years she learned how to play all five instruments, along with basic theory and reading music here at School of Rock. Grace is passionate about music and she loves to share it with others.
Lauren Ware Studio Coordinator
Lauren is a singer/songwriter, poet and guitarist from La Marque, TX. With influences such as Nicole Atkins and KT Tunstall, she strives to be the greatest songwriter she can be.
Jimmie Moore Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher
Jimmie (J Metro) Moore is a "Billboard" charting singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and poet based in Houston, Texas. Jimmie began his musical training at the age of five with individual piano and voice lessons. In middle school he began to play the trombone in concert and marching band, as well as several choral ensembles. Jimmie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theory and Composition with primary instruments in Piano Performance and Vocal Performance from Morehouse College. His self-titled debut album, “J Metro,” released in January 2011 features the Billboard singles “Alcoholic Logic” and “My People.”
Mark White Bass Guitar Teacher
Mark White is the bass player for the early 1990s rock band Spin Doctors. He has collaborated with many musical groups, including "America's Got Talent" finalists The Robotix, The Heavy Pets, Eight53 and The Free World Jazz Ensemble. As a songwriter and bass player, he also has been an active teacher in several high-profile rock and jazz schools in Houston, Texas.
Elliot Thirsk Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher
Elliot began his musical career playing piano at age six, establishing his foundation of music theory and reading. By age 11, however, he found his true passion for drums when he got his first drum set and joined his intermediate school concert band. Since then, he has studied under a variety of Houston area instructors including Jeff Carter, Charlie Carlisle and James Metcalfe. Elliot has been playing professionally since 2008 with a number of bands, playing styles ranging from Latin and jazz, to rock and hip hop. He has also performed as part of worship groups at several churches, and does session work locally as well as at Eastside Sound Studios in Manhattan, New York.
Nathaniel Allan Schweitzer Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher
Nathaniel Allan Schweitzer is a vocalist and composer from Pasadena, Texas. He’s been singing since he was three years old in the Church of Christ. He began studying music in the fifth grade as a trumpet player in the beginner band. From there on, music has taken the leading role in his life. In junior high he joined choir, getting as far as Area in the TMEA competitions, and earning multiple gold medals for in solo and ensemble. In high school, Nathan began doing musicals every year. He has performed on many stages and in many roles, from the Mad Hatter to the Fagin in Oliver at CCCT, Upstage Arts, Pasadena Memorial High School and the Harbour Playhouse.
In college Nathan began studying voice, music theory and found composition. After two years of study, he transferred to Stephen F Austin State University with a 4.0 transfer scholarship. At SFA he composed various pieces for brass orchestra, wind quartets and some prog rock songs. In 2015 Nathan went with SFA's a cappella choir to tour around various cities of Italy, ending the choir tour at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. That same year, he joined a professional musical fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, and became their chorister and conductor for a number of semesters. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2016 with honors in Po Kappa Lambda.
Now out of school, Nathan is a voice teacher at School of Rock, an elementary music teacher, a music director, a member of the Houston Symphony Chorus and a freelance composer, working on prog rock music and original musicals.
Michael Feighan Drum Teacher
Michael began his professional drumming career when he landed the position as drummer for the Dove Award-winning band Whitecross in 1991, which he is still a member of today. He has spent over 20 years touring the U.S., Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Canada and more. His recording experience includes being signed to Gotee Records, Toby Mac's label out of Franklin, TN, VIVA Records, REX Records, Starsong Records, Madisonline Records currently and numerous individual projects.
Michael has been teaching for over 20 years. He teaches Latin, jazz, funk, rock and more along with giving kids a huge sense of self-worth and confidence. He is excited to bring his performance experience to School of Rock.
Michael has performed with B.J. Thomas, Lee Roy Parnell, Barry Graul of Mercy Me, Tracie Ferrie of Boston, DC Talk Band and others. He performed this summer in Brazil for over 70,000 at the March for Jesus Festival. He recently played Seaside Festival Norway alongside Michael W. Smith and Elements of Rock in Switzerland. He has just returned from Sweden, where he was the drum instructor for Sweden’s Music Shuttle Rock Camp.
Josue Mancias Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Josue Mancias has been playing drums for 12 years and is currently a Music Education major at San Jacinto College. He is fluent in drums and various percussion for styles including rock, funk, Latin and jazz. Josue has performed in various ensembles and churches in the area. Other secondary instruments include classical voice, guitar, bass, saxophone and keys.
Anthony Contreras Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Anthony Contreras is a musician, composer and educator from Houston. He earned his B.A. in Music at Moore's School of Music (University of Houston) studying jazz. His latest works were with the band Oceans of Slumber. They released four albums under the label Century Media and toured all over the U.S. and Europe. His band toured with big acts such as Evergrey, Enslaved, Epica and Insomnium.
Jordan Wright Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Jordan has played guitar for 16 years and bass for 12. As an in-demand musician, Jordan has played in countless Houston projects including The Psychodillos, Human Instrumentality Project, MacAdams, Don't Worry ‘Bout It, and Wasi Townsend and Madlove. He has also backed several Texas artists, including Michael Shanks and Clara McVille. Jordan is audio certified through HCC, where he also studied Music Theory and Arrangement. You may have seen and heard Jordan doing the sound mixing at the legendary downtown Houston venue Last Concert Cafe. He’s worked with all kinds of artists, including Moses Guest, Ivan Neville, Carolyn Wonderland, (Dave Matthews Sideman) Tim Reynolds, Anders Osbourne, Stanton Moore, Papa Mali, Papa Gros, Eric McFadden, Jimmy Herring and countless others. Jordan loves and plays all kinds of music, but leans towards jazz and funk. He also has a background teaching in public schools and loves working with youth. Jordan is super excited to combine those passions here at School of Rock Clear Lake.
Calvin Parker Drum Teacher
Calvin's parents gave him his first drum set on his fifth birthday and he has had sticks in his hands ever since. He started playing in church as a young teen, eventually joining the snare line in high school. After receiving a degree in Audio Engineering from SCA in Raleigh, North Carolina, he made his way to Houston, Texas. At age 18 he joined his first working gig with the high-energy funk band Out of Control. Fast forward 11 years, thousands of shows and studio sessions played with multiple bands and artists, and he has progressed as a musician through the Houston music scene. These gigs ranged from small pubs to touring the whole southwest sasino circuit with cover bands. He has also been a part of multiple original groups, playing drums and providing production. He's played with bands of all genres, from the hip-hop flavored Positive Disturbance, Marauderz and CB Kings, to pop-rock acts Who is BC and Michael Flores, to country artist David Grace and many more.
Parker Sims Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Parker has been playing and loving music since a very young age. He first gained an appreciation for rock and music in general from his uncle Dick Sims, who played organ and keyboards for the likes of Eric Clapton and Bob Seger. After playing around on various instruments in his early childhood, Parker first encountered the guitar at age 12 and hasn’t been able to put it down since. After learning under local classical and jazz musicians, he began playing in local metal and rock acts as well as teaching, which he soon developed a passion for as well. He has experience playing and recording many different genres of music from metal to classical, and has logged many hours onstage as a performer.
Alyx Bridwell Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher
Alyx is a former student of San Jacinto Community College Music, where she studied Vocal Performance, Audio Engineering and Music Composition. She studied choral performance and jazz. She also studied piano, performed with the steel band, jazz ensemble, multiple choirs and the student composers organization. As a part of the SJCC curriculum, she is fluent in the recording arts, specifically Finale composing program and Avid’s Pro Tools, the industry standard in recording technology. Alyx is versatile in a wide variety of genres including, but not limited to, classical and instrumental, blues, jazz, rock, soul, hard rock and metal. Alyx is very active as a freelance musician and recording engineer. She has contributed to musicals, solo performances and events at SJCC's campus. She is currently working on a new metal project.
Justin Thompson Guitar Teacher
Justin has been writing songs for 15 years and has written or co-written over 100, 24 of which are registered with ASCAP. In 2015, he recorded a solo album entitled "Hymns for a Manchild." Many of the songs have been covered by various artists including True North, who covered “Mighty Bourbon," which charted number 40 on the folk charts. He has written in many styles but his current focus is in the folk Americana genre. Justin also has a strong knowledge base of songwriting history and has researched the topic extensively. His songwriting was featured on a PBS program called "Colores," where he gave a live performance and discussed his songwriting.
"Art of the Song," a nationally syndicated songwriting radio program, awarded his song “The Fat Man In the Golden Suit” second place in a political songwriting contest. A co-written song called “Try the Door” also appeared in the "Santa Barbara Literary Journal" as well. Justin has been performing with various outfits for the last 10 years, including a rock band called Damn Union and a folk trio called The Palace Flophouse. He toured heavily both solo and with other artists, one of which was a European tour with Gabrielle Louise as her sideman and opener.
Blake Jackson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher
Blake Jackson began playing guitar and singing at the age of 10. Growing up in church as part leader of the worship team, he led worship and arranged the music for over 300+ sermons and gained experience in other instruments such as the keyboard, bass and drums. While attending grade school Blake participated in music electives such as marching band and jazz band, where he picked up an extensive knowledge for reading music and playing saxophone. Before graduating high school, he tried to make a name for himself growing up in different bands in the DFW area and later moved to Houston to start the semi-successful band The Aftervibe, which Blake fronted as lead guitar and main vocalist. Gathering a good following around the Houston area, Blake has opened up for performers such as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, DMX, Sir-Mix-A-Lot, O-Town, Juicy J and other upcoming acts out of Houston. He also headlined multiple venues such as The House of Blues, Warehouse Live, Jet Lounge and many other iconic venues locally and nationally. While playing on the weekends, Blake was a guitar soloist in the ACC jazz band and even earned an award for Most Outstanding Player for the 2014 year. After successfully releasing four albums on iTunes, Blake continues to write and produce his own music while using the knowledge and experience he has gained through many years of dedication and love for music.