School of Rock Elmhurst’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Elmhurst music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Tommy EvansGuitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher
Emanating from the windy city of Chicago, IL, Tommy Evans has been immersing himself in rock and roll culture and technique for 10 years, striving to conquer any instrument in front of him. In 2009, he conceptualized the rock band Secret Colours. Since then he has led them around the US landscape performing at notable venues such as 1st Ave in Minneapolis, Lincoln Hall in Chicago and Pianos on the lower east side of Manhattan. He has gigged in the festivals Austin Psych Fest and SXSW. Some of his songs have been featured in the TV shows "Graceland," "Royal Pains" and "Californication." Concurrently, he has worked with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Gomez, Sage Francis, Iron & Wine) to sharpen the edges of Secret Colours' sophomore album, "Peach."
He graduated from Colombia College with a BA in Audio Design and Production. There he worked in real studio environments, becoming efficient in a range of analog and digital recording platforms.
Collin BullockGeneral Manager
Collin A. Bullock was born in Champaign, IL back in the dark, synth-laden days of the 1980s. He started playing guitar at the age of fifteen in an attempt to impress girls. The results have been mixed. He played in rock and roll bands through high school and college, toured the Midwest in a van that smelled terrible and played more power chords than you can shake a stick at. He once knew how to play the entirety of "Angel Of Death" by Slayer, but he has since forgotten it. His favorite guitarists are Billy Corgan, David Gilmour and Johnny Greenwood. Collin likes effects pedals and teaching kids how to rock! Collin currently plays bass in the band bloodmoney who actively gigs and records in Chicago.
Jake Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist that is active in the Chicago music scene. He started playing guitar when he was eight years old and since then has picked up various other instruments to add to his repertoire. His list of instruments include guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, ukulele, banjo, various percussion instruments and vocals.
At 12 years old he started his first band. He has played around the country and has toured Europe with his former band Future Monarchs. This same band has recorded an EP and LP that was produced by Pat Sansone, a member of Wilco.
Currently, he is working on recording a solo album at his studio in Logan Square. Some of his favorite artists are The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Zombies, Curtis Mayfield, Tame Impala, UMO, Human League, Talking Heads, OMD, Radiohead, The Impressions, The Ramones, Agent Orange, The Pixies, Simon and Garfunkel, Curt Boettcher and Al Green.
Maddy MarsanGuitar Teacher, Singing Teacher
Maddy Marsan is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter and oboist who just finished studying music from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. With the use of a two-channel loop pedal Maddy turns into a vocalist, guitarist, oboist and drummer. In her songs she strives for the oboe to be used in the limelight to experiment with the sound of mixing classical and folk genres. She also performs the same solo music with a full band along with a double reed quintet. Aside from her solo music Maddy is the co-leader and singer of the funk Champaign-Urbana based band Square Donuts and steps in on backup vocals/oboe with Chicago punk band Engine Summer. Maddy is now moved back to Elmhurst, her hometown, excited for performances, collaborations and more recordings in Chicago while teaching and inspiring young rockers.