Mimi Mapes-McCloySinging Teacher
Mimi Mapes McCloy grew up in Old Town Chicago, surrounded by music. Her mother, folk singer Jo Mapes, was the go-to person for friends and musicians in town. It wasn’t unusual for Mimi to come home from school and find people like Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Harry Chapin or her “uncle” Shel Silverstein hanging out, sharing songs, stew and laughter in her living room.
Naturally, she started playing guitar at an early age, only to put it down for awhile to explore other genres besides folk.
She went on to work with jazz trios and several bands including Dr. Bop & The Headliners, where she was known as “Mimi Valendez,” one of the infamous Valendez sisters. From there she joined Indiana rocker Henry Lee Summer, who got a record deal, which took her on tour with bands like Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Eddie Money and Richard Marx, to name a few. During that time she also was doing a lot of studio work, including jingles for Coca Cola and McDonalds. Her album credits include John Mellencamp’s "Scarecrow," James McMurtry’s "Too Long in The Wasteland," the “Twins” Soundtrack, as well as lending her voice to other artists' recordings. Her TV credits include "The Arsenio Hall Show," and "Farm Aid ‘90."
Through all of this she managed to raise a beautiful daughter, now in college, and is really feeling the “empty nest” syndrome. She has a love of kids and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with them on their musical journey!
Her main influences (besides her mom) include Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Janis Joplin, Heart, The Beatles and Billie Holiday.
She has picked up the guitar again, and ready to go!
Steve LaineBass Guitar Teacher
Steve has been playing bass guitar for over 15 years, has 10 years' worth of experience playing in bands and six years of teaching experience. With his musical interest sparked by The Beatles, Steve began to play the bass guitar. As the years went by his influences grew from classic rock gods such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd
and Black Sabbath to more improvisational rock groups such as The Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead and Phish. Along with his love for rock n’ roll Steve enjoys blues, bluegrass, reggae and jazz. Steve has logged over 500 gigs in 15 states traveling from Burlington, Vermont to Austin, Texas and everywhere in between.
Colin OakleyDrum Teacher
From his humble beginnings banging on pots and pans in the kitchen as a child, Colin has steeped himself in the percussive arts since the age of nine. Beginning on a drum set, he soon gravitated toward orchestral percussion in middle school, added marching percussion in high school, then found himself enraptured by jazz drumming as he entered college. Continuing this trajectory, Colin focused on jazz drumming in both big band and combo settings with Randy Salman and Sandy Williams at DePaul University, where he also discovered a love for electronic music and soon began producing. Colin now finds himself playing with several local groups ranging stylistically from funk, blues and psychedelic to folk. Colin frequently gigs with Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers, an indie-folk band featuring fellow School of Rock instructor Cyrus Youngman.
Joshua PowellBass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Joshua Powell is a songwriter from Indianapolis, IN, who handcrafts a strangely literate brand of psychedelic indie rock that manages to be simultaneously socially conscious and spiritually turbulent. With over 700 shows in over 40 states under his anachronistic studded belt, Powell blends the narrative richness of American folk with a heavy dose of hallucinatory swirl and a ghost note of ‘00s-vintage bedroom indie, all highlighted in
ethereal falsetto by his purposeful, kaleidoscopic poetry. In 2017, Spotify has featured songs from his record Alyosha on their official Indie Acoustic and Writer’s Playlist. Joshua also had songs placed in Freeform’s “The Fosters,” ABC’s “Blood and Oil” and is in regular rotation on Starbucks’ official national store playlist. The band has recorded sessions with Audiotree and Daytrotter, and been covered in "The Huffington Post" and "No Depression," which described Powell’s music as “a crossroads of revival-in-the-river folk mysticism and barroom-ready guitar-driven rock with conscience and existential wonder."
Erich AndersonGuitar Teacher
Erich Anderson has been a fixture on the local rock and roll scene for over 30 years. He has played in both cover and original bands in a wide variety of styles. He has recorded albums in several original bands and continues to play shows locally and regionally.
Adam ShuntichGuitar Teacher
Adam Shuntich is a musician, band leader and firebrand fresh off the factory belts of Youngstown, OH. After years of touring, he has acquired a distinctive reputation in the region as the lead guitarist, harmony singer and longest standing member of the Indianapolis psych-rock outfit Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery. From his fully outfitted teenage KISS tribute band and the blue collar bar circuits of his radio rock hometown friends, to an outpost of a liberal arts college where classical, jazz and klezmer music sifted into the foreground, Shuntich has achieved an offbeat versatility. Immediately after acquiring his Bachelor of Arts in Music Business, he started touring full-time with the Great Train Robbery and has since played over 400 shows in 40+ states, earning a trained comfortability bred only by the road. He’s also hired his proverbial guns to Hex Mundi, Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers, The ZOU and IndyKlez. His signature electric guitar tone is widely admired and runs through a complicated chain of effect pedals into stereo amps. Since making his home in Indianapolis, IN, Adam has also happily gained employment as Music Director at School of Rock, where he teaches guitar and leads performance bands, championing the school’s goals. When he isn’t rambling the American interstate or teaching Zeppelin, he can most likely be found at a used book store building out his Kerouac collection.
Glenn DantamPiano Teacher
At an early age, Glenn discovered his love for music in its fulfilling challenges, and in its capacity as a positive outlet for (sometimes unpredictable) creative energy. Throughout his childhood and teenage years, he played piano, percussion and saxophone in his schools' music programs. Glenn continued his musical studies at Butler University, studying percussion under Jon Crabiel and Craig Hetrick, and piano under Gary Walters. In the years since college, he has played in several bands of different styles, exploring his creative horizons as a punk drummer, a folk-rock pianist and some odd places in between. He currently plays with Indianapolis-based acts Terrapin Sun and Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers.
Jarrod BrightDrum Teacher
Jarrod Bright is a multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer and producer originally from Akron, Ohio. Jarrod has been playing drums, guitar and piano for years and has studied percussion for nearly 12 years. After graduating from Anderson University with a degree in Music Business he continued working as a musician and engineer in both Indiana and Ohio. Jarrod currently splits his time between the studio and the stage both as a musician and engineer. He has worked with and currently works with many artists and bands, such as Jon
McLaughlin, Sidewalk Prophets, The Wldlfe and many more.
Russell SiminsDrum Teacher
Russell Simins is best known as the drummer and co-founding member of the internationally renowned Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, which has been together touring all over the world and the US for 25-plus years now and has released over 15 records to date. He also has numerous production credits and has worked with and played for artists as diverse as The Beastie Boys, Tom Waits, Beck and Yoko Ono. A guitarist, singer and songwriter, he's also had success as a solo artist and with his other band, Butter 08, and is also presently active with his new Indianapolis-based band, Service. In 2007 he produced, co-wrote and played on indie rock kid band sensation Tiny Masters of Today's debut LP. He's had numerous TV appearances, including on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and as a member of the "Late Night With Seth Meyers" band. He has been named by "Spin Magazine" as one of the 100 best drummers in alternative rock.