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.
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.