Joey KukuraGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Joey started learning the guitar because he was fascinated with the sounds that it made in all of the rock songs that his dad exposed him to as a kid. He started plucking around on his dad’s guitar when he was eight and shortly after his dad decided to show him how to play a few chords. His early influences included classic rock artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. From there he branched out into various other styles of music, eventually starting a progressive metal band and playing bass in orchestras. After deciding to study music in college he left his home in Knoxville, TN to join the jazz guitar studio at UNT, where he is currently working on his bachelor's degree. He’s now playing in various groups in the DFW area in styles ranging from pop to free jazz.
Alex KnaggGeneral Manager
Alex Knagg was born and raised in Dallas, TX. He has always had a deep connection with music since he was a young kid. He loves all genres of music and has an appreciation for all styles. He grew up watching his brother play in a punk rock band and thought it was the coolest thing he'd ever seen. That set the path for Alex and was the foundation of his passion for music. Growing up he spent all of his spare time going to rock shows in Deep Ellum and anywhere in Texas that had a killer show.
Alex has spent over 15 years of his life working in sales, and has over 10 years of experience with the international apparel and shoe company, Vans. He started as a store manager and quickly worked his way into regional management. Alex was appointed to Vans' Go Team, opening new stores from here to California and winning multiple awards for excellence along the way. In fact, Alex won the Sole Award, only given out to one person in the entire company each year. He has always had a passion for working with people and making everyone around him feel appreciated and valued. He loves building relationships and watching people grow, and comes from an education-centered family.
George WelderGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
With over 25 years of industry experience, George C. Welder combines a little Southern charm with a Midwestern work ethic and a whole lot of universal talent. From local bar bands to nationally touring acts, George has a wide range of experience on multiple instruments in a variety of genres. A drummer by trade, he is also a guitarist, bassist and vocalist. George has played with major headliners including Bret Michaels and Zwarte, and at stadium festivals including Moondance Jam and Daytona Bike Week. George is featured on several studio releases as a drummer and also stars in the feature film “Road to Sturgis.” Other credits include regional variety bands playing rock, country and blues, like Junk, 7Tall and Fully Loaded. Most recently he joined on with American Petty, a tribute to Tom Petty.
Genie UribeSinging Teacher
Genie was born and raised in Miami, Florida. At the age of 11 she started attending a performing arts school and fell in love with all things music. All through middle school and high school Genie sang in choirs, played bass and sang in church youth bands. After high school Genie attend Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California on a vocal scholarship. She studied vocal performance and church music. In college Genie was part of a university touring group. She had the opportunity to sing her way through California, parts of Canada and Mexico, and Seoul, South Korea.
After graduating, Genie moved back to South Florida and began working as a worship leader. She has had the opportunity to write and record on two worship albums with CF Miami. In 2015 she began touring and recording with the band Run51. In 2018 they signed with the label Dream Records and are currently working on their third studio album.
When she’s not writing, teaching or singing, Genie is hanging out with her husband, David, and their French bulldog, Napoleon. They moved to McKinney, Texas in 2017.
Nikolas ScottGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Nik Scott is a guitarist, vocalist and bassist who specializes in personalized, bespoke musical experiences. As a performance and teaching artist, he brings his blend of creativity, humor and professionalism to connect with everyone from venue audiences to students in one-on-one lessons. Inspired by Brian Setzer, Albert Collins, Led Zeppelin and ZZ Top, he brings his own unique soulful interpretation to every performance.
Nik began his musical education with jazz band, musical theater and chorus, and quickly moved on to playing in and leading worship bands in churches outside of Chicago. While serving in the United States Marine Corps in the Silent Drill Platoon in Washington, DC, he performed in venues all over the country’s capital, and after his service, he continued traveling by working as a solo artist on cruise ships, performing for audiences from all over the world.
He studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston for several years, where he continued to refine his technique and worked and collaborated with musicians and teachers from across multiple genres. He now lives outside of Dallas, where he’s active in the local live music scene, teaching all skill levels.
Saxon LewisGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher
Born and raised in northeastern Oklahoma, Saxon started learning music at the young age of eight. Like his father before him, he started out as, and remains today, a brass musician. Like many musicians, however, he picked up many other instruments as the years went by starting with bass, then guitar, and recently vocals. Saxon came from a very classical style background that spread to tastes in jazz and rock 'n' roll.
After high school, Saxon earned a scholarship for his musical ability and attended college at The University of Nevada at Las Vegas. There he earned a bachelor's degree in Music Performance. UNLV gave Saxon many diverse and interesting opportunities to perform. Some notable things included performing with a marching band at the Electric Daisy Carnival, performing on two of the UNLV Wind Orchestra's albums, founding a progressive rock band called Habit and traveling to Austria to perform internationally with his tuba quartet.
After graduating, Saxon moved to Dallas to work and experience new things. There he discovered School of Rock and has been hooked ever since. When Saxon is not teaching at School of Rock, he writes, records and performs in multiple bands in the DFW area. He plays guitar and sings in bands such as Ether After and No One's Watching. He plays bass in bands such as Astro Veil, Post Palace and Bad James.
Xander McCabeGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Russia-born, Texas-raised Xander McCabe started playing guitar and bass at 13 in Austin, TX. Taking to the world of music through lessons at School of Rock and starting bands with neighborhood friends, Xander quickly became invested in many genres and styles of playing. Since then he has performed with dozens of different acts in all sorts of genres and venues. Xander bounces from the studio to basements and festivals, including Austin City Limits, Summerfest and SXSW and has shared the stage with bands like Social Distortion, Shakey Graves and Wade Bowen.
Some of his biggest influences include players like John Entwistle, Carol Kaye and Jack Casady. He’s played with and currently plays with acts like Joey Green, No One's Watching, Gutter Cake, Boswell, Danger Dog, Skyline, Noah LeGrand, Tommy Dussault, The Dewey Decibel System and many more. Now an instructor at School of Rock, Xander teaches bass and guitar to students and hopes to help them find new ways to push themselves to be the next wave of musicians.
Collin WieseGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
An alumni of School of Rock Frisco, Collin has been playing at the Vault for over six years now. While he was a student, Collin learned to play guitar, bass, and keys, and he even dabbled in singing and drums. He also pursued the saxophone throughout high school and college. Now he spends his time playing music and working on his own personal music projects. Currently, he’s putting his love of 80s music to good use and pursuing a couple of different cover band projects.
Ethan HopeGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Ethan was born and raised in Texas. His parents are non-musicians, but lovers of Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Sabbath, Al Green, The Beatles, Steely Dan and music of the like. He grew up listening and loving these bands dearly. During adolescence, Ethan started to develop his own taste for more obscure, underground music. He would spend hours on the internet in search of new and exciting sounds. He fell in love with bands and artists such as Hella, Tera Melos, Arab on Radar, Captain Beefheart and others. Then in high school and beyond Ethan got sucked farther into the avant-garde and became smitten with the delightfully strange, yet sophisticated, music of Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Béla Bartók, Olivier Messiaen, Iannis Xenakis and other heavy, heady music makers.
At around the same time he was developing his own musical taste, Ethan got handed down a drumset from a neighbor that ended up being one of his long time best friends and musical partners. He fell in love with playing the drums and only left his drum set to eat or sleep. Two years later, his father got an acoustic guitar for Christmas and he fell in love all over again. He would spend hours and hours every day practicing both guitar and drums by himself. He ended up starting a band with friends who shared his love of music and they stuck together from 2008 to 2014. Today, Ethan plays in numerous bands of many varieties, has toured many times, played country and jazz gigs, and will take any musical gig that comes up. Music is all Ethan ever does and all he ever wants to do. He wants to share his love for this fantastic art form by teaching and showing students that it's the greatest thing on earth.
Brack CantrellBass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher
Brack Cantrell hails from the streets of Fort Worth, where he learned to love and appreciate music from an early age. A friend’s acoustic guitar sparked his initial interest, and after learning a few power chords and cover tunes he began writing music of his own. His formative years were spent recording lengthy bedroom improv jams and playing with one mediocre garage band after another. In high school, a few of his projects found mild success and he was able to tour nationally for some time before eventually attending the University of North Texas and earning a BA in Music.
In college, Brack spent time not only playing with a number of bands and projects, but also recording and producing local bands, which he continues to do today. In fact, recording became a significant part of his musical career. He has released a large amount of diverse solo material over the years under various monikers, some of which have been licensed to TV and film. Brack considers himself lucky to have taught some extremely talented, passionate kids and has been working at School of Rock Frisco since 2011.
Anthony BrownGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher
Anthony was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He lived in Albuquerque for the first couple years of his life before moving to a little speck on the map called Folsom, NM. Struck with boredom and too much time he decided at the age of 11 that he was going to learn to play the guitar with some help from a local musician. After some time he began playing country cover gigs with a local band called Colfax County Reunion.
During his later high school years Anthony developed a love for punk and, with the help of some of his childhood friends, started a band called Senseless Urgency. He also played in a ska band called Renegade Parade following high school. Anthony moved to Texas recently in hopes of growing his music career and fortunately also found School of Rock, and has been teaching here since 2016. Since moving to Texas he’s played in Noah Legrand and the Grand Slam Band, cover bands and multiple other side projects with solo artists.
Maddie BarberAssistant General Manager
Maddie started out at School of Rock Memphis at the young age of 12, where she was always being influenced by jazz, blues, country and the ever-classic rock n' roll of Memphis in the early 2000s. When she made her way to Texas in 2013 she found herself living down the street from School of Rock Frisco, and she performed her way through high school.
Though a classical vocalist at the core, Maddie's tried several other instruments, including guitar, bass and piano. Now she works at the front desk while going to college and simultaneously working on some music-related side projects. She’s hoping to eventually become an elementary school teacher due to her passion for kids and education.