Joey Kukura Guitar 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 Knagg General 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.
Alex is now part of the operations team for School of Rock in DFW and Houston along with running the Frisco location. He is dedicated to helping all schools run at a high level and ensuring every student is having the best time possible being part of the School of Rock family.
George Welder Guitar 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.
Saxon Lewis Guitar 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.
Collin Wiese Guitar 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 Hope Guitar 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 Cantrell Bass 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 Brown Guitar 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 Barber Assistant 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.
Adam Nelson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Adam Nelson was born and raised in the DFW area and grew up listening to a mix of classic and alternative rock. Adam began taking piano lessons when he was only five. After playing consistently for 10 years, he decided to learn the guitar and bass as well. Soon enough he started his first band with some friends.
Since then, Adam has performed in numerous rock bands and has even gone on several DIY tours to promote his bands' music. He enjoys performing music more than anything else and continues to be inspired by the positive power of musical collaboration and the magic of improvisation.
Taylor Dondlinger Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Born in the Arizona desert and raised in rural Ohio, Taylor’s road to musical discovery was a winding one. He moved to Dallas at the beginning of middle school, where he pursued sports as a means to make friends and strengthen his tenuous grasp of city living. However, his athletic aspirations would be abruptly halted by an old, dusty Fender Squire.
Taylor’s passion for music blossomed at an early age, deriving from his mother’s affinity for 90s grunge, but didn’t manifest itself instrumentally until the age of 14 on a friend's neglected electric guitar. He spent two impressible years at Hebron High School playing in bands with friends, but later transferred to Richland Collegiate High School, where he graduated with a diploma and an associates degree.
Since graduation, Taylor has been professionally involved in music full-time both as a performer and a teacher. He has played in numerous bands of varying genres, and has performed in several different states and venues, including the American Airlines Center and Toyota Stadium. Over his nine-year teaching career Taylor has taught a myriad of students and continues to educate and inspire those of all ages and skill levels.
Steven Guckenheimer Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Steven was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He has been surrounded by music his entire life. His dad was a touring musician for years who played drums for numerous bands including The Four Seasons, and his mom is a music teacher. He started on drums, but shortly after switched to guitar.
He co-founded and continues to play in the touring band Prophets and Outlaws. Steven’s brother is the drummer, and he met the lead singer in high school. Steven has been performing since he was 13, and he has always loved the interaction between an audience and a band. He writes many of the songs performed by Prophets and Outlaws and co-produces their records.
Steven started teaching guitar at age 16, when his guitar teacher started giving him students of his own. Steven loves sharing the gift of music with others through teaching and performing.
Marisa Saltzgiver Drum Teacher
Marisa Saltzgiver has been playing drums for over 17 years. She was section leader her senior year of high school and played on the snare line for six years. She also played in the school's concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands and percussion ensembles. Marisa has played at over 100 different venues/events, including House of Blues and Cowboy's Stadium with Sherill Douglas (international celebrity impersonator). She toured in LA and Colorado with Nate Hancock and the Declaration a few years back.
She currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and works at School of Rock Frisco as a drums teacher. She plays in an original indie rock girl band called The Roommates, a cover band named Radio Love Bus and a Rage Against The Machine tribute band called Rip the System.
Kay Carpenter Vocal Instructor
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Kay has always had a love of music. Her father plays guitar, and she was always intrigued by the instrument. In 2012, Kay started at School of Rock as a student when she was 12 years old. What started out as a fun summer camp experience turned into a lifelong love of music. While a student, she was very active in her local school’s House Band and performance groups and has been working with Rock 101 and Rookie groups for several years as an intern and instructor. She participated in countless season shows over her School of Rock career as a bassist, guitarist, vocalist and keyboardist. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Kay was given the opportunity to go on the School of Rock Continental Summer Tour. Over the three years she toured, she traveled all over the Midwest and west coast, playing iconic venues and festivals like Summerfest. She graduated out of the program in May of 2018 after six years. Since graduating, Kay has joined the School of Rock Dallas alumni band. She is currently a student at the University of North Texas, studying Advertising and minoring in Communications. She has become a dedicated and loyal staff member at School of Rock Frisco.
Kye Wonsang Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Willmer Kye Wonsang was born in the great city of Dallas, Texas, and has been a musician since birth. At a young age Kye learned trombone and played in the concert band at his local middle school up through the marching, concert and jazz bands at his high school. It’s no surprise that he gravitated towards the bass guitar.
At 15 years old Kye was riding in the car with his mom listening to Matchbox 20’s "You’re So Real" when he said, “Ma, I wanna play that…” His mom went out and bought him a bass the very next day. Self-taught and proud of it, Kye’s playing style leans more towards rhythm and lead guitar. Bands that have inspired Kye throughout his musical career are Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Tenacious D, System of a Down, Rancid and Tom Petty.
As a bassist, Kye has performed at multiple churches of various sizes for both religious and non-religious events, and has taken part in building the cover scene at Stan’s Main Street in Frisco, Texas. Currently he plays in a pop-punk/punk rock band called Nine Zero who just released their first EP, "Out with the New, In with the Old." Kye is also a member of an acoustic duo called Clark and Kye who performs 90s pop/rock/country covers throughout the entire DFW metroplex.
Jackson Cordell Drum Teacher
Jackson Cordell grew up in a household of musicians, so he started playing drums at the young age of four years old. Being a self-taught musician, Jackson taught himself drums by listening and playing to his favorite songs. He also started his performance career by joining School of Rock Frisco. It was there that he learned to fine-tune his technique and establish a high standard of playing. His main musical influences come from bands such as Meshuggah, Dance Gavin Dance, Good Tiger, Power Trip and Code Orange.
Through School of Rock, Jackson was able to start a series of bands, one of which was a crossover metal band called Lockjaw. Lockjaw allowed him to play shows in venues all across the state of Texas. He also helped establish house venues in the Denton punk scene. Through these connections, Jackson has played at venues such as the House of Blues, Three Links, The Door, The Curtain Club, Tomcats West and dozens more. He has also successfully released two EPs and many singles during his music career. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Frisco.
Conner Johnson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Conner Johnson started his venture into the world of music through singing in garage rock bands he formed with some friends from school. One of these friends would later introduce him to School of Rock Austin, where he would eventually enroll as a student. It was at the Austin school where Conner picked up bass and guitar as instruments alongside his passion for singing. During his time spent at School of Rock Austin, Conner was a part of his high school's choir program, which is where he first began studying classical style voice. By his senior year, he was singing in three different choirs on top of singing solos, and performed with School of Rock Austin's House Band. Conner currently studies at the University of North Texas and happily is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Frisco.
Kathryn Ligon Vocal Instructor
Nobody knew that Kathryn Ligon could sing until she joined her high school choir on a whim. From there on, everything really took off for her. She began singing in competitions and a variety of different types of concerts alike. In her senior year, she landed the first chair, first soprano position in the Texas All-State Mixed Choir, which was her greatest achievement in those years of her life. She also did musical theatre on the side, however, and even joined the guitar club to further her vocal expertise. It was there that Kathryn discovered the beauty of rock and roll and what her voice could really do.
After graduation, she began to push her voice further and discovered opera. She studied Opera Theatre and Music Composition at the University of North Texas. It was not until after she left that she discovered that with that kind of greatness comes the great responsibility to pass it on to the younger generation of musicians. Kathryn has been a vocal instructor at School of Rock Frisco for nearly three years and is excited to share her all with her wonderful students.