Wooloughby McGreggor Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Charles' love for music first began in 1993 when he started playing bass, which led him to a deeper understanding and love of all things music. He has performed live and recorded with a variety of bands, spanning styles such as classic rock, modern rock, jazz, funk, country, folk, pop, jam band, rockabilly, punk, metal, oldies, R&B, soul and blues. Charles enjoys sharing the knowledge he has gained over the years as a musician and looks forward to helping develop the next generation.
Cameron Moore Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Growing up in Memphis, Cameron learned to play guitar, bass and cello beginning at age nine. By 15, he started gigging with jazz/funk/rock groups around town. His main instrument is the electric guitar but he is able to play/teach bass. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in May of 2016. He's been giving private lessons now for two to three years. Bands he plays in around town include Three Star Revival, Cumberland Station and Granpa's Stash, as well as his own group called Milkshake Fatty.
Dustin Hurt Guitar Teacher
Dustin Hurt is from a small farming community in central Illinois. His love of music began in fourth grade when he began playing trumpet in his school's concert band. Around the time he was 12, he picked up the guitar after hearing the sounds of Green Day and never looked back. Dustin has played in several bands and has experience as a musician, performing and recording jazz, classical, classic rock, heavy metal, punk rock, Christian rock and everything in between. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Knoxville.
Eric Cutshall Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Eric Cutshall brings to School of Rock Knoxville nearly 40 years of musical experience, including over 30 years as a teacher. Eric has a certificate from the Musicians Institute of Hollywood, and is the author of several music publications available through Amazon and other outlets. In additional to bass, Eric has studied and is fluent in guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, and lap steel guitar. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and ukelele teacher.
Paul Seguna Drum Teacher
Paul Seguna is a multi-instrumentalist from Knoxville, TN. Originally from Allen Park, MI, Paul has over 20 years of playing experience with a specific focus on drums. He spent a few years studying music education as a Percussion major, but is currently majoring in Audio Production Engineering. Paul performs locally and in the southeast US with bands of many genres and styles, reflecting his own diverse and eclectic musical interests. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Knoxville.
Natalie Lawson Vocal Instructor
Natalie Lawson was born in Powell, Tennessee. She has moved 16 times and came back to her hometown in Knoxville about four years ago. She’s been singing and performing for over 15 years. She’s currently a student at Pellissippi State, majors in Music and intends to move onto Business. When she’s not working with the students, she’s doing gigs all over East Tennessee with a duo partner who accompanies her on guitar. She performs all types of genres like jazz, blues, classic rock, folk, country and even some reggae. Natalie loves The Beatles. Paul McCartney and her dad are her biggest inspirations. Her dad used to do Elvis impersonations on television when he was her age and her mom was also always performing. She definitely grew up in a musical environment. She’s had experience working with all different ages of children, previously being a preschool teacher. She’s now also directing the Thursday Talking Heads group and has so much fun with the kids. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Knoxville.
Joey Torres Guitar Teacher
Born and raised on the island of Puerto Rico, Joey Torres started taking classical guitar lessons at the age of 12. He quickly moved on to electric guitar and started taking lessons at a local music school. By the time he was 15 years old, he was giving lessons at the same music school to entry-level students. Upon graduating from high school at age 17, he began a Music Education degree at the Inter-American University of San German in Puerto Rico. After a couple years he moved to Boston, MA and attended Berklee College of Music, this time in pursuit of a Music Production degree. After a couple semesters at Berklee, he moved back home to Puerto Rico and eventually landed in Tampa, FL, where he played with local bands all over the tri-county area of Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater. He worked at musical outlets. He eventually decided to continue his musical studies and attended the University of Southern Florida under a Jazz Studies degree, and spent three years working and studying under that program. Over the years he has played, recorded and toured with countless bands and artists in the Tampa Bay area. In 2018 he relocated to Knoxville, TN, and is currently playing in a couple different local Knoxville bands. He is a guitar teacher and show director at School of Rock Knoxville.
Paul Hayes Drum Teacher
Paul Hayes is a diverse percussionist who has played in a variety of musical settings including orchestral, concert band, jazz, percussion ensemble, world percussion and church music. He is the Percussion Professor at Pellissippi State Community College where he teaches percussion, drum-set, and directs the Percussion Ensemble. He is member of the PAS World Percussion Committee. He also teaches drum-set at School of Rock and directs their Rock 101 performance group. He performs as one half of the Unfiltered Duo, a percussion and clarinet duo, with Amy Humberd. He also performs various freelance gigs in the Knoxville area.
He has played with the Oak Ridge Symphony, Wheaton Symphony, Maud Powell Festival Orchestra, Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Community Orchestra, and Lake Junaluska Orchestra.
Paul received his Associates of Arts from Illinois Valley Community College in 2005, Bachelor of Music Performance from Lee University in 2012, and his Master of Music Performance from Lee University in December 2015.
At Lee University he performed with the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. During his time at Lee he also performed with the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra, Lake Junaluska Orchestra and performed various freelance jazz gigs.
BRIAN LEE Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Brian has a solid history as a performing musician in Knoxville starting with Bad Weather Blues in the mid 1990’s which was a solid house band for Baker/Peters and other venues in Knoxville. Brian has also played with The Royal Hounds (local rockabilly band) and is an accredited guitar teacher with 20+ years teaching experience in the Knoxville/Oak Ridge area. He is completely obsessed with everything Jimi Hendrix, and he is an avid Led Zeppelin vinyl collector! The rock/blues band Brian founded, AlienLoveCharm, is active in Knoxville, and he is also lead guitarist of Soul Finger, a funk band which plays throughout East Tennessee.
Nick Horner Singing Teacher
Nick Horner relocated Knoxville after a 7 year stint on the NYC music scene. His songwriting, arranging and production can be found on over 30 full length projects spanning across all genres as a part of recording teams with legendary engineers such as Ron Allaire (Keith Richards), Jon Rosenberg (James Moody, John Zorn, Bill Frisell) and with Beehive Productions (Folk Alley on NPR).
As a performer, he has played on countless national festivals including The Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Lincoln Center’s Caramoor Roots Festival and shared the stage with artists such as jazz legends David Liebman (Miles Davis), Sheila Jordan, avant-garde artists such as Martin Schmidt (Bjork) and Ethel, jazz fusion band Kneebody, contemporary artists Tracy Bonham and Boris Pelkeh (Gogol Bordello), and bluegrass artists such as Patrick McAvenue (Dailey and Vincent). He also wrote and performed the theme song for the United Nations’ Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador (held every 20 years) for 50,000 attendees with his band, Nick Horner Family.
As an educator, he has taught songwriting workshops across the country including work in summer camps as a Music Ascension educator. He has also sent students to regional and state festivals, including the PMEA All-State Vocal Jazz program in Pennsylvania.
He is also the founder of Porch Stomp, NYC’s largest free folk music festival, as well as Make Music Knoxville, the Knoxville chapter of Make Music Day which brings free music all across the globe every June 21st.
Nick received his Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance at Bucknell University.
Michael Peng Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher
Michael Peng is a professional performer and educator who was born in Oakridge and has known the Knoxville area his entire life. Michael started learning piano when he was 9 years old, and started singing when he was 12. Since then, he's joined a variety of professional choirs, musicals, and operas in shows such as Into the Woods, Carmen, and the local Forbidden Knoxville. These opportunities included travel abroad to perform, and Michael has studied and performed in Brazil and Hungary as part of his music career. Most recently, he has returned from China, where he performed and taught music both one on one and at an international school.
Michael has a Bachelors in Vocal Performance and a Masters in Music Education from UTK. He has 9 years of experience teaching music lessons both one and one and to groups. Michael currently works as an elementary music teacher as well as a voice and keys instructor at School of Rock Knoxville.
Scott Fugate Drum Teacher
Scott has recorded drum tracks for songwriters, bands, and producers worldwide from his home studio since 2008. Scott been playing live and worked on countless sessions since age 11. Scott likes to focus on, but not limited to rock, hard rock, indie, and acoustic styles. He has played in many live bands both national and regional, and is currently the beat for the Fine Colombians, a Steely Adam Tribute band.
Mj Upchurch Drum Teacher
MJ had a pair of drumsticks in his hands at five years old, starting on his dad’s old mix-matched set of Ludwig drums. He played his first professional gig at the age of sixteen, played in the high school marching band, and moved on to rock bands in college. He has played for live theatre shows, and has performed 6 sets per day on a cruise set. He moved to the thriving live music scene of Austin, TX and played in pop, country and blues bands around the area, including audio/visual production for events like SXSW. MJ returned to the East Coast this year, and would like to use his experience and passion for music and drums to help inspire other up and coming musicians.
Tobias Campbell Drum Teacher
Tobias is a multi-instrumentalist with a primary love for drums. A self proclaimed renegon (punk d-beat) professional, Tobias plays all genres but has a special focus on punk and rock drumming. Joining Pop Punkers On My Honor in 2012, Tobias moved to East Tennessee from Boise, Idaho pursuing a career in music. Tobias currently plays drums in the Knoxville local Hardcore band DYI, and is a drummer for hire for studio work. Tobias also plays guitar in pop rock outfit, No Cure For Death. From touring at age 5 to studio work starting at age 17, Tobias is an accomplished drummer with a passion for teaching and encouraging younger and inexperienced drummers to get out and play.