Jay Locke Drum Teacher
Jay Locke is a professional drummer out of Knoxville, TN. Raised in the Bronx, NY, Jay showed an early passion for rhythm and art. He got his first taste of percussion through learning the xylophone in a third grade after-school music course. Moving back to his birthplace of Maryville, TN in early 2001, Jay began teaching himself to play the acoustic kit at his church. This began his musical journey, which would lead him to begin dabbling in country, rock and eventually metal and to form his current project Victims of Euphoria, a nu metal group that performs regularly in Knoxville. Still rooted in gospel, Jay is a volunteer musician for Faith Promise Church and has recently become a certified drum coach. In 2012, Jay found his passion for playing drums extended to showing others how to play as well, thus beginning his teaching career to date.
Bob Dean Drum Teacher
From Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Bob started playing drums when he received his first drum kit from his older brother at age 6. His first pro gigs were at age 15. He has done studio work and performed in various bands playing standards, shows, jazz, blues and rock for close to 40 years. Jazz notables he has played with are Duffy Jackson, Othello and Randy Bernsen, all of whom collaborated with Jaco Pastorious. Bob was a “pick up” drummer for the 50s group The Platters and two Elvis impersonators. He was also fortunate to jam with blues artists Tab Benoit and Ronnie Earl. The band he played with in Florida, The Regulators, opened for WC Handy Award winners Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers and Chicago Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor. He also instructed middle and high schoolers in percussion and music theory and earned tuition in the Broward Community College President’s Honors Band.
In Knoxville TN, his band mates have nicknamed him "The Time Machine." He currently drums full or part-time with the jazz fusion band Spectrum, Left Foot Dave & The Magic Hats (horn-infused blues), The Reigns Band (classic rock and originals), The Jonny Monster Band (power trio original blues), Groove Junction (soul, rock and blues), Mighty Blue (soul, rock and blues), The James Seaton Trio (unplugged acoustic), Mystic Rhythm Tribe (Southern rock/improvisational), Elixir (Latin, jazz and pop) and many other local performers.
Bob has been married for 22 years to his wife Suzanne, and they have teenagers Tommy and Hayley. In his spare time, he enjoys recording music projects.
Will Doran Piano Teacher
Will Doran is a professional keyboardist who's lived in the Knoxville area since 2012. He has a master's degree in Music from UT and a bachelor's from James Madison University. Besides that, he's played in a wide variety of bands and ensembles over the years, ranging from pop cover bands to reggae groups, jazz trios and classical ensembles. In addition, he has more than eight years of experience teaching piano to students of all ages, young and old. Will loves teaching and seeing his students grow to understand and love music through his lessons. He is a piano teacher at School of Rock Knoxville.
Eli Cruise Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher
Elijah Cruise is a professional musician, producer and vocalist who currently fronts the indie-pop band Night Colors. He has played keys for multiple projects, such as The Fifth Woman at Bonnaroo and Joey Jennings in Knoxville. He is also fortunate to work in the congregational music sector with both OneLife Church and Faith Promise. Elijah is School of Rock Knoxville’s very active vocal instructor, however he also teaches introduction to keys, bass, guitar and songwriting. These skills have made him a sought after performer and teacher in the Knoxville area and beyond.
Tanner Rutherford Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher
Tanner Rutherford is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer who teaches keyboard, vocals, guitar, bass and drums at School of Rock Knoxville. He studied music theory in college and played both guitar and drums in Duke University’s jazz ensemble. Since moving to Knoxville in 2014, he has been heavily involved in the Knoxville music scene. While writing and producing his own original music, he has played in many other Knoxville bands including The Holifields, Night Colors, Jaymison, Soft Seven and Brit Lit among others, as well as being a support musician for many Knoxville singer-songwriters.
Dexter Webb Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher, Drum Teacher
Dexter has been involved in music since a young age through dance and theater, where he was the lead in "Jem and the Holograms." Dexter teaches strictly country music at School of Rock and is avid about his craft, specializing in not just traditional country, but specifically bro-country and the genre-crossing country/hip-hop sector. At this time, our instructor is currently touring the country with The Hollifields and The Crumbsnatchers, as well as with Asia and RuPaul tribute bands.
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.
Donna Lewis Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher
Donna Lewis is a singer and songwriter from Portland, OR. She has led worship for various congregations and retreats, as well as performed lead vocal work for classic rock bands. As a private music instructor since 2006, Donna has taught all ages, from pre-school to retirement, the craft of music and the art of performing. Specifically, she has worked in the areas of piano, voice and theory. It is her greatest joy to see her students learn, grow and prosper, both in life and the use of their instrument. Donna is a published author and, when not making music or writing, she is an avid motorcyclist, cruising the Smokey Mountains on an Indian Scout. She is a vocal instructor, piano teacher, Little Wing teacher and Rookies teacher 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.