School of Rock Louisville’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Louisville music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Billy McNicolDrum Teacher
Billy McNicol is carrying on his family’s musical legacy in the Louisville scene. Billy recently returned from Los Angeles, where he worked as a solo artist, studio musician and private music instructor for 13 years. While in Los Angeles, Billy shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business, including Tool, Wu-Tang Clan and 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chuck D. from Public Enemy and Immortal Technique. He has played at renowned music venues such as The Whisky A Go Go, The Viper Room and The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Amway Center in Orlando and The Hearned Center in Columbia, MO. If Billy looks familiar, it might be because he is the official featured drummer of the University of Louisville men’s basketball team, playing at Freedom Hall during the 2004 and 2005 seasons and returning annually since then to deliver a featured performance at the KFC Yum! Center.
Billy’s uncle, Steve McNicol, fronted and played lead guitar for Louisville legend The Rugbys, best known for their Top 40 hit “You, I.” His father Robert McNicol was also a drummer and vocalist who joined forces with The Rugbys and extended versions of the band, including Sundown Red and The McNicol Bros. Throughout his career, Billy has taught drums and percussion privately and with music stores. He believes that music is a universal language, regardless of age, gender or physical condition. Billy’s philosophy is to offer a safe and welcoming environment where progress and knowledge of the percussion craft is paramount.
Patrick DenneyMusic Director
Patrick Denney is our fearless leader for all things musical. If you see live music around Louisville, then you're sure to see Patrick performing with such bands as Funkasaurus, Dr. Dundiff, The Sexy Tones, Wilder Stallions and others. He's a local musician in demand. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Patrick plays bass, guitar, keyboard and sings. When he's not performing, he can often be found recording in his home studio. Patrick holds a degree in Jazz Studies and Music Technology from Bellarmine University. He has several years of teaching experience, and he also worked in JCFS public schools directing an after-school program on digital mastering and recording, taking the kids to second place in a statewide original music competition. We are excited to introduce Patrick, and thankful for all the playing and performance skills he will be passing on to our students at School of Rock.
School of Rock Students Cover "Schism" by Tool
Kids Cover "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas
Kids Cover "Three of a Perfect Pair" by King Crimson
School of Rock Students Perform "Middle of the Road"