Mike Souder Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher
Inspired by The Beatles, Mike Souder started with guitar at age 11. He has extensive experience performing and recording for over 40 years. The past 25 years included teaching privately and in local music stores prior to coming to School of Rock. He taught an after school music program at X-Zone Lifespring in Midlothian. He plays advanced guitar, electric bass, keyboard and drums/percussion. He performs regularly with three bands in the Richmond, VA area as well as in Cloverhill Assembly of God church services.
Greg Elingburg Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Greg was inspired to pick up his first instrument, the drums, at the age of nine after discovering the music of Nirvana. Self-taught and playing entirely by ear, he has added guitar, bass, ukulele and some very light piano to his repertoire of instruments. Over the last 20 years, he has played in several bands covering many genres including alternative rock, metal, hardcore, punk, surf, indie rock, shoegaze, acoustic rock, prog and hip hop.
He started composing music at the age of 13 for bands and solo projects, and he has gone on to write, perform and record original compositions, scores, and sound design for plays and theatre companies in the Richmond area and Greensboro, NC. A few of Greg's musical accomplishments are co-composing and performing on a song for a music compilation of up-and-coming buzz bands that went out to radio stations across the nation and winning several Battle of the Bands competitions over the years. He has DJed and hosted a radio show for Radio Disney and has produced, recorded and mixed music for local bands.
Greg loves nothing more than seeing others become inspired and excited by music. He strives to help his students foster a lifetime of enjoyment with their instrument and stresses the importance of camaraderie in the arts. He is grateful to work with such an awesome group of musicians and be a part of the School of Rock family.
Mark Henderson Drum Teacher
Mark Henderson, professional drummer and educator, has been performing since 1987, and teaching lessons since 1999. His musical journey started at the age of nine in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, where he quickly became immersed in the music community, playing drums for nearly every ensemble that warranted it, including a nationally-recognized and accomplished marching band and Pennsylvania state award-winning jazz ensembles. Mark received his formal training in orchestral, marching and jazz percussion from the James Madison University. His work since has been primarily focused on the drum kit. In 2006, music led him to Richmond, where, today, he continues to work extensively on his craft. You can find Mark performing with a variety of touring, writing and recording projects in and around the Richmond area, covering many genres that include rock, folk, bluegrass, jazz, country, funk, blues and hip-hop. Mark has performed with some of the area's top touring and recording bands, including Jackass Flats and The Southern Belles. Mark has been a highly sought-after private instructor, mentoring aspiring musicians of all ages. He has also worked with local organizations in pursuing an objective to facilitate interactive rhythm experiences that integrate music education and expressive arts with communication, motivation and community building.
Drew Micco Bass Guitar Teacher
Drew has been playing bass guitar for over 25 years. At the age of 14 he formed his first band with his neighborhood friends and thus launched a lifetime love of playing and recording music. Over the years he went on to play bass and record with several bands in his native state of Pennsylvania and later here in Richmond. He also plays guitar, and writes and records music when he's not working at his day job as a construction project manager. Drew is a fan of all genres of rock music and can hold his own in a game of rock n' roll trivia.
Drew is thrilled to share his passion for music with the students at School of Rock and help them achieve their rock n' roll dreams.
Devin Hupf Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Devin Hupf is a nationally recognized recording artist from Los Angeles, California. He moved to Midlothian in early 2018 and has used his songwriting capabilities to inspire students to learn the fundamental skills required to be a recording artist and great musician. Music is his life and he draws a lot of inspiration from artists such as Albert King and The Band. His primary focus is being a guitar teacher at School of Rock Midlothian but he also is a drum teacher and a bass guitar teacher with a specialty with songwriting.
Ella Mort Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Exposed to music at a young age with a pianist as a mother and a rock and roll drummer as a father, Ella Mort quickly discovered that singing was her lifelong passion. After participating in numerous amounts of choirs, show choirs and musicals throughout her childhood and teenage years in Chesterfield County, she chose to go on to pursue Music Education in college. She received a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2018 and is currently licensed to teach music to any grade level in the entire state of Virginia. She has been vocally trained in all sorts of styles of music, from Broadway musicals to radio hits, to the rock and coll classics she grew up on. She is always willing to work on any sort of music that the students enjoy and want to learn how to sing with.
Ella was introduced to School of Rock right after graduating college, and has quickly fallen in love with the fun environment, the incredible and unique students, and all of the music that is created here. She is currently a vocal instructor and piano teacher at School of Rock Midlothian, and assistant directs for the large group band shows that School of Rock offers and puts on.
Eric Bandy Drum Teacher
Inspired by listening to classic rock radio at a young age, Eric Bandy became fascinated with the drums. At the age of 11 he began taking lessons and developing a passion for the instrument and playing along with some of his favorite records and bands. He was heavily influenced by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, Stewart Copeland of The Police and many other modern day drummers. After playing in a few local bands in Richmond, he moved to Hollywood to attend The Musicians Institute, where he studied drums and live performance. After moving back to Richmond in 2014, he began teaching drums and joined VA's Top 40 charting band, The J.O.B. (The Jim O'Ferrell Band). Eric has a passion for teaching students of all ages and skill levels, as well as sharing his experiences as a professional musician. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Midlothian.