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.
Jared Merrill Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Jared Merrill started playing his first instrument 14 years ago and today has knowledge in bass, drums, guitar, piano and keyboard. Jared learned the bass as his first instrument at age 11 and played in the symphonic band from sixth grade through 12th grade. He grew up listening to The Beatles but it was the band Muse that inspired him to pick up multiple instruments.
A few years later, his dad bought a vintage Ludwig kit and he couldn't resist sitting behind it every chance that he got. He quickly developed a talent for drums which led to him playing the snare drum in his school's marching band during his senior year of high school. During this time is also when he first picked up a guitar and sat behind a keyboard. He has a love for learning chords and melodies.
Today Jared is a gigging musician with a local band named The J.O.B, and has a passion for teaching students various techniques, chords and theories for all instruments. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, piano teacher, drum teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Midlothian.
Austin Washington Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Austin Washington picked up the guitar at age 10 and soon picked up the baritone saxophone at age 11. He was inspired by bands and artists like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. By the time he arrived in high school his influences shifted towards a more jazz oriented position through groups and people like Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, Cole Train, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Chick Corea and Guthrie Govan. He also decided to pick up other instruments all while attending high school and School of Rock Short Pump.
Being highly devoted to his musical trade, he was thrust into the show program and House Band. Austin in 2015 went on to audition for the School of Rock AllStars and made it, being the first School of Rock student between Short Pump and Midlothian to join the program. He made it to Team 1 and toured from Austin, TX to Chicago, IL. Austin then went on to study music theory quite rigorously with a teacher for a year and then on his own terms, mostly through jazz mediums via transcribing the music and analyzing it. He also began to work in the audio engineering field and got work as an audio editor for various big YouTubers. He now has decided to come back to School of Rock Midlothian and impart some of his knowledge to students. It's his passion and joy to be able to spread the things he's learned about music, and he hopes to inspire every single student he gets to be better than what they are, and push themselves into territory previously uncharted. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and saxophone teacher at School of Rock Midlothian.
Mark Henderson Drum Teacher
Mark Henderson, professional drummer and educator, has been performing on the drums since 1987 and teaching the art since 1999. He has been a highly sought-after private instructor, mentoring aspiring musicians of all ages, as well as established musicians. Mark teaches in-depth drum set lessons, pulling from his own experiences and practices.
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 school and community ensemble that warranted it. This included 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 (‘00) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His work since has been primarily focused on the drum kit, through performing, recording, and teaching up and down the east coast and across the country. In 2006, music led him to Richmond, where he continues to work extensively on his craft. You can find Mark performing with a variety of touring and recording projects in and around the Richmond area, covering many genres that include rock, folk, jazz, country, funk, blues and hip-hop among others. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Midlothian.