Steve McFarland Owner
Steve began his musical career at age 16 playing with bands such as Kiss, Aerosmith, Van Halen and Rush. Okay, it was air guitar, but he was a rocking pretender from an early age. Actually, if you fast forward 30 years... Steve saw the idea for School of Rock and wished it would have been around when he was young. After seeing his children take endless lessons with no motivation, the idea of getting kids on stage with School of Rock just made sense. With a sports background and having coached youth sports for many years, the idea of School of Rock was natural to him: individual lessons (practice), group rehearsals (team practice) and the show (the game). "I've always wondered why some people 'make' their kids take an instrument just because they think it's a good idea to learn an instrument. You don't hear of anyone making their kids take a sport and never playing on a team or in a game. Why make them take endless lessons with no chance to perform?" As the owner, Steve challenges his team to make sure we are enriching kids' lives in everything they do: lessons, shows, camps or just having cheese bread.
Allyssa Huff General Manager
Allyssa has had a soft spot for music since she was just a little kid, singing Disney songs at the top of her lungs. She still sings Disney at the top of her lungs, but music has played such a huge part in her life since her younger days. Allyssa has been a member of her school choirs since she was in fifth grade, then went on to perform as a vocalist with her high school's jazz band at places like Walt Disney World and in the Smoky Mountain Music Festival.
After attending Ball State University, she joined a local band and was fortunate enough to travel the country, singing her heart out.
Now Allyssa is so excited to be a part of the incredible team that makes up School of Rock. Not only because she gets to work around music, but because she gets to watch music take hold in a young person's life.
Cyrus Youngman Music Director
Cyrus Youngman has been writing songs and playing music since the age of seven. After street performing across the country and studying Music Business at Anderson University, he moved to Indianapolis in 2010 to play drums for the group Full Monte, which has since disbanded. He currently lives in Broadripple, working as a guitar teacher at School of Rock Carmel and fronting the group Cyrus Youngman and the Kingfishers.
James Pacovsky Drum Teacher
James Pacovsky is a drum instructor at School of Rock Zionsville. He has been playing drums since he was 12. He started performing live in front of crowds
with bands he formed with neighborhood friends and has since played in schools, night clubs, large stages opening for national acts, and restaurants. He has produced bands, booked shows for bands, and also manages Zionsville local school marketing. His coolest ‘gig’ was playing in front of 30,000 runners during the Indianapolis Mini Marathon.
Dave Sprinkle Keyboard Teacher
Dave Sprinkle is a songwriter, producer, recording engineer, and multi-instrumentalist with credits ranging from film placement to a big band piece written for an exclusive performance by jazz and R&B great T.S. Monk. Dave approaches teaching music with the idea that his role is to inspire his students to learn, supply the information, then get out of the way.
Following the Vic Wooten school of thinking, Dave believes that music is a language, and babies learn their first language by listening and then babbling toward imitation. If you told a baby not to babble until they knew all the words, they’d never learn to speak, but to join the conversation, a student must learn some words. THAT is the beauty of the School of Rock method…that we don’t have the students study only vocabulary…we teach words but also allow them to have conversations!
In addition to music, Dave loves Asian food, ice hockey (Go Penguins!), and computer programming.
Abigail Clark Rookies Director
Abigail is a music teacher, session singer, performer, and recording artist. She has been performing and recording on a professional level for 14 years. She has had the privilege of teaching music in Amsterdam and Africa, as well as working with music industry veterans such as The John Mellencamp Band, Carlene Carter, Ben and Noel Haggard, John Sebastian, and Elliot Murphy.
Joseph Schweitzer Bass Guitar Teacher
Joseph Schweitzer is a Freelance Bass guitarist and instructor at School of Rock Zionsville and Fishers. At the age of ten, Joseph started exploring his musical talents on violin, piano, and guitar before finding his true calling on bass. After hard work and daily practice throughout high school, he attended Indiana University and graduated with a degree in Arts Management with a minor in Music and psychology. While there, he had the pleasure of working with the many talented musicians who were attending Jacobs School of Music. With plenty of exposure to like-minded musicians, Joseph was able to hone his skills by playing in basement bands in the house show scene. After a successful run with rock-funk band 800lb gorilla, he expanded his talents by touring nationwide with the Bloomington country artist Jake Dodds. Over the years Joseph has studied a wide range of genres, including rock, funk, R&B, soul, jazz, and more. In addition to Bass guitar, he loves playing synth bass, upright bass, and keyboard. He has studied under John Mellencamp bassist Jon E. Gee and has enjoyed playing bass in everything from his high school jam bands to rocking out with members of the funk jazz bands Lettuce and Ghostnote. His career highlights to date include playing with legendary John Mellencamp drummer Kenny Aronof. He has also performed nationwide at historic venues such as the Surf Ballroom in Iowa and Denver’s Grizzly Rose. He has opened for nationally touring acts such as Granger Smith, Tracy Byrd, Chris Janson, and Chase Bryant. In the future, Joseph wants to continue to perfect his bass playing skills and return to touring nationally on the big stage.