Greg Moore is the owner of the School of Rock locations in Ankeny, Marion, and West Des Moines. After seeing School of Rock students perform in the Chicagoland area years ago, his first thought was, "...WOW—THIS IS AWESOME... Iowa needs a program like this!" From there, he started his mission to bring School of Rock to Iowa.
A big music enthusiast especially appreciating classic rock and '90s alternative, Greg played clarinet and saxophone through his school years. He now enjoys playing bass with the adult student performance group at School of Rock Cedar Rapids/Marion and School of Rock West Des Moines. His son is an alumnus of the School of Rock program who now teaches guitar, bass, and drums at the Cedar Rapids/Marion school. Greg and his wife, Amy, are thankful for all the families in the school community. Nothing is more exciting to them than watching the students advance both on and off the stage through our programs.
Ian Draves is the general manager at School of Rock Cedar Rapids/Marion. A Cedar Rapids native, he was first exposed to music by his father, a guitar player who owned a local record shop. Ian graduated from Kirkwood Community College after several years of formal music training, and now plays bass with his two bands: Soul Sherpa, and Birdchild. A fan of rock, jazz, funk, and soul music, he loves the School of Rock atmosphere and enjoys watching students find joy in learning, playing, and sharing music.
Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Dillon Rairdin is School of Rock Cedar Rapids/Marion’s music director and he also teaches guitar, bass, and drums at the school. He fell in love with music at an early age when he would sit at the piano and try to figure out how to play his favorite songs. Dillon is formally trained on piano but self-taught on guitar, bass, and drums. He enjoys listening to and playing rock, indie, classical, jazz, and soundtracks, and is a founding member of treesreach, a local indie rock band. Dillon’s favorite part about teaching at School of Rock is working with kids and using music as a medium for meaningful relationships.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Jack Moore is a guitar, bass, and drums teacher at School of Rock Cedar Rapids/Marion. A former School of Rock student himself, he has been interested in music ever since elementary school. In sixth grade, he began private lessons on guitar and has since been a member of several bands, including Two Canes, a rock group based in Iowa City. A fond listener of metal, funk, pop, and R&B, Jack loves the music community surrounding School of Rock and working with kids to further develop that community.
Alexis Niffenegger is vocals teacher at School of Rock Cedar Rapids/Marion. She fell in love with singing at four years old when she saw a choir perform on TV for the first time. She joined the Linn Mar choir department in fourth grade and was an active member through graduation. Now, she is part of the Associates in Applied Arts program at Kirkwood Community College, studying music with a focus in vocal performance. In addition to singing, she also plays a little guitar and piano, and has a special fondness for classical music in Latin or Italian. Alexis enjoys watching her students grow not just as musicians, but as people!
Drums Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher
Zac Heinzerling is a guitar, bass, and drums teacher at School of Rock Cedar Rapids/Marion. Around age 10, he took one month of lessons from a private guitar teacher and has been self-taught since then. He is also knowledgeable on vocals and piano, and enjoys listening to all forms of rock and metal in addition to lo-fi, progressive rock, and EDM. Zac loves working to create the next generation of musicians, and admires that some of his students may one day take his place and pass on his teachings to their future students!
Shelby Brewer is a vocal teacher at School of Rock Cedar Rapids/Marion. Ever since she could talk, she wanted music to be a big part of her life. Earning a degree in music at the University of Northern Iowa, she has also been involved in vocal programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a member of local music scenes around Iowa. She emphasizes the value of vocal health and longevity, theory, and technique to her students, and her favorite part of teaching is reaching breakthroughs in lessons! Shelby loves to sing and listen to alternative rock.
Guitar teacher, Bass Guitar teacher
Stu Frondle is a guitar and bass teacher at School of Rock Cedar Rapids/Marion. He has been playing music for over 17 years, even since teaching himself guitar and bass as a teenager. As the former lead guitarist of Iowa-based rock band The Rumours, he has vast experience as a sound engineer and professional musician, opening for many notable acts including Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. He is currently a member of many groups such as The Great Wheel, Harvey Headbanger, Space Virus, Wicked Wizards, and Mudkat. A lover of collaborating, teaching, and traveling, Stu enjoys working with students from beginner to professional level and hopes to one day record and tour again with the right lineup of folks!
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drums Teacher
Nico Luerkens is a guitar, bass, and drums teacher at School of Rock Cedar Rapids/Marion. His first experience with playing music came from his uncle, a professional musician around Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, who showed him how to play guitar at 16 years old. Mostly self-taught since then, he has added bass, drums, keyboard, and even harmonica to his musical repertoire. Nico is a member of funk group Soul Sherpa and metal group The Great Wheel and enjoys listening to jazz, funk, rock, and metal.
Chloe Weidl is a drums teacher and social media coordinator at School of Rock Cedar Rapids/Marion. She remembers first falling in love with rock music at a young age when her dad would play CDs of The Beatles and ZZ Top in his car. She joined School of Rock as a student in her hometown during high school and has been performing in bands since she was 16. She enjoys listening to and playing metal, punk, alternative rock, and classic rock, and is a member of rock group Two Canes with fellow School of Rock teacher Jack Moore. She loves the collaborative and inclusive nature of the music community!