Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Daniel got to Texas as quickly as he could. His first instrument was the guitar, but he now sings and plays drums, bass, keys, and banjo. As a music producer, Daniel mixes and masters his own content under the name of "Bite Your Own Teeth" and he can sometimes be spotted playing around Houston with his brother and friends in their band, Businessman. Daniel's love for music is boundless and eclectic. Some of his biggest influences include Outkast, John Fahey, Mastodon, Gojira, Miles Davis, Sleep, Elder, Johnny Cash, mbv, and Slowdive.
Richard has been hooked on writing songs ever since he picked up a guitar in the sixth grade. He has played in several bands throughout the years, picking up bass and drums along the way.
Richard loves the creativity of recording music and the comradery of practicing with friends, especially in his current project, Businessman. Before working at School of Rock, he taught AP English. Richard loves to show his students how fun it is to work together and grow through practice. Some of his musical influences include Steely Dan, Elder, Phoebe Bridgers, and Archspire.
Studio Coordinator, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Teacher
Bennett is a Texan who has been a guitarist, bassist, and vocalist for over 15 years. He would frequently steal his older brother's guitar when he was young, and after acquiring his own, the rest is history.
Bennett started by learning classic rock and metal songs before moving towards a singer-songwriter approach. Before recently moving back to Texas, he worked as a dog trainer in Southern California for five years, but music remained his primary focus during that period. In his free time, Bennett enjoys jamming with his bandmates (two of whom also work at School of Rock) in their band, Businessman, writing and producing his own music, and looking after his two dogs, Nala and Barry.
David “Gio” Soto
Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Vocal Teacher, Guitar Teacher
David Giovanni Soto (Gio) grew up in Pasadena, Texas where he played cello and guitar in the fifth grade. In high school, he learned piano and discovered his voice. He joined the men’s choir and never looked back. Vocals became Gio's main instrument and he studied vocals in college at Sam Houston State. He now gigs around town playing his solo music. His biggest influences are Tragically Hip, Kate Bush, and TVZ.
Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Noel is a School of Rock veteran, having taught at three schools in two countries. A native Texan, Noel grew up in Monterrey, Mexico. He remembers the excitement he felt the first time he sat behind a drum kit and realized that’s what he wanted to do. Noel loves rock and pretty much every other kind of music. He loves to play live and has played and recorded all over the world. His goal as an instructor is to share his love for music and to get you playing.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Born and raised in Houston, Logan has been involved with the arts since before he could walk! An avid musician for most of his life, his guitar work spans many genres, from jazz to classical to rock and roll. When he’s not teaching, Logan is most likely writing, singing, and performing with his band, The Deadly Blooms.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Zach has been involved in music for nearly 20 years. He picked up a guitar at a young age, as well as the bass guitar. Zach has been with several Houston bands throughout his life as both a lead and rhythm guitarist. His dedication and passion for the art form of songwriting inspire him to make music on his own and challenge his creative limits in terms of what is possible when playing and making music. Zach's love for the guitar, music, and teaching, in general, knows no bounds.
Vocal Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Natalie is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. She received her B.A. in vocal performance in Louisiana where she gigged with Cajun and Zydeco bands while studying opera, art song, and musical theater. Natalie is an alto in several professional chairs and ensembles in Houston. She has a passion for sharing music with young people and building sustainable, positive learning environments. Natalie’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her dogs, Alfred and Alice.
Andre “Dre” Cunningham
Andre was born into a musical family, with his great uncles being the late jazz legends Elvin, Thad, and Hank Jones. He studied music production and percussion in high school and at Michigan State University. Andre has toured the world as a musician working with artists such as Dorinda Clark-Cole, Vicki Winans, Zacardi Cortez, Marcus Belgrave, Catherine Alcorn, and Dom Famularo to name a few. Originally from Michigan, Andre now calls Texas home.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Rodney is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, lyricist, and music producer. He studied music theory in college, has a plethora of professional accomplishments, and his stories are legendary. In his spare time, Rodney is a voting member of the Grammys and currently plays with the local Houston band, Oddknee.
Matt Mireles was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He plays for the local rock band Gray Falls, known for their energetic live performances. Their original song "Orange Juice" won them 1st place in the Rodeo Rockstar group division contest. Matt has performed at iconic Houston venues including House of Blues, White Oak Music Hall, and Warehouse Live.
Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Quincy is a multi-instrumentalist from Houston, Texas who studied guitar at Berkeley College of Music. He is also an experienced session musician, producer, engineer, and songwriter who creates all genres of music. Some of his influences include Prince, Iron Maiden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jimi Hendrix.
Studio Coordinator, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Seth is originally from Houston, Texas and he loves cleaning and fixing things, but do not mistake him for our maintenance man. He is absolutely a rock star! As the lead singer and guitarist in the band Gray Falls, he gigs with his brother, Matt, every week all over Texas!
Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Reef is a musician that has one name, like Prince or Flea. He has a ton of musical experience and has been trained in jazz as a bassist and composer. Reef started playing rock and hip-hop at Prairie View A&M University. He loves being able to teach both bass and drums to our students as a way of sharing what he knows.
Drum Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Michael graduated from the University of Houston in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, and he is currently obtaining a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from TSU. His involvement in music took off in middle school as he joined the school band and played euphonium while learning drums at home, inspired primarily by the album Toxicity by System of a Down.
Over the years, Michael has picked up other instruments and developed an interest in various genres such as metal, jazz, soul, and psych-rock. Michael also enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, eating, reading, and jamming with his band, Rūdus.
Vocal Teacher, Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Jeff has been singing ever since he can remember. He started by singing Michael Jackson songs, then he joined an acting and singing agency where he was cast for commercials and photo shoots. Jeff picked up guitar randomly one day in Colombia and started learning all of his favorite Metallica songs by ear, and he has been playing ever since.
Jeff attended Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and honed his skills as a vocalist, while also learning a lot about vocal anatomy and techniques that he now applies to his teaching. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has a strong passion for metal music and all music in general, and he hopes to be able to instill that same passion in all of his students at School of Rock West U.