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Cody Johns (offsite teacher)

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For the last 10 years, I have been an active musician in the greater Chico area. I picked up my first pair of sticks at 10 years old and starting playing on a full drum set in 6th grade. As a teen, I became involved with the music scene around Orland, CA, going to shows every weekend at the all-ages, family-friendly Soda Shop. Inspired by other musician friends, I started my first rock band with some friends in 2007 at 17, and never looked back.

In November 2015, I purchased Chico Rockstars: School of Music, where we provided music lessons, practice space, recording, musical theater, and a variety of other services catered towards musicians of all ages and skill levels. Before this, I worked as a drum instructor at Guitar Center. 

Some highlights of my music career include:

  • Performing for crowds in the hundreds with Radio Relapse at The Maltese (Nirvana's Nevermind 25th anniversary, Blink-182’s Enema of the State tribute) and in the downtown city plaza several times.

  • Radio Relapse being named a “Top Shelf Band” by the “Chico Breaks the Record” committee in 2016

  • Participating in the Chico Breaks the Record attempts

    • Individually playing for about 3 hours during the invite-only, All-Star Jam

  • Branching out of Chico to perform in Reno / Sparks, Redding, and Marysville

  • Recording EPs of original music with Bull Moose Party and Ramona Skye

    • Radio Relapse EP to be released in 2017

My approach to teaching is to base the lesson around the student, starting with what music they like and want to play. I like to mix technique and music theory with fun right from the beginning so my students get playing quickly but know their stuff if given sheet music. My goal to get students comfortable behind a kit, playing in bands, and performing for the public. You know… the fun part!

I have experience playing drums and percussion for a variety of music genres, including but not limited to: modern/hard rock, punk, alternative, metal, progressive music, indie, classic rock, and a little bit of reggae, blues, folk, Celtic, and jazz. No matter what someone likes to play or wants to learn, we can make it happen.

I hope you will consider me as a music instructor. Thank you!

Drumming Resume Follows


Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures, various)

Danny Carey (Tool, Green Jelly)

Travis Barker (blink-182, +44, Boxcar Racer, The Aquabats)

John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

Chris Adler (Lamb of God)


Radio Relapse (2014-current) (80s/90s/00s covers)

The Unexpected Guest (2015) (bluesy singer/songwriter)

Bull Moose Party (2011-2015) (progressive alt/psychedelic rock)

Get Foxy (2015) (psychedelic goth rock)

Ramona Skye (2012-2014) (noisy post-punk)

Mentat Minds (2011-2013) (progressive metal)

Brother Apollo (2009) (metal)

This Evil On Earth (2009) (00s metal covers)

The Keeper (2007-2008) (grunge/classic rock)


The Unexpected Guest:

  • "Gave It Away" – link:

Bull Moose Party:

  • "Moose?":

  • "Innocence":

Radio Relapse:

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit:

Ramona Skye:

  • Self-Titled EP:


Radio Relapse:

Bull Moose Party:

  • 9/12/14 compilation @ Download

  • "Moon Tan Love":

  • "Innocence":

  • "Down the Rabbit Hole":

Get Foxy:

  • 3/13/15 @ Download:

Ramona Skye:

  • "Kiss Me 'til I'm Dead":

  • "Empathy for the Machine":

  • "Ocean Tide":

Mentat Minds: 

  • "Untitled":

The Keeper:



  • The Music Connection     Chico
    (530) 898-0110
  • 341 W 3rd St, Chico, CA 95928
  • The Music Connection    Redding