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Kevin Clark (1988–2021), drummer from “School of Rock”

by Linnea Crowther

Kevin Clark was a drummer and actor who played the young drummer, Freddy “Spazzy McGee” Jones, in the 2003 movie “School of Rock.”

Musical career

Clark began taking drum lessons when he was just five years old. At 12, he saw a newspaper ad seeking children who could play a musical instrument to star in a movie with Jack Black. Though he had no acting experience, Clark auditioned, playing “Iron Man” for his audition. He got the part and seemed like a natural, playing the drummer who eagerly embraced a punk aesthetic as he played music with his classmates.

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“School of Rock” was Clark’s lone acting credit, but he was a drummer all his life. He played in Chicago bands including Dreadwolf, Funk it Let’s Jam, and Jess Bess and the Intentions. He also taught drums at a Chicago-area School of Rock location.

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Tributes to Kevin Clark

Full obituary: Chicago Sun-Times

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