Ongoing History Daily: Incubus’ favourite teacher

Most of the guys in Incubus have been playing together since they were in grade ten.  Mike Einzinger heard about a math teacher named Joanne Stanulonis.  In her spare time, she helped high school kids with their band projects, getting them gigs or even setting up studio time.  She took on Incubus and before they were even out of high school, she had got them gigs at all the big clubs on the Sunset Strip: The Roxy, the Whiskey, the Troubadour. 

Once they were ready and had enough songs, Joanne arranged for some free studio time.  This was 1995.  The results were so good that by 1997, they had a major label deal, a six-song EP and were touring with Korn.  Were any of your math teachers that cool?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Ongoing History Daily: Incubus’ favourite teacher

  • September 28, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Yes, actually! Joanne Stanulonis was my math teacher in high school. She was the first teacher to believe in me and really shaped my successful career in computer science. I was thinking about her and ran across this blog. I am TOTALLY not surprised that she was also literally launching the careers of rockstars too.

    Mrs. Stanulonis is truly a special person. She wasn’t just cool, she was also an amazing teacher.


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