Over the past decade, John has enjoyed great success gigging, recording, and teaching drums. John has logged over eight years of performance experience in the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest, playing with bands spanning a diverse range of musical genres, from rock/pop to jazz and latin. He currently plays every weekend, splitting time between original indie band, Step Rockets, and Minneapolis-based cover band, Soul Tree. John teaches drum students in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. Lessons are held from his basement studio or from students' homes.
John started drumming at the age of 10, honing his chops under the tutelage of drummer/vibraphonist Steve Roehm, member of the acclaimed Twin Cities jazz trio, The New Standards. John continued his musical education at St. Olaf College, where he played drums in the schoolâs nationally accredited Jazz One ensemble and studied percussion with highly regarded Twin Cities musicians Phil Hey and Dave Hagedorn. Since graduating, John has found a niche in the world of teaching. He has taught students in St. Paul Public Schools while developing a strong base of drum students in and around the Twin Cities. John has a thorough understanding of drumming technique coupled with an in-depth knowledge of different styles and genres.
John shares his passion for drums and his love of music with people of all ages and backgrounds. He provides a fun and stimulating learning environment in which his students can foster their drum skills and grow their love of music.
*** Lesson Details ***
John provides a laid back atmosphere, ensuring that lessons are equal parts fun and education. Based on his teaching experience with a wide range of ages and experience levels, John tailors his curriculum according to his studentsâ input and the exercises that are most effective. With two drum sets and a bass guitar at hand, John often dedicates a portion of his lessons to jamming with his students to inspire creativity and provide a practical outlet for their lesson exercises. John can teach any number of drum set skills, from basic mechanics and music reading to advanced technique and improvisation.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Sound-Proof Studio: Two Drum Kits (Electric & Acoustic)
*** Travel Equipment ***
Given the short duration of each drum lesson, I expect the student to provide all of the drums, cymbals, and hardware for which he/she desires to learn the instrument.
*** Specialties ***
Genres: Funk, Rock, Jazz, Latin (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin-Jazz), Pop, Country, Hip-Hop; Sight-Reading; Rudiments; Improvisation; Technique