Rufus S.

Rufus S.

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2 Reviews
Brandon, FL

About Rufus S.

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Male Ages Taught: 5 to 24
Female Ages Taught: 5 to 24

Overview

My name is Rufus and I am eager to share my 43 + years of drum experience to help you play like a pro! In a very short amount of time, you will learn the basics and begin to find your own rhythm as a drummer...let me show you how you can be the best drummer possible!

Performing Experience:
* Play with Local Group - Tropical Heat
* Recently played with National Recording Artist Michael Anthony at Cork and Olive in Brandon
• Musician in Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, Rock a Doo Whop, Christmas Show at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
• Tutored in South America, Europe and Canada over 20 yrs.
• Drummer for New Salem M.B Church for last 20 yrs.
• 4 yrs marching in the Florida A&M University Marching Band & Percussion Ensemble
• 43 + yrs of rudimentary drumming

Audio: Specialize in digital audio work station software – Cubase 7 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins.

Recording Background:
Owner of a home based recording studio. Titles:

The Bottom Line featuring the vocals of Ms. Amella "D"(2013)

True Love- collection of pop music (2012)

Lift Off - A high energy dance song.(2012)

The Spencer Project - a Gospel collaboration with various artists.(2010)

Master Works - variety of different styles of music.(2009)

Lift Off- a high energy dance song (2010)

Iron-man Marathon Music - (1983)

*** Lesson Details ***
We will cover from the basics to the flashiness in drum playing and cover techniques in studio drumming.

If you are looking to venture into song writing and studio recording gear and software I have a studio complete with all the tools you will need to help carry you to the next level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum room with seating for parents. 5 piece Yamaha drum set, hi- hat cymbal, ride cymbal, music stand.

Recording studio:

Digital audio work station software:
Cubase 7.5 – Wavelab 8 and Waves plug-ins

Soft synths:
Omnishere,Trilian,Native Instruments,korg legacy collection, Steinberg, Sample tank
host of loops

Controllers:

Axiom 25, Ensonq EPS

Outboard gear:
Yamaha mixing board, Rodes NT-2a mic, Symetrix 525 compressor, Samson headphone box, delta 66 audio interface

Speakers:

Samson Resolv 65a and sub

Computer:

Pudget system custom built computer (PC)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Lap top with earphones so student can experience playing along
with music.

*** Specialties ***
R&b, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz

Photos and Videos

playing with Tropical heat

Experience

Drummer Aug 1975 - Dec 2010
Busch Gardens Tampa,Fl

35 yrs playing in various shows

Education

BA, Associate degree Sep 1971 - Jun 1975
Florida A&M University, Tampa Tech

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 2 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Terrific teacher and studio. Rufus is an outstanding teacher. He is passionate about music and enthusiastic during lessons. He caters to a variety of learning styles, offering studio work and music tracks as well as traditional beats. Rufus has been a working musician for many, many years and provides real world experience and insight into the music industry. My son and I highly recommend him. October 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome teacher! My son loves to write lyrics and beats and Rufus is teaching him how to record his music digitally. Enthusiatic, high energy, patient, encouraging, knowledgeable, and an accomplished musician. My son is fully engaged in learning with this teacher. March 16, 2012