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Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
Geoff is an drummer, teacher, music producer, and recording engineer at RVA Drums. He specializes in drum set and percussion performance and instruction. He also provides music recording services for musicians and bands as well as modern music production tutoring for Ableton Live.
A graduate of University of Richmond, Geoff is a practicing musician of over 20 years, and now plays professionally up and down the east coast in several bands. He has studied rhythm and drumming from some of the who's who of drum instructors including, Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood), Rich Thompson (Eastman School of Music), Tobias Ralph (NYC Drummers Collective), Howard Curtis (University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria), and Tony Martucci (Virginia Commonwealth) among others.
Geoff uses a tailored approach in a modern creative manner that allows each unique client to create their own path and begin achieving their music goals in a simple, fun and strategic way.
Geoff has shared the stage with a multitude of inspiring musicians and bands including drummers Johnny Rabb (Biodisel), Allen Aucion (Disco Biscuits), Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Darren Shearer (The New Deal), KJ Sawka (Conspirator), and Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin and Wood) among many others.
Drum, Music Performance, Percussion
Hi, my name is Willis and I’m a new drum instructor at TakeLessons. I began studying drum set at age 14 and took private lessons for 4 years before attending The College of William & Mary, where I studied percussion with two amazing jazz drummers Howard Curtis and Tony Martucci. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in both Music and Environmental Policy (2005), and a Master of Education for Higher Education Administration (2007) from William & Mary, I began playing music professionally.
I've traveled all over the world with my main band, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down. In that band, I toured the United States and Canada extensively, and had three tours of Europe as well as a trip to Tokyo to promote the Japanese release of their record. Their music has been on TV shows, commercials for Ford and Clorox, and received international radio airplay. I played major festivals including Sasquatch, Bumbershoot, Coachella, and the Radio4 festival in Vienna. My other recording projects include Positive No, My Old Ways, The Light Footwork, Portland Cello Project, Ophelia, and Jonathan Vassar & the Speckled Bird. After traveling all over, I’m so glad to be in Richmond permanently, a city I truly love.
My teaching is focused on technique, groove, and incorporating percussion into drum set playing. In my 7 years of teaching, I place a strong emphasis on developing a unique curriculum for each student based on their learning style and demonstrating drum set technique through modern, musical applications. I love all music genres but focus my playing on rock, basic jazz, indie, hip-hop, ska/reggae, and country styles. I welcomes all levels of students, so let’s make some music.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Trumpet, Accordion, French Horn, Organ, Upright Bass
Professional musician since age 11 in NYC. Worked with the Coasters, Drifters, O'Jays, Platters & Temptations plus the Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey Circus before the age of 30. Earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance with a minor in Jazz Studies from VCU in 1985. Recorded with the Ray Charles rhythm section, Jimmy Knepper, Kenny Washington, Loren Schoenberg, Joel Futterman, Paul Renz, Russell Scarborough, Steve Bassett, The Upper East Side Big Band (Pollack Prize Winner), Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra (CVJO) which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Currently performing with my own Jazz Warriors, Emme St James & Her Jazz Gentlemen plus Attraction & CVJO.
I teach students on an individual level according to what they want to accomplish. Each lesson is custom tailored to fit their objective. Mastering the instrument and understanding music theory are two important subjects that I offer. Along with that, a student can focus on any musical style from classical to jazz plus other important aspects like composing, reading and recording music.
I am willing to share my professional experience with any student who wants to become a player!
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."