Associate in Arts Degree from Suffolk County Community College Long Island, New York and United States Air Force Band Careerfield at Scott AFB, Illinois and March AFB, California
Pete Heywood (Fifth Avenue Band- Reprise Records), Al Miller ( Cab Calloway), John Kasica (St. Louis Symphony), Bob Luther (Fairchild) and Bobby Dominguez (Russell Ferante of The Yellow Jackets).
Donati Orchestra, Jazz Street Station/5th Ave Band, Glasshouse (on the Spirit of Washington), Our Pleasure Top 40, NightShift, 3RDegree , Syncopated Nation and CoreVet Quartet.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: *Appeared on "Merv Griffin Television", "Bob Hope Celebrity Dinner Show", "Caesar's Palace Las Vegas" and "Playboy Jazz Festival Los Angeles".
Performed under the baton of Henry Mancini ( TV & Movie Composer/Arranger: Peter Gunn, Pink Panther), Peter Matz (CBS Records Barbara Streisand/Chicago) and Mort Lindsey (Merv Griffin Show)
About In Home Drum Instruction:
I provide drum lessons in the convenience of clients homes or at my own studio with a registered business license since 1994. Top references given for quality instruction. I guarantee that the rate will never increase, ever!
Knowledge that the student is able to approach any style of music with confidence and take this with them into any area of study and performance.Taught students from elementary - high school for students who were 1st or 2nd chair in their respective band programs and continue in music as a major or at least minor throughout college.
There is an art to drumming. It is an instrument heard in many styles of music. Students grades excel when studying any given instrument from the routine of daily practice.
Satisfied a need for people whose family schedules were too complicated to have lessons outside their own home since 1994.
We offer beginner to advanced lessons. The styles we cover include:
Lessons are built to be FUN! Call or e-mail to find out more information.
Brands I professionally utilize:
Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Gretsch / Pearl Drumsets, Zildjian / Sabian Cymbals, Lp Jamblock, etc.
*** Lesson Details ***
My interest as instructor is to always give the best lessons possible. In order to achieve this, "attendance" is a very important part of attaining this goal.
If local roads are impassable due to severe weather conditions, lessons can be conducted over FaceTime or Skype during same scheduled lesson time on day in question.
"Have Drum Will Travel" :)
*** Studio Equipment ***
5-piece Gretsch Drumset: Pearl free floating piccolo snare drum, power 10" & 12" mounted toms, 14" power floor tom, and 20" power bass drum. Mixture of Avedis Zildjian 20" medium ride cymbal, Avedis Zildjian 16" medium/thin crash cymbal, 14" Scimitar high hat cymbals, 12" Sabian Pro 8 cymbal, 12'" Wuhan china cymbal and LP stealth jam block.
*** Travel Equipment ***
5-piece Pearl Drumset: 6 & 1/2" metal snare drum, 12" & 13" mounted power toms, 16" power floor tom and 22" power bass drum. Mixture of 22" Avedis Zildjian medium ride cymbal, 16" Avedis Zildjian medium thin crash cymbal, 14" Avedis Zildjian high hat cymbals, and 21" Italian (dark) sizzle cymbal.
*** Specialties ***
Cover many styles including: Concert Percussion, Jazz Independence, Chart Interpretation for Big Band, Rock, Latin, Funk, Fusion as applied to drumset. Studies also available on Polyrythms and Odd Meter.
Taught at Baileys Crossroads Virginia location: Sept 1987 - June 1989 Burke Virginia Location: January 1993 - June 2009 and Manassas Virginia location for about 4 years.
City of Manassas Park Business, Professional and Occupational Certificate
Former USAF Band Musician assigned to 528th AF Band Scott AFB, Illinois and 523rd AF Band March AFB, California.
Former member of Percussive Arts Society and Musicians Union Local 47 Southern California and Local 161 - 710 American Federation of Musicians Washington, DC.