Alan Sweet

Alan S.

Kent, WA
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Drum

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach an array of percussion instruments from Conga hand drums to Steel drums to full set drums.
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About

Alan passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Alan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1977

Drumming is a passion of mine since 1972 when I first started to play on my cousins drum set next door. When I entered in to High School I became the first freshman drummer in Marina High Schools history to be selected to play & tour Europe twice with their pop vocal group called the Mariners. Later I joined many professional bands doing studio recordings from 1978 to present day. I taught drums to a group of special needs kids in Ohio and that was very rewarding for me to see them drumming good and taking drumming seriously. I have been on national radio as drummer for a rock band called The Tweezers and International TV while I was the drummer/co-producer for a band called Bad Juju that was on MTV worldwide and we opened up for a well known rock group called: Living Color. I studied drumming under the direction of the legendary Joe Porcaro privately at his home in 1981 and he taught me some amazing things about drumming in various time signatures & proper technique in drumming overall. Over the years I have work with as opening band for The Bangles, War, Shenna Easton and many others. I did two live performances with two well known guitarists. Mark Kendall who later became the founder of the super rock group Great White and also Neal Schon who was one of the founding members of the rock group Journey. Lately, I have gone back into music production for original songs I wrote for my cd called: Alan Sweet Project or "Asp Dig-it-al" and this cd will feature amazing singers and musicians selected in my city of Kent, WA. and it has already has captured amazing tracks by legendary musicians such as: Abraham Laboriel Sr., Michael Landau, and Alex Acuna with more that are interested like them to still come in as my very special guest musicians. You will be getting a good drum teacher in me that can surely show you new things if you are open minded in learning as much as I can show you. It's up to you whether you are just starting out or have been playing/performing for years. I have learned and pull from the BEST drummers alive and I am still learning at age 57 now. Anyway, hope to hear from you and happy drumming! Alan CK Sweet of Asp band/prod. feat. the REAL STARS Of Music!

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Experience

Drummer/ Percussionist
Sep 2017 - Present
Calvary Chapel South

Current drummer/ percussionist for the Calvary Chapel South worship team.

Drummer/ Percussionist
Dec 1986 - Jul 1989
Bad JuJu

Lead drummer for the band "Bad JuJu" from 1986-1989.

Drummer/ Percussionist
Aug 1981 - Nov 1983
Tweezers

Lead drummer for the band "Tweezers" from 1981-1983.

Education

Music History and Composition/Therory
Jan 1977 - Jul 1981
Golden West Community College & Private Studies Under Joe Porcaro

Awards

Honorary Mention Song Contest Certificates
Aug 2001
Billboard Publications Inc. (BPI)

Affiliations

BMI
Apr 1993

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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American Federation of Musicians
Apr 1993

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Michelle Feb 5, 2018
Drum ·

Alan has had over 40 years' experience playing the drums and percussion instruments. During this time, he has been tutored by the great drummer, Joe Porcarro,
instructed kids on the drums, and has had about 40 years experience playing in numerous bands. He is presently serving as the drummer on his Worship Team, and have endeavoring to produce another CD. On top of all of this, he loves children and wants to make a difference in their lives.

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Lloyd Feb 5, 2018
Percussion ·

I play on the worship team at Calvary Chapel South in Kent WA with alan Sweet.
Alan has got an excellent grasp on what the percussionist roll in a band setting is. He also has a teachers heart. Great job Alan!

Jared Feb 5, 2018
Drum ·

Alan is genuine in his passion to play drums and to share his knowledge and passion with others. He's a very likable guy and would be a great teacher for anyone getting started or just trying to learn new technique.

Dan H. Dec 22, 2017
Drum · In studio

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced drummer, Alan will be able to take you to the next level. His experience and talents are phenomenal. He's the real deal.

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