Brian Calhoun

Brian C.

Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a lifelong passionate drummer & musician who has taught Drum-Set & Marching Percussion to hundreds of people of all ages, levels and abilities, for nearly 3 decades. I am very versatile and can teach any style. I will personalize every lesson to your interests and goals. All you need is a practice pad and a pair of sticks to take a lesson.

Who do I teach?

I teach General Education & Special Education students (Pre-School, Elementary, Middle and HS), College Students & Adult Learners

Beginner & Intermediate Lessons available in all styles and genres for Drum-Set & Marching Percussion. Advanced Lessons available for Drum-Set in Rock & Metal.

What do I teach?

Learn how to play to your favorite songs, artists & bands (Rock, Metal, Jazz, Pop, Latin, Funk, R&B, Rap/ Hip-Hip, Country, Classical, Broadway and more)

Stick Control, Foot Control, Technique, Rudiments, Double Bass

Music Theory, How to read & write Drum Notation

Prep for Concert band, Orchestra & Marching Band

Audio & Video production for Drums

About Brian C.

I am a versatile Professional Drummer & Percussion Educator from Long Island, NY with over 30 years experience teaching people of all ages, levels & abilities. I have performed, recorded and toured with numerous bands across several genre's. I am also the Founder & Original Director of the World's 1st Special Needs Drum & Bugle Corps "FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps". For over a decade I helped lead over 100 Special Needs Adults to multiple championships, history making performances and international recognition.

I began my drumming career back in 1990, when I was 9 years old for my elementary school band. In my formative years, I received private instruction on the drum set from several local instructors. I was also a member of my school concert band, orchestra, jazz band, marching band and actively participated in NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) for both snare drum and drum set.

I joined my first band at the age of 12. I would spend the next 15 years recording and touring with various bands in several genres from Long Island NY.

In addition to my formal music education and performance career I have been teaching private drum instruction for over two decades to both main stream students and differently abled/special needs students.

I am proud to have studied in the past with Drumming’s Global Ambassador, world-renown Drum Instructor, Dom Famularo.

From 2009-2020 I worked for Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE) as the Senior Music Specialist at their Performance & Creative Arts Center in Old Bethpage, NY. It was there that I was inspired to put my two lifelong passions of playing the drums/teaching music and working with differently abled students together. This ultimately led to me to creating the FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps, the World's 1st Differently Abled Drum & Bugle Corps.

Initially in 2010, I started with only five members with sticks and pads, with a dream of one day marching in a parade. Under my leadership the FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps grew tremendously. I grew the Corps to nearly 80 members, 15 Instructional/Support Staff, divided into 4 different sections (Drumline, Color Guard, Front Ensemble, Brass) as well as Drum Major's.

I have won several awards for my service to the differently abled population on local, state and national levels. In addition to being the Founder & Original Director of the FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps, I served as the Corps main writer, arranger and composer for over a decade, particularly for the Drumline & Front Ensemble.

I am so proud to have created something that won numerous awards and championships, was featured on every major news network across the nation (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX), News 12 Long Island, FIOS1 and Newsday countless times, Associated Press, TIME, NowThis, USA Today, Modern Drummer Magazine, Drum Corps World, received attention from major movie studios and national television shows, made history as the first Differently Abled (Special Needs) Group to perform at the top marching arts events in the world on multiple occasions in front of thousands of spectators in stadiums and arenas, went viral on numerous platforms multiple times, receiving millions of views all across the globe.

In 2019 I proudly taught an Education/Performance Clinic at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention), the largest Drum & Percussion convention in the world!

I have had a very successful, rewarding career in the music industry for many years. I hope to be able inspire all of my students to chase their dreams, as long as you are willing to work hard enough, you can achieve almost anything!


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22 Reviews
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Brian Calhoun is a champ! After learning from him in our Drum Corps group I am now taking lessons twice a week online. He is patient, kind and super talented. I'm learning more every day. Thanks Brian!

Posted Jul 13, 2020
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Brian is an excellent drum teacher. He is a very talented performer, but he is most passionate about sharing his love for music and drums with anyone who is interested in learning. His passion and excitement are contagious! Brian’s kind, patient and respectful nature helps him connect with his students. He encourages them to develop their skills at their own pace, and builds their confidence while making learning and performing a fun experience. My son enjoyed working with Brian for many years and I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in beginning or expanding their skills on the drums. He is a gem!

Posted Jul 11, 2020
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Brian worked with my daughter jenny as part of Free drum corp. He is so patient and caring....and worked miracles with these disabled adults...enabling them to work together to perform as a marching band.

Posted Jul 10, 2020
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My daughter had taken lessons from Brian in the past for several years and we are so excited to be back again. Brian was always kind and patient with her (she has Down Syndrome). Everyone is always amazed at all the different stick tricks Brian has taught her too. He makes her feel confident in what she can do. He has so much experience as a musician as well. It is like taking lessons from a rock star!!

Posted Jul 9, 2020
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11 years ago I was in a real need for a music teacher for my son. Not many teachers had the patience and dedication to work with the mentally challenged students. Then Brian came to us and we were able to have such a great teacher. It changed my son's life and gave him opportunities that we only dreamed of for him. Now he is a musician and loves to play.

Posted Jul 9, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Brian is an excellent teacher. He is passionate about music and teaching.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
Joseph Amadeo
Profile-location-online Online

My son ,who has special needs, was a member of the FREE Drum Corp for almost ten years. Brian was able to teach my son to be an effective member of the color Guard. Brian was able to expand the Corp from 5 members to over 80. Brain teaching methods for the Drumline resulted in standing ovations where ever the Corp performed. Brian's calm and low keyed approach to teaching enables his students to achieve their potential.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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A very positive experience from a very nice person. Highly recommend!!!

Posted Jul 8, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Brian is dedicated, patient and very very good at teaching. Our special needs daughter loves him and has become an excellent drummer. I would highly recommend him.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Brian Calhoun introduced the Drums to my son and taught him over the last eight years. He has a great demeanor and knows how to connect to get the most out of each lesson. He has worked in home and now on-line.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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Brian is an excellent drum instructor! He is patient and knows what he is doing! My son has special needs. He has been working with Brian for many years. Brian was able to create the first special needs Drumline and they traveled from state to state for performances. I highly recommend him!!

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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Brian Calhoun taught an entire drum Corp of special needs adults.they traveled to competitions and exhibits all over the country, winning awards but more importantly it gave these men and women a feeling of self worth they could never achieve in any other setting. People that watched them perform were truly amazed. He showed courage and patythat are rare. I highly recommend his instruction to anyone at any age.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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Brian is such a patient, caring, and knowledgeable teacher. Highly recommend him for any skill level. Give him a try, you will have a great time.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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My son Steven has been a student of Brian for about 9 years before COVID and now as an line student. Brian is an amazing teacher with the patience of a saint. You see my son is differently abled as were the students in our drum corp. Brian was able to bring out the best in each and everyone in the drum corp. we made new strides in our ability to learn new music and to perform in front of thousands of people. We had made history multiple times. We were in newspapers on news commentaries as well as movie screens . Brian is someone we were and are proud to be associated with. He has given our son a dream to reach for and self confidence and assuredness to reach his goals !!

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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Brian has worked with my son for 10 years. I have my son blossom into a fine musician with a smile on his face. He can't wait for his lesson each week.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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Brian's passion for teaching and musical talent are outstanding for any and all skill levels. My son has excelled many levels under Brian's guidance. We give him the highest recommendation!

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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They broke the mold when they made Brian Calhoun. You will not find another instructor more talented, compassionate, dedicated, and patient than he.... there are not enough words to describe him.... he’s is versed in teaching all levels and abilities.....

Posted Jul 8, 2020
Rose Nelson
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Brain is a very good music teacher. My son Abrikane has learned so much from him, he is patient, understanding and caring on top of that he has great talent and a passion for music. He can also teach anyone who is willing to learn.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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My son has worked with Brian for a few years. He looks for their potential and helps them to achieve their goals. He is always pleasant and easy to work with. My son has always enjoyed his company and has learned so many things with Brian's help and expertise.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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Brian is an excellent teacher. He helped my son to learn both the cymbals and drum. He is a patient and an enthusiastic person who gets the best from his students. My son had a wonderful experience with Brian and I highly recommend him as a teacher.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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Brian worked with my son James as part of the FREE Drum and Bugle Corps, which consists of differently abled individuals.
Brian has infinite patience and has the ability to bring out the best in each individual, and to really draw out their talent. He treats each individual very respectfully and I have never seen him be condescending in any way. Each member has grown in self confidence and
self worth.
FREE Drum and Bugle Corps has competed all over the country and is known literally worldwide. Brian started that group and enabled it to grow.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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Brian is extremely talented and patient. He has been a great influence to me and I know he will be a great Instructor to anyone who has the pleasure of working with him.
He is extremely experienced and has the skills to work with people of all abilities.

Posted Jul 8, 2020

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Senior Music Specialist - FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps Founder and Director
Apr 2009 - Jun 2020


Founder & Director of the Worlds 1st Differently Abled (Special Needs) Drum & Bugle Corps. Senior Music Specialist at FREE Performance and Creative Arts Center. Provided Direct Support, Music Classes and Performances for Special Needs Adults.


DrumLine Battle Division Champion
Nov 2019


Grand Championship
Sep 2019

DCA (Drum Corps Associates)

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