- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
Garrett is a drummer/percussionist from San Diego, California with a reputation for succeeding in a wide range of musical contexts. In addition to working with jazz ensembles and symphonies, he performs regularly with local pop/rock bands, and has opened for artists such as Schoolboy Q, DJ Mustard, Khalid, and Bad Suns. Garrett has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California, San Diego, and was the university's 2017 Jazz Society Award recipient for his involvement in its jazz ensembles.
Ensembles/artists Garrett has worked with include: two-time Grammy award-winning producer/arranger Kamau Kenyatta, trumpeter/band leader Gilbert Castellanos, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, the Southwestern College Big Band, the San Diego Jazz Combo, Will Lee Brown's Lovalot Band, singer/songwriters Kevin Thomas and Alex Lievanos, and upcoming Los Angeles pop-artist Graham Elliot. On drum set, Garrett has received instruction from drumming greats such as Matt Wilson, Sean Rickman, Jake Reed, and Duncan Moore.
In addition to performing, Garrett maintains a private studio in East San Diego County where he records drum tracks for various projects, and teaches drum set and percussion to over 25 students.
Performs regularly with groups/artists in Southern California ranging from jazz combos and symphonies, to rock bands and singer/songwriters.
Teaches private drum/percussion lessons, helps direct the undergraduate jazz ensemble at UC San Diego, and hosts drum clinics for local junior high/high schools.
Garrett is an excellent drum teacher. He is really patient, professional, and great at explaining even the most difficult concepts. His studio is comfortable, and I really enjoy playing on his drum sets.
My son always leaves his lesson feeling inspired, and excited for the next meeting. Garrett is patient, professional, and very gifted when it comes to the drums. I also like that he teaches my son to read music, and that he records his playing. Garrett is an excellent choice if you're looking for a drum teacher.+ Read More
Garrett is a great instructor. My son enjoys every lesson, and comes home every week excited to practice what he learned.
My son looks forward to seeing Garrett each week for drum lessons. Garrett is very good with kids and makes learning fun.
I love working with Garrett. He offers great advice, is easy to talk to, and makes every lesson informative and interesting. The recordings he takes to use as feedback are very helpful too
Heard about Garrett from my daughter's high school music teacher after telling her she was interested in drum lessons. He is professional, talented, and an excellent teacher. My daughter looks forward to her lesson every week.
Garrett is an exceptional instructor. He is patient, intelligent, and dedicated to making you sound the best you can. His studio is professional, and the environment in general is very welcoming. On top of that, his price is extremely fair for what he offers. I'd recommend him to anyone in a heartbeat!+ Read More
I know a bit about drums myself, but wanted to find a professional instructor to teach my son. I've met a lot of teachers in San Diego who advertise that they teach a lot of different instruments and found that most of them know very little about drums and percussion (usually just basic rhythms that they learned from other instruments, and a few rudiments). Garrett on the other hand is exactly what my wife and I were looking for for our son. He specializes in drum set and percussion, is professional and very mature for his age, and an excellent teacher (I've learned a lot from the lessons as well). He gets along great with my son as well, and inspires him to practice hard throughout the week. We'll be sticking with Garrett for a very long time.+ Read More
Excellent good teaching my son. Patient, professional and positive he is a talented musician and a great teacher.
I’ve taken lessons with Garrett for a couple months now. I learn something new every week, and I enjoy every lesson. Would highly recommend!
Garret is a great instructor. He's really helped me get better at drumming, and is taking my drumming to another level.
I decided to look for a drum teacher because I wanted to improve my soloing on drum set. After frustrating experiences with two other teachers, I was relieved when I started working with Garrett. His teaching environment is professional, the exercises we work through have helped me immensely, and he records many of our lessons for me to use as feedback. I look forward to my lesson with him every week.+ Read More
Garrett is an excellent drum teacher. My son’s been working with him on snare drum for several months now, and he looks forward to every lesson. His high school drum line instructor has been complimenting him on his improvement as well.
Working with Garrett has been a wonderful experience. I was nervous to take drum lessons at first, but the environment at Garrett's studio is really comfortable, and he is very easy to talk to. As far as the lessons go, Garrett is great at breaking complicated topics down, and he pays a lot of attention to the fine details. Whenever I have trouble with something, he always has other ways of explaining the concept and fines a way to make it click with me. Garrett is also just as good with jazz as he is with rock and pop. We started with a lot of rock grooves and technique, and now we're working on my reading, jazz comping, and soloing. I learn something new at every lesson and always have a good time doing so--I'd highly recommend Garrett to anyone!+ Read More
I take snare drum and drum set lessons with Garrett. He's patient, informative, and really good at breaking down parts that seem complicated at first. Whenever I have friends who are looking for drum lessons, I send them to Garrett!
Garrett is an AWESOME instructor! I’ve been taking lessons with him for a few months now, and he’s really helped me take my drumming to the next level.
My first lesson with Garrett was great. I’ll definitely be back again!
My husband and I were hesitant to go with Garrett at first because he looked too young (he's 22), but it turns out he's one of the most professional people we've meet. He's great with our son and daughter, very knowledgeable with the drums, and talented at his craft. His studio is also very comfortable. I would highly recommend him to anyone.+ Read More
Garrett helped my son prepare for an important drum line audition at his high school. He got the spot he wanted on snare drum and was very happy.
My first lesson with Garrett went great! His studio is very professional (I like being able to use the different types of drum sets), and I learned a ton in the hour I had with him. Looking forward to my next lesson.
My son looks forward to his snare lesson with Garrett every week. We originally searched for a teacher to help him with a drumline audition, and we've stayed with Garrett ever since.
I grew up playing rock and pop music, but I wanted to learn how to play jazz as well. I used to think jazz solos were impossible to play, but Garrett's really good at breaking down difficult ideas and making them seem simple. He's a great instructor and I highly recommend him!+ Read More
Garrett is super knowledgeable and helpful when it comes to drums. He is also just an all around good guy, and very easy to get along with. I had been playing drums for about 4 years (classic rock) and got to a point where I felt like I wasn't improving, so I decided to look for lessons. Turned out to be a great decision!+ Read More
I've been taking drum lessons with Garrett for a few months now. The lessons are super fun, and I feel like I've been progressing so much faster ever since he started teaching me. Garrett also helped me record a couple of my own drum videos--the recording gear he has in his studio is great!+ Read More
Garrett is very energetic and engaging. He keeps my 9 year old wanting to practice new skills and try new sounds.
One of the most patient and knowledgeable instructors I know, my son is excited every time.
Garrett is a great drum teacher. I have been taking drum lessons with him for a month now as a total beginner. I can tell Garrett is very knowledgeable and well educated. He really makes me motivated to learn and play the drums. As a beginner student, he's been incredibly patient with me and has taught me even the smallest details on how to improve playing. He really makes it fun for me to learn.+ Read More
Very personable, educated in his field with a degree in music and has a great attitude for teaching My 8 year old son, I would highly recommend Garrett for drum lessons. 😊
One of the most professional people I’ve worked with. He really knows his stuff. I learn something new every day and there’s never a dull moment. Very laid back and fun to be around. I highly recommend Garrett!
I have been taking lessons with Garrett for about 6 months. He always offers constructive criticism and is patient and respectful. He is aware of his students skill level and is constantly challenging me with new material to push me to the next level.
Garrett is the instructor for you!
Garrett is an extremely good teacher & really caters to your abilities and learning style. I’ve learned something new every single week, so I don’t get bored while trying to perfect all of the basic rudiments. He’s also extremely flexible with his scheduling, and has occasionally driven to my rehearsal space for our lessons. I highly recommend him!!+ Read More