Gary Johnson

Gary J.

Oceanside, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Enjoy teaching young first time students as well as more experienced
players who make to step up their knowledge and skill level either
Use of Bluetooth speaker to listen and play along with songs on pandora
And YouTube....
for hobbyist or pro drummers. Many practical skills will be discussed and include playing in a Rhythm section for Blues, Country, Jazz, rock, music etc..
Drive to your home
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Gary teaches



Gary delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 9+, males 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
December 1990

Gary has been a professional drummer
For over 40 years
He has a wide range of drumming and percussion experience in Rock, Blues , Jazz, R&B, Soul, and World Music.
He has been teaching for 15 years.
Garys lessons are catered to be interactive
Based on personal interaction with students.
No cookie cutter lesson plan
Gary makes thelessons fun
With Reading, play alongside video clips, books, etc
Begginers through advanced .

*** Travel Equipment ***
Their own drumset, or they can just start with practice pad and sticks

*** Specialties ***
World Music including Reggae, Caribbean,Africa,
Americana Rock including blues, R&B,Soul, Funk
Jazz, Country, Classic Rock


Drumset Instructor
Jun 2015 - May 2016

Drumset Teacher in Vista
At DrumFlip new store
All ages all styles

Music Store Manager
Jan 2000 - Jun 2008
Rhythm House Music

Managed a percussion store in Solana beach and ran a teaching program with drum,bass, and guitar students. Also taught part time there.

Drumset Teacher
Jan 1999 - Jan 2000

I taught drumset students, elementary through high school age
6-8 hours a day on Saturdays, and some other eves at home .


General including Music, Graphic design and Advertising(Still studying)
Jan 1972 - Jan 1973
San Diego State, and Palomar College
Jerry Kent Percussion Ensemble
Sep 1969 - Jun 1972
Orange Glen


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Percussion Ensemble
Jun 1972
San Diego State University

Study under internationally acclaimed
Danlee Mitchell
Performance and reading
Charts by famous writers as Harry Partch


Hall of Fame Blues drummer Award 2013
Jul 2013
Blues Hall of Fame (USA)
First place Slogan Contest for City of San Marcos
Jun 1992
Mayor of San Marcos Lee Thibodo


Guitar Workshop Plus
Jun 2016

Guitar Workshop Plus is a program designed for aspiring musicians of all ages to promote the growth and development of musical knowledge. Our program is unique in that we cater our instruction to the student’s personal style, level of experience, and musical goals. We create a healthy, non-competitive, and supportive environment in which to learn. Each day consists of morning and afternoon classes that involve a hands-on approach, late afternoon clinics, ensemble performances, and evening concerts. Students will also enjoy visits from world-class guest artists and have many performance opportunities. The complete immersion in music allows students to walk away with enough material and musical ideas to last until next year.

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Photos & Videos

Gary Reed Johnson:
DrumSet Instruction
Overview of lesson plan
Teaching Aiden

Photo by Gary J.

Playing in La Jolla for Marathon w/ Semisi&Fula Bula
World Rhythms...

At Anthology San Diego a few years ago swingin some Frank Sinatra

Aztec Brewery 2016 jamming

Photo by Gary J.

Play along w/ Booker T and the Roots
New Orleans
Second line influence 
I teach many styles
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8 Reviews

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Isaac Jun 29, 2016
Drum · In studio

Gary is a brilliant drummer and a fantastic instructor, always patient and thoughtful. This is because he is just a genuinely gentle and thoughtful person. You won't be disappointed.

John Jan 4, 2016
Drum · In studio

Gary Reed Johnson has been an accomplished professional drummer for over45 years. He is an expert not only on technique but also has a deep knowledge of many styles of beats, rhythms and musical genres. And, he's a really cool person. If you're a beginner or already playing Gary can help you get to the level to which you aspire.

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Carol Jan 2, 2016
Drum · In home

I'm a singer that wanted some help with identifying different time feels and rhythms.
Gary was able to teach me with an easy to understand and down to earth approach.
He made it fun too.

He's got a lot of experience and still plays out on a regular basis.

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Taje C. Dec 28, 2015
Drum · In home

My son who is 11 loved his lesson. Gary was very kind and my son had fun playing the drums with him and already learned a lot

louis S. Oct 16, 2014
Drumset ·

Gary is a very talented drummer. He has performed with my band, The Flounders for over seven years. From local venues, private parties and corporate events, he always professional and provides the coolest grooves. I have heard him play with other bands/styles and I am amazed by his versatility.

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Harley F. Oct 15, 2014
Drumset · In home

I've admired Gary's drumming for years. I've heard him play jazz, Latin, and uncategorizable (my favorite) kind of music. It's always sounded advanced and knowledgeable but at the same time "musical" if you know what I mean. I've heard virtuoso play highly sophisticated. complicated, impressive stuff that just didn't sound "musical". Gary never falls prey to that problem. I'd hire him for my band except I'm a drummer myself. Even though I've been playing for many years I knew there was much to learn from Gary so I signed up for a lesson. I was not disappointed. He gave me some great pointers and perspective. If you're looking for a lesson with a great sounding, knowledgeable drummer give Gary a shot. Plus he's one hell-of-a nice guy!

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larry D. Oct 9, 2014

For over 40 years I've seen Gary in many different music situations, many styles played with the best musicians around, and because of the musicians he's played with he knows the styles with depth and knowledge.

He's been a bandleader, sideman, produced music, session man, teacher.....and having run a drum shop knows the "sonic" side of drumming which is crucial, because having a great sound is half the battle and gives drummers the advantage.

I guess my only criticism is he's not charging enough, but that's not a bad thing

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Nathan B. Oct 9, 2014

I'm a professional bass player and I've worked with Gary for many years in various situations, playing various styles. He's an excellent musician and a joy to be around. He is the consummate professional and always striving to improve. I'm sure that these characteristics carry over to his teaching and I highly recommend him.

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