Harry Hutchins

Harry H.

Bellflower, CA
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Harry delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
June 2006

I graduated from Berklee College of Music Summa Cum Laude with a major in Film Scoring. I have been playing the drums for 12 years, performing with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Alternative Percussion Ensemble, and The Procrastinators - Bar Stool Trio. I have been teaching for over 10 years, working with High Schools throughout the Southern California Area, currently at Mayfair High School, as well with The Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps and other marching ensembles such as Gold Drum and Bugle Corps and Dark Sky Percussion.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am laid back, patient, and try to create a comfortable teaching environment. In lessons, I focus on developing the students technical proficiency in their hands and feet. Then apply these techniques to styles of music that are of interest to the student. Ultimately, the goal is to develop complete control of the student's facility; giving them the confidence and creativity to play any style of music.

Books I like to use;
Stick Control, Accents and Rebounds, The Language of Drumming, Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stands, Snare Stands, Practice Pads, Metronome, 5 piece Drum Set.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in marching percussion.

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Percussion Director
Jun 2016 - Present
Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps

I define the stylistic approach and pedagogy for the percussion section (both front ensemble and battery) at the Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps. I also act as the percussion arranger and show designer for the group.

Music Coach
Apr 2010 - Present
Bellflower Unified School District

A percussion instructor at Mayfair High School from 2010 to 2013, then 2016 to the present. Certified to instruct in concert percussion, marching percussion, and music theory.

Snare Technician
Oct 2012 - Apr 2013
Dark Sky Percussion

The snare technician for the indoor marching percussion ensemble Dark Sky Percussion

Music Coach
Jul 2007 - Apr 2013
Poway Unified School District

A percussion instructor at a variety of High Schools within the District including Mt. Carmel High School and Westview High School. Certified to instruct in concert percussion, marching percussion, and music theory.

Snare Technician
Jan 2012 - Jan 2013
Gold Drum and Bugle Corps

The snare technician for the Open Class Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. I was responsible for instructing, developing the technique and cleaning the music for the snare line.


Film Scoring
May 2013 - May 2016
Berklee College of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Feb 2018

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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Photos & Videos

Practicing Moeller Modulations performed by the Blue Coats and Broken City Percussion
Practicing DDL II performed by the Blue Knights and Broken City Percussion
Practicing 9nr performed by the Blue Knights and Broken City Percussion
Practicing Santa Clara Vanguard's 2012 snare feature
Practicing a basic paradiddle exercise in 7/8.
Practicing a basic accent tap exercise while modulating from 8th notes to 8th note triplets.
Practicing etude 1 from Beyond the Moeller Technique.
A simple, yet challenging exercise to develop finger dexterity and "touch".
Second sequence in a warm up routine. Great for familiarizing yourself with the rebound properties of your sticks and playing surface.
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3 Reviews

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Lou L. Apr 7, 2015
Drum · In studio

Lessons have been going well. Very thorough and takes time to tweak lessons based on my skill level.

Lou L. Mar 11, 2015
Drum · In studio

He is a direct, clear and interactive teacher.

Dylan N. Feb 27, 2015
Drum · In studio

Harry is a great teacher, who will give you the skills to become a excellent and proficient musician. His focus on competency approach and technique in your hands and feet gives you the confidence to apply such skills through a variety of styles. After being taught by Harry for many years, I can honestly say I would not be the musician I am today without his guidance.

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