I have been interested in drums for as long as I can remember. When I was very young I remember trying to imitate drummers from the bands I was listening to at the time. I had a toy field goal kicker that would kick a ball through the goal posts when I pressed down on the player's helmet. I remember taking the goal posts apart and using them as drumsticks. I would use those "drumsticks" to play on the side of my bed when listening to my favorite drummers. My interest in drumming hasn't diminished at all since those days.
I joined the school band program when I was in the fifth grade and I have played the drums for over 30 years in a variety of musical settings such as marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, worship team and home recording. A group of neighbors and schoolmates that I kept in touch with over the years contacted me sometime ago and asked me to record drum tracks for them. I'm privileged to have the opportunity to play on some of their albums.
I'm very thankful for the great drum instruction I have received over the years. In high school I studied with a drummer who played with musicians and bands such as The Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Woody Herman, Diane Schuur, Maynard Ferguson and Tony Bennett. I have no doubt that these lessons played a big role in me winning the 1987 Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in high school. I have also attended Capital Universityâs Summer Drumset Workshop and a Drum Fantasy Camp at Seton Hall University. Some of the instructors involved at these university events were performers/educators such as Steve Houghton, Ed Soph, Steve Smith and Dave Weckl.
Drum lessons really helped advance my understanding of music and drumming. I improved my reading, listening and technical skills and even began transcribing drum parts. I now use Sibelius software for transcriptions. I enjoy passing along to students what I've learned from my excellent teachers and would be happy to help with just about any style of music (Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz, Latin, etc.).
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My goal is to help each student realize their personal goals in drumming. I help them do that by building a good foundation and then adding to that foundation. Building the foundation can include method books, rudiments, playing with a metronome and developing reading skills. After this foundation has been built we then use these skills to, most importantly, make some music. We will listen to and analyze the drumming of many important players and incorporate their innovations into our own musical personalities.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a drum set in a finished basement with seating for parents available.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring method books, but the student will need to have everything else (instrument, sticks, stereo with headphones, etc.). A smoke-free environment will also need to be available.
*** Specialties ***
I grew up with rock music for the most part but over the years I've tried to develop competency with as many musical styles as possible (Rock, Blues, Jazz, Latin, Country, R&B, Reggae, Motown, etc.).
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