Kerry Kennard

Kerry K.

Fairborn, OH
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Originally from W. Africa, the Djembe is a drum for solo and ensembles. Wikipedia says it can be a Solo drum, due to its volume. My experience is usually with groups, i.e. at Sinclair College's choirs, adding interesting patterns and sounds. My approach is similar to Conga, although private lessons will include other interesting aspects of rudiments and ... if enough people, the possibility for a percussion ensemble.
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Kerry teaches



Kerry delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 7 to 85 and males 7 to 80

Teaching since:
August 2006

I attended Wright State University for two (2) years studying Music , and then transferred to Belmont University to receive a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance. A Masters of Music from Eastern Kentucky University will help overall General music and creative studies.

I also studied at the Eastman School of Music, learning Creative Music Making and African drum studies.

Lastly, I attended University of Dayton for Percussion, Music Technology, & World music, and different Samba schools in Salvador/Rio, Brazil for Samba studies.

I have been performing since 1984 for theatre shows, Pop/Rock, jazz, R & B, Circus’ (Great Wallendas), swing bands, American Entertainment Productions show band (One year), and performed with Holland America Cruise Line for three (3) years. Recently, I've been performing Musicals in Columbus, OH (Tarzan), Sinclair College and Dare2Defy Productions - not necessarily all in order. Played in different jazz bands, Pop/Rock groups, and Churches (Contemporary & Traditional) in the area.

I have been teaching since 2004, both privately and for local studios, offering all styles.

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Jazz gigs
Jan 2015 - Present
(with Samantha Carlson)

Jazz gigs within the region, playing drums with Samantha Carlson and other local artists (Kelsey Mira).

Drum teacher
Jan 2013 - Apr 2016
Pastime Junction

Teach drum lessons to JH, HS, and adults, creating content around their needs.

Jun 2008 - Nov 2011
Holland America Line

Playing percussion instruments, i.e. Congas, Timpani, timbales, tambourine, shakers, etc. for various guest entertainer’s show, Production Shows, dance music, and events around the ship.
Fill in Drum set for HALCats band and other Jazz band on ship.

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Drum teacher
Aug 2006 - Aug 2007
Brd House / Dayton Band

Taught 10-12 students a week using books and music technology, iPod, listening to music and watching famous drummers during lesson time. Tommy Igo - book used for drum-set learning, as well as other books.

Jan 1984 - Dec 1984
American Entertainment Productions

On the road work in schools, conventions, and State Fairs.
During school season, Two school occurances a day made for tight schedule.


Master of Music (M. M.)
Aug 2007 - May 2008
Eastern Kentucky University
Music Tech. and Drum/Music performance
Jun 2005 - Dec 2007
University of Dayton
Music / Summer School
Jun 2007 - Jun 2007
Eastman School of Music
Bachelor of Music (B. M.)
Sep 1988 - May 1991
Belmont University


$5,000 / Semester
Aug 2007
Eastern Kentucky University
Mar 2003
Wright State University


Jazz Education Network
Jan 2012

JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.

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Broadcast Music Inc.
May 1994

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Percussive Arts Society, The
Nov 1990

We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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Photos & Videos

Bye, Bye, Blackbird - July 2017 - Samantha Carlson singing at Blue Note Bistro.
Playing behind Samantha Carlson at Blue Note Bistro; great tune and groove
Trading 4's (solos) at local jazz venue:  Jazz Central
Summer 2014

Fast Jazz number with sax trio.
New shirt from PASiC Convention 
(Percussion Arts Society International Convention)

2016 July, Jazz and Rib fest in Columbus, OH

2016 Feb. clinic with Kenny Aronoff at Wright State University clinic Jerry Noble produced.

"Come fly with Me" - Jazz - Neptunes group during
Holland America Line Career.
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6 Reviews

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Theresa Lauterbach Oct 29, 2016
Drum · In home

I saw improvement each week from my lessons with Kerry. He offered great resources and gave me advise for purchasing my drums. After just 5 months, I could read and play music on my own!

King Koeller Dec 1, 2015

Fantastic jazz drummer!
Professional and knowledgeable about many diverse drumming styles.
Super swingin'!

James M. May 26, 2015
Drum · In studio

Kerry introduced the basics to my daughter. I could see improvement every
week. She loved going to lessons with Kerry.

Samantha C. Apr 23, 2015

Kerry certainly has the experience, both in teaching and performing. When someone like Kerry teaches, he brings both his knowledge from his degrees, and his experience from performing. Working with Kerry, I know for a fact that not only is he talented, but he is professional all the way, and takes his work very seriously. You will not be disappointed if you choose to hire Kerry!

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Kerry K. Dec 10, 2014
Drum · In studio

Kerry has given private percussion lessons to my 12 year old daughter for 8 months. She enjoys lessons and I have seen improvements in her performance. Kerry has been communicative, professional, and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend his services.
Thank you.

Dena Krupa

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JOHN S. Nov 26, 2014

Kerry K. is an experienced percussionist with many valuable insights to share with beginning or intermediate level students. He has played for my Music Directing very successfully for the last 10 years.

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