Richard MacDonald
Sarasota, FL
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Richard MacDonald

Richard M.

Sarasota, FL
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have over thirty years of experience teaching students of all ages and abilities. My youngest student is seven and my oldest student is seventy six. I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music and have years of experience playing with jazz, rock, funk and country groups as well as playing shows for touring acts. My versatility allows me to teach many styles. Whether it's teaching a beginning student how to play rock, helping a teenage student prepare for marching band or jazz band or showing a retiree how to play to their favorite song, I always enjoy help my students learn and improve.

About Richard M.

I am originally from a city just outside Boston, Massachusetts called Quincy. I was lucky to have studied with some of the finest teachers around Boston including the many great teachers at Berklee College of Music. While in Boston and studying at Berklee, I was an instructor for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. I have a very solid background in teaching rudiments.

Once I finished my education at Berklee, I worked for several years on cruise ships playing in show bands. Our band backed up a number of name touring acts such as Little Anthony, The Imperials among many others. My experience in playing for various acts enables me to help students learn to read and interpret drum charts in different styles.

I then spent a few years living in Australia and New Zealand where I played mostly jazz gigs in clubs and concert settings. I also taught private lessons at local music stores in both countries.

Then I headed back to Boston for about eight years where I played all sorts of gigs. Jazz, rock, funk, country, theatre and general business gigs. I also taught privately at this time.

Needing a change of scenery, I moved to California where I performed around the Greater Los angeles and Santa Barbara areas. I was there for five years before I made my final move to Sarasota, Florida.

I have been performing and teaching in Sarasota since 2003. Versatility is what I enjoy. I love being able to play a jazz gig one night, play a country show the next and then rock out with a hard hitting band. I love playing different types of music with different types of people. My experience and versatility allows me to do this. Likewise, I enjoy teaching different styles of music to different types of students of all ages and abilities.

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Experience

Showband drummer
Jan 2006 - Present

William Clare Entertainment

Hired to play drums for touring acts coming through Florida. The acts are varied in style. Rhythm and Blues, Broadway, Oldies and Comedy are some of the types of acts. The gig requires reading ability and versatility.

Education

B.A. in Professional Music
Sep 1980 - Aug 1985

Berklee College of Music

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