Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drum Set, Percussion
Rutgers University, Saginaw Valley State University, Larry McCray
Saginaw Eddy Band, Saginaw Area Concert Band, Bay Concert Band, Resonators Percussion Ensemble, SVSU Percussion Ensemble
Jazz, Rock, Pop, Funk, Blues, R&B, Metal, Country, Folk, Classical
A native of Michigan, Dustin began his guitar studies with his father at age 11 and continued them in Philadelphia with renowned jazz/R&B guitarist Dave Manley. He also received coaching from legendary blues guitarist Larry McCray.
Dustin’s percussion training began as a 5th grader in his school’s band program. He eventually went on to study percussion with the Hohner Institute of Percussion’s Executive Director Dave Valasek and Eubie Blake Award winner Tony Rongo. As a percussionist, Dustin has performed with the Saginaw Eddy Band, the Saginaw Area Concert Band, the Bay Concert Band, the Resonators Percussion Ensemble, and the SVSU Percussion Ensemble.
Dustin’s academic studies began when he was awarded the John Philip Sousa Band Award and the Rhea Miller Music Scholarship to attend Saginaw Valley State University. During his time there, Dustin served as Drum Major of the Cardinal Marching Band, Vice-President of The National Association for Music Education’s Saginaw Valley chapter, and a member of the Music Ambassador Program’s outreach to public schools.
Dustin has been published by the Journal of Jazz Studies, Sound Teaching, and Cadence: The Independent Journal of Creative Improvised Music. As a guest speaker, Dustin has been invited to present at Saginaw Valley State University, McGill University, the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic’s annual meeting (Temple University), and the Society for American Music’s 40th National Conference (Elizabethtown College).
Dustin specializes in the following types of music: rock, pop, funk, blues, R&B, jazz, classical, metal, country, and folk.
Prior to joining the faculty at Music & Arts, Dustin taught at Rutgers University-Newark, Herter Music Center, Full Score Music, and Midland Public Schools (MI). Dustin currently serves as the Assistant Director of Jazz for Wissahickon High School in Ambler, PA.