Teaches Drum Set, Percussion
Drum Set, Percussion
About Hilary Jones
As a Baltimore native, I started playing drums professionally at age 16. My drum education began when I studied the drums privately with Maynard Ferguson and Navy Band Commodores veteran, Mike Shepherd, during my high school years. I transferred from my local school as I won the opportunity to attend the Baltimore School for the Arts, where the focus was more on symphonic studies. But I knew early on that that just wasn’t the direction I wanted to go into. My love and passion was for the drum set, and for playing funk, jazz, and rock-n-roll, so after high school I enlisted in the U.S. Navy to join the Navy Band. After attending the Armed Forces School of Music, where I graduated top in my class, I spent the next 4 years in the Navy Band, stationed at San Francisco, performing big band, jazz combo, rock band, the concert band (where those symphonic studies definitely came in handy) and of course, the marching band.
After being discharged from the U.S. Navy, I remained in the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue my music career, now as a civilian. I worked with many talented musicians there and was grateful to work with lots of different artists and bands in a vast array of musical styles, including Grammy Award winning producer, Narada Michael Walden, Maria Muldaur, Angela Bofill, Windham Hill recording artist, Ray Obiedo, Pete Escovedo, and with the late, great, Clarence Clemmons of the E Street band.
I relocated to Los Angeles in 1992 and started playing on the local Los Angeles music scene. Before long I was touring the globe with some of the best musicians in L.A. (and elsewhere), including Scott Henderson and Gary Willis’, Tribal Tech, Lee Ritenour, Gave Grusin, Eric Marienthal, Karen Briggs, and Robben Ford, to name a few. In time, I also got involved in the educational side of things and was sponsored by various drum industry vendors to teach many drum clinics nationwide and had the great honor to perform at some of the world’s biggest and best drum festivals, including the Montreal Drum Festival, The Modern Drummer Festival, and PASIC (The Percussive Arts Society International Convention).
Eventually I began writing my own music and collaborating with other artists, and since have gotten involved in producing other artists, helping them to achieve their musical vision.
I have kept a teaching practice throughout, as I have a passion for sharing my knowledge with the next generation of drummers, helping them to develop their artist within.