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Teaches Drum Set, Percussion

"Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way." --Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

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Levels Taught

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Specialties / Genres Taught

Drumset: Rock, improvisation, Jazz, Latin, hand-drums and Auxillary percussion

Favorite Instruments

Drum-Set, Bass Guitar, the Korah, the Harp, Saxophone, Gili, Kilimba, Mbira, Marimba

Musical Interests

Interests in many styles of music, mostly those which push aesthetic boundaries, progressive

Areas of Instruction

Drum Set, Percussion

Favorite Bands

Tool, Volbeat, John Coltrane, Aloha, Rise Against, Sacco and Vinzetti, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chopin, Mozart


UCCS--Visual and Performing Arts emphasis in Music: Drumset and Improvisation, Jazz, Pep, Cumberland University, Jazz and Rock Emsemble, Pep band, CU Denver 2 years recording arts, and film, Jazz, Rock

Current Projects

Cosmik Blues Apothecary eclectic and blues, The Artistry of Chaos, Jazz and Funk, The Colorado Springs Conservatory

Performance Experience

Head On, at industrial nation-- now, The Black Sheep, venues in Denver and Colorado Springs, at Bikes Blues and Brews festival at Buffalo Bicycle Lodge, the Colorado Springs, 20 years drumset, Drum Jury 2013 Latin, Rock, Drum Jury 2012 Jazz, Drums for recording EP, Joseph Childress, folk/country 2006, Music Video Recording and Editing Internship Blink Studios, Boston Massachusetts

Teaching Experience

Drum-set and Percussion Instruction at Fine arts institute of Manitou k-12 from 2013 to 2016, Drum-set and percussion instruction at Colorado Springs Conservatory k-adult, 2016 to Present

About JOHN

John's studied at various colleges and has played various styles of music from Jazz to Classical, Rock and Blues to Improvisation, and Latin.  Studies include The University of Colorado, at Denver, and, Colorado Springs, acceptance to the Berklee School of Music Film Scoring Program, studies and projects with peers at Berklee, including a Led Zepplin cover song recording, Broadmoor Academy of Music in Adult Jazz and Rock Bands, Middle School, High School, and College Jazz and Rock bands, Alternative Rock band Head On for 8 years, to present with Universtity of Colorado Improvisational Ensembles, and an eclectic Blues and Rock band. Mentoring, gigging and instructing also at Colorado Springs Conservatory, and privately with both regular and special education students.
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