Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Over 25 years
Drum Set, Percussion, Music Theory, Jazz Improvisation
Music Education - Music Performance and Music Theory at Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, CA (1974-78) and The Dick Grove School of Music (1975-1978) Studio City, CA. Performance Ensembles included - Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble. Courses included - Theory, Ear Training, Commercial Music & Recording, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, Music Appreciation, Orchestration and Arranging., My private lessons - Early years, Hack O'Brien. As an adult - Freddie Gruber (renowned Master Instructor). Recent studies from 2006 on - Mark Ivester, Arturo Rodriguez and Steve Korn. Seattle Central Jazz Orchestra with Lonnie Mardis.
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Concert Percussion, Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz, Hand Drumming for Djembe and Conga Etc...
Soul Survivor, John Groves Jazz, Vital Signs
My performance work began in 1974 to my present active performance schedule. My performance background includes bands in styles of Rock, Jazz & Blues, Funk, World Music, Contemporary Christian, Big Band, Symphony Orchestra, and drums & percussion for Musical Theater.
I instruct in drum set, band and concert percussion, and world drumming (Djembe, Conga , etc..). I enjoy instructing and mentoring students of various backgrounds and ages, from beginners to advanced level players.
My students learn drumming and percussion skills for a variety of musical styles: Rock, Jazz, Funk/Fusion, World Grooves, Afro Latin styles, and Band & Orchestra.
My teaching methods and lessons are personalized to the individual needs & learning styles of each student, with emphasis upon the skills and knowledge needed to excel in all music genres, whether in small groups (Rock to Jazz), or large (Jazz and Concert band, Orchestra).
I regularly perform with Vital Signs, Soul Survivor, The Jazz Misfits, Paul Johnson & Friends, John Groves Jazz, and Lake Tapps Christian Church. I performed for many years with The Tommy Wall Band, The Kings of Swing, Critical Mass and MOJO Big Bands, and recently with Mach One Jazz Orchestra. I have numerous performance credits with dozens of Musical Theater productions as well.
I am very excited to now be a part of the MUSIC & ARTS lesson program since April 2014. I successfully taught with Mills Music store since 2001, prior to their joining the MUSIC & ARTS family. I would be privileged to be a part of your student's and or your musical journey.