About ASA HOLGATE - PERCUSSION
Asa has over fifteen years experience as both a professional performer and instructor and holds a Master of Music degree from the University of New Orleans.
In addition to teaching privately, he has served as percussion coach for the Youth Orchestras of the Lowcountry and substitute drum instructor at the College of Charleston. While a student at University of New Orleans, Asa was selected to teach and perform for over two weeks at the 9th Annual JAZZ Workshop in Innsbruck, Austria. He has performed at multiple festivals including the Reno Jazz Festival, MOJA Arts Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Asa has performed for theatre productions of West Side Story and Le Petit Prince, toured with rock bands, and spent three years traveling and performing aboard cruise ships in both Jazz Trio and Show Band settings.
Since returning to Charleston, he has maintained a steady schedule performing five nights a week. Asa's lessons focus on building a solid foundation by teaching both reading and technique while working with his students to create an individualized curriculum specific to their goals as musicians. His personal studies have covered a wide range of musical styles; Asa is a perpetual student engaged in a continuous pursuit of new styles and approaches to his instrument.