About Luke Schaffel
Get to know Luke Schaffel
For the last several years, Luke Schaffel’s drumming with various groups has been earning a lot of recognition. Whether it is from winning numerous awards and scholarships as a jazz musician or being recognized by the press with the rock band The Clocktown Giants, the powerful and precise style of Luke’s playing is starting to catch everyone’s ear. Luke started his musical study at age 10, with an early love for rock bands like Van Halen, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Steely Dan which quickly made him realize that the drums were for him. After a few years of an exclusive concentration on rock n roll, Luke joined the Jazz Band at his high school at age 14 and started to focus on studying the playing of the great jazz drummers such as “Philly” Joe Jones, Tony Williams, Steve Gadd, Elvin Jones, and many others.
Luke went on to earn a jazz studies degree from Montclair State University as well as a Masters Degree from New York University, where he had the opportunity to work with some industry titans, including Lenny White, John Scofield, Lenny Pickett, Dave Stryker, Mike Richmond, Steve Johns, and more. After graduating, Luke has been playing professionally and teaching in the New Jersey and New York area where his diverse musical skills have helped serve him as; an opening act for guitar virtuosos John 5, Gus G, and Guns n’ Roses keyboard player Dizzy Reed. A theater pit musician for famous musicals including, Matilda, Legally Blonde, Baby, Beat bugs, and more. As well as jazz gigs all over the tri state area.
Throughout his near decade of teaching, Luke has strived to create an environment for his students that is not only educational, but a fun activity to explore the music they love. Luke has been driven through his career as a professional musician and educator by his passion for creating and the pursuit of excellence. Luke is available for lessons through Music and Arts.