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About Clay Cottis

Clay Cottis
Clay Cottis
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Burke, VA
Speaks: English
Instructs: Drums, Guitar, Ukulele
Education: BS, Economics, Minors: Sports Analytics, Global Systems - George Mason University (In Progress)
Performance Experience: I have performed in many types of ensembles in many venues all over the world! Here is a short summary: 2007: Dutch Boy Drum and Bugle Corps - Snare Drum (DCI Div III bronze medalist) 2008 - 2013: Active session player in the Central Florida area. Numerous album credits. 2013 - 2019: "The Commandant's Own" United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps - Percussionist. Throughout this time, I have always performed independently as a guitarist and percussionist in some capacity.
Teaching Experience: Private lesson instructor since 2008. 2010: Assistant Director of Percussion - George Jenkins High School, Lakeland, FL 2011 - 2013: Assistant Director of Percussion - Joe E. Newsome High School - Lithia, FL 2017 - 2019: Tenor Section Leader - "The Commandant's Own" United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps
Teaching Philosophy: Relax, have fun, and use your ears!

Get to know Clay Cottis

Hello! My name is Clay, and I have been playing music for the better part of 20 years. My primary instruments are drums and guitar, and I've been teaching both for well over a decade. I believe in providing a fun and validating atmosphere with clear markers for progress. I utilize linear/logical progressions, ear training, and emphasize improvisation when appropriate. I can cover any ground you need from concert/marching percussion, drumset in any style of music, and introductory guitar instruction.

Clay Cottis teaches at:
4664 King St
Alexandria, VA 22302
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5735 Burke Centre Pkwy
Burke, VA 22015
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