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BM, Berklee College of Music
2014 - Drumset performances with Marching Ravens Rhythm Section at M&T Bank Stadium every home football game.
2014 - Recording and performances with 'Edison's Children' in New York City.
2014 - Prog band Iluvatar's new CD 'From The Silence ' on 10T records released to glowing reviews. Available on Amazon, I-Tunes and Spotify.
2011 - Performance with band 'Iluvatar' at Prog Day in Chapel Hill NC.
2009 - Performance with band 'Iluvatar' at Rites of Spring Festival at Keswick Theater in Glenside PA.
2008 - Write Up in Modern Drummer Magazine for recorded performance with progressive group 'Oblivion Sun'. March 2008 ed.
2007 - Performance with band 'Oblivion Sun' at ProgDay Festival Chapel Hill N.C.
2007 - Drumset performance with band 'Oblivion Sun' on debut CD release(Prophase Records ) with gigs in MD, NC, NY, PA and VA.
2007 - Drumset performance with prog rock band 'Puppet Show'. A CD release 'Tale of Woe' on ProgRock Records with Terry Brown of RUSH fame, at the mixing console.
Music is my passion and I love sharing it with others. I've been an instructor for drums and percussion for over twenty years. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, I moved to L.A. where I continued my studies alongside ultra professional drummers Dave Weckl & Chad Wackerman. While living in California I was able to gain invaluable experience performing on stage and recording in major studios. After moving back to the east coast I remain active in the music scene local to Baltimore, Maryland as well as playing nationally with groups ranging from Nashville, California and New York. Currently one of my favorite gigs is playing drumset in the Marching Ravens Rock Band. I have the good fortune of performing at M&T Bank Stadium in front of 70,000-plus Ravens fans every home game ! I also enjoy playing many styles of music. Anything from Rock, Jazz and Latin to Heavy Metal, Prog and Funk. It helps me keep a fresh perspective in the music scene.
My experience with teaching began when I would work at the local music store in Springfield Va. during summer breaks. Even though I graduated with a Bachelors in Performance, teaching was something I enjoyed having seen progress with students. After college, teaching became a part time job for me and has at times, become more important than performing or recording. Being that I had such a range of talented instructors at Berklee, and experience with lessons from other pro drummers, I feel I have many angles to draw from and can apply that to different students needs. I like to keep my students active by encouraging practice, showing them the results of practicing and exploring different types of styles. Should they want to perform, I like helping and preparing them for band auditions, big performances or their first band practice. I've taught students as young as 7 years old and as old as 63. I meet each student as a unique challenge to help them become a better drummer. I truly enjoy the reward of watching a student grow into proficient musicians.
For the beginner student I start with the essentials to reading music. Once the student has a understanding of rhythmic note values, I generally start with Alfred's Drum Method Book One or Elementary Drum Method by Roy Burns. I also start working snare drum rudiments and focus on issues like grip and wrist stroke to ensure correct technique. I use a range of different books and material for drumset, according to where the student's skill level and musical interest is. For the more advanced student I like to teach drum fills, polyrhythms, combined stickings, jazz independence, double bass, different latin rhythms or advanced funk techniques. I enjoy meeting the challenge of any student and guide my instruction to their interests.
I love the reward I get from seeing my students progress ! Whether it's getting through a tough snare drum solo , mastering a marching band audition piece or helping them with a cover tune on their drumset ( or even suggesting parts and ideas for an original song ) I believe this promotes confidence in a student's music ability. I've had the good fortune of seeing my students recieve scholarships to college music programs, become 1st chair snare drummers in high school marching bands and even go to the local club to watch their band perform. This is the experience I've had that has helped me continue my passion for teaching for over 20 years.
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