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BM, Eastern Washington University, Percussion Performance
2017 - performed the opening concert with Lee Oskar & Friends at the Seoul International Harmonica Festival
2015 - Performed with Lee Oskar & Friends at Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa
2014 - Performed with Evelyn Glennie premiering a percussion concerto by Sean O'Boyle
2010 - toured North America as drummer for Thomas Mapfumo
1999 - First Place, Eastern Washington University Concerto Competition
I am a professional percussionist with a wealth of performing experience in many styles including rock, funk, jazz, classical, and world music. I have toured throughout the USA performing at distinguished concert venues, festivals, and clubs. Currently I am a very active freelance percussionist in the Pacific Northwest performing with symphony orchestras, rock bands, jazz trios, and others. As an instructor I have been teaching (both privately and in the classroom) without interruption for over twenty years.
I began teaching privately during college and have been doing so continuously since then. My experience over the years with these many different students has shaped my teaching-to-the-individual method. No matter the type of learner I strongly encourage regular and devoted practice of one's chosen instrument and feel that an attitude focusing on constant improvement (no matter how small the steps) goes a long way. I embrace a student's taste in music and tailor my lessons with those styles in mind. Music lessons should be fun!
I start most beginning students (and evaluate more advanced ones) on snare drum or practice pad. This is a central instrument to the percussion family and most techniques used on other percussion instruments are based on sound snare drum technique. I like the Alfred Drum Method book for students just starting out regardless of age as the ability to read and understand written music is important no matter what stylistic path one follows. That being said I have to evaluate a student first to know exactly which materials will work best.
Upon meeting a student for the first time I like to hear from them about where their interests lie, what their goals are, and what they already know about their instrument and music in general. Lessons are custom-tailored based on these facts. I like attempting to expand on their interests and introduce them to music they may not be aware of but I think they'll love. My favorite part is when they light up upon hearing something really cool for the first time!
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