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Bachelor of Music, University of North Texas, Jazz Performance. DAP Certificate, New England Institute of Art, Digital Audio Production. EMP Certificate, SAE Institute of Los Angeles, Electronic Music Production. ATP Diploma, SAE Institute of Los Angeles, Audio Engineering.
1982 - Berklee College of Music: Full Tuition Scholarship
1986 - The University of North Texas: Scholarship Awarded
1987 - The University of North Texas: MA Scholarship in Arranging Offered
2015 - SAE Institute of Los Angeles, Award for Most Studio Lab Hours
1995 - Associated Artist Endorsement, SABIAN. LTD.
1995 - Endorsement offered, ZILDJIAN CO.
I am a drumset artist with a rich history of performing credits in the United States and Europe that include working with such artists as Peter Herbert, Wolfgang Muthspiel, George Garzone, Frank Mobus, Carolina Brandes, Christian Diener, and Eugene Maslov. I have also shared the stage with opening performances for Major Label Country Artists: Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson, Tracy Byrd, Josh Turner, and Julie Roberts. I have studied extensively with Internationally Renowned Artists/Educators, Gary Chaffee, Alan Dawson, and Dr. Robert Schietroma. My tapestry of teaching includes being a former faculty instructor for Berklee College of Music and drumset clinician for SABIAN, LTD.
Whether I was teaching Drum Labs at Berklee College of Music or teaching privately in my Boston Studios, there has never been one student who has not moved me to want to do all I can to further their drumming and musical aspirations. I work closely with students in designing a plan that seeks to fulfill both short and long-term musical goals. We work together to contruct a lesson plan that is inspiring, demanding, and achievable. I have been fortunate enough to have studied with some of the world's most sought out drumset artists and instructors. It is only natural for me to want to pass this on with the same excitement, high musical standards, and passion in which it was passed on to me.
The most important aspect, in my eyes, for developing as a drummer, is having an authentic and convincing 'feel.' To achieve this, one must have strong fundmental skills as regards technique, co-ordination, and time. My methodological approach therefore focusess strongly on technical development, musicality, in addition to numerous genre oriented developmental methods aimed to develop the drummer in areas of rock, jazz, latin, odd meter, etc. I also encourage artistic appreciation of the drummers and musicians/groups that have paved the historical trajectory from roots to modern, with regard to particular genres.
I approach teaching as a purely collaborative endeavor. In initially meeting a student, I ask many questions in order to gage what has inspired the student to study drums, and what particular genres of music and/or artists have brought them to the point of lesson inquiry. I use this information to construct a plan that seeks to meet both short-term and long-term goals. My teaching style is very high-spirited, laid back, yet, demanding - with a touch of fun humor. I tend to be very gentle with students yet have the capaity to set high standards that inspire students to tap deeper into their passion for music and drumming.
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