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BA, Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Percussion Performance
2010 - Won Most Outstanding Musician Award at Temple College Jazz Festival 2012 - Performed with 5 time Grammy winner Tim Alexander from Asleep at the Wheel 2014 - Performed with Grammy winner Phil Driscoll (trumpet) 2014-2015 - Performed with Lance Lopez of Super Sonic Blues Machine 2016 - My drum line at Fort Worth Christian School won 1st place at TAPPS competition
In 2011, I graduated college from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, while I was there I traveled the world playing anything from jazz to rock. I studied with legendary drummer Tim Pope, the drummer for Ray Charles. After school, I started playing and teaching music professionally in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I have had the opportunity to play with many great artists, these artists include Blues Legend Lance Lopez of Super Sonic Blues Machine, Kayla Reeves singer from Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jim Suhler the guitarist for George Thorogood, 5 time Grammy winner Tim Alexander from Asleep at the Wheel, Grammy winning trumpet player Phil Driscoll and last but not least guitar Legend Andy Timmons from Danger Danger and Pawn Kings.
My experience goes back all the way to my college days at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. At Southwestern, I studied with Tim Pope, drummer for Ray Charles. After college, I had the opportunity to teach drums at Southwestern for 2 years as a adjunct faculty member. I then went on to teach at Fort Worth Christian School for 5 years and worked with all their students including their drum line. While at Fort Worth Christian, I was able to win multiple awards including best snare line and best front ensemble at TAPPS competition. This past year we were able to pull in first place at the TAPPS competition. I have been teaching professionally for 6 years now and I am always excited to get new students and be able to watch them grow musically.
When it comes to beginner students, I always start with a few basic rudiments to help build coordination and then I start off with basic drum rhythms. From there, I try to get them to a point where they can play through a song and hopefully get them to play through a favorite song of theirs. When it comes to advanced students, I ask them what they are looking to learn specifically, that way I can give them what they want and challenge them musically. Either way, I want my all students to enjoy their lessons as well as feel like they are getting the most out of their time.
My style of teaching is simple, I want the student to have fun with it, but be challenged at the same time. I always start my lessons by finding out why the student wants to learn the drums, to me this is very important because it allows me to figure out the best way to teach the student, as well as keep it interesting for them. Nothing is more important to me than seeing a student reach his or her personal goals on the instrument so, I do my best to help them accomplish them. Having that said, lets get together and let me help you reach all your musical goals!
Nathan is a great teacher..very knowledgeable and one heck of a drummer himself. My son has learned so much already.
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