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Gospel Drummer and Soundman for local churches of God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in NE Pennsylvania. Valedictorian of ITT Technical Institute’s Multi-media-IT Dept of King of Prussia PA. Full Scholarship of the Art Institute’s Music/Video Business Dept of Philadelphia PA. Recorded Studio Album for Duke Ellington Jazz Ensemble on drums. Featured Drummer in a Jazz Recording in Monterey California for the Duke Ellington Performance Arts School of Washington DC. Duke Ellington Performing Arts School with the studies of (Ensemble, Classical, Jazz, Gospel, Musicals and International Music). University of District of Columbia Marching Band. Drum Captain and teacher of Shaw Junior High School percussion students. DC Youth Orchestra Percussionist.
2010 Valedictorian 1993 Full Scholarship 1992 Drum Captain 1989 Drum Captain
My musical background started when I was 5 years old. My mother helped inspire me at that early age. She brought me some drum sticks, a percussion reading book, and some practice pads, so I would not be loud. We lived in an apartment building. She being a music major herself, started me off with rudiments, the long roll to be exact (mama papa they were called). She then noticed I got very interested, so she enrolled me in the DC Youth Orchestra where I had to Audition. With her behind me, I passed my audition with flying colors. I kept advancing, playing snare drum, bass drum, xylophones, bells and chimes. The skies were the limit. I advanced from one program to another. Leaping through junior high school to college as drum Captain and advanced in all studies. my professional career started me with world renown Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff of the Philadelphia International Sound Record Label, where I was Drummer, song writer, producer and engineer. I work out of different studios and churches.
I have taught drummers in Junior High School, High School and College. Me and my students have embarked on lots of diverse cultures and styles. I have lead Marching Band all throughout school. I have taught students both drumming, percussion and studio production and recording. I have set up live venues and churches in the Washington, DC area, Maryland and the North Eastern Pa area. I have designed musical keyboards through Companies like Invent Help and others. I feel like I have taught people all my life. It is a natural thing and I believe it is a gift. I have promoted and awarded people at various levels from compassion and adoration. I believe that a dream without a push is dead. There need to be fire instilled to make one sweat with perseverance. Perseverance yields faith and experience, and experience yields wisdom and wisdom yields success. Encouragement is what I desire from above and frombeside me. One of the most famous sayings from my grandmother is practice makes perfect. And I will attest to that.
Sticking styles, techniques, and exercises. Body form and exercise pertaining to drumming styles. Equipment orientation and maintenance. Fundamental Rudiments. Reading music. Writing music. Music transcribing and composition. Music theory. Music history, styles and artist recognition. Research compositions on various artist, instruments, styles and origination. Performance and written exams. Advanced video tutorials of different drummers or percussionists. Family recitals with optional HD Video recordings. One on one evaluations of pre and post lessons with performance and comprehension bench marking to set and accomplish goals. Paper awards given to students per lessons completed with teacher’s and student’s satisfaction.
Education is a process; “Success is a journey, not a destination.” (Sweetland, 2001) I believe this process must start with high expectations and flexibility in order for students to learn along the journey instead of “just going for a ride.” Standards, expectations, and positive session management play integral parts in this educational journey and can be impacted within each and every session. I uphold myself to high standards and push my students to go beyond their own expectations. I feel teachers have a responsibility to push their students to achieve, yet prepare them to succeed. Expectations for myself also extend to high expectations for my students. I believe that when we challenge students, they reach heights in their learning they never believed they were capable of reaching. (Michelle Davis’ - Philosophy of Education “Google”)
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