25 years of experience specializing in West African percussion music played in ensembles of djembe and dunun drums as well as ashiko and balafon.
It's fun, it's high-energy, it's passionate, it's connected to a deep history and culture, and it brings people of all kinds together to do something positive. I love to see people work through the challenge of learning and reach levels of enjoyment and expansion that are life-changing.
Chuck is a friendly, knowledgeable, and patient teacher. He finds a way to make group classes work for people at different levels which always amazes me. He is encouraging, while at the same time he tries to help you reach greater proficiency. He is talented at working with people of all ages and levels.
I have learned more drumming essentials with Chuck than anything else I have done. He is infinitely patient with me and fellow drummers.
Chuck is extremely talented, patient and personable. He offers instruction with the utmost professionalism. I highly recommend his teaching!!!!
Chuck is a wonderful teacher. He's always cheerful and patient, and if one method doesn't work, he'll try another. I thought I would take six weeks of his classes to learn to play djembe, but have been with Chuck's Emerson Drummers for more than a decade now, together with my son. Chuck became a good friend and mentor-- an important part of our lives.