Derby City Percussion Studio

Derby City Percussion Studio

5.0 (1)
2 hires on
1 employee
5 years in business

About this pro

At Derby City Percussion Studios, providing great instruction is key to local students success! Currently with a private studio of 17 students made up of students from Bullitt County, Jefferson County and, Oldham County, students are excelling in their disciplines. Many of these students have won competitions, are current students in performing arts programs, and have made their respective KMEA All-County and All-State ensembles one percussion. 


Cole Gregory is from Louisville, Kentucky, where he is a Percussion Performance Major at the University of Louisville. He is a 2016 winner of From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, and performed live on NPR’s From the Top National radio broadcast in February of 2016.  A 2015 graduate of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts in percussion, Cole regularly serves in the GSA community at public speaking events and helps with audition processes. He performs regularly with several ensembles at the University of Louisville including: The Cardinal Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Combos, Steel Pan Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble. Cole has versatility in many different genres including: Jazz, Gospel, Hip-Hop / Rap, R&B / Soul, Latin, Funk, Rock, Progressive Metal, Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, and Classical genres. In addition, he has participated in numerous festivals, competitions, and masterclasses throughout the state of Kentucky including: All-State, Various KMEA events, Various performances nationwide, Honor Band of America, Honor Jazz Band of America, Kentucky PAS Collegiate Snare Competition (Placed 2nd and 3rd overall out of 20), Music For All Percussion Festival (twice), and Black Swamp’s 2016 1st place National Percussion Ensemble Competition with YPAS, masterclasses and performances with Professor Michael Burritt, Dr. Julie Hill, Professor Jim Campbell, Professor Johnathan Tafoya, Professor Kevin Bobo, Dr. Chad Floyd and clinics with Steven Bryant, David Maslanka and John Mackey. Cole works at DuPont Manual High School as an assistant Percussion Caption Headyear-round for the Crimson Sound Marching Band, North Hardin High School as a Drumline Tech, teaches 12 studentsprivately K-12 throughout JCPS, Oldham County, Bullitt County, and Hardin Counties. He is currently a part-time gigging musician for many churches throughout the Louisville Area by day and by night performs in venues with local bands on drum set. He is offering lessons on all percussion instruments including: Drum Set (all genres), Vibraphone (both jazz and classical), Marimba (2 mallet, 4 mallet Stevens / Burton / Cross Grip), Timpani, Snare Drum, Marching Percussion, Xylophone, Bells, Accessory Concert Technique (Triangle, Tambourine, Bass Drum, and Crash Cymbals), Steel Pan, and WorldPercussion. 


To contact Cole for lessons please leave a voice message or text message to 

502-494-7110 or email at [email protected]   


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Louisville, KY 40216
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  • Susan Williams

    Cole is wonderful with teaching younger to older students! My daughter took marimba lessons with him for a few months. Unfortunately we moved, so we couldn’t continue with lessons since we only wanted to do in person! But he was fantastic!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I typically have a curriculum that works for student to student based on their learning style. I usually make sure there is one free lesson for each student before engaging full time to see how they like it. I charge 30 / hour and 20 / half hour per student. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a plethora of knowledge in my field. I work at three different high schools city-wide as a para-professional for their marching bands and private lessons including YPAS, North Oldham High School and North Hardin High School. I have 18 years of instrumental experience in all mediums of percussion. I'm a four time All-State musician in various ensembles, I've won national competitions, including collegiate competitions, I am currently on my senior year at the University of Louisville I'm majoring in Percussion Performance. I will be working on my Master's in Music Education / Performance at either IU, University of Kentucky, or Middle Tennessee State University in the Fall of 2021 as a TA hopefully. I have 6 years of teaching experience and have had multiple students go on to college in music, I have had several make all state, and their auditions for magnet performing high schools in the area. I have studio experience in Glasgow, Kentucky and Louisville, Kentucky as well as the Nashville music scene. I have some music currently on iTunes as well and other streaming platforms. I am versatile in all areas as a teacher of percussion and I am happy to teach! And love to! It's my passion as well as playing! 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

30 / Hour but usually 120 / Month if that's the case. I am flexible on times for lessons. As long as it is communicated. 20 / half hour or 80 / month. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Students with disability, students varying from ages 6-49 years old.