Private lessons are vitally important to the development of any well-rounded musician. A good teacher is able to identify areas of weakness and lay out a plan for improvement. Our shortcomings often go unnoticed for years without the keen eye of a musical mentor. We hand select our teachers from a huge pool of talented musicians to offer the best educational environment for our students. We are committed to excellence in education and want to help you achieve your musical goals.
Like many lifetime drummers, Nate started out on the pots and pans — thankfully, his folks caught on early and bought him a drum set as a toddler. His earliest influence was Kenny Aronoff since his father was a big fan of John Mellencamp. He began mimicking the records he heard throughout his childhood. To supplement, Nate started formal lessons in the fourth grade with Carl Menard. In high school, he studied with former Alan Dawson student, Phil Verrill. Phil gave him the tools needed to grow his musicianship. By the time Nate graduated, he was the All-State Jazz Drummer, Berklee Jazz Festival winner in both jazz combo and big band, State Rhythm Award recipient, and Berklee College of Music scholarship recipient.
Nate decided to stay local and attend the University of Southern Maine. While there, he took one-off lessons from Derico Watson, Jim Riley, and Norm Bergeron while gigging and teaching all over New England. The two bands that gigged the most were the Tony Boffa Band, a nine-piece horn band, and the Midweek Jazz Quartet comprised of the same musicians Nate knew and played with since the sixth grade.
After graduation, Nate married the girl of his dreams and moved to Massachusetts to open The Drum Shop North Shore. The shop was created to help build an environment where drummers could hang out, get inspired, and have access to the best gear at the best prices around. Nate has been studying with Bob Gullotti for past three years while gigging regularly as a sideman for many popular Boston bands.
Nowadays, Nate balances his passion for playing and selling drums with teaching students of all ages and skill levels. Get in touch to schedule a complimentary trial lesson!
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