I majored in music at the University of Minnesota, where I played solo drums in the concert band and jazz ensemble, playing behind Urbie Green at Carnegie Hall in 1975. I also hold a Masters Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, and was for six years an instructor at Boston’s world-famous Berklee College of Music. While teaching at Berklee, I was named a Massachusetts Artists Fellow in Jazz Composition. and also published two advanced drum methods: Virtuoso Studies for the Drum Set, and Four Way Fusion for the Modern Drummer. I also self published two snare drum methods, entitled Technical Studies for Snare Drum. While teaching at Berklee I conducted numerous clinics and master classes in drumming, which were all well received. I also performed often at the Berklee Performance Center with my own group, and taught at the annual Berklee Jazz Festival. I have performed under Gunther Schuller, George Russell, and with Myroslav Vitous, Mike Stern, Fred Hersch, Jaki Byard, Jerry Vale, Urbie Green, and many others. My album Skyward was widely praised in Boston Media, and is in fact what resulted in my Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Award. It was described as “sparkling” by none other than Vic Firth himself.
My musical pedagogy (teaching) subjects include:
Snare Drum Technique
Drum Set Coordination, Time Feels, and Soloing.
Brush Technique (including demonstrate of my little book “Brush Rudiments.”
A review of other methods of my authorship which I used at Berklee
Demonstration of Etudes and examples from my published drum methods.
I also have considerable experience in working with combos and concert band. I am eager to share my talents with others.
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