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I can answer questions about the value of drums and how to do repairs and tuning. I can give advice about various stages of the drum career and advice on how to join and behave in a band and how to get other jobs in the industry. I can give advice about how to find students and run your own teaching studio and how to run a music studio from a store. I can give advice on buying and selling drums and how to build the arsenal of drums and chops you want. If you have questions about drums, I have answers.
I have been playing drums for nearly 30 years and have taught drums for over 10 years. I have a strong background of learning and playing with top professionals in performance, education, and the retail/repair segments of drums and percussion.
I am a member of the Percussive Arts Society and a member of the Vic Firth Educational team.
My educational credentials include playing in several bands at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University. I also took private drum/percussion lessons for over 14yrs and have been teaching for over 10yrs from my home and from local music stores. I also have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and am a graduate of the non-profit leadership program from ASU.
Awards and Honors
In high school I received the John Phillip Sousa Award along with over a dozen superior ratings at the Arizona Solo and Ensemble Festivals.
I have taught students of all ages over the past 10 years. I am also a consultant for Gerson Lehrman a national consulting firm. A paid position, I consult for them on topics related to the Arizona behavioral health systems and quality management in behavioral health.