I am a professional drummer with over 30 years of experience, currently accepting students at Studio-333 in Cerritos.
I teach all ages and levels. My youngest student is 3 years old, I teach many children, teenagers, and adult, and even students in their 60’s. I often work with beginner adults who have always wanted to play but never had time to learn. I enjoy working with experienced professional drummers who just want to brush up in certain problem areas or expand to a new genre of music. I have worked with students who just want to learn a specific song in preparation for an event, and with those preparing for an audition or wanting to record a promotional video.
I have been playing and recording in LA and OC for over 30 years. I am a 1983 MUSICIAN'S INSTITUTE graduate. My biggest influences are John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa, Sting), and Darren King (MuteMath).
Some of the artists I have played and recorded with include Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Gian Marco, Dave Mason (Traffic), Dionne Warwick, Mariners Church Irvine (primary drummer for 10 years), Tim Timmons (popular Christian artist), Saddleback Church San Clemente (4 years), Disneyland Tomorrowland Terrace (5 years). I also play live and record with local singer songwriters including AJ Degrasse, Mike Vitale, Dallas and Doll, Kurt Hunter, Scott Mickelson, and Mark Anthony Castrillon.
I have two drum kits set up for lessons so that I can sit face to face with my student, demonstrate skills, provide clear instruction, communicate feedback and guidance in the moment, and work out any kinks. It's a cool, fun, comfortable environment to learn in, and I am laid back in my style of teaching. We will discuss your goals and work out a plan for achieving them. I don't use a boring, academic approach to teaching. I was a self-taught drummer long before I studied at Musician's Institute, so my methods integrate many different ways of learning and I tailor my approach to each student’s needs. My goal is to figure out where you are at and get you to where you want to be as a player, and I make it fun!
I can show you studio techniques like drum tuning, mic'ing, playing with a click track, etc. I use a few different iPhone/Android apps that are amazing and will help your playing immediately, so bring your phone or iPad. I can also teach you how to incorporate electronics into your acoustic set up. I have a really cool hybrid kit that I use on a lot of gigs, and I can show you how versatile electronic sounds can be and the dynamics they can add to your projects.
I am happy to provide references if you'd like to speak to some of my students. I offer half hour lessons for $30 and one hour lessons for $50. I love seeing how quickly my students progress and have fun!