ROCK / ROLL
I am a life long student of drums and drumming with a passion to play and push myself to new levels as a drummer and musician. Ever since I received my first used Gretsch 3 piece gold sparkle drum kit with my existing Slingerland "Buddy Rich" Student model snare drum at age 12, I was hooked. I love to play drums. With a handful of drummers as my inspiration, all I wanted to do was learn more and play. I fell in love with John Bonham's drumming, it spoke to me in a way that no other drummer's playing did. It would be years later that I would come to understand what he was actually doing when he played that made his drumming so interesting to me. As I began my journey into playing in school bands, garage bands, playing my first party, my first "gig" at a school dance I realized that THIS is what I wanted to do with my life.
Graduating to playing in various "battle of the bands" to gigs in clubs and bars, playing with countless musicians and bands, going to audition after audition, I was hungry to make drumming my career. With all of the promises of life as a gigging musician, I went through the highs and lows of having success and experiencing disappointments. This pushed me to work harder, to learn and practice perseverance and to keep improving in my craft. I studied with as many drummers as possible and absorbed all that I could from every educational opportunity that I had. Those years taught me some valuable lessons that I wasn't expecting. I learned that I actually wasn't "pursuing" fame or the big paychecks, instead I learned how much I love this instrument and how much I enjoy drumming. I learned that what I thought I was working towards wasn't a goal or a means to end, I was actually already there, life as a gigging musician, I was doing it. It is all about the path and not necessarily where it may lead. Do what you love and your never work a day in your life, right? Well, I can't say that it isn't work sometimes, that there aren't hard times, but it is the best time I have ever had at a job and I will never stop striving to get better at it.
Playing gigs, recording and touring are my foundation and drum education is another aspect of my drumming career that I am extremely rooted in and passionate about. I am super excited to have a great roster of drummers and students that I work with on a weekly/regular basis. Additionally, I enjoy doing master classes, clinics and educational programs for schools and various drumming events.
I am very passionate about assisting drummers in being their best in all areas of their drumming and helping them to reach their goals as drummers. I am involved with conducting drum clinics and educational events in partnership with Tune-bot, Vic Firth, Aquarian Drumheads, ProLogix Percussion, and Drumtacs and I also lead Kickport International's Sound Specialist Drum Education Program.
In addition to my educational endeavours, I am grateful to have a busy schedule working with bands and artists as a recording, gigging and touring drummer. Some of the artists and acts that I work with and have toured with/support include: Sunset's Trip, The Secret Destroyers, Dead City Dolls, Saints and Lovers, Guitar virtuoso Greg Howe, Sexus, V, Skin, When Worlds Collide, Joan Jett, Dee Snyder, Widowmaker, Joe Perry, Marilyn Manson, Buckcherry, Gavin Degraw, John Legend and Maroon Five.
I work with a number of drum company brands and retailers on product and educational demonstrations, videos and projects. I am involved with a weekly drum talk radio show/podcast called Around The Kit, in which I host an educational and Q & A segment of the show called "Behind The Kit". I have contributed to Modern Drummer magazine as an educator and product reviewer and I am excited to be a contributing member of the Vic Firth Education Team. Additionally, I am member of the Can-Do-Musos advisory board and very passionate about a new drum education program that I am designing specifically for other-abled drummers and potential drummers that have unique mental and/or physical challenges.
As time moves forward, the music industry continues to change, trends and music genres come and go. Although I don't know how music and drumming will sound, look and feel in the future, I do know that I will be a part of it. My passion and desire to play this incredible instrument will continue and I will be playing the drums somewhere, continuing to learn, grow and educate.