As a teacher, I strive to inspire in my students a love and appreciation for music through dedication, discipline, and, most importantly, FUN. A very patient teacher, I connect easily with students of all ages.
I love to teach and still take lessons myself to keep learning the latest drumming techniques and to keep my curriculum new and exciting for my students. I have studied many styles of music, including rock, blues, jazz, gospel, rock, funk, Brazilian, and Cuban.
I create an individual lesson plan for every student that focuses on the student’s interests as well as short and long-term goals. I feel tremendously fortunate to be able to share my love of music and drumming with my students. What better job could I possibly have than teaching students the best and most fun instrument in the world.
Experienced teacher of 22 years, specializing in all ages and levels. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of rudiments, drum fills, note reading, sight reading, technique, and more. Attended the New England Conservatory of Music and Purchase College of Music, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in music. Let's get started!
30 minutes – $36.00 – ages 7 & 8 ($144 a month)
45 minutes – $46.00 – ages 9 and above ($184 a month)
60 minutes – $56.00 – advanced students ($224 a month)
Two students at a time add $10 per lesson ($40 per month)
Twenty-two years experience as a professional drummer and private instructor. Performed and taught in a variety of styles including blues, rock, gospel, funk, African, Brazilian and Cuban with an emphasis on jazz.
PRIVATE DRUM INSTRUCTOR, NEW ENGLAND, NEW YORK and CALIFORNIA — 1994 - PRESENT
Teach private and group drum lessons to students of all ages and levels, ranging from 5 - 83 years old. Create a fun and nurturing environment for students to learn all the important aspects of music and drumming.
DYNAMIC DRUM SCHOOL, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA — 2012 - Present
Teach weekly drum lessons to students of all ages and levels. Create online drum tutorials and drum covers for students.
WESTCHESTER DRUM SCHOOL, WESTCHESTER, NEW YORK — 2005 - 2012
Owned and operated an in-home drum lesson buisness teaching students of all ages and skill levels.
MUSIC AND ARTS CENTERS, FAIRFIELD, CONNECTICUT — 2006 - 2010
Taught the fundamentals of drumming to students of all ages.
STELLA MUSIC SCHOOL, RAMSEY, NEW JERSEY — 2007 - 2009
Taught individual and group drumming classes focusing on reading, rudiments, rhythm, coordination, etc.
THE HARVEY SCHOOL, KATONAH, NEW YORK — 2005 - 2009
Taught rock drum lessons to students in grades 6-12.
THE FORMAN SCHOOL, LITCHFIELD, CONNECTICUT — 2006 - 2007
Taught private drum lessons to students in grades 9-12.
CREATIVE MUSIC AND ARTS, MONROE, CONNECTICUT — 2002 - 2005
Taught drumming fundamentals to students of all ages.
LOOMIS CHAFFEE SCHOOL, WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT — 2000 - 2004
Private drum instructor for students in grades 9-12.
RICCARADO’S MUSIC CENTER, EAST HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT — 1997 - 2000
Taught drumming techniques to students of all ages.
Jamey Haddad, Joe Morello, Ian Froman, Mark Walker, Bob Moses, John Riley, Kenny Washington, and Dom Famularo
FREELANCE DRUMMER, NEW ENGLAND, NEW YORK and CALIFORNIA — 1990 - PRESENT
Freelance performances with various artists such as the Jim Pugh & Eijiro Nakagawa duo, the Mills Brothers, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Shelton Lester, Xamara Laugart, Johnnie Johnson, Juan Pablo Torres and with many others in various styles playing weddings, club dates, festivals, and corporate functions.
ROOMFUL OF BLUES, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND — 2000 - 2002
Toured the United States, Canada and Europe playing at many major jazz and blues festivals and clubs including the Regatta Bar, the Monterey Blues Festival, the Lisbon, Portugal Jazz Festival, Jazz Alley, Yoshi’s, B.B. Kings Club, the House of Blues, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Bottomline, the Beale Street Music Festival, Bimbo’s 365 Club, the Tralf, the Rosebud, the Berk’s Jazz Festival, the Oroville Blues Festival, the Tarrytown Music Hall, the Budweiser Blues Festival, the Red Hook Brewery Blues Festival and the Orpheum Theatre. Also recorded two CD’s for Rounder Records, Live at the Wolf Trap and Watch You When You Go. Watch You When You Go was number one on the Billboard Blues Charts and the band was voted second best blues band in the Downbeat magazine Readers and Critics Poll.
CHARLES FLORES QUINTET, HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT — 1997 - 2001
Performed throughout the New England area in many jazz clubs and festivals including the Hartford Jazz Festival, the 880 Jazz Club and the Zinc Bar.
FOXWOODS CASINO, LEYDARD, CONNECTICUT — 1997 - 2002
Performed with various jazz, rock, and blues groups including Tony Lee, Kent Hewitt, Shawn Montero,
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
Toured throughout the United States with Daniel Cartier and performed in many major New York venues including Wetlands, Irving Plaza, the Fez Cafe, CBGB’s, Sine, Mercury Lounge and Don Hills. Also recorded a CD entitled, The Subway Sessions.
Performed with the house band at the Safari Club in Taipei, Taiwan
Performed with Sambantitos a Brazilian Percussion group in Central Park, South Street Seaport and the New York Subway. Member of a house band in Taipei, Taiwan, playing music from the 50’s to the 90’s .
Worked for Carnival Cruise Lines on the Tropicale. Performed six nights a week playing a variety of jazz sets and production shows visiting; Grenada, Puerto Rico, Aruba, South America, St. Thomas and Guadeloupe.
Performances with Dario Eskenazi, Jon Faddis, Hector Martigon, Gary Mazzoroppi, Thomas Bramerie, Jimmy Greene, Cuong Vu, Jovino Santos Neto, Stanley Jordan, Holly Palmer, and Jeff Hill.
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