Since beginning this journey over a decade ago, I've sought to lay a strong musical foundation for myself that has one foot rooted in Jazz, Classical, and Popular music, and the other in music and culture from around the world, including the Caribbean Islands, South America, Northern India, and West Africa. This in-depth exploration has led me to many exciting opportunities that have strengthened my passion and informed my approach to music education in great measure.
My goal as a teacher of drums and percussion is not only to create a great drummer, but a well rounded musician who takes into account his or her passion for music and the role that it plays in their life. Each lesson is tailored to fit the needs of each student, young and old, beginner to advanced, as they carve out the path on their own musical journey. I find so much joy in seeing my students discover their potential and work towards their musical aspirations. Whether you're looking to work as a professional musician or just want to develop a fun hobby, I am here to help.
While in school at the University of Toledo, I studied drum set and percussion under Dr. Olman Piedra and Jonathan Ovalle, as well as composition and arranging with Tad Weed. I graduated magna cum laude in May of 2015 with a Bachelors in Music Performance (jazz concentration).
I've been privileged to share the stage with distinguished musicians including Jon Hendricks, Gilad Atzmon, Clifford Murphy, Tad Weed, Jeff Halsey, Vic Juris, Gunnar Mossblad, and David Bixler, among others. I perform regularly with the Estar Cohen Project, Talking Ear, Dragon Wagon, Galen Bundy's Project 206, and many local groups throughout the Midwest. You can hear my playing on the Estar Cohen Project's debut album entitled Waiting for Dawn, Project 206's debut album entitled Struggle is Joy, and Dragon Wagon's most recent live album entitled Live at the Ark Vol. II. In addition to my playing, you can hear my original compositions on Talking Ear's self titled debut album.
On top of my passion for teaching and performing, I also love to compose music. In 2013, I was one of two recipients of the Deans Award from the UT College of Communication and the Arts for outstanding achievements in composition and performance. That same year, I received the Bernard Sanchez Scholarship, which awards students for excellence in musical performance. I am currently endorsed by Bosporus Cymbals, based in Istanbul, Turkey.