Percussion for me started when it starts for all of us, as a baby. Banging on toys, tapping on the high chair. When I was eleven, I sat down behind a drum kit for the first time at a summer camp and the rest was history.
I’m mostly self-taught, picking up grooves and technique over the years.
Formally, I received instruction from world percussion master Tim Bolling during my formative years. Also, through my years at Northwestern University where I was a writer, performer, and leader in the rhythm ensemble, Boomshaka, I studied percussion and snare technique with Huei Yuan Pan (Caveliers Drum and Bugle Corps), and Harrison Ude (Drum Captain, NU marching band).
I consider myself a life-long learner; I’m constantly working to improve my technical proficiency and overall grooviness. I’m always figuring out new ways to think about how I play what I play, and discovering new styles of play to incorporate into a rock sound. That’s what I bring to sessions: fresh perspectives and a constantly evolving understanding of the how of drumming, not just the what.
I gig, record, and tour in the SF-based indie rock band: We Will Be Lions. I also play percussion in theatrical productions around the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve recorded at Hyde Street Studios in SF with Zack Phillips and Tiny Telephone Recording in SF with Ian Pellicci.
My influences include Keith Carlock, Benny Greb, and Neil Peart.
I hold sessions at my studio in Oakland, and if you have a drum kit, I travel to private residences as well. Beginner to intermediate students are welcome. An eagerness to learn and make fat beats is also very welcome. To get in touch with me, visit the contact page.