Category Archives: Lessons

Congratulations Wes Powers

Congrats to my longtime student, Wes Powers, on his summer with the Seattle Cascades and participating in the DCI World Championships!

Read all about it here.

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Conundrum 2014!

Conundrum 2014 Poster

The biggest night in music is almost here! Come be completely inspired by the talent, passion and risk-taking of 16 adorable students as they rock their favorite songs accompanied by Jherek Bischoff, Johnny Bregar Music, Kristen Ferguson, and Drew Holloway on the stage at Bainbridge Performing Arts. FREE and GREAT FOR FAMILIES who don’t mind a little noise! Seriously, you won’t regret it!

Saturday, April 26

7:00 p.m.

Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Avenue North


Coming Soon: Conundrum 2014!

Be there! April 26, 2014. 7:00pm Bainbridge Performing Arts.

Conundrum 2013 Recap


Holy cow! Am I the luckiest drum instructor or what?! Conundrum 2013 went off without a hitch. My talented, hard-working and brave students amazed friends and family in our annual recital-turned-rock concert. Every student inspired and engaged the audience. A few highlights for me were having my very shy 4-year-old son join his older brother on tambourine for Weezer’s “Undone” and having Dave Dederer of Presidents of the United States of America join two of my students on PUSA classics “Peaches” and “Lump.” At the end of the show, Dave sneaked up and asked if I’d like to do “Lump” one more time but with me on drums… how could I say “no”?! Ended the night fulfilling a college-aged dream! I’m exhausted, but looking forward to Conundrum 2014! See you there.

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Conundrum 2013!

Let's get ready to rumble!

Let’s get ready to rumble!

It’s almost here! Students are putting the finishing touches on their songs, special guests are being lined up, and posters are at the printer… Conundrum 2013 is just over 2 weeks away!

As usual, your ears will be treated to a wide assortment of songs ranging from a hit by Foreigner to intense drum features by Foo Fighters. Your eyes will be treated to supreme cuteness as kids as young as seven take the stage to rock the house. And your brain will be treated to the wonders of what these kids can pull off!

This year we’ll be making a return to the Island Music Guild at Rolling Bay. We loved last year’s venue, but it was just too small. Everyone is invited to this free showcase which will start at 7:00pm. See you there!

Conundrum 2012 Highlights!

Here it is, after months of trying to salvage footage… Highlights from this year’s big recital for all of my students, Conundrum 2012!


Last week I went to my son’s third grade class to do a workshop on percussion. We had a great time experimenting with different types of percussion instruments, learning about the differences between membranophones and idiophones, and attempting (and succeeding!) to play some simple group rhythms. The best part of doing the Art Docent role for his class is the post-workshop feedback I get. Check these out:

The rhythm is awesome.

I like how he could play different kinds of instruments.

He could switch instruments really quickly.

He’s good at the beat and the rhythm to keep it steady.

I remember the song you made in first grade.

It must take a lot of practice to be really good at it.

He knew so many different kinds of music – from different time periods and different styles.

The cow bell was really hard to play without a mallet.

I like how he played the drums. It was really loud.

How can somebody keep a beat with you? It’s really fast.

I liked how we beat the closets. It made a good beat.

The punk rock picture was really embarrassing.

Did you try to embarrass Calder?

Music Madness!

You are really good at the drums.

I liked the drum I played.  It was membrane.

I liked playing the closet.

I really liked playing the xylophone.

The closet really hurt.

I liked playing the boom whackers.

I loved it! It was loud!