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Conundrum 2012 Wrap-up

Holy cow! What a NIGHT!

The Island Art Center rumbled on April 14th! 20 amazing performances. 20 amazing students.

Thank you to everyone who took part in Conundrum 2012. Parents, musicians and especially the kids, each of whom took many risks and shared a part of them with us!

Here’s a gallery of photos by the talented Landon Acohido of the event. Check out his site at

Conundrum 2012 – New Location

Conundrum 2012 is almost here! Songs are chosen, the band members are wood-shedding their parts, and the posters just came back from the printer. The only thing left to do is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.

The biggest news about this year’s event is that we have a NEW LOCATION! This year we’ll be tearing the roof off of the Island Art Center which is located across from Sakai Intermediate School on the same driveway as the Coppertop buildings. The building says “Mill’s Flooring” on it. Many of you will know it as Chris Mills’ Aikido/Art facility.

9463 NE Business Park Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA. 98110
phone: 206.842.8511

Also new: There will also be a suggested donation of $5. Students and their parents/siblings do not need to pay. Grandparents, neighbors and friends should if they can.

See you on 4/14!

Conundrum 2011 Wrap-up

Calder's drumming debut!

Did you miss Conundrum this year? Or did you go and can’t wait to relive the evening? Well, videos are in and I’ve compiled them all HERE. Check it out!

Seth Rocks Sakai!

Check out this video of one of my students, Seth, rocking the Sakai Intermediate School Talent Show!

Conundrum 2011 is almost here!

It’s just a little over a week until Conundrum 2011. Every year we top ourselves and this year will be no different. If you’ve never been, this event is the culmination of a year’s worth of work for each of my students. It gives each drummer a chance to show their feats in front of a supportive audience filled with friends and families while up on a real stage, with real lights, being backed by real professional musicians. My students have pushed the envelope again this year with song selections from bands as diverse as The Beach Boys, My Chemical Romance, Nirvana, Dizzy Gillespie, Green Day, and Maroon 5. Some of these drummers have been playing for years, and others only for a couple of months.

I have a few treats for the audience this year too! There is going to be a ROCK STAR COSTUME CONTEST with prizes for best student costume and best audience costume (child AND adult categories). All that plus getting treated to the sounds of Jherek Bischoff and Johnny Bregar backing these kids up.

I’ve set up a page specifically for Conundrum. I’ll start to keep an archive of videos and photos as people post them to YouTube.

Lessons Anyone?

It is rare that I have a spot open up for lessons, but for some reason I’ve had a couple open up this month and have availability on both Wednesday night and Saturday morning. Interested? Send me an email quick before the good times are gone…