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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What a weekend! I just got back from 4 days in New York City where I attended Kindiefest, a conference for musicians playing music for families. Recess Monkey went out to catch up with old friends and to introduce me to the community for the first time. I’ve never met such an amazingly friendly, welcoming and talented people in my life!

A highlight of the trip was an evening spent at SiriusXM Headquarters where we collaborated with 9 other Kindie bands including The Okee Dokee Brothers, The Not-Its!, SteveSongs, Brady Rymer, Charlie Hope, Lunch Money, The Sugar-Free All-Stars, Dean Jones, the Pop Ups, Tim & the Space Cadets and Mista Cookie Jar. A video of a “We Are the World”-inspired song should be up soon. The special will play on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live this Memorial Day Weekend.

The "crazy" version is always the best!

The “crazy” version is always the best!

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!

“Deep Sea Diver” Promo Shots


Photo by Kevin Fry.




Photo by Kevin Fry.


Announcement! I’m a monkey!

A Recess Monkey! I’m so excited to be joining this amazing band! Check out our website here! So much more to come!

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!

Live on KEXP, 11/29

I’ll be playing live on-air at KEXP 90.3 tomorrow at noon (PST) along with my brother Jherek on Cheryl Waters’ show to promote Saturday’s show at the Moore Theater. Tune in from anywhere in the world at