#DrumStudentTabloids: Sylvia DeSantis

In February 2013, a driven lady came into my studio with a sincere hope that one day she could call herself a drummer. It is over 2 years from that day, and Sylvia DeSantis has met that goal amongst many others. Sometimes I can’t tell if she is my therapist or student, as plenty of our lessonsContinue reading “#DrumStudentTabloids: Sylvia DeSantis”

Drums Not Drugs

Rhythmic stimulation has a profound effect on the human state of mind. Drumming actually induces deep relaxation, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress, but contrary to what the 60’s taught us, this enhanced state of mind is achieved without the use of mind-altering chemicals. A study by Barry Quinn, Ph.D. demonstrates that a brief drumming session can doubleContinue reading “Drums Not Drugs”

#DrumStudentTabloids: Calvin Boyd

Currently sitting on 2 broken bones in both hands, Calvin has been taking some time off to recover. His highly anticipated return to the studio is scheduled for next weekend and I’m looking forward to getting back in the groove. Calvin loves Classic Rock and Pop music, which is why we are currently working onContinue reading “#DrumStudentTabloids: Calvin Boyd”

#DrumStudentTabloids: David Leighton

Check out that eye of the tiger. Just another day in the studio for David. Determination is the name of the game for this guy. Call em quarter notes, call em sixteenth notes… David’s got those 48 Bar exercises in Ted Reed’s Syncopation book DOWN. Then there’s the rock beats. Every day I send DavidContinue reading “#DrumStudentTabloids: David Leighton”

#DrumStudentTabloids: Matt Farnan

With 22 years already under his belt, Matt came to me wanting to focus on advanced concepts and solidifying his jazz chops. Dude has KILLER passion and loves the drums only second to his beautiful children. It is not uncommon for Matt to play a casino set in Atlantic City until 2:00 am and stillContinue reading “#DrumStudentTabloids: Matt Farnan”