I put collaboration at the forefront of my endeavors as a percussionist and composer. My quest to create compelling performances through the amalgamation of the avant-garde and status quo is focused on the intersection of experimental music, popular music, orchestral music, and interdisciplinary work. I’m currently based in Seattle, Washington.
“The benefits of music education are glorious: self expression, knowledge of a universal language, stress relief, and happiness.” – Elias
Music education is important to me because it creates a positive experience for both the teacher and the student. It is a symbiotic relationship, in which both the pupil and educator can benefit. The benefits for the student are glorious… self expression, knowledge of a universal language, stress relief, and hopefully happiness.
Music Education History
Associate of Arts in Drum Set Performance – Musician’s Institute
Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance – California State University, Northridge
Master of Music in Percussion Performance – University of Washington
When I received my first drum set as a gift from my family at eight years old, my parents required that I took drum lessons. I studied with private teachers throughout my entire school career, while concurrently enrolled in lessons through my high school and vocational college (Musician’s Institute in Hollywood).
At Musician’s Institute I studied drum set, and I was privately studying orchestral percussion with the Principal Percussionist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I continued my percussion studies at California State University, Northridge and earned a Bachelor of Music Degree. In 2018, I obtained my Master of Music degree from the University of Washington.
My primary teachers include Raynor Carroll, Dr. Bonnie Whiting, Mike Crusoe, John Magnussen, Aaron T. Smith, Chuck Silverman, and Bruce Becker. In addition, I’ve received formative mentoring by William Kraft, Jan Williams, Michael Werner, Stuart Gerber, Naoko Takada, Robert Carson, Tim McIntyre, Bernard Galane, Chuck Flores, Glen Sobel, Andrew Megna, Jason Harnell, and Third Coast Percussion.
Throughout all of my own education, I have also been a private teacher. I’ve taught private lessons to hundreds of students in my private studio and at music academies in California and Washington state. I have also taught high school marching band. It has been an amazing and wonderful journey of music, and I am excited for what the future holds!
Playing as the Principal Percussionist for Jane Eyre the musical.
My Master’s Degree recital at the University of Washington.
My debut performance as the Principal Timpanist with the UW Symphony.
My senior recital at California State University, Northridge.
Recording my album and various songs.
My first performance in front of an audience in middle school.