One of my first drum teachers, Joe Porter, directed me on the right path to drumming. He was also the ex-drummer of Plumb & Jars of Clay, as well as many other bands.
Dr. Nick Petrella
Nick Petrella was a teacher that taught me the true meaning on the words "on tempo"
Dr. Nick Petrella is the Director of Education for Sabian Ltd. He maintains a full schedule as a performer and has commissioned and premiered over a dozen new compositions. Nick has many solo, chamber and large ensemble performances to his credit.
Percussionist, Author, Educator;
Faculty, Oakland University
Kevin Garry is currently entering his 16th season with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, where he holds the position of Section Percussionist/Principal Drum Set. In addition to his duties with the JSO, Kevin has frequently performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and the Naples Philharmonic. Prior to joining the JSO, Kevin was a member of the New World Symphony (Miami Beach) and was Principal Percussionist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra (Michigan) from 1989 to 1991. in 1992, Kevin was elected by his colleagues to be the recipient of the New World Symphony’s Community Board Award for Leadership and Artistic Excellence.
John Dorsey was my last teacher and one that I am still learning the skills he taught me.
John Dorsey, Associate Professor of Music at Eastern Michigan University, maintains an active teaching and performing career. His teaching duties include applied percussion, Percussion Ensemble, African Ensemble, percussion methods class and instructing the Marching Band drumline. Mr. Dorsey is currently Principal Percussionist for the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Saginaw Bay Orchestra