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Tom is a 28 year old professional drummer and tutor from Norwich, England. He has been playing drums since the age of 10 and teaching since the age of 21. His tuition studio is based at Anglia Drum Centre in Norwich, the largest specialist drum and percussion retailer in the Norfolk and Suffolk area. From here, he teaches around forty private students, as well as taking time to teach in local schools. Tom teaches beginner to advanced players, and likes to use Groove Essentials as a base from which to explore ideas, as well as putting most students through the Rock school Syllabus, for which his students have gained a 100% pass rate. Tom is also working on his first book, “Rudiments Applied”, a study of using snare drum rudiments to play grooves and fills. Many of his students go on to higher education, with past students attending Drumtech, Guilford Academy of Contemporary Music and Access to Music Colleges. Some of his students are beginning to start their own careers, such as Josh Thaxton-Key of the new British band Ivyrise. As a player, Tom counts funk, reggae, world and jazz as my preferred styles. As well as playing drums in various local projects, Tom currently plays drums for Zimbabwean singer Anna Mudeka, with festival appearances throughout the summer and a new record due out in the autumn. Tom is pleased to be associated with Vic Firth and their dedication to percussion education and excellence.
B.M., M.M., The New England Conservatory of Music; Timpani and percussion studies with Everett Firth, Kurt-Hans Goedicke, Frank Epstein, Charles Smith and Thomas Gauger. Timpanist with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Percussionist with the Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra. Performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The New England Philharmonic, The Boston Philharmonic as well as Key Chorale, Gloria Musicae and local churches. Show experience includes working with Asolo, Tampa Bay Performing Arts, Sarasota Players, Manatee Players, Theater Works, Florida Studio Theater. Compositions include several percussion ensemble and brass pieces for international competitions and high schools. Winner of PAS international composition competition for percussion ensemble. Commissioned to compose the musical, “The Eye of Ra” for the Sarasota Youth Opera - performed in 1998. Percussion faculty Manatee Community College since 1985.
Adam Hopper, a native of Monticello, KY, currently serves as the Director of Bands at Southern Middle School, and as Percussion Instructor at Southwestern High School in Somerset, Kentucky. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from Campbellsville University in 2007 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Percussion performance from C.U. under the direction of Chad Floyd.
EJ Gaub, the founder of the RMC Studios, brings many years of playing experience in a wide variety of styles including jazz, fusion, rock, rhythm and blues and New Orleans street music. Professionally trained in drums, guitar, bass guitar, vocals and piano, he has over 15 years of performing experience. He has been composing, recording, and producing original rock & pop songs for the last 10 years. EJ is a graduate of Ramapo College where he majored in Liberal Arts as a cum laude graduate. He has had the privilege of studying under and sharing the stage with drum legends such as JoJo Mayer, Joe Morello, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Steve Smith and Gordon Gottlieb.
Patrick, a native of Statesville, North Carolina, has been a music educator and professional percussionist for 9 years in the Charlotte area. He has studied with Rick Dior (Charlotte Symphony Orchestra) and Everett Beale (Boston Pops Orchestra). Groups he has performed with include the Central Piedmont Community College Opera Theatre, the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 26, Patrick was made adjunct faculty at Gardner-Webb University teaching percussion. He is also the assistant band director at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, NC, heading the percussion program. Patrick has also designed and written a curriculum for Percussion Ensemble class for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. Currently, Patrick is focused on building up his percussion programs, doing yoga and playing table tennis.
Dr. Julia Gaines joined the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Missouri in 1996 and is currently the Associate Professor of Percussion. She conducts the University Percussion Ensemble, the World Percussion Ensemble, coaches the Graduate Percussion Ensemble, and applied percussion lessons for approximately 16-18 music majors. She is also the Faculty Advisor to the MU Percussion Society – a student organization that promotes percussion performance and education on the MU campus and throughout the mid-Missouri region.
Marcus started playing the drums, and studying drums/percussion, at the age of nine. In addition to studying with Peter Herr and Jake Jerger [former Slingerland Drum Company Clinician] Marcus was the “first chair” snare drummer in his school orchestra and was performing (Hendrix, Santana, Beatles and Rolling Stones) in local rock bands by the age of 13.
Paul Buyer is Director of Percussion, Director of Music, and Professor of Music at Clemson University. Prior to his appointment at Clemson, Dr. Buyer served as Assistant Director of Bands at Garland High School in Garland, Texas. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Arizona and his Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University. Dr. Buyer is a contributing author to the second edition of Teaching Percussion, by Gary Cook and his articles have appeared in American Music Teacher, Teaching Music, and Percussive Notes. His book, Marching Bands and Drumlines: Secrets of Success from the Best of the Best, is published by Meredith Music Publications.
Mike Veny is an accomplished professional studio drummer. He dedicates his life to leveraging his talents to effectively serve others. With over 21 years experience in drumming, he as been seen in Modern Drummer Magazine, Drum! Magazine, Rhythm Magazine, Drumhead Magazine, and Percussion News advertisements. Mikes expertise has allowed him to serve as an adjudicator for the Guitar Center Drum Off, the World’s Largest Drum Competition.
Professor of Percussion Berklee College of Music - Author of The Art of Drumming and Deeper into the Art of Drumming published by Advance Music, endorsed by Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, and Roy Haynes. Performances with: Bill Frisell, Kert Rosenwinkel, Mike Stern, Jerry Bergonzi, Jackie Byard, George Cables, Junior Cook, Bill Pierce Charles Fambro, Rickie Ford, George Garzone, Steve Grossman, Kenny Kirkland, Art Lande, Joe Lovano, Harvie Swartz, John Handy, Miroslav Vitous, Mose Allison, and James Williams. Arranger and performer with Paula West CD – Temptation.