Hi, I’m Eric!
I’ve been playing music since I was 11, and drums have been my first love. I first really started getting interested in music when my grandparents took me to go see Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011, and I have been hooked since. I was torn in high school between music and baseball ultimately, I decided to stick with music, and it was one of the hardest yet most rewarding decisions I made. I studied music like crazy in high school and made it into a Drum and Bugle Corps, 7th Regiment, and other state-wide ensembles. I also ended up going and graduating from Berklee College of Music. Music has made such a huge impact on my life for the better, and I loved every second of it.
My Approach To A Typical Lesson
A lot of people think of drummers as just a lot of noise. My main goal is to teach my students how to make drums sound like music. There’s a lot of listening to not just drums but also learning how harmony works, training students’ ears to hear rhythms and melodies. Developing a student’s creative thought is also important to help them find their musical voice.
My Advice For Students
My advice would be to listen to everything and ask lots of questions. To understand music to its fullest, we must immerse in it daily and ask lots of questions. Some may be about the music, and some may be about yourself. Music is universal and can be applied everywhere.
My Favorite Local Places
I love going to Shanghai Jazz Club in Madison. Lots of great musicians pass through, and it’s always so inspiring to go listen to some great live music and not just jazz!
I have played on a number of records with my friends from Berklee. Such as Rob Valera, Zoe Sparks, Will Costello, Dan Walker, and Peter Gural.