Derek has been playing drums since the age of seven when he received his first drum kit, and he began playing professionally at the age of fifteen.
In high school, he focused on jazz history, theory and composition.
After high school, he embarked on an extensive study in world percussion and ethnic drumming.
Throughout it all, he stuck by his musical first love - Metal.
There's no musical style he holds in greater esteem.
Derek's goal is to be the most versatile and technically proficient drummer he can be, and to that end, he holds himself to the highest possible standards.
If you haven't had a chance to check out Derek at a show,
here is his audition reel
showcasing his skills as well as videos on his artist's page on Facebook
and live video clips on his Instagram.
You can also check out some live shows on the Videos page.
Advanced, intermediate, beginner, I’ve taught them all. If you have roadblocks to your success, schedule a lesson and we’ll figure out what’s holding you back. The trick is figuring out how YOU learn and teaching you to apply the lessons to your drumming so you make progress.
For best results I recommend you have a practice pad, practice kit or drum set and a pair of drumsticks. *Be prepared to work with a metronome.
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