Early 2020

As the new year opens I am currently working on promoting a few different projects, including my newest adventure in public domain drum notation translation ashworthcoverfront (or transcription if you prefer), Ashworth’s 1812 book, A New Useful and Complete System of Drum Beating in which I’ve taken the illegible 19th century drum notation and rewritten it in a legible and standardized 21st century format. Its currently for sale on amazon, and you can see more details about it here. 


Of course, I also just put out my archeology tsankawifrontcovernon-fiction book The Forgotten Side of Bandelier in October, which you can check out here. It details the prehistory of Tsankawi at Bandelier National Monument and can be purchased from Amazon or in person from the Los Alamos History Museum gift shop, if you’re in town. Its not a drum book, but I think its an interesting topic none-the-less.

In other news, I am still working with the 30+ percussionists at Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School for the concert band season and will be occasionally preparing kids for marching band with auditions materials and other exercises. I will also be doing at least one session at Mountain Elementary to prepare for the upcoming middle school placement auditions. At home I have 14 private lesson students this year (and counting, there’s room for more), aged 7 to adult, many of which are working toward better placements and overall increased ability in next year’s marching, jazz, and concert bands.

I have plans for 2 to 4 more books this year or in the next couple of years, which I will have to space out prudently through time. Watch for those announcements; I’ve got more translations of 19th century classics and some much more modern drum kit instruction in the works… plus a totally different collaborative project going.

There has been almost no playing or performing going on, but with the roughly 40 students I see weekly, plus my publishing efforts and dad duty, I’m pretty busy.

New Book: The Forgotten Side of Bandelier

I’d like to announce that I have a new book out this month. I know, I just released my Encyclopedia Rudimentia this year… but this new book is not a drum book, or even related to music. Its called The Forgotten Side of Bandelier: Archeology of the Tsankawi Ruins at Bandelier National Monument and, as the name suggest, its non-fiction about a relatively overlooked portion of Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, NM.

Paperback https://www.amazon.com/dp/1698971079


Tsankawi is an ancient village that was inhabited by Ancestral Puebloan people from roughly 1400 to 1600. Give or take. People moved to the area, called the Pajarito Plateau, in significant numbers after the collapse of the great Chaco Canyon civilization in the mid-1100s to 1200s. They built many villages with massive stone architecture, including a large pueblo at Tsankawi Mesa which had hundreds of room and may have stood 3 stories tall. Tsankawi also features over 350 cliff-dwellings, a wealth of petroglyphs, and a network of deeply worn ancient footpaths. As a part of a National Monument (though detached and 12 miles up the road) you’d expect that finding information about the site would be easy, but its not. The park service pamphlet on the site is pretty small and, after checking out about half the local library, I found the info on Tsankawi to be scattered and buried in a number of different publications. A footnote here, a paragraph there, a side mention or a picture caption snuck into a book about something else entirely. Nothing I read really gave the site its full attention.

Of course, I took it upon myself to collect everything I could find on the site and compile it into one concise volume that singles out Tsankawi and gives it a dedicated treatment from the geography, geology, and regional context, to the actual ruins and their archeological history, to the conservation and preservation issues facing the park today. I’ve tried to cover it all. I’m not an archeologist, anthropologist, or historian, but I felt compelled to share what I learned in the absence of any other comprehensive resources and I’ve come up with 114 pages and 0ver 40 images that should fill that void.

August 2019 “Fall” Update

Although summer doesn’t end for another month on the calendar, LAPS starts classes next week. Summer is basically over.

As the LAHS Topper Marching Band drum line instructor, I’ll be fairly busy wrangling the battery on the field this fall with rehearsals, sectionals, and performances. This will curtail the time I have for private lessons slightly.

As school starts the bulk of my students will require an evening time slot. Of these, I have only 3 half hours left as of 8/5/19. Schedules change periodically, but I may have to institute a waiting list at some point. Good for me, unfortunate for the student percussionists of LA county. If I could offer more availability, I would. More slots should open up, especially on Mondays, as the marching season ends later this semester. So check in with me if you’re interested in lessons. Thanks.

Summer 2019 Update

It is not technically summer until June 21, but as far as kids are concerned, break has started. As of June 6, I have 17 private students in my teaching studio, but I still have openings. I can book new lessons Monday and Wednesday nights plus Tuesday-Thursday in the daytime. If you’re looking for quality drum instruction in Los Alamos County, I’m the convenient and local choice. Many of the LAPS percussionists are using the summer to get ahead of the curve (I’m teaching band students from Aspen, Piñon, Chamisa, Barranca, Mountain, LAMS, and LAHS) as well as several adults and some non-band kids who just want to jam out at home.

This fall I will be instructing the LAHS Topper Marching Band drum line. Band Camp starts the 29th of July and may impact some daytime lessons for a 2 week period as I try to whip the snares, tenors, and basses into shape. After that 2 week period, normal rehearsals should be after school and the impact to lesson times will be minimal.

I’m focused on teaching, obviously, so I have not done much in the realm of recording, touring, or any type of performance lately. Nothing in that vein is booked for the future at this time. I do have my new book Encyclopedia Rudimentia out with Hudson Music as well as my older titles Live Drum & Bass and The Complete Double Bass Drumming Explained. Check them out.

I’m also regularly uploading to my channel on YouTube   where you can find drumming philosophy, performances, instructional content, reviews, and all kinds of percussive nonsense.



Encyclopedia Rudimentia – OUT NOW

The largest rudimental collection ever, Encyclopedia Rudimentia is now available from Hudson Music!

French Rudiments, Dutch Rudiments, German Rudiments, Scotch Rudiments, British Rudiments, Swiss Rudiments, American Rudiments, Hybrid Rudiments, Ancient Rudiments, Fife and Drum, Modern Rudiments, 19th Century Rudiments, 20th Century Rudiments, 21st Century Rudiments, Ashworth, Hazeltine, Potter, Rumrille and Holton, Bruce and Emmitt, Strube, Hart, Sousa, Moeller, Wilcoxon, Delucia, Queen, Wanamaker, Bachman, Freytag, Pratt, NARD, PAS, DCI, it’s all in here. This isn’t every rudiment ever played, but it is the most comprehensive collection ever published.

The legendary John H. Beck of the Eastman School calls it, “a monumental accomplishment,” and prolific author and publisher Joel Rothman calls it, “a wonderful piece of work.” With a Percussive Arts Society Hall of Famer and an author of over 100 drum books endorsing it, you know you need this book. The rudiments in this book have been developing in practice since the 1300s, they were published in books over a 200 year period, and took months just to compile and edit, often needing translation from antiquated notation styles. Now they’re available to you in one place in clear modern notation.

Encyclopedia Rudimentia – Feb 2019

I’m pleased to announce that in February 2019, Encyclopedia Rudimentia The Ultimate Drum Rudiment Collection will be published on Hudson Music!

“A monumental accomplishment” – John Beck

“A wonderful piece of work” – Joel Rothman


With over 850 rudiments, this is the largest collection of its kind. I included 70% more rudimental content than the next largest publication. This is truly the ultimate compilation of rudimental patterns including rudiments from the Scotch, Dutch, German, Basel, and French traditions as well as 200+ years of Anglo-American rudiments from 1810 up through modern DCI Hybrids. In fact, I have more Hybrid rudiments in here than anyone else, ever.

Coming in February of 2019! Hudson Music and Amazon.com

Best Teacher list (again)

For the second time, I’ve been named one of the Best Drum Teachers in Denver by Lessons.com! Clearly this is based on unnamed criteria from the first half of the year, since I haven’t taught in Denver for the last 4  months. I was previously recognized for a similar accomplishment by the same organization in 2016. This puts me in the top 6% of drum teachers in the Denver area according to the email I received. Hopefully I can continue this high standard of teaching excellence here in New Mexico.

New Location Located!

Good News! I’ll be teaching from a new home studio in White Rock, NM starting in just a couple weeks. It will be conveniently located for adults and children in Los Alamos County and northern Santa Fe County including Los Alamos, Pojoaque, Española, La Mesilla, and surrounding areas.

I’ll have 2 drum kits set up in a dedicated space, as usual, plus plenty of other percussion toys to help with learning the drums from beginner level up to advanced players. Good for school band help, audition prep, performance prep, learning songs, improving  technique, reading, coordination, learning various styles, rudiments, double pedal, and more.

Students will benefit from my 8 years of professional teaching experience, with a rough estimate of over 5000 lessons taught! 22 years of drumming and a degree in music make me a great resource  for gaining skills or refining your approach. See all my credentials here on this site under the lessons section.

Contact me now to get a lesson slot reserved for weekly drum lessons!

Moving the Studio (and everything else)

I’ve been back in the Denver Metro area for 5 years now, after a 3 year intermission in Bellingham, WA, but now it is time to pack up the gear and move again. After a short layover in Santa Fe, I’ll be permanently located in Los Alamos, New Mexico for the foreseeable future. As of now, I am still a member of Bloodstrike and will likely be drumming on the next studio release as well as going on the next tour, TBD. All my students have been migrated to another teacher at this point and I will be starting fresh in NM.

The decision to move was based on housing and financial stresses in Denver and a fortuitous job offer my wife received. If you live in or near Denver you know that housing is becoming impossible to find — unless you’re moving in from out of state with cash, or you have a local job significantly more lucrative than teaching music. I know a talented bass player who was homeless for a while despite both gigging regularly and working 40+ hours a week at a day job. In a two income family, it had not yet come to that point for me, but I can’t sit and wait for that day to come.  As a drummer, finding housing where I can practice or housing where I cannot plus a practice space is difficult and very expensive. Incomes, even for very skilled employees like scientists (i.e. my wife), are not even close to keeping pace with the cost of living. The area is pushing people out in all walks of life.

In contrast, though the music scene in northern New Mexico is inferior to Denver in every way, the cost of living and the wages paid for most work are much more in sync. Life is still possible there for a normal person. I’ll still be in striking distance of Denver, but not immersed in the scene.  It is a drawback for sure, but sometimes you have to follow the money instead of the dream. Especially when you have a child to look out for. In NM I will be able to own a home and pay less in mortgage than I am paying in rent now. Significantly less. The schools in Los Alamos are also excellent, meaning that my progeny can have the best possible opportunity to become irritatingly smart and successful.

If you’re in the Santa Fe/Los Alamos/Taos area, you’re in luck as I am bringing my drumming and teaching skills your way! Hopefully, I’ll be able to resume private teaching, writing books (there is already another one in the works, look for announcements about it in a few months), making videos, and playing in bands.





Drum & Bass Lesson on LearnDrumsForFree.com

Thanks to Theo at LearnDrumsForFree.com, I have a free guest lesson up this week drawn directly from my new book  Live Drum & Bass.


There is also an accompanying video lesson up on my YouTube Channel that will demonstrate the first 3 steps from the blog lesson. For more on how to play in the drum and bass style, pick up a copy of my book or watch more breakbeat demonstration videos on my channel.