I'm happy to announce that, after a studio upgrade (computer, DAW, mics, stands), I'm setup to teach Skype lessons with decent sound quality. I started working with Dr. John Wooton at the University of Southern Mississippi teaching his drum set students via Skype and it's working out very well. Hence the inspiration for the studio upgrade.
I continue as a music educator in New Orleans and am also performing locally more lately, often with younger great musicians. I'm on the faculty at the Heritage School of Music, and I'm an adjunct professor teaching private students and running the World Music Combo at the University of New Orleans. The Heritage School of Music is a free program offered to students in the New Orleans area between the ages of 10 and 17. We teach them theory and how to play Jazz. I love working with these kids because they are there to learn, and they are learning from some of the best instructors in this city.
2017 was a year that saw me back in the recording studio for two excellent CD's, "Oneness" by Tony Dagradi, and "Estrella Banda" by Lawrence Sieberth. They are both outstanding artistic endeavors yet very different from each other. Estrella Banda, and 8 piece band, was recorded live at Snug Harbor. Oneness was recorded in the studio. All of the other instruments recorded their part to a drum machine. I came in last and overdubbed live acoustic drums. I love doing both kinds of projects because I just love recording.
If you or anyone you know is interested in taking drum lessons, I have a studio at Spreading the Music, 2436 Valence Street, New Orleans, LA. You can go to the schools web site by clicking here.
I am also offering Skype lessons online. All you need is an iPad or a laptop and Skype to get started. Lesson fees can be paid using PayPal. To reach me for a lesson, please go to the "Contacts" page.