I started playing music in Middle School when I was 11 yrs. old. I played all through middle school and high school playing in the concert, jazz and marching bands. Right around my senior year of high school I started playing in my first band outside of school with some friends of mine. Around the same time I began playing professionally with one of my high school teachers around the small, Northern Wisconsin town I grew up and lived in. After high school I went on to college and graduated with a bachelors degree in music. While in my last semester of college I joined a funk/swing/soul band and stayed wtih them for two years. Even though the funk band was fun, I needed a change so I moved to Long Beach, California in 2001 and began graduate school. In 2004 I received a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance and In 2005 I joined the power trio Oedipus and have been in the band ever since. Oedipus is signed both in Europe (MyMusic - EMI) and in the US (THC Music/Rocket Science) and is about to release a record with a tour to follow. For more on Oedipus, check out the website. Outside of Oedipus I play in cover bands, blues bands, jazz and country bands.
Teaching has been and continues to be a major part of my career. I currently teach out of my home studio in Long Beach and maintain a roster of students that range in age from 9 - 50. Teaching is as important to me as performing and I am honored to be a part of my students’ lives. My goal as a teacher is to relay useable and practical information that is rooted in fundamentals. I strive to foster enthusiasm, a thorough understanding of the instrument, and the role it - and the drummer - plays in music. I currently continue my own study via weekly lessons with Master Teacher, Bruce Becker.
It is my goal as a musician to continually expand and grow. It is my goal as a teacher to be patient. It is my goal as a person to be nice along the way :)
Feel free to contact me through this website or via social media.
- Tres Las:
Tres Las came in at #3 on Polish radio Eska Rock's top 100 songs of 2010. Tres Las can be found on the Vicious Little Smile full length.
- Burn It Down:
Right on the heels of Tres Las, Burn It Down came in at #36 on the 2010 top 100 songs of 2010. Burn It Down was featured in a Lion's Gate movie entitled, "Circle of Pain" and can also be found on Vicious Little Smile.
- Holding Out For More:
You can hear this song in a movie starring Wesley Snipes called, "The Contractor." This song can be found on the 2008 EP Covetous and the 2011 release Holding Out For More EP.
- One Line:
A cover of the PJ Harvey tune. Look for the accompanying video in the Video Tab.
- You and Me:
A track by Noah "The Kid" Engh and Geri X. Recorded at Organic Audio Studios in Downtown Los Angeles by Jason Mezilis.
- Something Better:
This song was recorded at a "live" recording session with Pop/Singersongwriter Ashley Matte. Ryan Hafer of Secret Ninja Studios produced and engineered these sessions. I played on Ashley's live record and the majority of her most recent studio release No Number No Address also engineered and produced by Ryan.
- Cotton Candy:
Another from the Ashley Matte live session. This with more of a bouncy feel.
Oedipus is a three-piece high energy, hard rock band. The band has been a band for a long time but I have been with the band for about 7yrs now. We have recently been signed to a label with global distribution, are releasing a full-length, the band’s sixth release in total but only second full length. We will be on tour for a month in the US April/May 2012 followed by a trip to Poland for two major festivals then back home for a week on the West Coast. And with any luck we’ll be back out somewhere in the fall. We are all very proud of the new record, Vicious Little Smile due out on March 13th, 2012. In the meantime, be sure to check out some of the tunes on the record at top of the page.
For more info on Oedipus – bio, music, social media links, etc., and the current goings on, please visit:
Oedipus has lots of videos, go to the band’s youtube for more: www.youtube.com/oedipustube . Here are some with and without Oedipus.
Oedipus in Warsaw, Poland.
With Jason Mezilis and other great musicians in Los Angeles. Directed by David Urbanic.
Warming up before a session.
Oedipus at the La Brea Tar Pits, acoustic!