Douglas O. offers Drum Lessons, Music Performance Lessons, and Percussio...

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Delaware, OH 43015

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Price starts at: $40.00

Subjects: Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

Originally from New York City, I started playing drums when I was 10 years old and studied with studio/Broadway drummer Roger Mancuso. After graduating from Ohio University, I studied and was managed by the famous studio drummer/author Gary Chester. As a full-time working musician I have played on many national commercials, Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway shows. I was signed for three years to Carrere Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros./Reprise Records. I have toured Europe and most of the USA with acts such as Luther Allison, Johnny Winter, Big Bill Morganfield, Bo Diddley, Joey Dee, Gary US Bonds, Zoot Sims, Jeremy Steig, Bobby Lewis, Alex Chilton (From The Box Tops), Eddie Brigati (From The Young Rascals), Johnny Rivers, Little Anthony (From The Imperials) and many more.

I also founded the Columbus, Ohio band The Drifter Kings. Whose debut CD, “Diamonds On The Desert Floor”, was produced by Alligator recording artist Michael Hill. The CD was nominated by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee as a top-5 finalist at the 2011 International Blues Challenge and has been receiving airplay on stations across North America, South America, and Europe as well as being honored as a pick to click on Sirius/ XM’s B.B. Kings Bluesville. It was also featured as a winner of Blues Revue Magazine’s Sponsor the Bands Contest in the May/ June 2011 issue.

I have been teaching since 1978 and many of my students have gone on to pursue professional music careers. I am a very well-rounded musician and teacher, experienced in many aspects of musical training and performance. I have worked with every age level, from the beginner to advanced student, in one-on-one as well as classroom settings. I am patient and will bring out the best in my students. You will definitely benefit from my years of musical experience.

  • Lesson Details *
    Our musical experience together will be fun and educational. You will learn the basics of drumming: rudiments, chart reading and complete independence. Lessons will be tailored to each individual student’s needs, abilities and interests. Handouts, lesson books and videos will be incorporated in the curriculum.

These lessons will cover the drumming skills needed for playing all musical genres including jazz, blues, rock, pop and world music. Based on my years of experience in the studio and on the road, I will also offer advice on starting a band if desired, types of equipment appropriate to various musical genres. and practical skills for entering the music business.

My teaching style is structured but flexible. The student will learn at their own pace. As with any course of study, the more effort you put into it, the more you will benefit. Let’s get started!

  • Studio Equipment *
    Basement Studio: Gretsch USA Custom Drum Kit, Mapex Rebel Drum Kit, Peavy Classic 30 Amp, Drum Videos, Metronome, Seating For Parents
  • Travel Equipment *
    Handouts, Incidentals – I’ll provide.

Drum Kit, Practice Pad, Sticks, Metronome – Student to provide.

  • Specialties *
    Complete independence, open arms (left hand leads), chart reading and writing, all styles.

Child Ages:
3 weeks - 17 years
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EDUCATION

Date: September 15, 1972 – June 15, 1976
School: Ohio University
Degree: BS Communications/Radio Television Production

AFFILIATIONS

Date: June 15, 2010
Name: Broadcast Music Inc.
Description: One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

Date: February 15, 1998
Name: Columbus Blues Alliance
Description: Honoring the Past, Welcoming the Future. . . The Columbus Blues Alliance We are entering our Second Quarter-century as a non-profit Blues Society helping to preserve and nurture the music that is the roots of it all. Our intent is to maintain and encourage ties with all forms of the musical genre including both traditional and electric. Blues music is an ever-evolving art form and we pay homage to both the unknowns and celebrities who have defined and preserved it

Date: January 15, 2017
Name: The Blues Foundation
Description: Our Mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of the uniquely American art form.

EXPERIENCE

Date: January 15, 1977 – December 15, 1980
Organization: Generation Sound-NY, New York
Title: Studio Drummer
Description: Many recording sessions for Rose Mary McCoy, Terry Philips, National and Regional commercials and the Salsoul Record Label.

Date: January 15, 1983 – November 15, 1986
Organization: Tatianna Recording Studio-Newark, New Jersey
Title: Studio Drummer
Description: This studio was one of the first to have the Fairlight. Many recording sessions for the Profile Record Label.

Date: April 15, 2009
Organization: The Drifter Kings
Title: Drummer
Description: Founding Member/Songwriter

Date: November 15, 2014
Organization: Aspromonte Music-Mount Prospect, IL
Title: Studio Drummer
Description:

Date: May 15, 2014 – June 15, 2015
Organization: Greater Love Restoration Church-Columbus, Ohio
Title: House Drummer
Description: Drummer for Praise Team Choir.

Date: October 15, 2015 – March 15, 2016
Organization: The Bridge Fellowship-Columbus, OH
Title: House Drummer/Music Director
Description:

Date: August 15, 2016
Organization: Upper Arlington Music Academy-Upper Arlington, OH
Title: Drum Instructor
Description:

Date: March 15, 2018
Organization: Grove City Music-Grove City, OH
Title: Drum Instructor
Description:

Date: September 15, 2014 – April 15, 2018
Organization: Hey Hey Bar & Grill-Columbus, Ohio
Title: House Drummer
Description: Drummer for The Blues All Stars

Date: August 15, 2018 – December 15, 2018
Organization: Plank’s Bier Garten-Columbus, Ohio
Title: House Drummer
Description: Drummer for The Blues All Stars

AWARDS

Date: September 15, 2016
Authority: Columbus Blues Alliance
Name: 2016 Winner Of The Columbus Blues Challenge
Description: Delta Boulevard won 1st place in the 2016 Columbus Blues Alliance Blues Challenge and will now compete in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. This event is sponsored by The Blues Foundation, Memphis, TN. Bands come from all over the world to compete. The event will be held on January 31-February 4, 2017.

Date: October 15, 2019
Authority: Columbus Blues Alliance
Name: 2019 Winner Of The Columbus Blues Challenge
Description: The Drifter Kings won 1st place in the 2019 Columbus Blues Alliance Blues Challenge and will now compete in the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. This event is sponsored by The Blues Foundation, Memphis, TN. Bands come from all over the world to compete. The event will be held on January 27-February 41 2020.

Date: May 15, 2011
Authority: Blues Review Magazine
Name: Winner Of Sponsor The Bands Contest
Description: My CD “Diamonds On The Desert Floor” was featured as a winner of Blues Revue Magazine’s Sponsor the Bands Contest in the May/ June 2011 issue.

LANGUAGES

Language: English
Proficiency: Fluent / Native Proficiency

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