I have 51 years of drumming experience, most as a professional.

I love playing, but my passion is teaching others which I have been doing for the past 38 years.
I am great with kids, and I have taught many adults. I have numerous students who developed into pro drummers.


Cupertino location

Santa Cruz location

Drum Lessons

(831) 332-2534

My first six years drumming I studied with a member of the San Francisco Symphony who was also the house drummer at Bimbos in SF. Under his tutelage I developed a mastery of classical drums while also gaining an understanding of the modern approach to the drum set. I have had the honor to play with some top notch musicians over the years.

My teaching method includes:

  • Reading all levels in both snare drum and full drum set 
  • Focused snare drum and sticking technique
  • Focused drum set and “feet techniques”
  • How to “groove”
  • Dynamics
  • Fills, posture and relaxation techniques for greater speed and endurance

One hour lessons include learning to “groove” with a bass player (via accompaniment on the Chapman stick) Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students are welcome and all styles are covered - rock, jazz, funk, swing, reggae, fusion, ska and more – just ask!
Professional experience includes drumming with The Square Roots, The Road Hogs, The Room Shakers and many others.  

Neil is available for lessons at his home studio in Santa Cruz, at your place,
​or at Play Music Studios in Cupertino. www.playmusicstudios.com

Lessons are $65.00 per hour, 45 minutes for $55.00, or 30 minutes for $40.00.