I have been playing drums for 31 years. I am mostly on the gospel circuit but play in other venues as well. I have traveled throughout this country playing for various artists, from live performances to studio sessions.
For the past 19 years, I have been a music educator, having taught in several music schools in the city of Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs, and have had the opportunity to do workshops and drum clinics at Gibson’s Music & Arts, Play by Ear School of Music, The Philadelphia School of Musicians, Inc., the Prince Music Theater (Youth Arts in Action Festival), and Music & Arts Center. For the past 5 years, I have taught at The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts. This school is ranked as one of the top-10 African American schools in the country and in the top-20 internationally, as our school not only teaches the fundamentals of music but the culture and art of Jazz. During the week, I can be found teaching 4 classes and 120 students or more each day with 30 – 35 students per class. I am currently working on a 2nd DVD “Chops with Control, Volume 1/Foundation of the Rhythm Section”, produced by myself & Jovan Dawkins. Among the drummers featured are: Thomas Lang, Gorden Campbell, Ricky Lawson, Aaron Spears, Joey Oscar, Eddie Heyward, Jeff Davis, and many other outstanding musicians.
Among the many wonderful experiences in my lifetime of music, I have been blessed to work with and play for some great Jazz and R & B artists such as Owen Brown & Company, Trudy Pitts, Ray, Goodman, and Brown, The Delphonics, and Sherry Butler. Among the many Gospel artists I have worked with are Kim Burrell, Bruce Parham, Barbra Ward Farmer & Wagner Alumni Choir, Brockington Ensemble, The Wilmington-Chester Mass Choir, Professor Greg Allen, Melvin Crispell, Bishop G. E. Patterson, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Bishop Charles E. Williams & “The Voice of Holiness Live Radio Broadcast”, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Karen Clark-Sheard, Twinkie Clark, Professor Iris Stevenson, Dr. Judith Christie McAllister, Kitty Parham, Harold Thompson & Main Line Interdenominational Choir, Daren Miller & Sweet Fellowship, Ernie Saunders, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania COGIC Mass Choir, COGIC International Mass Choir, Send Judah First (COGIC International Praise & Worship Team) Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), Rev. Timothy Wright, Bishop Richard “Mr. Clean” White, Michael Scott & Outreach, Marvin Sapp, The Williams Sisters, Donnie McClurkin, Norman Hutchins, Jonathan Nelson, Micah Stampley, Ricky Dillard, James Hall, “The Last Call” (gospel play).
I have had the pleasure to study with Dr. Michael and Dr. John Amos at Lincoln University, as well as Larry McKenna, Trudy Pitts and Kofi Asanti at the Community College of Philadelphia.
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