The TIP is guided by a hand-selected Advisory Board, chosen for their prominance in the education world, as well as their dedication and exploration in new methods for education. Read on to learn more about our TIP Advisory Board!
The pursuit of knowledge, experience, and ever-present swing is a recurring theme in the life of drummer/composer and Milwaukee native Carl Allen. It’s a theme that began to take shape when, as a teenager, he performed with such greats as Sonny Stitt and James Moody and it’s a theme to which he held fast as his musical quest took him to The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (1979-81) and New Jersey’s William Patterson College (1981-83). While at William Patterson, he pursued his life-long dream — the drum chair in trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s band. He got the position in 1982 and remained with Hubbard for eight years – also serving as the trumpeter’s musical director and road manager.
Allen says, “my ultimate goal is to get to a level like Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Elvin Jones and Billy Higgins and these cats who, every time they sit down behind a set of drums it’s swinging. The power of swing is something else and once I get to that level everything else falls into place.”
Allen maintains an exhaustive schedule of recording and touring. He remains active as a leader (most recently leading his New York All-Star Band on a month long U.S./Japan Tour and up-coming dates with The Carl Allen Quintet) and as an in-demand sideman (recent recordings with Terence Blanchard and Joe Henderson, Eric Reed, Vincent Herring, and many others).
Neil Garthly opened The Academy of Drums, New Jersey’s premier drum school, in 1998. In that time, he has developed a unique teaching style that is designed to help the student, whether they are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, achieve their goals at their own pace.
In addition to his drum school, Neil hosts a cable access TV show called Drumology that reaches over 400,000 viewers in New Jersey. Drumology is an educational show featuring lessons, special guests, and drumming events.
He is also an international clinician performing clinics around the USA and Canada. Recently, Neil taught and performed to a packed house at KoSA Workshops, The Greater Milwaukee Drum Expo, The Cape Breton Drum Fest, and The Collective in NYC.
Donny Gruendler was born and raised in the diverse Musical surroundings of Detroit, Michigan. As a result, Gruendler grew up alongside an unusually broad range of influences including: Rock, Soul, Funk, Pop, Hip Hop, traditional Swing, Hard Bop, and Blues.
Gruendler, now living in Los Angeles, California – can be found Performing in a wide variety of Musical genres. Thus, Gruendler has Performed, Programmed, Toured and Recorded Behind such diverse artists as Kenny Burrell, John Medeski, D.J. Logic, Rhett Frazier Inc., Rick Holmstrom, Rebecca St. James, iTunes first unsigned Artist Jody Whitesides, Julia Fly, Denny Freeman and numerous other independent Los Angeles based artists. Consequently he has become and expert at performing with backing tracks, manually triggering samples, and playing with loops (both live and in the studio).
As for education, Gruendler is a faculty member at Musicians Institute (PIT) in Hollywood, CA, he is the author of Playing With Drum Loops – How to Work with Loops, Samples and Backing Tracks by Carl Fischer Publishing – and he has a series of articles published in Modern Drummer as of May 2006.
Skip Hadden is can be heard on the Weather Report album “Mysterious Traveler” with Josef Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Alphonso Johnson, Dom Um Ramao, and Ishmael Wilburn. He can also be heard on “This Is Jazz 10, Weather Report”, and another recent recording is with Michael Bocian, Dewey Redman, and Cameron Brown and is on the ENJA label and is entitled,”Reverence”.
He is a Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he has taught since 1982. At Berklee College he developed and taught such courses as Jazz Drum Styles, Fusion Drum Styles, Funk Drum Styles, Rock Drum Styles and World Drum Styles, Basic Time and Pulse and Improv., Lead Sheet Interpretation, Rhythmic Concepts: Broken Eighth Note Feel, Survey of Drum Styles Post 60’s, Survey of Jazz Drumming 1920’s-1960′s, Linear Time Feels and Phrasing, and Fusion I/II.
Internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator, Steve Houghton initially received acclaim at age twenty as the drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. Since then he has shared stage and studio with luminaries Clay Jenkins, Toots Thielemans, Christian McBride, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Freddie Hubbard, Lyle Mays, Billy Childs, Pat LaBarbara, Arturo Sandoval, Joe Henderson, Karrin Allyson and Maureen McGovern, with whom, he tours today.
As author, Houghton’s publications boast more than twenty composite educational tools including Essential Styles- books 1 & 2 (Alfred ), The Ultimate Drumset Chart Reading Anthology (Alfred), Play and Teach Percussion (GIA), and The Drumset Soloist (Warner Bros.). In addition, Houghton was recently featured in an article published in the Modern Drummer (2003) entitled “The Thundering Drummers of Woody Herman.”
Houghton is currently associate professor of percussion at Indiana University-Bloomington, and is on faculty at the Henry Mancini Institute. In addition to his academic duties, he presents yearly clinics and masterclasses to students around the world. Steve also serves as the Chair of The Resource Team of the International Association of Jazz Education, and board member of the Percussive Arts Society.
From the drum set Maricle leads her big band The DIVA Jazz Orchestra and her quintet FIVE PLAY. From Carnegie Hall, she performs with The New York Pops and is also the orchestra’s Director of Education. As a music director Sherrie works with acclaimed Broadway star Maurice Hines. As a teacher she runs a private drum set and percussion studio and is also a conductor for The New York Summer Festival. Sherrie is an active clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals and Vic Firth Drum Sticks and is the creator of The Rhythm, Rhyme and Rap Workshop. She is also a busy freelance performer and a published composer/arranger in both the classical and jazz mediums.
As a composer, performer and educator, Sherrie has received several honors which include: rankings for DIVA, FIVE PLAY and herself in Down Beat Magazine’s Annual Reader’s Poll; a feature story in Modern Drummer Magazine, for whom she also authored several articles; a tour grant from Arts International; The Kennedy Center Alliance Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts; a grant from Meet the Composer; a Doctoral Fellowship from New York University; and was voted the New York University Music Teacher of the Year in both 1997 and 2000. Additionally, FIVE PLAY’s premier recording, On the Brink, was voted the #1 CD of 1999 by Nat Hentoff in Jazz Times magazine.
NYC-based drummer Allison Miller defies all boundaries bringing her individual sound to diverse types of music while preserving their stylistic authenticity. Allison goes from playing with legendary songwriting vocalists Ani DiFranco , Natalie Merchant, and Erin McKeown, to touring with avant-garde saxophonist Marty Ehrlich and legendary organist Doctor Lonnie Smith. She approaches each of these musical situations with her own stylistic identity and a creative, fresh and energetic approach.
Allison holds an adjunct teaching position at Kutztown University and gives lessons and masterclasses at additional universities and high schools throughout the United States – including NYU, UMASS Amherst, University of Alaska, Elon University, University of Southern Florida, West Virginia University, Berkeley Jazz School, University of the Pacific, UC Berkeley and the University of Maryland. She recently had one of her lessons published in DRUM magazine and has also been featured in Downbeat, Jazz Times, Modern Drummer, Traps, All About Jazz NY, and Female Musician magazine.
Rod’s professional music career began as a founding member of the groundbreaking group the Dixie Dregs when, as a student at the University of Miami in Florida, he met Steve Morse, Andy West and Allen Sloan. In addition to his recording and touring credits, Rod is very active in drum education. He is currently an Associate Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.
Also, his highly recognized instructional materials include videos, audio cassettes and books. His most recent offering is Drum Set Warm-Ups, touted as the definitive text for developing and improving all aspects of drum set playing. Additionally, Rod has been a columnist for Modern Drummer Magazine (U.S.), Rhythm Magazine (UK), Sticks Magazine (Germany) and is an international clinician and involved with product development for Premier Percussion (Rod Morgenstein Signature Drumheads), Sabian Cymbals (Signature Tri-Top Ride), and Vic Firth Sticks (Signature Sticks and Isolation Headphones), with whom he has been and endorser for many, many years.
John Ramsay is a drummer, recording artist, author, educator and clinician. As a student at University of Massachusetts with a major in Afro-American Music and Jazz, John studied under the legendary drummer Max Roach. A consummate educator, In 2008 John was appointed Chairman of the Percussion Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts after serving 25 years on the faculty there.
As a performer, John Ramsay has worked with Wynton and Brandford Marsalis, Kevin and Robin Eubanks, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers Big Band, Dave Liebman, Joe Lavano, Sonny Stitt, Bill Pierce, James Moody, Walter Booker, Terrence Blanchard, Cecil McBee, Eartha Kitt, and Gregory Hines among others. He is the author of the numerous publications including “Art Blakey’s Jazz Messages “and “The Drummer’s Complete Vocabulary As Taught by Alan Dawson”, both available from Alfred Music Publications.
Known for his musicality and command of a wide range of styles, Peter Retzlaff has played with Kenny Werner, Greg Osby, Diane Schuur, Ray Vega, the BMI Big Band, and Maynard Ferguson.
As an educator, Peter has been an integral member of the Drummers Collective since 1995, and maintains an active teaching schedule at The Collective 5 days a week, teaching a variety of drumming styles and topics.
Peter received a B.A. in Jazz and Commercial Music and a B.A. in Business Administration from Capital University. He also received a M.M. in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music. Peter is a clinician for Zildjian, Remo and Vic Firth.
Jeff Salem is an internationally recognized drummer based in Toronto, Canada, who has performed in over 60 countries. His professional career started in his late teens performing and recording with well known rock bands such as Fist (A&M), Sword (Aquarius), Saints & Sinners (Savage/BMG), Lee Aaron (Attic), Randy Bachman, Robben Ford, Coop-De-Ville, Kalan Porter (Canadian Idol Winner 2004) and many other artists.
Jeff is actively involved with music education in many school boards performing percussion workshops and clinics to students of all grades. He has become a public motivational speaker, motivating students to learn a musical instrument. His program is titled “Music is my Passion” He has delivered this performance to over 500 schools in the past 15 years. He also maintains a large roster of students for private instruction at his teaching studio in Brampton, ON at J.S Music Studio. Visit his websites at www.salemdrum.com and www.jsmusicstudio.com