Teaching and Professional Experience

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Teaching Experience

Private Studio 1976-1996 and 2004-current  

Les Prestine Percussion Ensemble 2014-current 

Central Dekalb Senior Center Drum Classes 2018-current

Girls Rock Camp 2018-current

Ladies Rock Camp 2018-current

Many of my private lesson students attended the following high schools:

Drum Instructor for Decatur High School Marching Band 2005-2006

Ponce De Leon Music Center (Cumming/ GA) 1995- 2004

Music-Go-Round at Northpoint Mall, GA 1996- 1999

Lanier School of Music 1994-1995

Atlanta Institute of Music/ Substitute Percussion Instructor 1992-1993

Atlanta Drums and Percussion Summer 1992

The North Denver Drum Studio 1977-1979

Moody Music 1976-1979


Early Professional Experience: I no longer keep track 

Appeared in varous clubs including:

Denver Metro Area with a variety of groups from country to dixieland: from 1978-1992


Nashville West

Gabriel’s Dinner Club

My Brother’s Place

Mount Vernon Country Club

Bar Lake Bar

Elk’s Club

Moose Lodge

Son’s of Italy Lodge

American Legion

VFW Clubs

The Shriner’s Temple

Knights of Columbus

Tirolian Club

Other Denver:

Camp Counselor for the CSU Music Camp (1983/1985/1986)

Head Counselor and Emergency Medical Technician (700+ kids) 1987

Percussion Judge for CSU Band Day 1986

Composed and instructed (Drum Coach) for Rocky Mountain High School’s Marching Band Percussion Section (1985-1986).  They received several percussion awards and honors during these seasons

CSU International Festival

Denver Nuggets Games/ Denver Broncos Half-Time Shows (1981-1986)

Northern Colorado Concert Band

Percussion for Ekklesia Salt of the EarthAlbum (Christian Rock) Released Dec. 1982

The Illegitimates New Wave Band

Denver Concert Band

Starway Concert Band

Ray Iverson Band at Grant’s Mansion

Rock Group Safyre

Phase 5 Group (various weddings)

Various Church Functions

Placed 2nd(out of 247 contestants) in KLAK Radio Talent Search 1980 Finals held at Elitch Gardens in Denver

The Carrie French Band who subsequently toured with Tom T. Hall 1980

Percussionist for the Pit Orchestra for The Evergreen Chorale production of Rudigore ( 1980)

The Denver Conference of Learning Disabilities Convention 1980

Colorado Junior Miss (both Regional and State events) 1979-1981

Gold Nugget Brass Band (Dixieland/Jazz) Professional appearances since 1978 including  1982 Sammy Davis Jr. hosted Benefit for Rose Medical Center at Boettcher and The Denver Auditorium

Disc Jockey for Golden High School Radio Station 1980-1981

Colorado Music Educator’s Association Convention 1986


The Casper Troopers Drum & Bugle Corp.
(Casper, Wyoming) Quints 1982 Season/ Toured 19 states and 2 Canadian Provinces




Tampa, Florida

Beach Lounge (with top 40 cover band) 1989
Audition Accepted for Employment for Busch Gardens Entertainment 1989

Connecticut Area

The Yale Precision Marching Band 1989 Season

Colorado Springs Area

with Blues Band: Gordon, Stone & Wise1991

The Hatchcover Restaurant and Bar

Ancient Mariner

Poor Richards

The Manitou Arts Festival

The Ritz

Colorado Springs area with original rock group: 1991

Rack n Roll

Air Force Academy Cadet Graduation Party

Colorado Springs area with classic rock n roll band: Nuthin’ Fancy1991

Numerous Weddings

Western National Bank Christmas Party

McCallister’s Tavern

American Legion

Curly’s (Calhan, CO)

Lake George Inn (Lake George, CO)

Monarch Ski Resort Budweiser Festival 1992

Colorado Springs area with variety dance band: Double Take1991

Thunder & Buttons Halloween Party

International Polka Club

Colorado Springs area with variety dance band: Dance Time 1991-1992

Country Club of Colorado

Saddle Club (Woodland Park, CO)

Air Force Academy Officers Club

Sweet Hearts and Sweet Sounds- Sheraton South Valentine Package

Other Colorado Springs:

Frank Finelli Broadmoor Quartet with Juanita Martin 1991

The Pikes Peak Civic Orchestra 1990-1991

Colorado College Concert Band 1990-1991

A Chorus Line Production 1990 Pikes Peak Center/ Colorado Springs/ CO

Some of the Gigs in the Atlanta Area include:

Scleroderma Foundation Fundraiser 1997

Christ Covenant Metropolitan Community Church Production of Nunsense (97)/  Godspell (98)/ 1st MCC’s Production of Godspell (2001)
Christ Covenant Metropolitan Community Church Anniversary Dinner (98) The Mill/ (99) Georgian Terrace/ (2000) Decatur

Wildwood Performance (Xmas 1996/ Spring 97/Xmas 2003)/ Central Congregational Church

Columbus Octoberfest 1994/1995/1996

New Years Eve 1995-1996 Roswell Mill Edelweiss Restaurant

1997 New Years Eve/ Private Geriatric Facility

1997/1998/1999/2000 New Years Eve/ Jewish Tower

Emory University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Masters Program Graduation Party Dec. 1995

Emory Clinic Orthopedic Surgery Department Christmas Party with Bill Miller Dec. 1995
and 1996/1997 Octavia Jones

Neighborhood Playhouse Theatre: Della’s Diner Fall 1998/ Annie Xmas 1999

Heart Sounds Fall 1998/ GAPA 1998/ Anaheim AAPA 2001/ Boston 2002/ Las Vegas 04/ GAPA  2005

Diversity Variety Show AAPA Conference 2002

David Patterson Group 1994-1995

Cappucino Joe’s (Emory Coffee house)

Good Ole Days (1994)

W. Dobbs

Dark Horse Tavern

Star Bar Benefit

Olde Smith Bar

Eddie’s Attic

Springys  1994

Club Topaz 1994 (Melvin Miller)

Atlanta Rainbow Ensemble Summer/ 1993-1994



Atlanta Freedom Marching Band
Percussion section leader/ Inman Park Parade April 96/ 97/98 Ansley Mall Mother’s Day Concert May 96/97/98/ Atlanta Pride Celebration June 96/97/98(snare)/01 (quads) opening of cival rights museum and welcome center Summer 96 for the Olympics July 96/ Olympics 96 (Woodruff Park/ Hurt Park) August 96/ Coca-Cola Olympic City August 96/ AIDS Walk October 96/98/01 Haven House (AIDS Hospice) Spring 97/ CVS Nursing Home Spring 97/ Star Bar Xmas 96/ North Carolina Pride 2001/PALS Gay Bingo May 97/ Opening of American Pie 2 at Regal Theatre 2001



Interpride Conference 2000

Good Friends for Good Causes 2000

Gwinnett County Jazz Band 1993

Southern Comfort Conference  1998

Guitar City’s Drum Off Finals and Semi-Finals 1997/1998

The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable Band  1993 Season including CNN Center for the Omni Hawks Pre- Basketball game, St. Patrick’s Day, American Road House, Virginia Highlands area, Little Five Points area, The Yacht Club, Good Ole Days, Star Community Bar, Pre-game Braves


The Homage 1993

The Penta Hotel 1993

Atlanta Concert Band Summer 1993

Elk’s Club Christmas in Stone Mountain 1992

Cover to Cover Christian Band 1992 Youth Group Conference

Wesphalia German Group, 1992-1993 monthly dances for Friends of German Language and Culture at Knights of Columbus Hall

Kurt’s Restaurant and Bar (German Band- Jake Herzog & The Bavarian Express) Octoberfest  1992

Group Freeflight/ Holiday Inn 1992

Cafe 290 19 92

Just Jazz  1992

The Pub in Little Five Points

CorpsVets Senior Drum & Bugle Corp

2002 Season (Quints)





1988 Atlanta Braves Baseball TeamBand of Braves (performed for Clubhouse, Stadium Large Screens, live between innings and various performances for all home games (about 140)  including openings for Alabama and The Beach Boys


Some of the Symphony Orchestras I have performed with include:

Cheyenne Symphony   http://www.cheyennesymphony.org/

Ft. Collins Symphonyhttp://www.fcsymphony.org/

Norwalk Symphonyhttp://norwalksymphony.org/

Gwinnett Civic Orchestra

Emory University Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Fall 96/ Spring Tour 97 (Destin, Florida/ New Orleans)

Emory University Orchestra
Fall 96 (Holst The Planets)

Emory University Jazz Band
Fall 96

Emory Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
Fall 96



Some of the Choral Groups I  perform with include:

Atlanta Feminists Woman’s Chorus  http://www.afwcchorus.org/

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorushttp://www.agmchorus.org/

Our Song  http://www.oursongatlanta.com/