Dave grew up in Peekskill, NY where he began playing drums at age 10. At age 11 he was given a Meters tape from his band teacher. This tape changed his life and sparked his drive to play music and study drums. After years in school bands, pit orchestra, and personal projects, David attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating in 2005. While at Berklee David worked on jazz independence and fell in love with the brushes. While living in Boston, he was involved with many different kinds of projects ranging from metal to klezmer jazz, including playing with the Either/Orchestra and side projects with Dana Colley of Morphine. David moved to Portland, OR in 2006, and is now actively gigging with 1939 Ensemble
and Humours. Currently, he is the head drum instructor at the Portland School of Rock. Students of all ages and levels are welcome.
Lisa Schonberg is a musician and artist from Staten Island, NY who loves playing double stroke rolls. She has been teaching for over 15 years, and started drumming when she was nine. Lisa is the author of The DIY Guide to Drums,
and is the Northwest Correspondent for Tom Tom Magazine
, a magazine all about female drummers. Lisa is also interested in soundscapes/acoustic ecology and insects. Her current projects include her percussion and noise ensemble Secret Drum Band
, HITS, and STLS
. Lisa has worked with Nadia Buyse, Tara Jane Oneil, Mirah, Tuneyards, the Need, Cloud eye Control, Tender Forever, and Thao with the Get Down Stay Down; past bands include Explode into Colors
Clifford teaches drum set and various percussion instruments specializing in djembe and the dununs. He performs regularly with his jazz trio, as well as accompanying dances and playing for singer/songwriters. He has had the opportunity to study with Bob Moses, Billy Martin, Gary Chaffee, Bob Koufman, Bob Gulotti, Mel Brown, Souhail Kaspar and numerous others teachers.
Tim was born in Los Angeles into a musical family. Both his parents and all his sibilings played or performed. At 8 Tim chose drums and began to play Bosa and Jazz. At 12, he began tutoring with Marine drum and bugle corp. instructor Don Clark, and speed drummer Deane Hagen (son of film/TV composer Earle Hagen). By 17 he had studied with jazz icons Joe Pass and Art Pepper, and performed with Ralph Humphries and Don Ellis.
Later he joined seminal hardcore LA punk band FEAR
, performed with avant-garde singer Nina Hagen, Lydia Lunch, John Belushi, LA African Beat Kwashi, and Dick Dale to name a few. Tim plays regularly with his band Nasalrod
Steve Nistor is from Detroit and is a touring and studio drummer best known for his work with Daniel Lanois and Danger Mouse. Steve has recorded and preformed with Sparklehorse, Brian Blade's Mama Rosa Band, Emmylou Harris, Portugal The Man, Steve Albini, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Sparks, Gnarls Barkley, Solomon Burke, Garth Hudson, and plays in a band called WL.
GABE KATZ (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
been drumming since he could hold a stick and has been teaching kids and adults
for about 7 years. Born in Los Angeles CA and raised in Sebastopol CA. He has
studied with Alex Cline, Lee Smith and David Elitch. Gabe has toured,
recorded and played with such bands as The Coma Lilies, My Dads, SHAT, Mean
Girls, The Business End, The Juan Profit Organization, just to name a few. He
is well versed in many styles including Punk, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop, Metal,
Ska...Gabe has a very experimental style and a creative approach to
teaching. hit him up!