Virtuoso timpanist Jonathan Haas has raised the status of the timpani to that of a solo instrument throughout his unique career that has spanned more than twenty-five years. From classical concertos to jazz and rock & roll, from symphonic masterpieces to the most experimental compositions of living composers, Haas has championed, commissioned, unearthed and celebrated music for his instrument, becoming, as Ovation magazine hailed him, "The Paganini of the timpani."
Charlie continues to impart his knowledge to drummers everywhere. He is a member of the Professional Drum Teachers Guild and the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (NARD). Charlie is also a member of the esteemed Vic Firth Education Team as well as The Jazz Education Network (JEN).
In addition to his time studying with jazz drumming legend Ray Bauduc, he has taken master classes with Ed Soph, Louie Bellson, Jack DeJohnette, Donny Osborne, Johnny Rabb, Clayton Cameron, Butch Miles, Steve Smith, Joe Morello, Jeff Hamilton, Bill Stewart, Steve Gadd, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Peter Erskine, and Ed Shaughnessy. His lessons are guaranteed to accompany a healthy dose of wisdom as passed on to him by these giants of the drumming world.
Private lessons, clinics, and master classes are available by appointment only. Charlie teaches well-established and contemporary drumming techniques. He accepts a limited number of select motivated, serious intermediate and advanced private students in the Chicago area
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