Gary Jackere

As an accomplished musician / drummer, Gary is well suited to teach beginners and intermediate students to read and write drum notation, rock grooves, drum charts, rudiments and related skills. Gary studied drums and percussion with several renowned NYC drummer / percussionist educators; Allen Herman - a student of Joe Morello and an established studio musician and Broadway show drummer; the Late Norman Grossman – teacher, educator, former staff member at Mannes College of Music; and Sonny Igoe – teacher/educator of Max Weinberg of Conan O’Brien TV show and Bruce Springsteen fame as well as many other famous drummers. Having been exposed to drummer greats such as Papa Jo Jones, Jim Chapin, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, and Joe Franco and on a personal level have had a tremendous impact on Gary.

 

Keith John

Keith John grew up in Vienna, Virginia and graduated from Madison High, during which time he drummed for the Coachmen. After graduating from Ohio's Baldwin Wallace College, he returned to the DC area and launched an amazing career in professional music, playing in the Northern Virginia band All Of The Above (Keith John, Marc Clements, Bill Graves, Andrew Wilson) which released the single "The War Is Over," backed with "Hey, Am I Shaking?" on Paramount records in 1973. John then spent the next decade working with a number of bands and artists (he worked a pickup gig with Leslie West at Route One South in Alexandria, Virginia in 1975), including the Starland Vocal Band, Evan Johns and the H-Bombs, Billy Hancock, the Reasons Why, and The Kids. He toured with Billy Idol in 1981 and worked with Danny Gatton, Cathy King, and the Back Doors in the mid-eighties. In 1985he moved to Los Angeles and played with John Mayall and Billy Vera and the Beaters. The latter half of the eighties saw John keep a busy schedule, touring with the Ventures in 1985 and 1986, managing (and sitting in with) Maria Muldaur, and from late 1986 to October 1987 he worked the Buffalo Springfield Reunion Tour (which included Neil Young and Bruce Palmer), first as road manager and then finishing the tour behind the skins when Dewey Martin was dismissed. Returning to Northern Virginia in 1988, John has recently been involved with television and video production, winning awards for the videos The Magic Mall and They Changed America. On Apri1995, he was back behind the drums with the new band Quaver, which consists of former Cherry People founders Chris and Doug Grimes and bassist Carl Jones.

 

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