Drum Kit - Percussion - Cajon
Drums - Percussion ONLINE & IN PERSON
Pop, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Progressive Metal
Humber College - Bachelor of Music Honours
Mark started playing drums at the age of 11, and hasn't stopped ever since. In his high school years, he joined as many school bands as he could, including the Stage Band and Show Choir Pit Band, where he got exposed to learning to play multiple genres of music, including jazz, funk, Latin, and R&B, as well as other percussion instruments including bongos, and congas.
At Humber College, Mark had the privilege of studying with some outstanding faculty including Paul DeLong, Larnell Lewis and Mark Kelso. Mark was also the recipient of numerous awards including the Just Drums Award, Sabian Cymbals Award, the Sonny Milne Memorial Award and the Cisco Scholarship for Excellence.
Mark is currently a member of several bands of various genres including the "Chris Molyneaux Jazz Trio”, “Accolades”,"Avalon’s Garden”, and, "Imantrus". He has played in various festivals including TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, and the Toronto Undergraduate Jazz Festival, as well as gigs throughout the GTA and beyond. In 2013-2016, Mark had the privilege of playing with the Toronto All-Star Big Band, where he toured Southern Ontario, Iowa, and Florida, performing classic swing and big band music of the 1930s-40s.
Mark currently teaches drums to students of various ages and skill levels. He approaches teaching with the same joy and enthusiasm as he does his own playing. He encourages his students to take it one step at a time and never give up. Learning and playing music requires lots of focus, discipline and practice, but should always be fun!
Drums - Cajon - Percussion - Bucket Drumming IN PERSON ONLY
Pop, Rock, Jazz, Brazlian, Afro-Cuban, Bossa Nova
York University - Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours
York began his musical training at the age of 13. Throughout his high school and university career he was actively involved in Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Bucket Drumming, Media Music Concert Band, Bossa Nova Ensemble, and Wind Symphony.
Throughout the years, he has become well versed in a variety of percussive instruments such as the Congas, Bongos, Pandeiro, Cajon, in addition to classical instruments. He found that being exposed to diverse instruments, rhythms, and techniques, helped him expand his musical knowledge. Similar to building vocabulary to speak a language, York believes that learning different styles encourages a more unique and well-rounded musical experience.
In addition to teaching private lessons, York performs across the GTA and is truly passionate about music.
Drums ONLINE ONLY
Pop, Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop, Blues, Country
University of Toronto - Jazz Performance
Mackenzie discovered his love of drumming at the age of 6 and has pursued his musical passions ever since. He has studied with Mike Siracusa, (during his formative years), Toronto jazz drummer Kevin Dempsey (throughout high school), and the renowned Jazz artist and Juno winner Terry Clarke at the Faculty of Jazz studies, University of Toronto.
He has been involved at The Interprovincial Music Camp, (IMC), for years... from camper to Jazz Faculty Assistant as well as drumming for numerous Musical Theatre productions.
His philosophy is based around the belief that mastering rudiments with an unerring solid beat
is the key to playing any musical style. This is evident in his live performances and studio work.
Mackenzie enjoys teaching and passing on his expertise with patience and a natural ability to connect with young musicians.
Drums - Percussion ONLINE & IN PERSON
Pop, Rock, Jazz, Funk, South American, Metal, Chinese Drums
University of Western Ontario - Master of Professional Education
Bobby’s musical history is rooted in piano lessons, where his lack of rhythm and coordination at the time drove him to take drum lessons. After developing his obsession with drumming, he has been an active participant in extra-curricular musical activities during secondary school, where he performed in concert bands, orchestras, jazz ensembles. In addition to performing, Bobby supplemented his musical horizon by composing and arranging music for percussion ensembles, orchestras, choirs, symphonic bands, and his personal rock bands.
Bobby’s interest in drumming has expanded into the realm of traditional Chinese percussion instruments, including the lion dance drum, flower pot drum (hua pen gu), and drum set (paigu). Outside of his private lessons, Bobby leads the Apex Drumming Team, a group of youth that specializes in Chinese drums and percussion. After witnessing the ferocity of the drumming team through shared community performances, Bobby was invited to join the Toronto Chinese Orchestra (TCO) and was appointed the percussion principal. In addition to the TCO, Bobby has also collaborated with the Edmonton Chinese Orchestra, Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, Xian-Se Gong Chinese Orchestra, and Taoyuan Chinese Orchestra.
Since 2008 Bobby has taught over 100 students in both the Western drum kit and Chinese drums.
Despite his obsession with music, Bobby earned his master’s degree in Professional Education, specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis. In addition to teaching drums, his professional life involves working with individuals diagnosed with autism as a behaviour therapist. Occasionally, these two worlds meet and Bobby welcomes children with autism who want to learn drums. As a result, Bobby is able to create specialized lesson plans and teaching strategies to teach students of all ages and learning levels.