Westshore Drum Academy

Westshore Drum Academy offers a wide range of private lessons, clinics, masterclasses, drumming groups and special events for every age and level of playing. From the first steps of a beginner, to the advanced techniques required to play at the top level, you can learn every aspect of drumming at Westshore Drum Academy. In addition to our local team, we bring in world class drum instructors and performers. We have hosted Thomas Lang, Jost Nickel, Ydna Murd and Claus Hessler masterclasses and are already planning the next big clinic. Our spring and summer drumming group camps for kids from 9-16 years of age are also very popular. Scroll through this page and find out why so many drummers choose the Westshore Drum Academy for their studies. Contact us by phone 250-532-0228 or email to book lessons or for more information.
Private Lessons 23.00$/30 minutes - Group Lessons and Masterclasses vary
GIFT CERTIFICATES available



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Andreas David aka Ydna Murd has been playing drums for more than 30 years. He has spent most of his life as a professional musician in Germany where he performed hundreds of shows with a great variety of bands and artists. Andreas has been teaching drums at many different music schools and was one of the co-founders of the Hamburg School of Music, which is now one of the largest music schools in Germany. He is the author of three instructional drum books (Breakbeat Guide, Hi-Hat Master and Drum Class) Andreas endorses Sonor Drums, Vic Firth, Roland V-Drums, Supernatural Cymbals and Drumtacs. He performs regularly at drum festivals and teaches several workshops and master classes throughout the year. In addition to his extensive experience as a studio and session drummer, he has also published several play-along recordings for drummers. In his longstanding teaching career, he has mentored hundreds of students and keeps his lessons fun and exciting for all ages and level. Check out his successful video channel at www.youtube.com/Jungleritterwww.drumgate.com

 


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From Victoria, BC, Taylor started playing at the age of 15, but began his studies at the age of 18 where he has had a good mix of private teachers. Studying in establishments including Groove Studios and Westshore Music Academy in Victoria. Taylor's had the privilege of studying under Jost Nickel, Clause Hessler, Russ Miller and Ron Thaler in master classes. He currently plays for a Prog/Art Rock band called Spaceport Union. With the band, playing local and country wide shows are a regular occurrence. Along with touring and recording. Taylor, also fills in various local acts ranging in a variety of genres including prog rock, funk and many more. He brings a lot of experience as an enthusiastic teacher and a seasoned performer to students of all ages and levels. Keep it funky!

 


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Since a young age, Alex has consistently been writing and performing in numerous groups, and has been playing professionally since 2011. He has toured extensively throughout Canada, and recorded and performed with many artists. After studying at the prestigious Humber College in Toronto, he returned to the West Coast with an enriched love for music, and passion for all things percussion. At Humber, he studied jazz, fusion, and many styles of world music. He has studied with Bob McLaren, Mark Kelso, Murray Creed, Steve Mancuso, Pat Kilbride and Ron Thaler among others, and currently continues his studies with Andreas David (AKA Ydna Murd). Alex has been teaching for many years at various music schools in Victoria. As a drummer, Alex is known above all else for his musicianship and musicality behind the kit. He has worked in many genres and performed at many events. He has played with groups such as The County Line, Kemal Evans Band, Michael Wood band, Jon Epworth and the Vic City Sweats, WOLFHEART Rooftop Runners, and Chikoro Marimba and recently joined up with ScrapArts Music as the newest member in the internationally renowned "invented instrument ensemble"


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Dana has toured internationally as a gigging drummer, worked actively as a studio drummer, and taught as a full time drum instructor for over 12 years. In 2011 he completed a Diploma in Jazz Studies at Camosun College, Victoria, BC. As well as drums Dana has always had a passion for both music and education, teaching in preschools and working in all aspects of child care from summer camps to one-on-one care. As a father of three children, Dana is creative, fun and enthusiastic, and sensitive to children’s individual needs.



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