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
Drum Academy Team
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
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!
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"
Gregory Law, Licentiate of Music-McGill, Bachelor of Music-McGill, plus 9 years graduate studies.
He played Timpani / Percussion with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra 1967-1981 and the Victoria Conservatory of Music 2010-2013.
His musical education and percussion teachers include
Saul Goodman -N.Y. Philharmonic/ Juilliard school, Arthur Press-Boston Symphony,
Alan Abel - Philadelphia Orchestra/Temple U. Gregory performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Corey Hart, Dave Brubeck, Odetta, Catheline Battle. Pavorotti, Dame Kiri Takanawa, Jessy Norman, Rene Flemming, Isaac Stern, and many more. He recorded extensively with Decca-London and EMI Records, 80 plus award winning CDs- Dutoit/ MSO, also NHK radio/television Japan, BBC TV/Radio, RTF Paris, PBS USA, CBC radio/television, Rhombus media-film, RCA Victor records, National Film Board of Canada, etc. His honorable career brought him on 37 world tours with Montreal Symphony, including, Japan, Korea, Hong-Kong, South America, North America, Europe.
As well as 20 seasons of yearly concerts at Carnegie Hall.
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