Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re transitioning into the fall! Since the last update, the Villanova Band began their year with camp in August and have hit the ground running ever since. From football games, to the parents weekend showcase and Hoops Mania in the new Finneran Pavilion – they have been BUSY!

I’ve also continued teaching my two drum set for non-majors courses at UArts, where students get credit to learn how to play the drums with me – who doesn’t want to get college credit for playing the drums?!

For the School District of Philadelphia – we are wrapping up the 1st quarter of the school year. All programs are going strong, and I’ve even began teaching music production at Franklin Learning Center while continuing to teach drum lessons. Students will have the opportunity to learn about both live sound reinforcement, and recording/producing music!

As for performing, you’ll see me from time to time at ValleyPoint Church, while still playing with St. Brendan around Philly.  St. Brendan will be playing Bourbon and Branch this Friday, Oct 26th with some of my friends in Here/Now.

Finally – St. Brendan just released a new single titled “Liar“.  Check out the MUSIC page to listen, and feel free to download it from their bandcamp.


Until next time,


Hi Everyone,

I’m excited to announce that I will be assisting Marc Dicciani, Dean of the College of Performing arts at the University of the Arts, with his two summer drum set courses for Music Educators.

The University of the Arts Summer Music Studies is a program that helps educators earn credits towards their matriculated graduate degree, or for those looking for non-matriculated credits for Professional Development. The two courses I’ll be assisting with are:

  • Introduction to the Drum Set – for Educators looking for a foundation in Drum Set
  • Playing the Drums: Level 2 – for those who may have taken Marc’s course in the past, or has a solid understanding of the drum set.

Both courses will take place June 25 – 29 at Ursinus College, and are 3 credits each.  Additional information and registration details can be found HERE.


Looking forward to teaching educators how to incorporate drum set into their classroom!


Hi everyone!

A lot has been going on since the last update. We’re getting closer to summer break which means spring concerts, musicals, and final performances of the school year.  Along with all of that, I’ve also been able to:

  • Record and release a new EP with St. Brendan called “The Talk EP” – Check it out in the MUSIC section of the site, and feel free to purchase it from any online retailer
  • Teach 3 Professional Development workshops for the School District of Philadelphia on how to integrate Drum Set studies into the K-12 general music classroom!

Since 2017, I’ve been writing curriculum on how to integrate drum set studies into the general music classroom.  As educators, we begin teaching music using rhythmic theory, but why is it that the majority of educators can’t play the drums? This book allows you to use the lessons you already implement in your classroom, but relate them to the drum set.  It also gives you tips, tricks, and lessons so you can be prepared and comfortable teaching your students how to play the drum set!  The book is available in the STORE section of the site.

Along with teaching the workshops and creating the book, I’m excited to announce I will be assisting Marc Dicciani with his summer drum set courses for Music Educators!  If you’re an educator looking to earn their matriculated graduate degree, and/or need non-matriculated credit for Professional Development, check out the two courses that will run June 25-29th!  Additional details for each courses can be found at the University of the Arts’ Summer Music Studies Page.


Be sure to check the DATES page for upcoming shows, clinics, and more!


Until next time,


Happy 2018 everyone!  Over the past few months I’ve been looking over the website thinking of ways to improve it.  There was a lot of content, some good, some bad – and I’ve decided it was time for a clean up.

So welcome – we have trimmed the fat to prepare for the future. My goal with this site is to keep you up to date with everything I’m doing, but also to create a space for you to learn from.  Recordings, videos, PDFs, cadences, you name it – I want you to come here and receive content that will help you improve as a musician.

So welcome – keep checking back for updates, but also keep an eye on social media for photos, live streams, videos, etc!

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