drum teachers


ryan glick - drums

Ryan Glick is  based out of The Bay Area in Northern California. Been playing for 20 years He performed professionally since the age of 8, playing Drums and Percussion with seasoned musicians in almost every genre of music. Music that Ryan specialize and performed is Jazz, Heavy Metal, Country, Pop, Alternative, Mexican, Classical, Soul, R&B, Pop , Punk, Blues, Electronica, Afro Cuban, Funk and Post-hardcore with some of the Bay Area’s best bands: Pete Escovedo and his Jazz Orchestra, Mic Gilette, Boogie Aces, Freeway, Addiction To Affliction, Fusion 72, Pyrite Sidewalk, Sardonius, Pittsburg Community Jazz band and concert band, Almost Dead, Rh1nos, Double Down, Whiskey dreams The Easy leaves, Triple Treble, Alpha Rhythm Kings, The Rhythm Lords, Clave Rt, Grupo Sesto Elemento,Demon seed, Family Tradition and Natural Blend. Ive also performed in many events and venues London new year day parade 2014, Fiesta Bowl in University of Phoenix stadium , Gator bowl in Everbank field, The Whiskey agogo, The Gilman, Red House, Pico Rivera Sports arena, At&t park, Mcafee Stadium, Pittsburg Creative Arts Building, and many more. After High school I attended The Berklee College in Boston. And after a year he left Berklee and Ive been full time musician playing in all kinds of bands and studio sessions in the bay area. Im also Music Educator in a music store in Antioch appeared as a Guest Clinician at schools, while teaching privately for many years in the East Bay. Many mentors and teachers that I have studied under David Garibaldi, Rod Morganstein, Fernando Lozano , Neal Smith, Bob Kaufman, Jason White, Leo Vigil, Larry Finn, Rob Hamiker, Dave Rokeach Thomas Moran, Jerry Macchia, Henrique De Alemida, Bertram Lehmann, Mark Ferber, Jeff Marrs, Allan Hall, Dezon Claiborne David Elitch,and Glen Sobel


scott siler - drums, piano

From a young age Scott has had a passion music. He started learning piano at age 6 and went on to learn drum set at age 12. This led to joining high school band at age 14 where he started playing percussion. In high school he realized music would be a life long pursuit. Since then Scott has gone on to receive a Bachelors of Music in percussion music performance for the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as well as a Masters of Arts in music composition from Mills college in Oakland. Scott plays a wide variety of percussion instruments in many contexts including classical and chamber music, rock/heavy metal bands, jazz, funk and blues. Since moving to the bay area in 2011 Scott has played professionally in percussion ensembles including the William Winant percussion ensemble and the Light Bulb Ensemble. He has played in venues across the U.S. such as, the Freer gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., REDCAT (part of Disney Hall) in L.A., Roulette and Queens College in New York City. He has also played at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., with the Van Ahn Vanessa Vo Ensemble. He has also played at many local venues and universities around California such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Jewish Contemporary Art museum, the De Young museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, Stanford University, and University of Santa Cruz. He has recorded and performed in collaboration with legendary wind player Roscoe Mitchell of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. One of these recordings (Conversations) was on the New York Times classical music best of list in 2015. In addition to performance Scott is a composer. In 2012 he received the first commission given out from the local non profit music group Thingamajigs. This piece, for percussion and steel guitar, was premiered at Mills College. Scott’s approach to teaching is to teach musicianship skills and instrumental technique through getting to know the students and the music that excites them, letting each student grow at their own pace, in their own way. Scott can teach drum set, percussion, piano, music theory, composition and music production.


dillon vado - drums, vibes

Dillon is a professional drummer and vibraphonist in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a graduate of the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. His early performance experiences include playing jazz gigs  at places like the Art Boutiki, and Cafe Stritch, and marching snare drum with the Santa Clara Vanguard. He has recorded at Fantasy Studios,  and played with many musicians at The Freight and Salvage, Yoshi’s, and the SF Jazz Center. He has also performed overseas at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. Dillon has played with Art Lande, Hafez Modirzadeh, Royal Hartigan,  Marcus Shelby, Erik Jekabson, Jeff Denson, Alan Hall, Jovino Santos Neto, Sandy Cressman and Marcos Silva. In 2014, Dillon won 1st place in the Jazz Search West competition on vibraphone. Dillon was also acknowledged as the Most Promising Young Jazz Artist of 2017 from the  Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Awards. He regularly performs on vibraphone with Alan Hall’s Ratatet, on drums with Erik Jekabson’s Electric Squeezebox Orchestra and leads several of his own projects, including Never Weather, The Table Trio, and Beyond Words: Jazz and Poetry. 


dawn livingston - drums

Dawn Livingston began her musical training with classical piano at age 6, then transitioned to drums five years later. She grew up playing in her school symphonic bands and jazz bands. At San Francisco State University she continued to study music and concentrated on electronic music production. During this time, Dawn also taught music and movement at various EOC daycares in San Francisco for low income families.

     After SFSU Dawn continued her musical career in Los Angeles, New York, and Costa Rica. She continued to produce and write music, sing in original and cover bands, as well as play drums in several bands. Some of her favorite performances include the Eagle Rock Music Festival,  playing at The Mint LA, The House of Blues Foundation Room, The Grand Star, Oakland’s First Fridays, and Oktoberfest.

     In Costa Rica, Dawn founded/directed a multicultural entertainment show with live music, dance, fire shows, aerialists, and more. Besides directing about 13 performers each week, she also played drums, sang, danced, and choreographed the dance performances in each weekly show.

    Two years ago, Dawn returned to the Bay Area. She is currently playing drums with her rock/hip hop band, Mad Fiction. But, connecting people to the therapeutic joy of playing music is one of her great passions.