Gary has been playing professionally for 50 years (clubs, concerts, recordings, shows, theater (Roger Rocka's for one), churches, and more.
He has played with several major artists over the years including: Jimmy Bryant at the Riveria in Palm Springs in 1973, Joe Henderson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Diane Schuur, Bob Sheppard, Julie Kelley, Chris Montez, The Diamonds, Mitch Holder, Tim May, Frank Potenza, Barry Zweig, Robert Conti, John Stowell, John Pisano and others (including GREAT local players).
He has opened/played after Carmen McRae, George Benson, David Sanborn, Three Dog Night, Warren Hill, Kurt Elling, Poncho Sanchez, Bella Fleck and the Flecktones, and others
Gary studied and played at FCC and CSU Fresno and have a Music Minor. He has taken lessons from several major drummers, and is currently studying with three teachers (two in LA).
Gary plays most styles, but leans toward jazz.
He recently retired after working 30 years for the Government and am now trying to up my drumming game at age 63!
Edward has been playing drums for over 17 years now. He first started his drum studies with a Fresno known drummer Curtis Hatcher. Known to most people in the valley as "Papa Bear." Papa Bear, was a student of Art Blakey, who was known world wide for his jazz group "Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers." Under Papa Bears wing, Edward learned how to play traditional forms of Jazz, Soul, Blues, R&B and much more. Papa Bear had a very old school approach which influenced Edward at a young age. He now uses that approach with a modern twist with his students.
Edward believes that the basis of drumming comes first before one can get a drum set. He has also took lessons from Chris Millar, Joe Lizama, (drummer of Johnny Mathis and instructor at Fresno City College) and Brian Hamada to further his skills as a percussionist. As he says in his own when he asked what sales of music he plays; "I play pretty much everything except speed metal, even though I like groups such as Animals As Leaders." Edward has a wide range tastes in music which is vastly shared with his students and with his audience on Radio Bilingue.
Ryan is a Fresno native that has been teaching in and around Fresno since 1999. He specializes in drumset and marching percussion. He was a high school music teacher at Bullard from 2008-2015. He loves getting new students and starting them off with good knowledge and and proper techniques.
I have been playing drums since the age of 15 and studied music and percussion at Fresno City College. I have played in many musical settings such as big band jazz, small ensemble jazz bands, funk, fusion, latin, progressive rock, metal, blues and many other styles of music.
I have played professionally in many local jazz, original and cover bands. I consider myself a rock and funk drummer but I am equally at home playing jazz and blues. Some of my favorite drummers are Sonny Payne, Stewart Copeland Neil Peart and Ed Soph.