Drums & Percussion Teachers

ANTHONY AMODEO

Anthony studied at the Musicians’ Institute and with a long list of drumming luminaries: Elvin Jones, Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Will Kennedy, Keith Carlock, Joe Porcaro, Ricky Lawson, Ray Luzier, Mike Clark , Maria Martinez, Dave Allen, Fred Dinkins, Gary Hess, and Chuck Silverman. He recorded and toured extensively with NJ-based band All Parallels and performs as a session drummer throughout the tri-state area. He teaches all styles, focusing on the roots of rhythm and overall percussion technique. He has been teaching privately for over 20+ years: he taught for 11 years in Los Angeles and Boston before returning to New Jersey, where he teaches full time.

Video: Meet Anthony

Video: How Anthony Makes Virtual Lessons Work

DAVE HEILMAN

Dave studied at New Jersey City University and has garnered over 10 years of experience teaching privately. Dave mentored on Norway’s The Voice and served as a clinician for jazz ensembles at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. His Broadway performances include Swing!, Spring Awakening, American Idiot, Burn the Floor, and STOMP. He also collaborated and recorded with Grammy-nominated artists Regina Spektor, Lars Vaular, Bernhoft, and Sondre Lerche and has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with David Letterman. He is co-founder of nationally touring synth-pop group Jupiter One, which signed a two-album deal with Warner Music Group. The group recently appeared on the finale of FX’s Pose.

Video: Dave describes “outside the box” drumming

AARON GEUSIC

Aaron holds a B.M. in Music Performance and Pedagogy from Kean University in Union NJ and is currently pursuing a MAT for Music from Montclair State University. On stage, Aaron has performed with the Woodbridge Community Players in West Side Story (Lt. Schrank), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour) and Cabaret (Herr Schulz), The Kean University Choir, and of course “The Wednesdays!” Aaron has been playing drums since 2006 and participated in many school ensembles including The Immaculata High School Spartan Marching Band from Somerville, NJ.  

JOHN LEISTER

MARIANA RAMIREZ

Mariana studied at the National Conservatory of Mexico in Mexico City and Rutgers University. She performed with orchestras in Mexico and the US, including the National Symphony of Mexico, Orquesta de Minería, Dartmouth Symphony, South Florida Symphony, the first all-Women Orchestra of Mexico, New England Ensemble, Fairfield Orchestra, and most recently with The Dessoff Choir, premiering works for choir and orchestra at Alice Tully Hall. She has been heard on TV shows Stephen Colbert, Mozart in the Jungle, NBC Universal Upfronts at Radio City Music Hall, and others. Mariana is endorsed by Sabian cymbals, Pearl drums, and Innovative Percussion. Mariana was percussionist of the First National Broadway Tour of Once on This Island for which she also subbed on Broadway. This led to two more Broadway shows: Head Over Heels and Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. Currently she is one of just two female Mexican drummer/percussionists performing on Broadway. Off-Broadway shows include Merrily We Roll Along and Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, and others. Mariana has collaborated with many ensembles such as The Pit Stop Players, Orquesta de Camara de Nueva York, and most recently the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Mariana is passionate about music education: “It is an effective way to share and learn traditions from my Mexican culture and other cultures.” She is currently the pit percussionist for Six on Broadway.