Drums & Percussion Teachers

ANTHONY AMODEO

Anthony earned a degree from the Musicians’ Institute in 2000, studying with a long list of drumming luminaries: Elvin Jones, Steve Smith, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Joe Porcaro, Mike Clark, Maria Martinez, Dave Allen, Fred Dinkins, Gary Hess, and Chuck Silverman. Anthony applies teaching techniques taken from each of them into his own instruction. He performs as a session drummer throughout the tri-state area. He also performs live and tours with a number of acts from around the country. Anthony teaches all music styles and bases his instruction on blending classic techniques with real life situations because for him, “making music comes first.” Anthony says, “If I can tap into something in each student that creates the two most important things: curiosity and desire, I’ve done my job.” 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

BEN SAPORITO

Since graduating with honors from the Berklee College of Music, and completing his graduate studies in music education at Montclair State University, Benjamin Saporito has enjoyed a musically diverse career as a performing percussionist in the New York City metropolitan area. He has performed and/or recorded with, The New York Pops, The American Composers Orchestra, The New York Jazz-harmonic Trio, The Metro West Symphony, The Boston Conservatory songwriter showcases, Vintage Ego, Vin Mott’s Rhythm and Blues Band, Dreena Moran, and Craig Mitchell to name a few. Additionally, he has played regional productions of Spelling Bee, The Addams Family, Songs for a New World, Footloose, Annie, Hairspray, Mama Mia, 13, A Chorus Line, Ragtime, Pippin, and Rent.

BEN SCHWARTZ