Welcome to the world of percussion! As the oldest of all instrumental families, percussion has "rocked" through the ages! Percussion excites and invigorates all who experience its power and complexity. (Unveiling the complexities, while having fun, is what we do best at Indian Hill.)
The Percussion Department offers instruction on drum set, hand drums, world percussion, marimba, jazz vibes, timpani, and glockenspiel (bell set) to aid in school band program preparation.
We accept students of all ages and abilities and are proud to offer a well-rounded staff including professional jazz, classical, and world percussion teachers. Young beginners will explore basic drumming techniques, rhythm, and reading. Advanced students will find an opportunity to hone their skills for competitions and college auditions. Adult students may choose to learn about swing, blues, rock-and-roll, or Middle-Eastern hand drumming. Our teachers are committed to success for the individual student, while teaching them how to play with others through a nurturing and open environment.
The Percussion Department is closely tied to the Guitar and Jazz Department. Through collaboration, students will experience small ensemble playing, jamming, and improvising. Opportunities abound to play in the many ensembles at Indian Hill.
B.M., University of Massachusetts; M.M., New England Conservatory. Principal teachers: Jeffrey Fischer, Fred Buda, Will Hudgins
Abe Finch has appeared with the Boston Lyric Opera, Royal Ballet, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Dinosaur Annex, Pro Arte Chamber Ensemble, New England Percussion Ensemble, Boston Brass Ensemble, Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Cambridge Revels, Duxbury Music Festival, and many more classical, jazz, and theater organizations. A founding member of Wired.to.the.Edge, a contemporary, avant-garde, acoustic-electric trio, he also composes works for percussion, from thematic pieces for children to advanced percussion ensemble repertoire. Abe teaches both classical and contemporary percussion styles to students of all ages. Many of his students have excelled through District and All-State Festival competitions and into college, several earning degrees at major musical conservatories. In addition to Indian Hill, Abe serves on the faculties at Salem State University, Groton School, and Philips Academy in Andover..
B.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Additional studies at New England Conservatory. Principal teachers: Walter Tokarczyk, Thom Hannum, Billy Ward, Bob Gullotti
Dave Fox is a drum set artist and first call sideman to many of Boston’s top Jazz, Funk, Rock, and Blues musicians, including legendary Jazz artists Jerry Bergonzi, Charles Neville, Phil Grenadier, David Tronzo, and Stan Strickland. He has also has worked with Blues guitarist Lydia Warren and Grammy Award winning songwriter, producer, and musician Tom Hambridge and his Band “The Rattlesnakes.” Dave leads his own trio featuring Bruno Raberg on bass and fellow Indian Hill faculty member Bill Jones on sax. He is the creator and leader of the experimental group “Adventures In Sound” and is a member of the Gravel Project and Session450. Dave is an endorser of Pearl Drums and Vic Firth Drumsticks and is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team as a Marching Percussion Specialist. For 11 seasons, he directed the award winning marching percussion programs at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School in Blackstone, MA. His marching experience includes The Crossmen, Star of Indiana’s Brass Theatre, and The UMass Minuteman Marching Band.
"I believe in creating a very strong foundation based upon mastering basic technique, reading, rudiments, and timekeeping. Through this, we can then work together to develop a sound and approach that will be applicable to a number of styles such as Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin, and Hip Hop. My goal is to prepare the student for whatever creative and stylistic avenue he or she wants to pursue with their playing, education, and possible career in music."
B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.M., Longy School of Music’s Modern American Music program; alumnus of The Mike. Principal teachers: Bob Gullotti, Richard Flanagan, Sylvie Zakarian, and Bob Schulz
Percussionist Mike Tucker is known as a bit of a multi-tasker, a useful skill for any musician, but especially for a drummer. On any given night you might find Mike in one of Boston’s many jazz clubs working with his quintet, The Luna Collective, in the orchestra pit of a local theater, or on stage in the percussion section with groups like the Portsmouth Symphony or the Concord Pops. Between 2009 and 2015, he completed three full tours of the U.S., one European tour, and dozens of trips up and down the East Coast and through the Mid-West with several Boston based pop/rock bands including Pretty & Nice (Hardly Art/Sub Pop), Aloud, and Babydriver. In 2015 Mike co-founded The Luna Collective, a quintet dedicated to playing the music of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In addition to hosting a weekly jam session at the Luna Theater, Mike performs with the Peter Cassino trio at the Charles Hotel.
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