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.S., Percussion Performance, University of Massachusetts, Lowell with Fred Buda and Jeff Fischer; studies with John Kilkenny at Sewanee Summer Music Festival
Cody Morgan is a contemporary classical and orchestral percussionist who plays regularly with multiple local opera companies, orchestras, and musical theatre organizations. He spent two summers at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, playing with conductors and musicians from all over the world in both a symphony orchestra and chamber context. Cody’s teaching experience includes private and group lessons at Andover High School and Georgetown Middle High School as well as marching percussion at Andover, Reading, and the NESBA championship winning Pentucket Regional High School.
B.M, University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Principal teachers: Jeff Fischer (Boston Ballet), Fred Buda (Boston Pops), Jim Lattini, Mark Wheeler
Jesse Stiglich specializes in teaching drum set and orchestral percussion. He performs professionally in a variety of settings, including pit orchestras, jazz combos, symphony orchestras, and rock bands as well as with his band Professor Caffeine and the Insecurities.
"I believe that private music lessons are meant for people to grow. I always strive to make my lessons fun and challenging, but also help my students find what they really enjoy in music.There is nothing more rewarding for both teacher and student than seeing something 'click' for the student after they’ve put in time and effort."
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