Zack Olsen

About Zack Olsen


Drummer and educator Zack Olsen was raised all over the western United States and has called Santa Cruz home since 1989. Zack had a love for music growing up but didn’t start playing until the end of high school. After studying music at Cabrillo College he hit the road with Santa Cruz ska/rock band Slow Gherkin. He toured the US nine times hitting every state except North Dakota, Alaska and Hawaii. They toured Europe several times and once to Japan. In between, he studied privately with master drummers Peter Magadini, Eddie Marshall and Dave Black.

Zack is an in demand drummer performing all over the San Fransisco Bay Area as well as teaching private lessons 50 hours a week. On top of his regular students he spends his summer teaching at the Kuumbwa Jazz Camp, drum teching for the Monterey Jazz Festival and playing in the pit for Cabrillo Stage’s summer productions. Dedicated to inspire the next generation of drummers; Zack has hosted many guest teachers and actively organizes drum clinics. Zack lives in Soquel California with his wife and two daughters.

Drummers I’ve studied with

Lessons • Live Performance • Studio Work