Hi, I’m Zack.
I’ve been playing drums full-time for over 20 years—in bands, musical productions, classrooms, clinics, and in my private studio here in Santa Cruz.
My first drumset was a kick, snare, and garbage can lid. Yes, an actual trash can lid! It wasn’t much, but I had discovered rock and punk, thanks to a mixed tape my sister made me. Even back in sixth grade I knew I was going to spend my life playing music and although I had no idea how to play a lick, I was determined to learn.
Flash forward to college: A friend told me that, if I learned jazz, I could play anything. Having spent much of my teens going to punk shows at the legendary 924 Gilman in Berkeley, I turned my attention to the great jazz drummers and started playing with any local player I could find. Things took another turn when I joined a Santa Cruz ska band—one that quickly moved from playing backyards to selling out Santa Cruz’s biggest clubs. Over the next eight years, we recorded three albums and toured the US, Europe and Japan. (In fact, we reunite every couple of years, packing venues from San Francisco to L.A.)