Drum Tech

Fortunately I’ve been blessed with a mechanical brain.  I’ve actually spent some time wrenching on cars, and I think it definitely helped me with understanding all the different pieces of the drum set and how the gear works. I like geeking out on all the little gadgets and doo-dads that make up a drum set—as well as bearing edges, wood, tuning, head selection, etc. This instrument is immensely complex, even though it’s very simple at it’s core.  Not to mention there’s a lot of tricks of the trade.

If I’m not playing the drums, I really enjoy supporting other drummers. I’ve been taking care of the drums at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center since around 2004. I moonlight as a drumtech a few other times a year. It’s enabled me to meet a lot of my drum heroes and talk shop with some of the best. I’ve been drum teching for the Monterey Jazz Festival since 2009. In 2017 I did a Netflix comedy special with Fred Armisen. I recently started working for the Next Generation Jazz Festival, as well. Here are some pictures from my adventures.

Fred Armisen’s Netflix Special

2019 Monterey Jazz Festival

2018 Monterey Jazz Festival

2017 Monterey Jazz Festival