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Teaching


Band/Drum Camps

As early as the summer of 1994 he began teaching band camps and drum camps at local high schools and/or middle schools. This included teaching full drumlines (snare, quints, bass, and cymbals) and the PIT (sideline ensembles). Because of this experience he is capable of teaching the music, drill, and the visual theme to a field show or “indoor” drumline production while making it fun for the students.

Alan with classFull-Time Program

For nearly 4 years he was the full-time percussion instructor for a school band program. This included teaching grade-school beginners to graduating seniors throughout their upbringing as a percussionist. It also gave him experience in composition, show production, percussion maintenance, classroom discipline, and preparing full ensembles to perform at recitals and competitive levels.

Alan teaching clinicClinics

As a facilitator he has taught educational and/or interactive clinics on a variety of musical and percussion techniques. This can include drum circles, drumline composition workshops, instrument technique, and percussion history.

Individual Lessons

While still in high school he began teaching private lessons to younger drummers on basic technique and rudiments. As his experience grew he began teaching other instruments and a variety of styles and genres. He has taught students ranging from 8 to 57 years old. This includes brand new beginners to collegiate players moving into the profession. He is capable with a student just starting a hobby or helping an advanced player challenge themselves to further their career.

Noted programs: Hewitt Trussville High School, Crossville High School, Glynn Academy, Brunswick High School, Sax High School, Saint James School, Gadsden High School, and Yamaha Sounds of Summer 2003 and 2004 in Birmingham, Alabama.