Orange County Area Drum Teachers
Derek is a session/touring drummer from Boston, Massachusetts who recently relocated to Southern California to further his career in the music industry. He started playing drums at 11, went on his first tour when he was 16 and continued to tour during school vacations until he was able to peruse music full time. Derek loves and adapts to all genres of music and his work as a drummer led him to tour the U.S. numerous times as well as tour internationally in Japan, Canada and Europe to play many different festivals. He's had the opportunity to open for names such as Portugal, The Man, Bone Thugs and Harmony, We Came As Romans, Four Year Strong and many many more.
In recent years Derek began dedicating his spare time to consulting on social media marketing and teaching drums not only in passing his knowledge of how to play drums down, but also in how to build a career in drumming. What KIND of drummer do you want to be? Are you more than a drummer?
Derek is here to help beyond just sitting behind the kit. He specializes in technique, best practices, how to get the gig, how to prep for tours/gigs/sessions, taking care of your body as a traveling musician and helping to create a reputable name as a drummer/creative.
We hope you enjoy working with him!
Roby Vitari is an Italian drummer and musical producer and member of the Grammys/Recording Academy (Los Angeles Chapter). A native of Cosenza (Italy), he started in Cosenza and moved to Turin (Italy) in 1990 and relocated in Los Angeles in 2017. Since 2013 he's been active in the Los Angeles area as a session drummer, drum instructor/director at GM Drum School USA (Santa Ana, California) and Music Producer/Engineer at Number 8 Studio (Santa Ana, California).
Groups Roby has played with include Headcrasher, The Dramedy, The Art Of Zapping, N.I.A. Punx, This Evol Taste, Nefertari, La Cosa, 2.0, Radar, Hollywood Killerz, Kutfaces, Jester Beast, MCN, Warrior Soul, Mindwars and Creepin' Death. He currently playw with Mindwars (Los Angeles, CA) and Headcrasher (Italy).
Scott Grady is a guitarist, composer and educator from Fullerton, California. Trained in classical guitar, he studied music composition and theory at Cal State Fullerton earning a master's degree in 2015. In 2016, Scott founded the classical-rock fusion group, The Mercy Stone. He teaches guitar, composition and music theory privately and is the guitar department leader at the Irvine School of Music. Scott also coaches rock bands and teaches beginning piano, bass guitar, ukulele and drums.
Scott's teaching experience in both classroom and individual instruction spans from preschool aged children to experienced adult musicians. His teaching approach is founded on identifying music which excites students and uses that music as a basis for building technique and musicianship.
As a performer and composer, Scott's experience with many different musical styles facilitates this process. He has studied, composed and performed an extremely broad range of music which includes classical, rock, pop/commercial music, flamenco, Eastern European folk music and West African drumming.