I started playing drums at the age of 3.  My father was always in bands so I had a lot of exposure to music.  For whatever reason, I was obsessed with the drums!  One day my dad's band was practicing in our garage.  I distinctly remember them playing Billy Idol's Mony Mony . I did my best to mimic my dad's drummer and play as loud as I could. When they stopped, I kept right on playing.  Since I was in the adjacent room, they could hear me.  The drummer told my dad, "Hey Scott, you need to get that boy some lessons!"  So not long after, at the age of 5, I began taking lessons from a local jazz legend, Larry Donley.

I spent the next 15 years learning everything I could from Larry.  He would always say, "I can only give you the tools to learn in drumming. It's up to you to decide how to apply them."  I would also listen to bands that I thought had good drummers and tried to emulate their style of playing. Bands like Led Zepplin, Van Halen, Rush, and Dream Theater were all huge influences.  

I started teaching lessons in my early 20's (not exactly sure when!).  My main goal as a teacher is to pass on as much knowledge as I can to my students, and watch them grow in their own drumming styles.  I always tell them, "Play what you like!"  After all, drumming should be fun.  I stress the importance of technique and strive to do what Larry did for me: give students the tools, the knowledge, and the inspiration to become their own drummer.

After about 27 years of playing, I can say with confidence that there is A LOT more out there to learn.  I constantly strive to improve my playing and am always looking for and coming up with new ideas.  Drumming is a journey.  And in the words of Larry:

Create - through tumbling rivers of 
rhythm, a new universe - 
where your being can be felt
soft as country dawn; or savage
as through an African rain - 
you are the pure creators, that
inspire bodies into - joyful dance - 
breathless, you are the source -
with rainbows of sound, we'll all
journey into forever
with you, breathing life into everyone
                                                           - L.D.

Larry and I after I won the Guitar Center Store Finals, 2010