That's My Rumor....
2018 is a significant turning point for Eric. He realized his students deserve more than a drum teacher. They need a coach... The Drum Coach: that person that prepares them to thrive and excel in the world of music. Each player on his roster learns to play the drum set with the Grid Grooves System; and uses the Abacus systems to improve sight reading, development independence, and add even more rhythmic ideas to their beats. They also play along with other instruments to fully experience the ways the drum set can change a song's feel and groove. The Coach even takes Buckets and Sticks to Visalia Montessori School once a week to share the fun of drumming and rhythms with the students. And, as an added bonus, the coach is more than ready to play "Sharks and Minnows!!!"
The Drum Coach is on the field of play a musician and performing artist with various cover bands and original projects. The Tayters are a ragtime trio out of Visalia Ca, Ron Rodgers and the Last Chance Saloon is a country band out of Clovis Ca, Road House is a classic rock band out of Hanford Ca, and the Brad Wilson Band is a blues ensemble from Visalia Ca. He traveled to Peru as the drummer for Celebrant Singers to share God's message through music in August 2017. The Coach's calendar is blowing up with gigs with these groups... and he's even subbing in when he gets the chance!
The Coach invests his time, money and efforts with various organizations in his home town. He commits some time each week as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Kids. His role as an advocate is to make sure the court is aware of the child's thoughts, feelings, and concerns while the child is in foster care. 2017 has been the year of "Buckets and Sticks" too. He's shared the fun of playing 5 gallon buckets with drum sticks at Traver elementary school, Happy Trails Riding Academy, and Self Help Enterprises. He is the newest member of the Visalia Fox Theater Board that works to make the Fox one of Visalia's premiere venues in the area. Eric has been an active member of Rotary International since January 2012, and currently serves as the President of Tulare Sunrise Rotary club... and they liked the buckets and sticks too!!!
Finally, Eric started teaching and playing drums full time once he retired from 26 years of active service in the United States Air Force. The first 21 years were spent as an Crew Chief, working on KC-135s, E-4s, and B-1B bombers; the remaining five as a Leadership and Management class instructor at the Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. He played throughout his career, but playing remained subordinate to his commitment to his family, the flight line, the classroom, and his country. Now that his years of faithful service have ended and his children are grown, he has returned to the passions of his youth that continues to excited him and offer more avenues of service to bands, students, and the community at large to this very day!
The Drum Coach