An amazing camp!

Last Thursday saw the conclusion of this summer’s woodworking camp. The five teens who attended spent an intense three days working on their projects and the results were just incredible. The campers ranged in age from 13-17 and all were able to produce remarkable final projects.


Day 1 started with an overview of the projects and an introduction to basic safety and woodworking. After moving to the shop, we started with safety specifics and each camper demonstrated safe cutting on a variety of tools. Proper use of hand tools was especially important. The first project, a repeating fire rubber band gun, was made primarily with hand tools (although two parts needed a band saw cut and the spindle sander.) Many of the kids would return to this project throughout the camp to add various designs and paint schemes.


Completed rubber band rifles with bolt action.

Toward the end of the first day we started on the larger build for the camp, a 10-key bass tongue drum. The boys learned everything from the types of wood they were using (walnut, padauk, and red oak) to how to make their own mallets.


Making use of the band saw, jig saw, table saw, and many other tools, the campers were able to make high quality tongue drums! To tune them, they carved the underside of each key using a hammer and chisel until the pitch was proper for the scale.

I know that this camp will be something that each attendee will remember forever. The camp ended with a drum circle and chance to show off what they had created to their parents and family!

Click here to sign up for information about next year’s camp.

Here are a few reactions to camp from the kids who attended:

“Not only is Scott an amazing drum teacher, he is an exceptional woodworking instructor. Scott’s ability to teach all ages with various levels of experience is shown through the final project of the camp. When camp ends you will have a smile on your face, new friends, and something that you created with your own hands. ”

– KV, age 17

“It was fun and involved. When you finish, you get something you’re proud of that is high quality. It is very calm and is a good learning experience.”

– HY, age 15

“This camp was really cool. I was nervous at first, but Scott helped me a lot and taught me a lot about safety. I love showing everyone what I made. I definitely want to do this camp again next year!”

      – AB, age 13

“Although it was the first experience with woodworking I had in my life, Scott’s camp was as fun and informative as anything he arranges. Before we began working with the tools, I was reluctant to become involved. Scott and the other campers were all inviting and willing to help, so almost immediately, I was excited to begin working. Camp was fascinating. Woodworking was much more compelling than I would have imagined. The satisfaction of creating something, putting in the effort to make it your own, and feeling the progress as it happened was amazing. I looked forward to attending camp, and I enjoyed sharing my experiences with those who would listen. Furthermore, I should add that the rubber-band gun works well, and the tongue drum sounds fantastic. This was truly an unforgettable experience and an important life skill.”

                                                                           -LB, age 15





I’m already planning the camp for next summer! If your child is between 13-18 years old and interested in joining, contact me at



Summer camp 2017! Tongue drums and bird houses.

I’m happy to announce the dates and projects for this summer’s Woodworking camp.

Teens age 13-18 are welcome to attend, and it will certainly be a highlight of their summer.

Camp this summer will run July 25-27 and the kids will start by building a bird house using hand tools. We will discuss what native birds are in need of homes and what designs best suit them. The campers will then proceed by choosing a design, planning, and building a bird house.

Once completed, they will move on to create a 10 note bass tongue drum and mallets. This incredible instrument has a calming and mysterious tone. Tuned with a minor pentatonic scale (which we’ll discuss and learn about) the campers will build from scratch a beautiful instrument to hear and see. The result will be similar to the instrument seen in the YouTube video below:



The cost of this camp is $250 (or $200 for those currently taking drum lessons with me), which includes three days of instruction in woodworking, all materials, and dinner on the third night around a camp fire where we’ll play our completed instruments with family and friends welcome to attend.


Registration: If you’re interested in signing your child up for this wood working summer camp, please read and complete the below waiver and email it to


This camp is limited to 6 participants and it fills quickly each year, so please accept my apologies if the camp is already filled when your Waiver is received. Your child’s spot will be reserved once you’ve paid the camp fee via the Paypal link below. The fee is fully refundable up to 1 week before camp, and refundable minus project materials up to 1 day before camp.





Drum Club Friday February 24, 2017

Next Drum Club is Friday February 24, 2017 and it’s going to be amazing.

The evening will feature a clinic on hand drums with my good friend Mark Merella.

RSVP now if you’d like to attend.


Drum Club Fun!

This past Friday night the monthly drum club met and had an incredible night. Clinician Kirk Allen Kubicek (drummer for My Son Bison) wowed everyone with an in depth demonstration of polyrhythms on the drum set. The kids all got to try out the various exercises and ask questions to Kirk. After the clinic, we took some of the concepts that he’d presented and built some fierce rhythms on the hand drums!

Add in a spaghetti dinner and lots of laughs, prizes, and smiles and you get another great night of drum club. Next drum club will be Friday February 24th, 2017!

Drum club is open to current percussion students (or any child 12-18 with an interest in learning to play the drums and meet other like minded kids). Email for more information or to RSVP for the next “Club Meeting”



Drum Club – December 9th!


9th Grade Prep Camp!

I’m happy to announce that this summer (June 2017) I will be hosting several 3 day camps specifically for 8th grade percussionists looking to continue with music in high school. The camps will cover many basic skills that every 9th grade percussion student should know! I’m excited to be coordinating the material for the camp with several local high school band directors.

The camp will cover the following topics and more:

  • Timpani tuning
  • Snare rudiments
  • Major/Minor scales
  • Mallet sight reading
  • Four mallet technique
  • Marching audition music and process
  • All-state tryout requirement
  • Basic drum set grooves and jazz band audition tips
  • …and more!

Check back for camp sign up information!

Rethinking drum lessons.

I want to encourage anyone currently taking music lessons at a store or looking for music lessons for yourself/your child to consider a teacher who works from their own studio.

So often, music store lessons (if they even have a full drum set available) are conducted in a small, cramped rooms (which are way too loud for young ears.) Because of this, in many situations the student isn’t even playing real drums, but only a practice pad drum set.

At my studio, we have two full drum kits set up at all time (no switching in and out by the student.) There is a full selection of world instruments including a complete Brazilian samba set. We’re within easy reach of 20 years of collected teaching materials, a high quality speaker set up for playing along with music, and internet access (both for lessons and waiting parents.)

The space is…spacious, clean, inviting, and fun. We have a piano available, along with vibraphone and bells. In the wood shop I’m making progress on a full marimba which will be here soon. And speaking of, I’ve even had some long time students learn to make their own percussion instruments.

Another thing, when it does come time to buy a drum set for yourself or child a music store is going to be pushing what they currently have in stock and also trying to again maximize their profit. I’d rather help you look for the best fit from a number or new and used options. I’ve found great old kits and new kits for students with everyone knowing that they paid a fair price.

Expect more from music lessons! They are one of the single best investments you can make in your life or that of your child.