Drum & Percussion Lessons


Stu Pray

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Stu Pray has been playing and teaching in the Front Range area for over 12 years. He is recognized as a dedicated, experienced and respected musician, having played with, been requested by, and constantly in demand to play with many Front Range musicians. Stu has had a wealth of experience playing drums professionally in a variety of styles touring in New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and now the Pikes Peak and Front Range regions. He was nominated as "Best Drummer in the Springs" by both The Colorado Springs Independent and The Gazette from 2010-2013.

     Currently, Stu is a member of the band Wrestle With Jimmy. Wrestle With Jimmy is a 90's and newer cover band in the Colorado area. Other groups Stu has played with include include Head Full of Zombies, The Tent Show Kings, Andy Clifton, Papi Sorellis' Dueling Pianos Show, and many others. Stu is also the on-call drummer for a number of bands, studios and artists in the Colorado Springs area. 

Stu proudly endorses Vic Firth SticksEvans Drum HeadsMapex Drums and Sabian Cymbals.
For more information on Stu, go towww.stupray.com

 

Eddie Dowdle

  • 719-963-6050 (call or text)

  • eddiedowdle@gmail.com

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Since 1995, Eddie Dowdle has performed and taught throughout Colorado as a classical percussionist, jazz drummer, show drummer, and rock drummer. Specializing in teaching drum set, concert percussion, and marching percussion, He teaches private lessons to students of all ages. Currently, he plays percussion and drum set with the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard. He is also the Director of Drum-line at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Eddie received his bachelor's degree in music performance from Metro State College of Denver. He is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team, the Percussive Arts Society, the Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program, and the Pikes Peak Musician's Association AFM Local 154.

Eddie has performed with groups of all musical styles including the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Arapahoe Philharmonic, the Colorado Wind Ensemble, the Boulder Dinner Theater, Lake Dillon Theater, and the Town Hall Arts Center. 

 

Chris Combs

  • 719.310.4146

  • chrisbcombs@gmail.com

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Chris is a proud endorser of Pearl Drums and Adams Percussion. He began playing the drums at the age of 8 and spent hours playing along to his favorite recordings. In high school he played in every band that was available but gravitated most toward jazz ensemble and “Pep” band where he won several awards including best soloist and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. He studied drum set through high school and college with John Lindsay (North Texas, Berkley), and Henrique De Alamedia (Berkley Prof.), in addition to master classes with Zoro (Lenny Kravitz) and Charlie Morgan (Elton John). Chris has been a full-time drumset artist, teacher, studio musician and clinician since 2001. In that time, he has stayed very busy with multiple projects, most notably Charlie Milo Trio, Tango Red Tapestry, Loverleigh, The Foxhole Prayers,
Lee43 and Laymen’s Terms. He was voted among the best of the Colorado Springs drummers by the readers of the CS Independent (2011), and played in three best of bands (Charlie Milo Trio 2011, 2012, Tango Red Tapestry 2011, Leer43 2005). Teaching is the most rewarding career anyone can have. When a student becomes proficient at their instrument or art, you can see the results of your effort and time reflected in them.