Students of all skill level and ages welcomed

Listed below are a few of the many students I have had the pleasure of teaching who have taken their talent to the professional level.

Watch the video of “Mike Reid” one of my previous students, performing live on American Idol with Demi Levato

Jon Theodore is currently the drummer for Queens of the Stone Age. They performed at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Former Students of Grant Menefee, Mike Reid and Nate Morton at a rehearsal for The Voice.

Appearing in alphabetical order by last name…

Bill Bachman Nashville Performer and Instructor. Columnist for Modern drummer Magazine. Read the September column.

Versatile drummer Dan Garvin has performed with SR71 & Nine Days.

DRUM PLAYTHROUGH! Our new King Mothership single “Death Machine” is out now – stream it everywhere! Drum playthrough filmed by Jeff Holcomb, and thanks as always to Pearl Drums Meinl Cymbals Evans Drumheads Promark 64 Audio RØDE Microphones Focusrite GRUV GEAR GetGood Drums for the support. Enjoy all the faces and sweat – it was a hot one!

Matt Halpern has been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine and he is currently performing with Periphery. 

Check out this drum clinic

He was also featured on the cover of Drum Magazine

Garrett Henritz is a member of the band Fol-Chen.


“When I taught McClenty he was student at Oakland Mills high school in Columbia Md. In those days I called him Mac. He was a nice talented kid. His mom was a really nice parent also. I always wanted to have a student crack the incredibly competitive Manhattan jazz scene. Well here you go. Great job Mac. Proud of you.”

McClenty Hunter is a Grammy-nominated drummer who has worked with jazz icons such as Lou Donaldson, Cedar Walton, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Garrett, Buster Williams and Curtis Fuller, among others..

Click >>>HERE<<< to see McClenty perform at the Blue Note in New York.

Check out this video of MAC playing with the Dave Stryker Trio

I taught Mike Lowry at Towson University and my studio. Mike always knows what to play in any style. He tours the world with the popular synth pop band Future Islands. The first time that I heard Mike play I told him that whatever we do going forward, don’t change your fundamental style and creativity.

Drummer for “Lake Trout” who has toured with The Flaming Lips, Editors and The Pixies, Mike Lowry‘s style has earned him a solid position in the music world. Mike is currently touring with Future Island

Tyler Minsberg is an original member of Dangerous Summer

Dangerous Summer music is featured in the movie Bounty Hunter.

This is a great interview with one of my former students Nate Morton in Modern Drummer magazine. So proud of this guy. He is an adopted member of the Menefee family.”

Mike Read at the aac
Mark Reid at 2023 academy Awards

Mike Reid did get a lot of face time with Alicia Keys. Mask time I mean. 🙂

Mike Reid toured with Alicia KeysDemi Levato, Rihanna and Janet Jackson

DW Artist, Mike Reid showing what his new kit can do. 

Check out those LUX Leather Bass Drum Hoops

“Andy Stack was one of the most talented students that I have ever taught. Andy graduated from Catonsville High School and Berklee College of Music. He plays so many instruments that even he has lost count. My colleague Jim Wharton at Catonsville can attest to that as we both taught Andy at the same time. Andy now travels the world with his very popular group Wye Oak.” 

Andy Stack was featured in Modern Drummer Magazine August 20, 2018

Drummer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Evan Taubenfeld has played with Avril Lavigne for several years and has recently released his solo CD.

I taught Jon Theodore when he was in high school at the Gilman School. He was a confident kid. He always told me if he didn’t like something I assigned him but I didn’t give in to him. Things worked out for him as he became one the worlds best drummers. Two times on the front cover of Modern Drummer magazine. Here he is with Queens of the Stone Age.

Jon Theodore is a  former member of The Mars Volta. Best known for his bombastic, multi-textural and dynamic playing style, he has fast become recognized as one of the most talented and creative drummers in mainstream music. Jon is currently touring with Queens of the Stone Age. Jon has been featured on the cover of December 2017 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine as well as the June 2005 issue.

Here is a solo clip from 2014.

Frank Young is currently performing with guitar phenom Carl Filipiak