Drums/Percussion 739 Arden Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 703-1487

Welcome to my Home Page. While I am probably best known as the drummer for "Travel Agents", San Diego's prominent jam-band, my drumming career has expanded to include world percussion, instruction, drum circle facilitation, and performance in a variety of styles and groups.

I began playing drumset at age 10, but my first truly successful band experience was at the University of Florida with "The Other Ones", a Grateful Dead tribute band. Upon moving to San Diego in 1986, I was able to find other kindred spirits, and the "Travel Agents" were
formed. Although the band has gone through a few
changes in personnel, it has endured to this day, and still rocks regularly.

My passion with world percussion began with West African djembe workshops with Paulo Mattioli, and then such masters as Lamine "Dibo" Camara, Baba Olatunji, and Mamady Keita. I have since been a member of several drum and dance ensembles, most notably company "Fore'-Fote'". My next love was middle-eastern drumming, and the music of bellydance. Inspired by the beautiful dancers of the region, I became compelled to enhance my skills on the dumbek, and now enjoy the opportunity to play for dancers at many festive occasions. My interest in world fusion music led me to form "Damaru". Meaning "sacred drum", Damaru is an African-inspired world beat ensemble that has captured the souls (and soles) of many. Damaru has a self-titled CD, which is available for order. I also have released an Instructional CD for Dumbek, featuring middle eastern dance rhythms. My most recent musical endeavor has been as lead drummer for the group "Middle-Earth", whose gypsy fused mediterranean sound has fueled the hips of many a belly dancer. Middle-Earth also has 3 CDs, including middle-eastern dance classics and original compositions, and performs monthly. I am also performing regularly with my doumbek student group, "Cairo Beats"

For more information, click on the links . In the meantime I am available for shows, classes, workshops, private lessons, or just to talk and hopefully jam.

And, if you are interested to travelling to Tahiti or the South Pacific, please visit my travel site South Pacific Vacations


Mondays, Doumbek 6-7pm at World Beat Center, Balboa Park
7-8pm Bellydance by Sabrina with Live drumming!

Private lessons available by appt. in African/Mid-Eastern/Latin drumming


3rd Thurs: Tango Del Rey Bellydance Showcase

4th Sunday: The Turquoise

Saturdays at Mediterranean Cafe Carlsbad with Talia & Oriental Jewels
and Meze with Rachel

See Schedule Page for updates

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Happiness is Drumming!