Percussion Lessons

Phil Andrews

Philip Andrews earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music and his Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, both as a Percussion Performance Major. His principal percussion teachers were James Cully, Benjamin Toth and Pieter Stryuk, with additional instruction from Rogerio Boccata (Brazilian percussion), Alexander Lepak (tympani), Dave Samuels (marimba and vibes), Shane Shanahan (frame drums), Joseph Galeota (African percussion) and John Amira (Latin percussion). As a performer, Philip is active as a drummer for numerous Musical Theatre productions in Massachusetts and Connecticut and a member of several Steel Drum bands. His orchestral work includes appearances with the Commonwealth Opera in Northampton and the Wallingford, Waterbury, New Britain and Nutmeg Symphonies (CT).

Philip taught the Percussion Methods Class at the University of Cincinnati under a Graduate Assistantship and is currently the Drum/Percussion teacher for the Hudson Arts Alliance. He joined the Joy of Music faculty in September 2010.

Private Lessons: 

Mike Connors

Mike Connors studied drumming at Berklee College of Music in Boston with jazz greats Joe Hunt and Alan Dawson, and studied privately with Joe Hunt and Bob Goulotti. He performs not only on drums and percussion, but also on vibraphone. As a freelance musician, Mike performs locally and throughout New England with many groups, including the Sonic Explorers and Industrious Noise. He has also toured nationally with several Broadway shows including “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Anything Goes” (the Lincoln Center version). His international touring includes performances with the avant-garde pop group Combustible Edison, the 1999 Lilith Fair and Lisa Loeb as well as a Caribbean tour with trumpeter Andre Rice and his Sextet. Mike has also played on numerous television and movie soundtracks, including “Inspector Gadget”, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, “Gas Food Lodging” and “Four Rooms.” Mike has been on the JOMP faculty since 2000 and has recently started teaching percussion at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston as well.

Private Lessons: 
Subscribe to Percussion Lessons