Drummer  Educator



All About Me


I teach private lessons from my home in Belchertown Ma.
My focus is on technique, note reading, groove, and musicality.
I try to incorporate music theory concepts such as form, melody, harmony, and texture.
Drum set styles explored include rock, funk, swing, latin, reggae,  soca and world rythms in regular and irregular time signatures.

    *Bachelors degree in Music Education with general music classroom certification
    *Over 10 years experience teaching general music in Public Schools
    *Have been playing the drums over 35 years
    *10 years experience in recording
    *Created, edited, & posted weekly podcasts featuring local musicians
I believe students with a solid foundation of proper technique and strong note reading skills
will continue to excel and develop as musicians long after lessons have ended.
Students are encouraged to direct the focus of lessons and take an active roll
in their education.

I hope my love of drumming and music as a whole is shared with my students
in such a way that it encourages them to also find joy in the art of drumming.

 My basement has been converted into my studio space which includes a comfortable waiting area for parents with a large window allowing you to see into the teaching space.  In the waiting area is also my recording equipment.  There is a large separate teaching room.

Instrumentation includes:
    *2 full drum sets
    *practice pads
    *a 4.3 octave marimba
    *various hand percussion
    *a piano
    *a recording studio

I  encourage all my students to be well rounded percussionist.



I have been playing drum set professionally for over 35 years. I have played numerous styles including rock, jazz, funk, reggae, world beat amoung others.I have toured the country and abroad with various musicians and groups. I am currently involved with the following projects :

  • Trailer Park

  • Gaslight Tinkers

  • Ghok-Bi System

  • Show of Cards

  • T.J and the Peepers

  • Christina and the Flying Cantalinis

  • Samirah Evans

I have also recorded in many local studios including :

  • Northfire Recording Studios

  • Rotary Records

  • Waterhouse Recording

  • Ruckous Studios

See my upcoming events below.


"Joe was my drum-set teacher for 5+ years when I was younger. I started at a basic level and he gave me the skills I needed to get to the point where I could develop my own style and continue learning on my own. Any time I felt stuck at a particular skill-level, a lesson with Joe would help me break that barrier. Joe has been my biggest inspiration as a drummer - and now, I am an inspiration for others."

Jeremy Skillings


Upcoming Shows

Sa March 7, 2020 .     Montpelier, VT

Fri March 13, 2020     N Adams, MA

Trailer Park at Dover Town Hall CANCELED!

Wed March 18, 2020 .     Dover, VT

Trailer Park  @ Benefit for Hawlemont School CANCELED!

Fri March 20, 2020      Charlemont, MA

Thur March 26    Northampton, MA

Sat March 28, 2020       Chicopee, MA

Sat April 11, 2020    Brattleboro, VT

April 24 - 26, 2020       Dallas, TX

Fri May 1, 2020       Northampton, MA

Trailer Park @ Benefit for the Common School

Sat May 2, 2020       Amherst, MA

Carrie Furguson @ the Shea Theater

Sun May 3, 2020       Turners Falls, MA

Thur May 7, 2020 .      S. Deerfield MA

Fri May 8, 2020 .      Bernardston, MA

Sat May 9, 2020 .     Ware, MA

The O-Tones at Paradise City Arts Fest

Sat May 23, 2020 .    Northampton, MA

Sat May 23, 2020       Chicopee, MA

Sun May 24, 2020       Marlboro, VT

Thur May 28, 2020    Bernardston, MA

The Gaslight Tinkers at Benefit TBA

Sat May 30, 2020    TBA

Sun May 31, 2020 .    Greenfield, MA

Fri June 26, 2020 .      Bernardston, MA

TJ & the Peepers at Summerfest Holy Family Church

Sun June 28, 2020       Bernardston, MA

July 2-5, 2020    Roanoke, VA

Thur July 9, 2020 .      S. Deerfield MA

TJ & the Peepers at S. Deerfield Common

Fri July 10, 2020 .      Bernardston, MA

Fri July 17, 2020 .      Bernardston, MA

Sun July 26, 2020 .    Greenfield, MA

July 30-Aug 2, 2020    Hillsdale, NY

Fri Aug 21, 2020 .     Northampton, MA

TJ & the Peepers at the Whatley Library

Tues Aug 25, 2020 .      Whatley, MA

Sat Sept 5, 2020 .      S. Deerfield MA

Sun Sept 6, 2020 .      S. Deerfield MA

Mon Sept 7, 2020 .      S. Deerfield MA

Wes Sept 16, 2020 .      S. Deerfield MA

Trailer Park at private event

Sat Sept 19, 2020

Fri Sept 25, 2020 .      Bernardston, MA

Sun Sept 27, 2020 .    Greenfield, MA

Fri Oct 9, 2020 .      Bernardston, MA

Sat Oct 10, 2020 .      S. Deerfield MA

Sun Oct 11, 2020 .      S. Deerfield MA

Mon Oct 12, 2020 .      S. Deerfield MA

Sat Nov 21, 2020 .      S. Deerfield MA

Sun Nov 29, 2020 .    Greenfield, MA


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