Brad Schlueter Drum Lessons
About this pro
I have a wide variety of experiences to draw upon. As a student, I played in all my school bands: symphonic, wind ensemble, marching band, percussion ensemble, Jazz band, and the pit band for musicals from grade school through college. I know what is expected of my students in each of those situations. My first professional work was drumming in the pit band for several musicals. I also played in a variety of bands, touring, playing colleges, clubs and festivals. I competed with the University of Chicago Pipe Band as a rudimental snare drummer, traveling around the US. We had the pleasure of competing (twice) in the Scottish Pipe Band World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. I've studied with some of the best drummers in the world. I currently play in about a half-dozen bands, playing everything from Metallica to Frank Sinatra. I work with Jazz trios, big bands, rock bands, and also in several wedding bands. Some of the bands use a click track live, and I also have lots of recording studio experience. I've worked in several praise and worship bands, and also played on the VeggieTales videos and movie soundtrack. I truly enjoy seeing my students improve. I enjoy living vicariously through my student's successes - whether it's playing at a party, making their school band auditions, getting to play in the pit band for a musical or traveling to Disney World with their marching band. I'm passionate about playing and practicing the drums and I like to share that with them.
24 years in business
5 hires on Thumbtack
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?The pricing is either set by the school or store I teach from or when I teach from my home by me - but it is all similarly priced to other reputable teachers in the area.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I first assess the student's interests and experience. I often begin students on a combination of drum set exercises along with some material to develop their hand technique and coordination.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I still take lessons when the opportunity arises from world class players. Since I write every month for Drum! Magazine I have to research every piece I write. I create transcriptions from the latest CD releases and also do most of the drum set product reviews for the magazine. I write feature articles that are educational rather than writing personality oriented pieces on famous drummers, though I've done that as well. I'm up on the current hot players, can give equipment advice since I review it and have lots of unique material that I've created for my students.