Christopher J. Kent ("Chris") received his Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from Western Connecticut State University, graduating "Cum Laude" in 1996. He studied percussion all four years at Western with David L. Smith, principal percussionist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
Chris has taught percussion professionally since 1996. Chris's expertise covers all areas of drums and percussion such as snare drum, drumset, mallet percussion, and music theory as well. In addition, Chris is proficient at teaching all music styles from Concert/Orchestral, Fife and Drum, Jazz, Latin, and Pop/Rock. Chris teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. In addition, Chris also teaches professional musicians who wish to strengthen weak areas in their playing, such as reading music, drumset coordination, music theory, music notation (transcribing), and drum rudiments.
As a performer, Chris currently plays drumset, percussion, and Timpani in the St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer church choir, and is a member of the church as well. He also plays percussion in the Waterford Community Band. In addition, Chris is regularly called upon as a freelance percussionist to perform at churches, musicals, parades, private parties, weddings, and for professional music ensembles. Recently, he was a sub percussionist in the pit orchestra of Chestnut Street Playhouse in Norwich, CT. He has also played drumset and percussion with the Nathan Bayreuther Jazz Combo, the rock band Innuendo, singer/songwriter Ron Drago, Avalon Express, Ron Murray & Vuelo, The Norwich Concert Band, The Silver Cornet Band, and The Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra.
While living in Nashville, TN briefly, Chris enjoyed performing with singer/songwriters such as Mark Huhta, Roland Paul Stowers, and Jill Sissel. Chris's diversity as a musician has provided him the opportunities to perform at the following musical venues in CT: Foxwoods Resort & Casino, Mohegan Sun Casino, Toad's Place, Max's Downtown, and The Garde Theatre. In Nashville, TN: The Stage on Broadway, 3rd and Lindsley, and The French Quarter. In Anaheim, CA: 2006 Winter NAMM Trade Show (Sennheiser stage).
Private Lesson Program: $25.00 per half hour for snare drum, drumset, mallet percussion (bells), hand percussion, and auxiliary percussion
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday Afternoons and Saturday Mornings
Call Chris at (860)848-3353 to schedule a lesson time or for more information about current availability.
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