Lessons & Instructors

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Chris Millar Portrait

Chris Millar

Instructor / Blues Guy / Russian Enthusiast / Entrepreneur

 

Chris has been playing the drums since 1965 and has been a professional musician most of his life. He has had a lifetime of musical experience and has performed with jazz ensembles, rock bands, blues and soul bands, and symphony orchestras in addition to numerous studio dates. Chris has also toured throughout the US and has 23 European tours under his belt. Chris has been teaching for 37 years and has been at Bentley's for 28 years.

Miles Hernandez drum instructor


Miles Hernandez

Instructor / Guitar Hero

Miles started playing drums at 10 years old all because of Guitar Hero. After playing the drums on the game he played a real kit at a music store and the rest was history. He did Marching and Concert percussion through middle and high school at Clovis East High. Also jazz ensemble and Jazz combos from middle school to Fresno City College. During his progression, he's been a part of many musical acts including; Monsanto (Latin/funk) TOMA! (Latin/funk) Perception (Metalcore) Farooq (Hardcore) A Better Way (Pop Punk) Cornerstone Church (contemporary worship) and Selma Arts (Musical Theater). Playing everything and excelling at all styles is what Miles strives for.

Roman Rivera Portrait

Roman Rivera

Instructor

Roman, inspired by his Father and Uncle who play drums, started playing at the age of 8. He found his passion for marching percussion in 6th grade, which he has been focusing on for 8 years now. He played percussion in the Buchanan High wind ensemble, Drum set in the jazz band, and was section leader of the Buchanan High drum line. He went further by taking two Drum Corps International tours playing snare drum with Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets. He graduated from Buchanan High in 2016, and was hired back after to teach the drum line. He has also taught Valley Thunder Youth Drum line along side Donny Marvin for 3 years, and has composed many pieces of battery percussion music of all skill levels. He uses Pearl and Yamaha Marching drums, Remo Heads, and Innovative Percussion Drumsticks.

Jim Chaffin Portrait

Jim Chaffin

Instructor

Born in Madera, Jim began playing at the age of 12. In high school, he joined with some friends and formed the influential Christian punk/thrash group The Crucified. Jim has extensive recording and live performance experience since the early 90's with groups such as The Blamed, Left Out, Final Threat, Uthanda, Fasedown, Deliverance, Once Dead, Living Sacrifice, Mortal, The Prayer Chain, Grave Robber, and Michael Knott. He currently plays with local cover groups Sarge Loda and Hired Gun; as well as in his church's worship band. Punk, Metal, Thrash, Rock, Worship or Country, Jim has played it and lived it.

Paul Flores Portrait

Paul Flores

Instructor / Pittsburg Steelers Fan

Since the age of 9, Paul has been playing drums and percussion. His influences include John "Bonzo" Bonham, Alex Van Halen, Mitch Mitchell, Troy Lucketta, Todd Sucherman, Will Calhoun, Sheila E., Billy Cobham and Danny Carey. Throughout his years, he has played in many numerous original, cover, & tribute bands, but his main passion is teaching drums. Paul plays Ludwig Drums, Paiste Cymbals, DW Hardware, and Vater Drumsticks. Born in Fresno, raised in Lindsay and just recently moved back to the Central Valley.

Ethan Foster Portrait

Ethan Foster

Instructor / Recording Enthusiast

Ethan has been drumming since the age of 9. He loves all kinds of percussion from various cultures, including marching drums, but is truly himself when he's on a set grooving to some Stevie Wonder or Modest Mouse. You can see Ethan perform locally in various musical theater productions, with several of Fresno City College's ensembles, or in his other musical projects, ranging from groups Zoo Pigeons, Old Dogs/Young Children, and several other projects. Ethan runs a home studio where he writes and records music as often as he can. He plays Noble & Cooley Drums, DW Hardware, Meinl Cymbals, Remo Drumheads and swears by Meinl Drumsticks. His favorite drummers are JP Bouvet and Jason McGerr. 

Aaron Wall Portrait

Aaron Wall

Instructor / Gentleman / The One And Only MC Awall

Aaron has been playing drums and latin percussion for over 15 years and has been teaching for 12 years. He played percussion in the Warner-Brothers movie "Torque" (2004). In 2003 he co-wrote the main title song for the Warner Brothers film "The Adventures of Pluto Nash", starring Eddie Murphy. He also composed / performed an original score for the film "The Next Grand Scheme" (2004). Aaron has played in jazz / salsa groups at Fresno State and Fresno City College. He is currently the band leader of the group 40 Watt Hype.




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