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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.

John Martin Portrait

John Martin

Instructor

John started playing drum set at the age of 12 and playing private parties by 14. He started out playing drum set in the jazz group at school and later gravitated towards percussion and hand percussion. John graduated from Roosevelt School Of The Arts and received a BA in Percussion Performance in Jazz Studies at Eastern Illinois University. He continued his studies at Fresno State under Matt Darling for his masters. John has played in a wide range of musical settings from the symphony to salsa dance bands, from klezmer groups to flamenco ensembles. He teaches hand percussion from Cuba, Brazil, the Middle East and Spain. His drum set background is in jazz and funk and world music styles. John also plays jazz vibes and classical marimba. One of his favorite drummers is Manu Katche.

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.

Jeron Shapansky Portrait

Jeron Shapansky

Instructor

Jeron began playing drums at 9 years old. Shortly after, he joined the youth percussion ensemble We Got The Beat and continued through elementary school. He played percussion in the wind ensemble, marched in the drum line, and was a drum set player in the jazz band at Buchanan High School. After graduating in 2017, he began taking gigs for various artists around the valley. Jeron now plays in the up and coming prog rock/metal band Artificial Language, hip-hop/jazz piano duo Illustrated By, and indie rock duo Marmalade.

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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