Meet the Boston Drum Lessons Instructors
All the instructors at Boston Drum Lessons are professional drummers who’ve spent years devoted to developing their drumming, performance and teaching skills. Our goal is to ensure that you or your child receives the best music education they can, which is why our drum center near Somerville, MA, only hires the best music teachers in the Boston area. Together we work to inspire and share our passion for percussion with drummers of all skill levels. From beginners who are eager to learn to play the drums to intermediate drummers working on developing their skills to advanced players dreaming of going pro, we will customize our drum classes to fit each of our students’ unique needs.
Josh has been playing the drums for over 15 years and joined Boston Drum Lessons in 2015. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Josh has been heavily influenced by the tremendous talent of his peers, his instructors and a wide array of music styles, particularly complex music encompassing advanced rhythmic concepts. These forces, combined with working closely alongside forward-thinking musicians, have pushed him to forge a mathematical, outside-the-box approach to the drums.
Since 2008, Josh has performed live on over 300 occasions around the mid Atlantic and New England regions. He can be heard on recordings of various genres including alternative rock, progressive metal, jazz and blues rock. Josh currently performs with the Boston-based groups Vitamin Sun and GEPH.
Blaize has been developing his drum set technique for 20 years and earned his degree in Performance at Berklee College of Music. His teaching style is rooted in the importance of fundamentals and having a strong foundation. He believes drumming is most fun when you know how to apply simple ideas into a variety of larger musical concepts. While known mostly for his rock and metal drumming style, Blaize has also studied hip-hop, funk, jazz, and world styles with instructors Chris Cotter, Fred Biondi, Rod Morgenstein, Dave DiCenso, and Mike Mangini.
As an international touring artist, Blaize plays drums for Chuggernaut and VGO - Video Game Orchestra / Capcom Live. You can also hear his performances on various video game soundtracks such as Final Fantasy XV.
Curtis Hartshorn is a music composer, performer, and educator living in Boston, MA who specializes in drumset and percussion. As a high school student Curtis performed 2 seasons with the Boston University Winter Percussion Ensemble and later joined the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2010 Curtis earned a Bronze medal with the Corps. In 2012 Curtis earned his Bachelors in Music Performance and Music Business from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, specializing in Percussion under the tutelage of Jeff Fischer, Fred Buda, Mark Wheeler, and James Lattini. Currently Curtis is a member of several local bands whose genre's span rock, jazz, folk, fusion, hip hop, contemporary, and classical. Curtis has also made regular appearances performing for the Boston Celtics and the New England Patriots.
Kyle is the founder and operator of Boston Drum Lessons. With over 19 years of drumming experience Kyle has been leading the Boston Drum Lessons team since its beginnings in 2015. Kyle's approach to drumming is one that blends complex rhythmic and dynamic systems (influenced from his time performing with nationally competitive drumlines and percussion ensembles) with improvisation and a sense of groove. His goal as a drummer is to constantly push to improve as an improviser, writer, performer and to always search for new ways to express himself on the drums.
Currently, Kyle has been playing drumset with Blue Man Group on a world tour that’s taken him from Russia, to Canada, to Saudi Arabia, to Qatar, to Europe and China. Wish him well on his travels and shoot him an email to say hello sometime!
Outside of BDL and BMG Kyle composes music and plays with his original projects Goody Bag and Ben Levin Group.