Curt Garey Drums
Curt Garey, a versatile musician originally from Sterling, KS, has a teaching approach that combines his formal music training with the real world performing experiences he gained in Wichita, Dallas, New York City, and abroad. He has a deep knowledge of rock, jazz, funk, country, and blues styles and has studied the essential elements of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian percussion. He strives to serve each student by first identifying their unique musical interests, then charting a path forward that balances listening, technique, music theory/reading, and creative thinking to help students reach their goals and have fun on the drums.
Curt has a bachelor’s degree in Music from Wichita State University and a master’s degree in Jazz Studies from University of North Texas where he studied with famed drumset educator, Ed Soph. He has been an adjunct instructor at Hutchinson Community College and Central Christian College of Kansas, and a guest clinician at various universities around the USA. Curt has taught many private lessons to students of all ages and for nearly a decade was a musician/teacher for the early childhood development music program, Little Maestros, in New York City. Beginning in Fall 2020, he will serve as the graduate teaching assistant in Wichita State University’s Jazz Area while pursuing a master’s degree in Music Education.
Curt’s playing experience ranges from bands in Kansas and Texas, to the national touring company of The King and I, to freelancing in New York City’s eclectic music scene. In NYC from 2006-2018, he performed with Brian Newman, Eli Bolin, Lily Maase, and many others. He subsequently toured in Switzerland, Mexico, China, and across the USA.
Since moving back to Kansas in 2019, Curt has enjoyed performing in the Wichita area with various church, music theater, and jazz groups. He is currently scheduled to perform with The Platters, The Coasters, and The Drifters in Sioux City, Iowa on May 22, 2020.
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