Drum

Drum and percussion lessons are available for students of all levels. Lessons are offered in all styles of drumming including: rock, pop, jazz, funk, latin and more. Whether you are wanting to play in a rock band, play in a school jazz band, play in a drum line or are simply wanting to improve your drumming skills, there is no better place to study drums than Air House!

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Lessons

Lessons

Private lessons available for all ages and skill levels.

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Ensemble

Performance

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Studio

Studio

Hybrid analog/digital recording studio.

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109 S. Ridge Rd.
Wichita, KS 67209
316-613-3378

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Connor Siler Drums, Piano

Connor Siler is a performing musician with four years of teaching experience in the Wichita and Kansas City area. Performance groups have included Lisa Hittle Jazz Plus combos, Soulstice, the Nathan Borton trio and numerous churches.  Additionally, Connor is an accomplished accompanist for choir and vocal and instrumental soloists. Some of his notable performances include performing at the annual JEN conference, KU jazz festival and the Kansas Music Educators Association conference. 

While teaching as a private piano and percussion instructor, Connor’s students have learned how to play classical, jazz, pop, rock and a variety of latin styles of music. Students of Connor have performed in recitals and competitive contests, playing at high levels. 

Through his four year stay at Friends University Connor received a double performance major in Classical Piano and Jazz Drum Set. This Fall Connor will be pursuing a Masters of Education through Wichita State.

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.

For more information, please visit curtgarey.com.

Holly Schmidt Drums, Piano, Voice

Holly Schmidt has her music degree in Percussion Performance from Wichita State University, specializing in drumset and mallet percussion. She is an active member of Wichita Caledonian Pipes and Drums and Cessna Jazz Band, and performs regularly for churches in the Wichita area.

Holly has over six years of professional teaching experience in school classroom, ensemble, and private lesson settings. She incorporates a variety of styles into her lessons, including jazz, rock, classical, salsa, and other genres of World percussion.

Kim Trujillo Drums

A native of Kansas, Kim has been teaching and playing professionally for the past 10 years. She began to study music privately, then in her middle school and high school band and jazz band program, and went on to study percussion and composition at Wichita State University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her double bachelor’s in Percussion performance and Music Composition, and her Masters in Music Composition. During her graduate studies, she served as GTA for the Jazz department and instructed the Steel Drum and Salsa Band ensembles. She has studied with such drum greats as John Riley, Joe Morello, Matt Wilson, Steve Houghton, Michael Spiro, and Allison Miller.

A native of Kansas, she moved to New York City in March of 2006 to pursue performance and education. She served as a teaching artist for the organizations Education Through Music and The New York Jazz Academy. Since moving to NYC, she has played nationally, with highlights including the JEN Festival, Lollapalooza, The Smithsonian Art Museum, and the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Regular Performances at NYC venues include The Garage, Cleopatra’s Needle, and Cornelia St. Café. The accompaniment of legendary jazz masters such as Junior Mance, Don Braden, and Tim Price are highlights of her time on the East Coast.

Kim recently moved back to the Midwest, and is looking forward to becoming re-established in the wonderful community she considers home.

Scott Taylor Drums

Scott is the drummer for the David Lord Duo, Mariaelena, and The Bodo Ensemble with Craig Owens. He has done session work in Wichita at Air House Studios and in Los Angeles at Big Ego Studios. He has released improvisational albums with Mike Unruh of the Wichita Symphony and Kendall Wohaska of Luna Copii. He has a music performance degree from Wichita State University where he studied orchestral and modern percussion as well as drum set. As a student at Oklahoma State University he performed with the award winning wind ensemble as a member of the percussion section as well as the Cowboy Marching Band. Scott has taught marching band camps in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. He is currently the director of percussion for the Rose Hill School District, and at East High School.

Steve Hatfield Drums

Making his home in Wichita, Kansas, Steve Hatfield is one of the most in demand musicians in the Midwest. For over 25 years, he has performed in almost every musical setting imaginable. Everything from various Rock and Jazz groups to the Wichita Symphony and Music Theatre of Wichita. Steve has logged countless hours in recording studios performing on numerous albums and commercial jingles. Recently, he released his first album as a leader, “Just Be Wally” on Digital Boy Records.

Strongly dedicated to education, Steve serves on the faculty of Wichita State University and Butler County Community College and maintains private studios at Midwest Drum & Percussion and Air House Music Academy. As an endorser for Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, and Aquarian Drumheads, he has performed clinics and master classes throughout the Midwest as well as Canada and Mexico City.

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