Tom Buckley graduated from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies. While attending CCM, his primary focus was the drum set, but he also has extensive training in classical percussion, marching/rudimental percussion, and hand percussion. He has experience teaching private lessons to students of all ages. In addition to teaching private lessons and being a drum line instructor, he performs regularly around the Cincinnati area with a variety of groups including the Cincy Brass, the Rick Van Matre Quintet, Dan Karlsberg’s Trio, the Indoor Kid Ensemble, his band Art & Science, and many other jazz groups. Tom has also performed with the Middletown Symphony and has played drum set for musicals at the Carnegie Theater and the Know Theater in Cincinnati.
Andrew received his Bachelor’s of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Wright State University. There he was a member of the Wright State University Percussion Studio, under the instruction of Jerry Noble. He has performed in notable ensembles, including being a featured soloist at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference in 2016, and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2016. Notable solo performances include performing as a finalist in The Masterworks Honor Recital 2015, and the Wright State University Young Artists Competition 2017.
Andrew is a founding member of Neutrals, a percussion duo based in Dayton, OH. Neutrals performs contemporary percussion and electronic music throughout the midwest and northeast. Currently Andrew teaches at Archbishop Alter High School, where he serves as the Director of Percussion. Formerly he was the Assistant Director of Bands, and the Director of Percussion at Brookville High School from the fall of 2015 through the spring of 2018. He has written music for solo and chamber percussion, and currently writes and arranges music for marching band, and indoor percussion. Andrew was awarded the Charles R. Spinney Music Composition Award in 2015.
Christopher Ward holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Percussion with an emphasis in Jazz Studies from Central State University. He has taught extensively in the St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida schools as a classroom teacher, directed the Colonel White Steel Band in Dayton, and has taught privately for many years. A lifelong student of Afro-Caribbean music and performance, Christopher is an accomplished performer and educator of a variety percussion instruments such as the conga, bongo, steel pan, timbales, and many others. He also plays in various local jazz ensembles and composes.