Teachers – Percussion

tbuckleywebTom Buckley
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.


Jon Rahilly
Jon received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at Elon University and a Masters in Percussion Performance at The University of Oklahoma.  He moved back to Ohio in 2008.  Since then he has taught at Springboro High School and Junior High School, as well as performed with the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra.  He performs with several groups in the Dayton area along with teaching private lessons.  Jon has experience with orchestral performance, marching ensembles, musicals, drum set, mallets, and hand drums.  He is open to teaching all levels of interest and experience.



Christopher Ward

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.

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