Eric Wagner Resume

      Eric Wagner is an in-demand freelance drummer and educator living in Poughkeepsie, New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music from the University of Connecticut (UCONN). Having lived in Connecticut, New York City, and the Hudson Valley over the past ten years he has performed with Joe Piscopo (Saturday Night Live), Chris Vadala (Chuck Mangione), John Mosca (Village Vanguard Orchestra), Eric Alexander, Jimmy Greene (Harry Connick, Jr.), Brad Leali, Tony Desare, Miles Brown, the Chic Chiccetti Big Band, and Roni Ben-Hur. College appearances included performances with Dr. Billy Taylor, Joe Lovano, John Clayton, Claudio Roditi, Oliver Lake, Ron Blake, Dick Oats, Dave Santoro, Andy Fusco, Walt Weiskopf, Jimmy Owens, and the late Victor Borge. He has performed for former Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbechov, Quincy Jones, and Bill Cosby. Eric studied with Kenny Burrell, Steve Turre, Carl Allen, Jeff Hamilton, John Riley, John Mosca, Steve Johns, Michael Carvin, Ellen Rowe, Bill Reynolds, Art Perretta, Dr. Peter Coutsouridis, Vincent Cassotta, Dave Santoro, Paul Brown, and Gene Bozzi.

Eric is currently a member of the Erin Hobson Compact as well as regular performances with Triple Threat which consists of Ken Faranda, Joe Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult), and Bobby MacDougal (John Hall Band). His musical projects of the past have allowed him to open for some of musics well known performers such as, Spyro Gyra, The Bret Michaels Band, Dave Mason, Blue Oyster Cult, to name a few.

Having recorded and performed in and around New York City at various jazz clubs his experience also includes performances with many big bands, combos, and rock groups throughout the country. As a pit percussionist he has worked professionally with musical companies including Princess Cruise Lines. While in college he performed regularly with the wind ensembles, orchestra, and traveled the U.S. with the UCONN Pep band and UCONN Marching Band at such major events as the 1996 World Series at Yankee Stadium, halftime show for an NFL game in Buffalo NY, and the 1999 NCAA Final Four and Championship Basketball Games. He was a member of the 1994 Connecticut All-State Jazz Ensemble as the #1 drum set performer in Connecticut. Eric has been a jazz-teaching assistant at Frederick Douglas Academy in New York City.

Eric has been teaching students of all ages for over twenty years. He has taught all styles as a clinician, and has worked in band camps throughout the Northeast. He is currently an adjunct faculty member of Dutchess Community College Music School, Drum Instructor at the Trinity-Pawling Boarding School Pawling, NY, as well as teaching at Vincitore's Piano Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Eric is a Member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce as well as the Percussive Arts Society. Eric is also endorsed by Precision Drums & Silverfox Drumsticks.

Eric Wagner offer's drum lessons to students of all levels and ages. He has over 20 years performing and teaching experience and is a faculty member of The Dutchess Community College Music School as well as drum instructor for Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, NY.

Lessons are prepared based on students desires and needs, i.e. if you are an adult looking for serious drum study or just a hobby for fun, or you are a student who needs structure and guidance, Eric love's teaching in many different ways, everyone is different so there are many successful approaches to teaching and making it fun for all.
Learn how to read and perform all styles including rock, latin, jazz, rudimental snare drum, etc...
Students get a full multi-media approach to learning drums that allows them to enhance their musical progress by taking advantage of modern day technologies. Practicing with computerized drum machines in musical ways to help develop phrasing, accuracy, simulate a performance atmosphere, as well as the most important aspect...a crucial time feel.
Eric will record your lessons at your request and you can take it home with you on your flash drive or cd.
Practice with educational cds as well as cds of artists of all styles and genres which allows you to apply what you are learning to a simulated performance.
He will expose you to a history of the drum set and the great drummers be it through recordings, literature, or the occasional video which is invaluable for inspiration.
NYSSMA, All-County, All-State, college auditions, school & recreational band auditions, and scholarship preparations are available and welcome.
Full Studio with two acoustic drum sets, one electronic drum set, and lots of toys/percussion.

Updated:  February 19, 2009

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