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Kevin Stevens

Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

Los Angeles

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

I am currently on the faculty at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, but I also teach private drum lessons and master classes at my studio in North Hollywood, CA. Approach I will work with you to develop a personalized lesson plan which is educational, inspirational and most of all…enjoyable!! Whether you are an aspiring professional or simply a recreational drummer, we will work on many things that will improve both your drumming and musicianship. Depending on your goals, we will work on a combination of some or all of the following areas: *Groove and Feel *Technique *Coordination *Styles (Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, etc…) *Reading I teach at my studio near the North Hollywood / Burbank boarder where I have 2 drum kits, a PA (for playing along to music), as well as bass and guitar amps (if needed.) It is safe, there is plenty of parking and plenty of air conditioning! Call or email for rates and availability.

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BIO Based in Los Angeles, freelance drummer, bandleader and educator, Kevin Stevens has performed with a wide range of artists including Steve Jones, Duane Eddy, Marc Broussard, Minnie Driver, Beto Cuevas, Natasha Bedingfield, Gruff Rhys and many others while touring the globe and appearing on national TV (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ellen Show, Late Late Show with James Corden, America’s Got Talent). He keeps busy in Los Angles freelancing, running his live entertainment company – Grits N Gravy Music, and teaching at Musicians Institute (PIT) in Hollywood and at his own studio. THE STORY Kevin grew up in Denver, Colorado where he began private study on the drums at 8 years old. During high school, he spent two years touring with The Caspar Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from Caspar, Wyoming (1986/tenors & 1990/snare). As a senior, Kevin was chosen for Colorado’s All-State Jazz Band and All-State Concert Band. After studying Civil Engineering for a year at CU-Boulder, Kevin decided to follow his dreams in music and he applied to the highly acclaimed University of Miami, Jazz Department. While earning his performance degree, Kevin played in many of the school’s wide variety of ensembles including one of the top big bands in the country and the National Award-winning Bebop Ensemble. After graduating, Kevin moved out West to become part of San Francisco’s fertile music scene. In his 6 years in S.F., Kevin established himself as one of the city’s top all-around drummers while recording and touring with S.F’s different jazz, swing, funk and rock artists. In ’98 and ’99 Kevin spent time as a member of The New Morty Show, one of the nation’s top swing acts. Multiple US tours and international TV appearances helped him to develop relationships with Paiste Cymbals and Attack Drumheads. Kevin’s “powerhouse drumming” was singled out in an Alternative Press article about the band. Other S.F. projects of Kevin’s include the ECM, Euro-jazz inspired Dam East and the original rock band, Them There, whose debut CD, The Gift of Reason, made it to #7 on the CMJ charts in 1999. In August of 2003, Kevin moved to Los Angeles and quickly found himself busy playing and recording with some of the world’s best musicians.

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