Owner Steve Smith's Drum Clinic

drumlogo.gifWelcome to the website of the Seattle Drum School Georgetown, continuing the twenty year tradition of bringing quality music education to students young and old. Seattle Drum School offer lessons in drums, bass, guitar, piano, brass and woodwinds, DJing, and much more. From beginning courses to master classes our program includes valuable information that provides our students with the necessary tools for becoming professional musicians, college music majors, or for pursuing music as a serious hobby. You'll learn from some of the most qualified musicians and teachers in the area.


SDS Georgetown Teachers Playing Tonight!

Hey Folks- Just wanted to let you know that several teachers (including Kevin Nortness, David Marriott, Marc Fendel, and Chris Littlefield) are playing at the Owl n Thistle Irish Pub located in Seatttle's historic Pioneer Square tonight at 10pm. There is no cover. (requested donation $5) We are playing with a small big band called Big Bang Band which features music from early Jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Cab Calloway. Stop on by!  As Seattle bass player Paul Gabrielson said "You can't see this music even in New York, or anywhere." (except here in Seattle) Hope to see you down there.

 Cheers- Marc Fendel & SDSG Faculty


Ornette Coleman plays in Portland, Oregon!

If there’s one Jazz show that should not be missed- It’s this one: Jazz legend Ornette Coleman is performing at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on February 15, 2008. Honestly I can’t remember the last time Ornette ever played on the West Coast.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. I have missed many of my Jazz heros including: Trane, Miles, Art Pepper, Dexter Gordon, etc… I won’t be denied this time around. Hope you will join me for one of the most memorable nights of music.

Here’s a short bio of Ornette taken from his website at http://www.ornettecoleman.com

For more than five decades, saxophonist/composer Ornette Coleman has played a pivotally seminal role in American music. The inventor of what has been called "free jazz," Coleman belongs to that rare breed of artists/thinkers whose influence extends far beyond the realm of their chosen medium. Always putting his remarkable virtuosity at the service of melody and emotion, he has had and continues to have a powerful impact on how musicians play, improvise, and compose, on how music lovers listen, on the color and sound of music the world over.

While Coleman has led a wide variety of formations, from duos to symphony orchestras, electric and acoustic, his basic musical concept has been remarkably consistent. He is interested in writing and performing music that allows all players to give free reign to their imagination and ideas. His musical system, which he named harmolodics and now prefers to call "sound grammar," is a remarkable exercise in applied democracy. All voices are given equal weight; all musicians are free to make deep individual contributions while listening closely to one another, at once giving & taking space for their respective creativity.


New Arts Theater In Georgetown!

Georgetown: Eagles Aerie #1

Patti West and her partner Amanda Slepski, who run Theater Off
Jackson in the international district, have made an offer on an
Eagles lodge in Georgetown. (2 blocks West of the Drum School) The Eagles have accepted. West and Slepski plan to convert the building on the corner of Michigan Street and Corson Avenue South into a cultural nucleus like the
Oddfellows Hall with two theaters, a meeting hall, and a restaurant

(run by a yet-unnamed person who, West says, "manages restaurants
for a prominent local chef who has a lot of locations"). Theater Off
Jackson will keep producing theater, but concentrate more on Asian-
American work while the new space, called Exit 162, will be a home
base for a coalition of companies, including Printer's Devil, Macha
Monkey, Our American Theater Company, and Actor's Theater of
Georgetown, a new company run by actor Hans Altweis and his wife,
the actor and Stranger Genius Award-winner Amy Thone.

West and Slepski moved to Georgetown a year and a half ago and argue
against the idea that it's too far away from central Seattle to be a
viable arts destination. "First, we polled our current audience, and
98 percent of people who come to Theater Off Jackson drive there,"
West says. "Second, in a few years, many more people will already be
living there. I'm betting on it."


21st Anniversary Open House Sunday October 21st 1-5pm!

Take a 15minute music lesson for 5cents and get a Seattle Drum School t-shirt FREE! (a five cent value) At both Seattle Drum School locations. Drop-ins welcome, for priority scheduling call ahead.


Performances At The LAB This week

Did you know that there are concerts almost every day of the week at the LAB? I bet your asking what’s the LAB? The L.A.B. (Little Auditorium in the Back) is an all-ages, non-smoking, non-drinking performance venue / recording studio located in the back portion of the Seattle Drum School of Music of the North location in Lake City. 12510 15th Ave NE. 206-364-8815

The purpose of its creation is to host a wide range of shows featuring all genres of music in a safe, positive environment where kids and adults of all ages can feel welcomed and encouraged.!

This week features some of Seattle’s finest jazz music. Check out this all-star line up!

Seattle Jazz Showcase at The LAB Performance Schedule: click on link below


New Video: Davis Martin Drum Lesson No. 3


New Videos: Jeff 'Tain' Watts at Our Grand Opening

tainsonor1_h2ez.jpgWe've finally gotten around to posting the videos from legendary drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts' visit to our opening weekend festivities.  There are some great nuggets of information for musicians of any instrument -- these videos should not be missed! To support 'Tain' and his new CD, be sure to visit http://www.chambersoftain.com -- his official website -- and check out his educational resources in the Jeff 'Tain' Watts learning center at http://www.jefftainwatts.net.


Charlie Bradley-drums & brother Sam-bass

Sam has only had two lessons and he's already playing bass and knows where the notes are! DSC01762.JPG


10 Jazz Recordings That Influenced Me

Hi there- its Marc Fendel (manager, teacher, janitor) at SDS Georgetown. Here's a list of some of my favorite Jazz recordings that influenced my playing. Just a note: This is a short list. There are many more. Feedback? Leave a comment if you like. Cheers-

1. Larry Young "Unity

2. McCoy Tyner "The Real McCoy"

3. Miles Davis "Four & More"

4. Cannonball Adderley "What Is This Thing Called Soul"

5. Dexter Gordon "Go"

6. Chet Baker "It Could Happen To You"

7. Chick Corea "Now He Sings Now He Sobs"

8. Keith Jarrett "Standards Live"

9. Hank Mobley "Soul Station"

10. Tommy Flanagan "Overseas Trio"

11. Kenny Dorham "Quiet Kenny"  (OK- I couldn't just limit myself to just ten)  


Maya is looking sharp waiting for her drum lesson