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I began piano lessons (my parents insisted on them) in 5th grade, until a friend of the family and musical instrument dealer, Charlie Molina, brought some drumsticks by the family house.

From 6th grade on, I was hooked and juggled an art and music career path from junior high through my first year at the University of Kansas.

I studied with Ginger Zyskowski while attending Hutchinson High School and took lessons with a drummer named Bill Glenn at the Hutchinson Community College during my senior year. I also attended the Clark Terry Jazz Camp in the summer of 1986 which began my hunger for jazz.

What began as a graphic design degree at KU, turned into a percussion performance degree, where I learned to play for the song and pull good tone out of every instrument I play, studying with George Boberg. While I was there, I played in all three of the jazz bands, played in a couple of jazz combos, spent two years in the KU Marching Jayhawks, played in various college ensembles (wind and orchestra), and drummed for the KU Men's and Women's Basketball Bands (including a trip to the Final Four in 1991 with the Men's band).

While I was at college, I started lessons with KC drummer extraordinaire, Todd Strait. I have learned a lot from him, continuing lessons from 1989 to the summer of 2002. I have continued to take lessons with some of Kansas City's best drummers, including: Rockstar Kent Burnham and Latin Drumming Guru, Doug Auwarter. I recently continued my learning path by attending the drum camps of Mike Johnston and Benny Greb.

My drumming influences include: Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Bill Stewart (various artists), Omar Hakim (various artists), Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Steve Smith (Journey, various artists), Stanton Moore (Galactic), Todd Sucherman (Styx, various artists), Phil Collins (Genesis, various artists), Neil Peart (Rush), Jojo Mayer (Nerve, various artists), Benny Greb (various artists), Go-Go Ray (various artists), and Mike Johnston (MikesLessons.com).

Mean Free Path 1989-90
The Remains (formerly Felix) 1990-91
Broken Inglish 1991-93
Third Stone 1994-95
Gecko 1995-96
Blue River 1996-2000
Steel Horse 2000-01
Kristie Stremel 2001-03
Sellout 2002-03
Pendergast 2003-08
The Snakebite Orphans 2003-04
The Shake Joint 2004-05
The Octopus Frontier 2004-05
Wild Chipmunk & the Cuddly-Poos 2004-09
The Cass County Lamenters 2006-08
The Gaslights 2008-10
Ernest James Zydeco 2008-10
Erik Voeks Band 2010-11
Salamander 2010-12
Ultra Sharp 2012-14
Roger Pitts Trio 2012-present
Switch 2014-15
Ultra Sharp 2015-17
Funk Syndicate 2017-present
Blue 88, Ernest James Zydeco, Sellout, Overland Park Community Church, Charis Kingdom Church
Kristie Stremel - Here Comes The Light (2003)
Pendergast - The Truth About Saturday Night (2004), Between The Bottle And The Pulpit (2006)
Ernest James Zydeco - Jubilee (2008), Roots Rocket Radio (2010)