Hi Barry

It started as an experiment and a year and a half later it has become
a big part of my now 7 year olds daily routine. I truly believe my son
would not be enjoying his weekly drum lessons this much ifit was anyone
else other than Barry. It would be his youngest student ever
but, he was willing to give it a shot.
Barry’s patience as a teacher and expertise in drumming has transformed
my son in a short period from a boy just making noise to a boy holding down
a rock beat, playing the Cha-Cha, playing a Para-diddle all over the kit, playing
the Swing beat, and already reading music effortlessly. 
If you are thinking of trying drums or have a son or daughter interested
give Barry call.You will not be disappointed. 
Byron McAlister


 Our choice of looking for a drum instructor wasn’t as easy as one might think
.we did our research and luckily found Barry!! having this start for our son was
the best decision ever!!

Not only has the drumming skills improved but the love of going is for sure
just as important!!! Every week seeing Barry has been a goal changer
and we have only just started!!!
Thank you Barry!!  ...
Sincerely Rene



Hi Barry,

thank you for teaching my son at a level that draws him out of his shell and
encourages him to try something new. He was apprehensive at first but has
gained more skill and confidence with each drum lesson. I appreciate that
you are able to gear each lesson to his ability
while also challenging him
and keeping it fun! Thanks again!
Lindsay, McInnes.


Thanks, Barry,

I always learn so much too, but I think the kids were very keen and I do hope it
generates some students for you.
“It was an excellent seminar”.Sheri Robertson, Royal Oak Middle School


Hi Barry,

I should be the one sending you a thank you note, and I was remiss.
I really enjoyed your session, as did the kids. Thank you so much.
Ian Farish. St. Michaels University School


Barry gave a very informative seminar that inspired many of the students.
It was a treat to hear him recall experiences with some the great musicians of our time
Thank you very much.
Ian Dakin Selkirk Middle School


HI Barry

Immediately after your session one student went right to work practicing the
basic rock pattern and within a couple
of minutes he was playing the playing
the pattern confidently.  During the band
class I gave him the opportunity to
practice his new skill by playing a rock beat
ACCOMPANIMENT Rather than the
usual snare drum rhythm. He was beaming with happiness at his accomplishments.
the basic rock pattern and within a couple of minutes he was playing the pattern confidently.
During the band class I gave him an opportunity to practice this new skill by playing a rock beat.
The drumming seminar contained a wealth of information from rudiments to drummers, equipment manufacturers to checking mallet grip.

Your drumming experiences engaged my advanced students. I appreciated you taking a few moments after the session to work individually with a novice percussionist. The praise you gave the student helped him to become more confident with playing the drum set. 

On behalf of the percussionists at GHMS thank you for the drumming seminar last week
  Andrea Blair
Gordon Head Middle School  ablair@sd61.bc.ca


Hi Barry

I’ve been taking drum lessons from Barry for 6 months now. I have to say he has lots of patience  as I had no music background before deciding to play drums. His encouragement help me to understand musical notes and learning new things every week makes my lessons fun.  My drumming is actually starting to sound like something.  Barry is a great teacher!

Sincerely Cheryl Scutt


Nothing beats getting personalized instruction from an experienced drummer and great teacher.  Barry is helping me to build good habits and a strong foundation.  He motivates and pushes me to learn and grow more as a drummer.  And Barry does it all with ease and good humour.

Michelle Frey March 2017