Santa Barbara drum teacher and musician Barry Birmingham started taking lessons and learning how to play drums at age eleven from many local teachers in the New York and in Southern California area. By the time he was in junior high and high school he was playing in concert bands, marching bands, jazz bands and playing in local rock cover bands.
While attending Santa Barbara City College, he had an after school job working at Mike’s Drum Shop were he helped with sales, repairs, and just doing whatever was needed to keep the drum shop running smoothly. By the mid 80s he became a drum teacher, professional drummer, and studio musician for hire. Barry has recently opened a Santa Barbara Drum Lab with co-owner Craig Thatcher.
Barry has been teaching his students by using the same tools that have worked for him: less means more and timing and groove are everything. He focuses mostly on rudiments, basic reading, musical dynamics, double bass pedal and covers a little bit of every genre. His goal with his students is to help them make any band they play with sound great.
His musical influences are Steve Gadd, Gregg Bissonette, Luis Conte, John and Jason Bonhame and Thomas Lang. For additional information about Barry Birmingham you can access his Facebook page.