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Born and raised in Plymouth Meeting, a suburb of Philadelphia, Nick began playing drums at the age of nine through his schools music program. With a sincere passion for playing music, his parents decided to sign him up for private lessons at the age of eleven with local musician Patrick O'Shea.
As Nick's musical experience progressed, he performed in all the ensembles in school ranging from concert band to jazz band. Finally at the age of fifteen, Nick began studying with his future mentor, clinician/educator Marc Dicciani. From there, Nick attended the University of the Arts where he studied with Jimmy Paxson Sr, Marc Dicciani, and Erik Johnson.
Andrew Dickeson is one of Australia's leading jazz drummers, bandleaders and educators. He started playing drums at a very young age and was working professionally at age 13. In the early 1990s he studied extensively in NYC with Art Taylor and Vernel Fournier. He returns regularly to NYC to perform and to study with his mentor, Michael Carvin.
Jonny Wolf, 25 years old, is a drummer and a co-front man for his guitar and drum duo The Ghost Wolves. Setting up at the front line of the stage, he plays at a 90 degree angle from the audience, allowing the crowd to see the drummer in a way they wouldn't normally be able to in a traditional stage setup. "It's a lot of fun - and the way I've always loved to watch people play the kit - from behind or to the side, so you can see everything they're doing,"
Matt Starr is an east coast native growing up between New York City & Connecticut. He began playing drums at the age of 12 when he joined & then promptly quit his school band after learning that the teacher spent most of the class working on the other instruments & saved drums for the last 5 minutes of class. Next came a couple months of private drum lessons, however…."All my teacher showed me was jazz beats & I wanted to play rock. Over the summer I taught myself how to play Motley Crue's "Shout At The Devil" album. That was the end of my lessons."
Drori Mondlak is one of the outstanding jazz drummers and bandleaders on today's international jazz scene. His touch, subtlety, and interactive approach to music have brought him critical acclaim and performing opportunities with many creative musicians in diverse musical situations.