Active in the Rhythm scene for more than 24 amazing years, Kerry the "Shakerman" has been sharing his passion for playing drums and percussion with a wide range of people from many walks of life.
He teaches and facilitates others knowing that lives can change when people play music together. Community drumming helps connect strangers in a disconnected world. These changes are assured when you truly care about others successes and joy, and the smiles on the participants faces provide feedback that people are happy and having FUN!
His path first started when he witnessed the rhythmical mastery of George Jinda, the famed percussionist with the New York based World/Jazz band "Special EFX" featuring George playing along with gifted guitarist Chieli Minucci.
Inspired to play but without having any shakers, Kerry went on to design and create "Shakka Shakerz", hand-building over 7000 of them in the past 25 years.
Over those years, Kerry has pursued his own unique "Road to Rhythm", training with a long-list of professional including Arthur Hull, the renown "Father" of the Drum Circle movement.
Kerry has also studied with African masters such as Lamine "Dibo" Camara, Mamady Keita, Malik Sow, and many others. He's studied Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms and brings his background as a musician having played piano and guitar, his first two loves!
He enjoys leading students and groups on an engaging and often-times entertaining journey on what he's titled the "Road to Rhythm".
His custom-designed & proven programs helps to guide participants towards percussive and musical success as quickly as possible so they, too, can enjoy the magic that rhythm brings to us.
Whether it's at a national, regional or local event, his love of rhythm, his skill sets and his obvious love of teaching and empowering others has earned him the coveted position as a respected and popular teacher at Seattle's World Rhythm Festival, the Northwest Folklife Festival, PASIC Int'l Convention, and other venues. He's lead drum circles, classes and playshops from San Diego to Seattle and at many other events nationwide. It is a true passion of his!
You are invited to explore any of the programs he offers and discover and uncover that part of you that desires to get in rhythm with the world and people around you.
Your "Road to Rhythm" awaits, are you ready to go ?