The Drum Center of Lexington offers drum lessons Monday through Saturday to students of all ages and abilities. Lessons generally meet once a week for 30 minutes and cost $25 a lesson or $90 per month (one lesson per week). For more information, please contact the store or one of our individual teachers.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Dave Farris has been teaching at the Drum Center since the first day it opened (14 years +). Dave has traveled the globe, studying with great percussionists like Madawo Gideon Folie Alorwoyie (Ghana), Anthony Carillo (Puerto Rico), Ya Ya Diallo (Mali), Raj Pandya (India), and Jim Campbell (USA). Dave has performed with the great jazz organist Jack McDuff and Parliment Funkadelic co-founder Bernie Worrell. Dave currently performs locally with Club Dub, The Tall Boys, and Big Fresh
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Jon Dittert is the newest member of the Drum Center staff, but has been playing drums nearly his whole life. A well-rounded percussionist, Jon has experience with rock drumming, concert band, marching band, contemporary worship drumming, and musical theater. He performs locally in the pit at the Woodford Theater and with the classic rock band Business Time.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Ben Davis holds a bachelor’s in Music Performance from Eastern Kentucky University and has spent time studying drumset and hand percussion in Brazil. Ben has instructed and composed for championship marching bands in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Indiana. Ben currently performs with several Central Kentucky bands including Swing Insight and Exit Right Here. Ben also serves as the percussionist for First Baptist Church in Richmond, KY.
Rob Wood is the newest member of The Drum Center staff, but has been playing drums nearly his whole life. Rob currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from Eastern Kentucky University where he was a member of The Percussion Ensemble ( and charter member of The Baroque Marimba Ensemble founded by Dr. Don Cooper ) as well as The Jazz Band, Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and The Marching Band. He also played in his high school Marching Band, Concert Band, and Stage Band. His high school senior year he was the recipient of The John Phillip Sousa Band Award. In addition to a vast playing career spanning over 30 years he has taught private lessons during that period of time. Rob also has music retail and music manufacturing experience over the last 30 plus years and is currently the drummer for the local band “ The Sensations “. Rob fills in and performs with other local artists and bands of all styles from big band and jazz to funk, fusion, country, rock and everything in between.
Vincent Grino better known as “V” was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Paintsville, KY. V started singing at a very young age and picked up drums at age 8, thanks to his grandfather who introduced him to the drumming of Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. V started taking guitar and piano lessons at age 12. V joined the Paintsville Marching Showmen High School band playing the saxophone and later was transferred to Tuba with the promise that he would be in the drumline the following year. He took lessons from Denny Giles out of Morehead State who had marched in The Bridgemen and The Star of Indiana drum corps. After graduating from HS he attended the University of Kentucky and was a member of the Choristers, Chorale, Men’s Choir and the all male acapella group The AcoUstiKats. While in college, Vincent joined a jam band by the name of Voodoo Symphony who played from 1997-2004. Vincent started working for a band instrument company as their percussion specialist from 2003-2012. He currently is the Manager of the Drum Center of Lexington and is the drummer/singer for The Fever, The 3rd Degree, & Space Cowboyz.
Jim Schade is a sought-after percussionist, jazz musician, and instructor in Lexington, Kentucky. A 1992 graduate of Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music in Virginia, Jim received a performance degree in jazz studies (percussion) with a minor in piano. He has recorded with regionally and nationally renowned artists, performed on radio and television, played for countless…