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 $30 a lesson or $100 per month (one lesson per week). For more information, please contact the store or one of our individual teachers.


Dave Farris

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.

Ben Davis

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.

Vincent Grino

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

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 high school, college and community theatre musicals, and taught over 400 students in his career. A staple on the music scenes of Philadelphia and central Pennsylvania for over 20 years, Jim moved to Lexington with his wife and two children in 2016, and plays regulary at Carson’s in downtown Lexington as well as other venues in central Kentucky.  He recently performed with legendary jazz orgaist Bobby Floyd as part of the “Origins” jazz seres at TeeDee’s Lounge. Jim is a percussion instructor for the Lafayette High School Marching Band which has won first place in the KMEA State Marching Band Competition in 2017 and 2018. He also teaches for the Musik Garten. Jim’s drum recordings on have garnered over 1 million views – Visit Jim’s website, for more information.


Drew has been playing drums/percussion since the age of 12. He bought his very first drum set at the Drum Center of Lexington. For 10 years he was a founding member of the Lexington Prog Rock group, The Past. In 2017 Drew decided to pursue a solo career and is currently working on his first solo album. Drew played drum set in the Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble from 2007-2009. He earned a degree in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky in 2012 with a focus in music history. Aside from drumming Drew also DJs, sings, plays the piano, and is the owner of Valwood Recording Studios here in Lexington.

Tristan Frazier

I am twenty-four years old, originally from Mount Sterling, KY and attended Morehead State University in 2016, graduating with both a Commercial Music Performance and History degree as part of the Honors program in 2021.

While I grew up playing in professional worship teams across the country including the International Youth Convention band and US to Africa band, I am currently the drummer, songwriter and founding member of Bedford Band, voted the “Best Rock Group” at the Lexington Music Awards in 2019 and currently touring in cities as near as Lexington and as far as Cincinnati, Knoxville, Asheville, Nashville, Indianapolis, Saint Joe and many more. Through my group Bedford, my educational experiences, along with the countless jobs/fill-ins/side gigs I have taken, I have accumulated over ten years of live music experience, six years of instructional experience with students as young as seven and as old as fifty-six, and countless studio hours with tracking credits on fifty-three songs recorded in some of the best studios in Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee.

I would certainly say I am a self-proclaimed rocker, but I am very confident performing and teaching most commercially relative genres including pop, bebop, modern jazz, latin, classic rock, metal, modern rock, folk, country, blues, americana, indie/alt sounds, fusion, punk, funk, soul, r&b and many more.

Above all else, I feel as though what makes me stand out as an instructor the most is a deeply rooted love for music, and a compassion and care towards everyone involved in the beautiful process of making music. Young or old, local or national, beginner or advanced, I see the most value in the journey of learning, creating and that feeling of accomplishment. Music, and more specifically the drums changed my life, and I can not wait to share my passions, experience and enthusiasm for this art form with the next generation of musicians.