I am Turku's lead drummer and plays darabuka (dumbek) and djembe. My style represents a synthesis of many of the world's dynamic percussion traditions. I have performed on "Eyes Behind the Veil" and "Seeds of Time", as well as making three drumming instruction tapes. I have produced a hand drumming video with an accompanying book. This is a complete course for the student of hand drumming. I also offer "Drumfest!", a hands-on, interactive, multi-cultural drumming experience for people of all ages. Through school assembly programs, artist-in-residency projects, concerts, and workshops, I introduce participants to the exciting world of percussion and rhythm. Since it's inception, Drumfest! has reached more than 45,000 people from San Diego, CA to Wilmington, NC. I am a native of Kankakee, Illinois and a graduate of Northern Illinois University.