Instrument: Percussion – Hand drums (Doumbek, Frame Drums, Conga, Djembe), Snare Drum, Bells
Styles: World, Middle Eastern, Afro/Cuban, Rock, Pop, Metal, Jazz, Classical, Musical
Ages: 12+ (speak with me if you’d like to make an exception)
Specialties: Fundamentals of drumming (time-keeping, patterns, terminology), Lessons evolve into student-led learning sessions.
Devin Tomczik, a Minnesota native, is an active member in the local music community, in addition to nationwide collaborations and projects. Currently, he is the drummer for David Lindstrom (Folk Rock), Depotek (Industrial), Black Isles (Middle Eastern and World Music) , and The Revolution 5 (Beatles Tribute). Tomczik has also performed and/or recorded with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, St. Cloud State Percussion Ensemble, Livid Lover, Fandazzi Fire Circus, GREAT Music Theater, Alex Maiers, and Amatuer Acrobat.
Tomczik is an accomplished hand drummer, performing regularly with Black Isles, a world fusion music and dance group. Primarily focused on a variety of frame drums, doumbek and riqq, he also performs and teaches on djembe, conga, bongos, and other latin and afro-cuban instruments. Tomczik has a BA in Music from St. Cloud State University (SCSU), where he was a recipient of the prestigious David Swenson Percussion Scholarship. While at SCSU he studied percussion, composition, and new media.
During his time at SCSU he performed the following notable works on percussion:
- “Cartridge Music” – John Cage
- “New Morning for the World” – Joseph Schwantner
- “Different Trains” – Steve Reich
- “Drumming Part 1” – Steve Reich
- “Inuksuit” – John Luther Adams
He also took master classes from the following professionals:
- Tatsuya Nakatani (Avant-Garde Percussion)
- Kenyon Williams (Percussion Director MSU Moorehead)
- Terry Vermillion (Percussion Director SCSU)
- Loop 2.4.3 (Percussion Duo)
- Eric Harland (Jazz Drumset)
- Gordy Knudtson (Steve Miller Band)
- Brad Dutz (Studio Percussionist)
- Chris Wabich (Studio Percussionist)
Tomczik continues his study of music as a voice student and also explores guitar, bass, synths, and piano
By helping the student find their style or “voice”, I find that students become excited about music and flourish. My approach to teaching includes establishing the basics of technique before a shift to “student led” lessons. During this time, the student is encouraged to explore music that interests them and incorporate it into their curriculum. expanding boundaries and meeting goals.
As a part of my hand drum curriculum, I offer the chance to perform live with my band, Black Isles, as a way to fulfill a seasonal recital. This real world experience is invaluable and fun!
30 Min: $30 per lesson
60 Min: $60 per lesson
30-minute lessons are a great starting point. Speak with me if you’d like to start with 60-minute lessons.
60-minute lessons are a great choice when working toward a specific goal with a time limit or over the summer when preparing for the following school year.
Prepayment for lessons is required at the beginning of the month. Payment is due on or before the first lesson of the month. I accept cash, check, card, and PayPal. Other payment schedules are available if necessary.
Lessons must be canceled 24 hours in advance of the scheduled lesson time; the lesson can be rescheduled at a time that works best for both of us.
Lessons canceled with less than 24 hours notice of the lesson time; the lesson is not refundable and cannot be rescheduled. No-show (20 min late or more) cannot be rescheduled.
Lessons canceled by me will be communicated ASAP and will be rescheduled.