Sammy K is an Educator who works internationally in several Drumming genres. His unique and dynamic style of teaching is a combination of his playing and teaching experience. He brings his passion to the teaching of Drum Set, Drum Circles, Marching Percussion and Drum Circle Facilitation in diverse settings including: Jazz Camps, Fortune 500 companies, sports teams, school groups, The Boy Scouts of America, Daimler/Chrysler, The United Nations, university groups, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient ceremony, corporate training, LA County Fair, municipal special events, charity events, Yamaha, Zildjian, Vic Firth and REMO sponsored events. His positive and energized approach to instruction allows all the participants to experience the excitement of Drumming as they learn, and his enjoyment of Drumming is contagious.
He is the creator of the “Groove Boot Camp” program for Jazz Drum Set instruction which he has taught internationally. This program allows Drummers of all ages and abilities to learn the basics needed to play in a Big Band setting. He is also the co-creator of “Body Beat” which is a card based educational tool for a Drum Circle experience without any Drums. He has been the Percussion Instructor for award winning Drum Lines, and marched with the nationally acclaimed MSU Spartan Drum Line. Sammy does Drum Set clinics and Drum Circle Facilitation internationally, and is an Artist with Remo, Zildjian, Yamaha, Vic Firth,Cympad and Kotz Cajons.
What People Are Saying About Sammy...
"Sam "Slammin' Sammy K" Kestenholtz is the real deal! He is a complete , versatile and experienced drum set player and clinician. He can confidently cover all styles with authenticity and the appropriate sound and groove. AND, he is humble and a terrific communicator, so he his also great as a guest clinician/adjudicator at festivals and workshops. His passion for the drum set and drumming is contagious! I recommend you check him out!" Dr. Stephen Zegree - School of Music, Western Michigan University www.wmich.edu/goldcompany