Freelance Drummer - Drum Instructor

I have 38 years of live performance experience and 28 years of studio experience.   
I am a native Texan. I grew up in the Hill Country just outside of Austin and I worked as a Freelance Drummer in and around Austin for several years.   

I was never out of work given Austin's vibrant music scene. I held the drum chair for many local Austin artists and played with countless others including: Common Thread, Grace & the Glory Hounds, Cherylin Fielding, Interstellar Highrollers, Jon Harrison Taylor, Tony Campise... and many more. Desperate to escape the heat and the concrete; my wife and I moved to Vermont in 2003.

I am still a Freelance Drummer and Drum Instructor only I am now living in Central Vermont. I primarily work out of my home-based studio, Hilltop Drum StudioI also occupy the drum chair for the bands Midnight Vigil and GrooveSum

My current services are:

  • Freelance Drumming: Live or Studio... my place or yours.
  • Online Drum Tracks: Professional drum tracks to your specifications.
  • Drum Lessons: All experience levels; my place or yours, or online.

I would love to be a part of your musical project. Request a quote or just drop me a line using my Contact page.

Recommendations and reviews

"James is a pro, you wanna play with this dude!” - Jon Harrison Taylor, Creator and star of the digital dramedy series “Sweet: The Show”. Actor, writer, musician, and owner of Hey Pete Productions - Los Angeles, California.

 "Just finished another excellent rehearsal with James. For me, James has helped me get more comfortable behind the kit.  His approach is very calculated yet at a speed that works for me. I feel so fortunate to have found a teacher with the experience and knowledge to get me to that next level I’ve been trying to get to. His typical lessons for me are, warm-up, present a lesson or two, work on those lessons and he plays on one kit as I play on another. Feels like a very productive practice every week. I am so excited to see where I progress to in this next year.  Thanks so much James." - Gianni BadeauGB Construction, LLC/Student at Hilltop Drum Studio - Barre, VT.

"I always loved playing with James because his tone was always on point, he was dependable, super fun and groovy, and always positive!" - Paul Martinez, Guitarist for Common Thread - Austin, TX

"James, every time I have needed You, you have stepped up! Thank You for Your patience, kind heart and tremendous skills. You are a master at what You do and I am extremely grateful for having found You!!! Once again, James, Thank You. I would have really been at a loss without you. Until next time, keep on keeping on, Peter Scott. " - Peter Scott, Peter Scott's Competitive EdgeVermont

"I have worked with James as a drummer, and as an engineer for my sessions. He is very professional, skilled, and talented in all areas. He is a groove machine... Highly recommended!" - James KinneJames Kinne Music/Phineas Gage, New Boston/NewHampshire

"My experience recording with James was nothing but pleasurable, efficient and productive. His abilities in the studio to transfer ideas into action facilitated real creative freedom that is invaluable. I would highly recommend James for recording and engineering projects. His equipment is excellent and expertise using the tools of his trade very evident, the end result is well-crafted recordings. "  - Duffy Gardner, Lead Vocals, and Guitar for VOYAGER1, Vermont

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Gift Certificates Available. The perfect gift for the artist in your life. Use them to gift drum lessons, studio time, or mixing and/or mastering services.