Ralph Humphrey is one of Los Angeles’ most demanded studio drummers, recording for TV, motion pictures, albums and jingles. His most recent projects include Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, Charmed, Piglet’s Big Movie, Star Trek Enterprise, The Simpsons, ABC 50th Anniversary Special, Far From Heaven, Coca-Cola, and Ping golf clubs. His past touring and recording experience includes the Don Ellis Big Band, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Akiyoshi-Tabackin Big Band, Al Jarreau, Manhattan Transfer, Seals and Crofts and Free Flight. He can also be heard on album projects by Wayne Shorter, Tom Rainer, Mike Miller, Jeff Richman, The Outsidemen, and Babaghanoush, among many others.

Ralph is the author of the drum book Even in the Odds and contributes occasional articles to Modern DrummerMagazine.

See the Ralph Humphrey page at Drummerworld.com.

Joe Pocaro

Joe Porcaro’s musical spectrum ranges from jazz and rock to opera and symphonic. He has recorded with jazz artists including Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Freddie Hubbard, Don Ellis, Mike Manieri and rock/pop artists such as TOTO and Madonna. His credits includes numerous television shows and movies. One of the most highly regarded percussion and drum instructors in the world, Joe is the author of two drum books: Joe Porcaro’s Drum Set Methods and Odd Times, and the instructional video Joe Porcaro on Drums. Please visit Joe’s Drummerworld page for more info.

Joey Heredia is a remarkable drummer who blends a multitude of styles and skill, to achieve a level of playing that makes him one of the best in the industry today. On tour, or in the studio, some of Joey’s credits include Sheila E, Steve Lukather, Tania Maria, Tribal Tech (Scott Henderson and Gary Willis), Frank Gambale, Billy Childs, Dianne Reeves, Manhattan Transfer, Stevie Wonder, James Ingram, Sergio Mendez, Herb Alpert, Poncho Sanchez, Joe Sample, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Farrell, Hubert Laws, Carole King, Michael Ruff, Jeff Berlin, Stevie Salas, TM Stevens, Nuno Bettencourt and Perry Farrell. Joey was born and raised in Boyle Heights (on the east side of Los Angeles). He began studying music at East LA College and then went on to Los Angeles City College as a music major. Joey then studied technique under the renowned Murray Spivack. He has his own recording studio, Groove Gallery, where he records and or produces many of the projects he’s involved in. His fusion group El Trio, with Marco Mendoza on bass/vocal and Renato Neto on keys, is known the world over. For more on Joey, visitwww.joeyheredia.com

Dave Beyer is an in-demand professional drummer and educator in the Los Angeles area. He has toured, performed live and/or recorded with such artists as Melissa Etheridge, Christopher Cross, Jim Messina, The Motels, Wilson Phillips, America, Jewel, Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Michael McDonald, Loggins & Messina, Stephen Bishop, Buzzy Feiten, Jango and Debra Davis.

Dave is currently touring and recording with Christopher Cross, and played on the recently released in-concert DVD, “Christopher Cross: A Night in Paris.” Dave is also on Cross’s new CD, “Dr. Faith,” as well as the “30 Rock” Soundtrack and “Café Carlyle Sessions.” Dave is also tours with Wilson Phillips and Jim Messina. Dave has performed at major venues worldwide, including the Greek Theater, Universal Amphitheater, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Woodstock, Madison Square Garden and Royal Albert Hall.

Dave also stays busy as a studio musician, and as a producer who runs his own studio, Beyer Recording. He has played on such TV shows as 30 Rock, The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, Extreme Home Makeover and Ally McBeal; films including Princess Diaries II and Happy Endings; as well as numerous TV spots and commercial jingles. Dave has also written for Modern Drummer magazine.

Grammy nominated Richie Gajate Garcia is a world-class studio percussionist, drummer, clinician, author and educator. Richie, who is also known as “El Pulpo” (which means “The Octopus”), has taken independence in playing multiple international rhythms and instruments to the next level. Richie has performed with such artists as Sting, Phil Collins, Diana Ross, Hiroshima, Don Henley, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, to name a few. Richie enjoys sharing his passion for percussion with the world. Latin Percussion has honored him with the debut of his own line of congas, bongos and the famous Gajate bracket (designed by Richie) used by drummers and percussionists everywhere. Richie’s percussion books have become a standard in the industry.


Originally from France, Samuel is a freelance musician and teacher based in Los Angeles, CA. From the Utopia Jazz Club in Paris to the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, he has worked with a broad array of artists such as the experimental band The Elegantes Machines (led by Francis Lassus), Taiwanese pop artist Cindy Chaw, keyboardist Russell Ferrante (YellowJackets), and producer Frank Renaudier. Recording credits include Nicolas Ternisien’s live album with bassist Dominique DiPiazza, and Aslane’s studio album Big Love. Samuel began playing drums at an early age in church. Since then, his involvement in worship ministry has led him to working with the likes of Tommy Walker.
Samuel has studied under renowned teachers; Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Claude Gastaldin, Joe Hammer, Jerry Steinholtz, and Raynord Carroll.

His involvement at LACM consists of teaching private lessons and a drum class for vocalists, as well as subbing for Mr. Humphrey (technique class, rhythm studies and contemporary drums). He also plays for Ensemble Workshops, where he has worked along side bassist Jerry Watts, Grammy Nominee Tierney Sutton and Dorian Holley (Michael Jackson/ Tonight show), and played with guitarist Oz Noy.

Mike Packer

Michael Packer graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Michael has studied privately with Ralph Humphrey and Jeff Hamilton. Performance credits include Free Flight, Nils Lofgren, Carl Anderson, Ben Vereen, Steve Allen, Michael Bolton (CableAce Awards) and Cirque Du Soleil (CableAce Awards). Television credits include 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Annual CableAce Awards (TNT), The EasterSeal Telethon (National Broadcast), KTLA Morning Show with Leeanza Cornet,World Cup Closing Ceremonies (World Wide Broadcast) and the New York New York Casino & Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. (In-house recording). His teaching experience consists of 15 years of private instruction and several clinics in the USA and Europe. Michael is the author of Feet Don’t Fail Me Now (Hal Leonard Publications) and Feet First (Michael Packer Publications). Michael has also written for Modern Drummer Magazine. Please visit www.michaelpacker.com for more info.

Steve Pemberton, a musical chameleon, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music. His work spans all styles, from touring/recording with noted jazz artists such as Mel Torm? Doc Severinsen, Grover Washington, Jr., John Pizzarelli, the New York Voices, Patti Austin, Peter Nero, the Count Basie and Quincy Jones Orchestras, Ray Charles, Ken Peplowski, Don Menza, Pete Christlieb and Tom Scott, to being a member of the Boston Pops Orchestra as the featured drumset artist. In the world of film and Broadway, he has worked with John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne and Jerry Herman. Pop/rock/country artists include Jeffrey Osborne, Johnny Mathis, Melissa Manchester, Maureen McGovern, Peabo Bryson, Crystal Gayle, Amy Grant and Vince Gill. He has performed at the Hollywood Bowl to the White House, including 5 performances at Carnegie Hall, and has worked with over 125 orchestras worldwide. A published composer of percussion music, Steve has had numerous pieces premiered at the Interlochen Arts Academy, New England Conservatory of Music, University of Miami and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). Please visitwww.steve-pemberton.com for more info.

Tim’s training began in Newark, Ohio at the age of five. His early influences included everything from Folk, Jazz, R&B, and pop, to the great Ohio State Marching Band. After a move to Southern Oregon, he continued studies in drum set, classical, and marching percussion eventually winning several awards including two consecutive state solo contests. Tim then attended the University of Oregon (BM) studying percussion and drum set with Professor Charles Dowd, was section leader of the Oregon Marching Band Drumline, and a member of the Green Garter Band. He continued post graduate studies at the University of Southern California (MM) with Professor Eric Forrester and Ndugu Chancellor. Tim went on to perform for audiences throughout the world as percussionist with grammy nominated artist Josh Groban. He has also performed and/or recorded with Herbie Hancock, Elton John, David Foster, Chris Botti, Angelique Kidjo, Ashley Maher, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Andre Manga, Gary Novak, Bakithi Kumalo, Lucia Micarelli, John Williams, Joshua Bell, Angie Stone, and Bela Fleck. Tim performs on four Josh Groban DVD concert recordings including “An Evening in New York”, “Awake”, “Live at the Greek”, and “Josh Groban Live in Concert”. Film and television recordings include “NCIS”, “JAG”, “The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio” (Dreamworks), “Andy Richter Controls the Universe” (Fox), and “Lucky” (FX). Television appearances include PBS “Soundstage”, Sundance Channel “Live from Abbey Road”, Good Morning America, The American Music Awards, The Tonight Show, Conan O’ Brian, and Ellen. Tim is on faculty at the Los Angeles College of Music teaching drum set and percussion. He is currently touring with the band “Incendio” in support of their new CD “The Shape of Dreams” performing concerts throughout the U.S. Tim plays Taye Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, L.P. Percussion, Yamaha timpani, Roland V-Drums, REMO Drumheads, and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.

Gary Fergunson

Gary Ferguson began playing drums at the age of 11. Throughout high school, he performed in all the musical theater performances, He studied with the head of the Aviation High School Music Department, Richard Powers, as well as studying privately with Kay Carlson (a former student of Charles Wilcoxon).

Gary studied jazz drumming with Les Demerle, continuing his studies after high school with Murray Spivak. After Murray’s passing, he continued his private studies with Murray’s protégé and partner, Richard Wilson.

Gary began doing session work in Los Angeles, his first major session at 18-years-old, being Shirley Bassey. He continued touring and recording with what was to become an extensive list of world-renowned artists. A few notable highlights include:

Eddie Money, Olivia Newton-John, Cher, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Glenn Hughes, David Benoit, Gary Moore, Les Dudek, Bette Midler, Etta James, Billy Preston, K.D. Lang, Geezer Butler, Yoko Ono, Susanna Hoffs (Bangles), Charlie Sexton, John Hiatt, New Radicals, Stevie Nicks, Larry Carlton, Steve Lukather(Toto), Edgar Winter, Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Jim Messina, Pat Benatar, to name a few.

He can currently be heard on the upcoming recordings for Keisha and Lana del Rey, which includes a duet with Stevie Nicks. He’s also working on his first solo album. Gary is still passionate about playing, and is grateful to be part of LACM.

Marcelo Bucater is a drummer / percussionist from São Paulo – Brazil based in Los Angeles since 2013.

With a Bachelor in Music at FAAM (SP-Brazil), a Degree in Music Performance at Los Angeles College of Music, and a Master Degree in Jazz Performance at CalArts he had the chance to study with renowned musicians such as: Jeff Hamilton, Joe LaBarbera, Ralph Humphrey, Randy Gloss, Joe Porcaro, Joey de Leon, Richie Gajate Garcia,  Edu Ribeiro and Ale Damasceno.

Marcelo has worked as a session and touring musician for several years, playing in more than 20 records and performing in more than 500 shows with different artists. His versatility as a drummer and percussionist lead to performances accompanying artists of different genres all over the world.

He has produced, recorded and performed with independent artists and renowned musicians such as Carrie Underwood for the 51st ACM Award, Scott Henderson, Philip Bynoe, John Avila, Natalia Spadini, Little Brazil trio, Andrew Murdock, Duques,  just to name a few.

His passion for music and his craft is shown in his great feel and rock-solid support for the music and his warmhearted personality.

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