Drums • Edison Hill
A native of Saginaw, Michigan Edison started out playing the piano under the tutelage of Claudine “Mommy” Wicks, the mother of the great trumpeter Sonny Stitt. As a son of a Baptist minister, being around musicians and church was a normal thing, at that time that’s when the drums became appealing.
Not receiving his first drum kit until the 8th grade, he really had no formal drum training. Edison learned how to groove from watching local church drummers and attending various gospel workshops. An opportunity opened to be the main drummer at his church until graduating high school.
After high school he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend Oral Roberts University for a computer science degree. Since finishing college he’s had the opportunity to play or record with many secular and Christian artists. He believes what Proverbs 18:16 says, “Your gift will make room for you”.
Edison teaches beginners to advanced.
Drums • Joe Blank
The musical journey began for Joe at age 12 when he got his first drum set. Already a trombonist for the Coweta band, he found interest in the drums shortly after joining. He began playing concert percussion, marching percussion, as well as playing trap set in the jazz band. While captain of the 2009 drumline, Coweta High School received multiple awards for marching band and solo & ensemble, as well as awards in jazz ensemble.
After high school, he went on to TCC to study music and after 2 semesters went on to the ACM@UCO where he studied in depth solely on the drum set with a small class of drummers as well as weekly private lessons. Joe has studied many various styles such as rock, blues, jazz, latin, bossa nova, samba, and progressive rock.
Joe currently resides in Broken Arrow where he has been giving lessons for 2 years. He is currently playing locally as well as nationally for the pop alternative band, FM Pilots. He has been playing and performing for 11 years and still continues to take private lessons as well as performing and teaching weekly.
Joe teaches beginners to intermediate.