At the core of any school are its instructors. Here at the Baltimore School for Drumming, we hold our teaching staff to the highest standards possible. We believe that a successful music school is comprised of a proven curriculum, and exceptional teachers.
It is important to know that each teacher has had a background check and must have a minimum of 10 years of teaching and playing experience. When it comes to choosing the right school, you will find that all of our teachers must be able to work well with our younger students, as well as adults, and be able to give a fun and creative lesson.
MARK JONES – Director
Mark Jones is the owner and director of the Baltimore School for Drumming which was established back in 1997. Mark is currently endorsed by Vic Firth. He is well versed in all styles of rock and contemporary drumming, as well as Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Jazz drumming. His lessons also include classical and rudimental snare drumming working with linear and layered patterns, double bass drumming, polyrhythms, as well as instruction on all mallet keyboard percussion.
Mike kanter – Assistant Director
Mike Kanter has a very musical, practical, and enjoyable teaching approach using his years of experience to help his students reach their goals. Expanding his student’s knowledge of different musical styles while building proper technique and a strong foundation.
chris pierorazio – Instructor
Baltimore native Chris Pierorazio began his formal studies at the age of six with Peabody Conservatory alum Mark Jones at the Baltimore School for Drumming, where he studied until 2005. While there, he studied drum set in all genres including advanced jazz studies, modern rock and funk techniques, Latin style as well as classical and rudimental snare drum studies.
christine skeen – Instructor
Christine Skeen is an elementary instrumental music teacher at Timonium Elementary School and Glyndon Elementary School in Baltimore county. She has been a judge and sectional leader for the BCPS All County and Junior All County ensembles, a judge for the Maryland All State ensemble, a teacher at the BCPS Music Camp, and the drumline tech for the Dulaney Marching Band.
sarah fabian – Instructor
Sarah is currently working on earning her Ph.D. in Music Education from George Mason University. Before that, she graduated from both Towson University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a concentration in Percussion and Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory where she earned a Master’s in Music Education. She is currently an adjunct professor at George Mason, works with Mason’s Green Machine Pep Band Drumline (where she arranges and composes for them), as well as several other Northern Virginia marching ensembles as both an instructor and music arranger.
taso kotsos – Instructor
Taso has been teaching at the professional level for over twenty five years. He is focusing on a complete curriculum at the Baltimore School for Drumming which includes reading music, hand and foot techniques, linear drumming, double bass drumming, as well many varied styles of playing.
bob hill – Instructor
Bob has been playing drums for over thirty years and has performed a wide variety of musical styles. He began by playing snare drum in several local and regional Drum Corps and was awarded the NBTA National Snare Solo Championship in 1980 and ’81.
Bill Elliott – Instructor
Bill Elliott has been a percussionist with The U.S. Army Field Band out of Washington DC for the past 30 years. He recently recorded the Soundtrack of the American Soldier at Skywalker Studios that won the 2022 Grammy for Best Immersive Audio Album. He plays regularly on the worship team at Freedom Church in Bel Air, MD.