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James Dreier, percussion

James Dreier is a drum set-Latin percussion specialist, educator, clinician, and performer. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and a Master of Arts degree in music theory from the University of Iowa.

As a full time Lecturer at the University of Iowa, Dreier’s duties include teaching Jazz Improvisation for Drum Set, Jazz Cultures in America and Abroad, directing the Latin-jazz Ensemble and the Hawkeye Big Band. He also performs frequently with a variety of bands and ensembles, including “Three Dogs and a Bone,” the UI Jazz Faculty group and his own band, “Rtimocano.”

Dreier published his book, Latin Jazz Guide, A Path To Authentic Percussion and Ensemble Performance (Hal Leonard Corp.) in October 2015. Dreier is an educational artist for Sabian Cymbals.