About Our Contributors

OttoAvatarJeremy Otto

Jeremy Otto is a musician and music educator residing in the Metro Detroit area. He has over ten years of private lesson instruction experience. In 2011 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. At Oakland, Jeremy studied percussion under the tutelage of Dan Maslanka. In 2007 Jeremy founded the Oakland University Percussion Pops group, dedicated to arranging popular music for percussion ensemble. In 2008 the group traveled to Grand Rapids to present at the Michigan Music Conference, and in 2009 the group was awarded a Oakland University Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance MaTilDa award.

As well as being an educator and performer, Jeremy is a dedicated recording engineer and record producer, running his own recording studio and record label.

In 2012 Jeremy teamed up with his colleague and mentor Andrew Weber to create The Musician’s Notepad to help spread their knowledge of music education to others.

Feel free to contact Jeremy at otto@musiciansnotepad.com

 

 

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Andrew Weber is a drummer and educator with over 25 years of professional playing and teaching experience.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan, and began playing drums in the late 1970’s. His first instructor was then local drummer Roxy Petrucci, who went on to play with the legendary band “Vixen”. Throughout high school he participated in every musical situation possible. Orchestra, marching band, jazz band, pep band, talent shows, and also with the pit orchestra for the schools musicals. This led him to his first professional gigs at the age of 16 playing shows with a local theater company, and soon after that was also playing in clubs with various groups. After high school Drew majored in performance at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee he studied with master drummers, John Ramsay, Joe Hunt, Tommy Campbell, Skip Hadden, and others. All the while continuing to gig around the Boston/Cambridge area.

Upon leaving Boston he spent some time traveling with various original and cover bands performing in clubs predominantly in the Midwest and east coast, before eventually settling back into Michigan.

Over the last 20 years Drew established himself as one of the top drum and percussion instructors of the Detroit metro area with over 2000 private students to his credit. He has also worked with numerous schools as a percussion assistant and drum line instructor.

In January of 2016 Drew moved back to the east coast after accepting a position to teach at the Midcoast Music Academy in Rockland, Maine. In addition to teaching drums and percussion at the academy, Drew also teaches a variety of group classes, music theory, and beginning piano as well.

As a player he has worked with countless bands of varying genres, and continues to play regularly.

Drew is often asked by his piers and aspiring drum instructors to share his pedagogic skills. He started The Musicians Notepad with long time co-worker and friend Jeremy Otto as a means of opening their experience and knowledge to a larger community of musicians and educators with the goal to share and gain more information about what is a life long passion, the daily pursuit of playing and teaching music.