FACULTY

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NIKKI SAIZ

Nikki Saiz is proud to have been one of the first women ever to play drum set in Drum Corps International as well as Winter Guard International. She was also the very first woman to play in a Lamont School of Music jazz big band.

 

Nikki received her degree in Jazz Studies with an emphasis in drum set at the University of Denver. Her studies have involved numerous master classes with professionals such as Mike Marlier, John Kinzie, Pat Metheny, Vijay Iyer, Anika Niles, Hannah Welton, and the United States Army Big Band.

 

She has performed in some of the biggest venues in the country like Red Rocks Amphitheater, Lucas Oil Stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as well prestigious venues like Dazzle Jazz Club, Denver City Hall, and Carnegie Hall. When she is not gigging with her four local bands, she is teaching competitive high school music programs.

 

Nikki plays the drums with joy and conviction and truly hopes to inspire the next generation of drummers to foster their love for the instrument!

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After studying at The Colorado Drum Institute under the instructors Jimi Beauchat and Bill Larson, Collin decided to pursue a career in music at Colorado State University where he studied under Dr. Eric Hollenbeck, Shilo Stroman, Perter Sommer, and Will Swindler before graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Music Performance.   

Collin has 16 years of performing and 11 years of teaching under his belt. He has performed all over North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and parts of Europe. Collin teaches several High School drumlines and percussion groups in the Denver area. He also works as a freelance session/studio musician playing various styles of pop/rock, funk, jazz, R&B, blues, and musicals. He also currently plays on the Denver Nuggets Skyline Drumline and was recently accepted into the Sabian Educators Network (SEN) under Dom Famularo and Joe Bergamini.

 

When you study with Collin you get customizable lessons catered to your drumming needs! You will also learn proper technique, music reading, and development of aural skills. Collin is well versed in many styles of drumming and will help you achieve any musical dream you might have!  

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DEVON ROGERS

Devon Rogers started playing drums in elementary school and began performing with bands in junior high school. In 1985, he moved from the Bay Area to Colorado, and he continued his musical education at The Metro Drum School (MDS) with Gary LeFrancois. He also attended the University of Colorado at Denver, where he studied audio engineering, learning the techniques of studio recording and live sound engineering. 

Devon has performed throughout the US and Europe with several bands, including Quadramess (Westword’s Best of 2006 Supergroup), and Kingdom of Magic (Westword’s Best of 2007, Best Live Band). Years of audio engineering and drumming have given Devon insight into what it takes to be a good drummer, as well as how to properly set up, tune, and maintain drums to get them sounding their best.

Lessons are tailored to each student's specific skill level, objective, and musical interests. Whether it's helping to learn classic rock songs or modern hits, from the basement hobbyist to the aspiring live performer, Devon helps drummers of all ages become more confident in their playing.