... I had to tell you, thanks because you’re an awesome teacher and have helped me get somewhere I needed to be, but most importantly, you’ve inspired me to want to be so much better that I ever knew was possible...
— Kirsten Haaland, Drummer


An Accomplished drummer with over 40 years of private teaching experience, Russ believes that coaching benefits musicians at all levels. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Russ has personally studied with several world-class instructor/performers including David Garibaldi (Tower of Power), Alan Dawson (Jazz Master who played with Dexter Gordon among others), Bob Moses (Pat Metheny), John Riley, and Gary Chaffee.

Russ uses a completely customized approach that focuses on the students interests and goals. He believes that it's important to keep studies true to real world drumming so that exercises are relevant to what is in the students ear and heart. Russ continues,  "Really, all drum exercises should have rhythm in mind, some phrase that puts the exercise into musical context. That way the work the student is doing can be immediately applied to the drums and turned into music!"

His unique approach is featured in the book "Phrasing": Advanced Rudiments for Creative Drumming" published by Hal Leonard and is available on Amazon.


  • Rock        

  • Funk

  • Latin

  • Fusion

  • New Orleans

  • Reggae

  • Afro-Pop


  • Time Keeping

  • Soloing

  • Chart Reading

  • Big Band

  • Rudiments

  • Polyrhythms

  • Linear Grooves


Russ is available to present group clinics demonstrating approaches and exercises from his book "Phrasing: Advanced Rudiments for Creative Drumming", including talks on musicality, groove and concepts for stage and theater drumming.