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David Mendoza - Director, Oak Hill Drum Studio
Drumset and Percussion
Oak Hill Drum Studio was created in 2005 to offer
Drumset and Percussion Education to Austin area residents. David
Mendoza serves as our director
and senior instructor. Utilizing his college and work experience,
he created a technology driven classroom devoted entirely to music.
Our drum studio is equipped with pro-quality Drumsets, Internet/WiFi access,
audio/video recording capabilities, HD video monitors, PA sound system, and a fun and professional environment.
Mr. Mendoza was introduced to music with piano lessons at
the age of eight. At age twelve he migrated to drums, taking
private lessons at a downtown music store. He continued his music
training with high school orchestra and Jazz band in college
while working his way through school playing with many of
the semi-pro bands in South Texas. After college he signed on with Las
Vegas show group "Coco Grove" for an extensive five year tour of
the nation's finest resorts and hotels and focused on a career as a professional drummer.
Eventually David returned to Texas to work with 60's recording artists "The Diamonds",
famous for hit records such as "Oh Little Darling" and "The Stroll".
Armed with a degree in Applied Science, Mr. Mendoza landed in
Austin where he worked at Compaq Computer and later
Hewlett-Packard, all while continuing to play music nights and weekends.
His teaching qualifications include duties as Percussion Instructor, Dacbert Music Co. (San Antonio), Drumset Instructor, Institute of the Arts (Austin), Senior Instructor, Oak Hill Drum Studio (Austin),
and over 40 years of Drumset performance. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Percussive Arts Society,
and holds educational endorsements with Vic Firth Drumsticks and
Lessons at the Oak Hill Drum Studio blend
formal drum instruction with music technology,
modern teaching concepts, fun, and today's most innovative educational
materials. We teach reading music notation as well as playing by
ear to music our students like and want to play. Take a free
introductory lesson and see why The Oak Hill Drum Studio is the leader
in educating and motivating Austin's next
generation of drummers!
Moody Schoolar - School Band Percussion, Jazz Band,
Snare & Tenor Drums, Mallet Instruments
Drumset and Percussion
Moody comes from a musical family and began playing drums at the age of ten. Moody's
music training began at Clint Small Middle School where he was a
percussionist in the school band. He was introduced to
Jazz music at Clint Small and won the Drumset chair in the school's
Jazz band when he entered in the 7th grade. Moody went
on to audition for the James Bowie HS Outdoor Marching Ensemble as a
percussionist. Now a senior, Moody enjoys
traveling around the country with all of the Bowie Music Ensembles,
playing Tenor Drums on the Bowie
Drum Line, Drumset in the Bowie Jazz band and in in Bowie's
symphonic concert band. In 2012 and 2013 Moody performed in
New Orleans at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition with the
Bowie's HS Jazz Band. In the 2013 New Orleans competition, the
jazz band won first place and also awarded best rhythm section.
Moody engages in all of the music
opportunities offered at Bowie. In addition to school percussion, Moody teaches
Drumset including Rock, Latin styles,
Funk, Heavy Metal, double bass drum, and of course Jazz. Moody
introduces his Jazz students to the major concepts and techniques of
drumming he learned at school and the skills vital for passing school
band tryouts. Moody, along with band mate Jacob Hume,
present our studio's series of school band percussion workshops.
Moody works well with ages six and up and is extremely popular with
middle school and high school aged kids.
Guthrie Schoolar - School Jazz Band, Marching Band,
Jazz and Rock Guitar, Bass Guitar, and
Guthrie plays Guitar in the Bowie HS Jazz Band and
has been selected to the AISD All City Jazz Band in 2011, 2012, and
2013. He is an integral performer in Bowie's nationally
recognized music program and plays Euphonium in the Bowie Marching
Ensemble in addition to Guitar in Jazz Band. Guthrie's musical
abilities have taken him to the annual Temple College Jazz Festival
where he won the festival's Outstanding Soloist Award (Guitar) in
2010 and 2011. At Austin's AISD Jazz Festivals, Guthrie took home Outstanding
Soloist Award the last four years. In 2012 and 2013 he performed
in New Orleans at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition with
the James Bowie HS Jazz Band. In the 2013 competition, the
jazz band not only won first place but was awarded best rhythm
section as well. Guthrie also plays bass guitar with his dad's band at venues around town.
On Euphonium, Guthrie is Baritone section leader in
Bowie's Marching Ensemble and has performed in the Bands of America
National Finals in San Antonio, Atlanta, and Dallas, winning 1st
place in Dallas and 2nd place in Atlanta. In 2012, Guthrie
achieved "Top of the Class" honors in Music Theory at Bowie.
Guthrie accepts guitar students as young as six years and
connects well with older kids and teenagers. Euphonium lessons are
available for middle and high school aged students. His lessons
span Rock, Jazz, Classical, Marching Band and Orchestra.