I took lessons with Pat Flaherty from 1980 through 83. After becoming a confident drummer and percussionist with solid basics I studied classical percussion with Tony Cirone and Jack Van Geem of the San Francisco Symphony; John Galm and Terry Smith of the Colorado Symphony; jazz drums with Donald “duck” Baily, Peter Magadinni and Akira Tana. I will say, out of all these amazing teachers and players, pat has had the biggest influence on me. He is truly a great teacher! He is the man!