Eric’s father was a part-time professional drummer when Eric was growing up. At UNLV, he studied with Joe Malone and Dave Loeb (2002-2003). At CSN, he studied with Dr. D. Gause, Dr. Tom Ferguson, and Bob Bonora (2003-2006). At both institutions, Eric was in the work-study program as a music assistant. His most fruitful experiences as an artist-in-training have come under Vegas music legends Walter Blanton and Roy James, who have communicated the language of jazz to him in an expressive folk-art manner (2004-present). Their guidance greatly aided the development of his trios, Freedom Jazz Trio and Jazz Out the Box, and he wants to carry the torch of these jazzmen.
As far as his drumming skills are concerned, he has trained with regular practice at home, using a NY jazz approach handed down and developed throughout years of lessons with Roy James. The approach is one that translates to professional drumming in any genre and has also allowed him to find his personal musical style. With both of his trios and in his general pursuits, the goal has always been to push the creative envelope in music while providing a fresh and flexible outlook on the creative process, art performance, and audience involvement.
Jazz continues to be my favorite art, and he continues active listening and analysis of jazz music today. What’s more, Eric sees the art of Jazz as a highly sophisticated yet approachable “true to life” art form that naturally mimics the movements, sounds, and rhythms of life. Jazz possesses polar characteristics of tension and release, orderly composition and random reactions, and disciplined precision along with loose freedoms. And as a jazz performer, he can relay the principles of disciplined effort, teamwork, communication, and the tradition of storytelling to a young audience while inspiring a joyful and creative interaction.