Josh P. Ackerley

Josh

What do you do at Walker West?
I am a band director and bass teacher.

Instrument(s)?
Bass and drums.

What style(s) of music do you teach/play?
Jazz, R&B, hip hop, and funk.

Hometown?
Forest Lake, MN

What are some performance/professional highlights?
Receiving a 2006 DownBeat award.

What was your first gig?
Playing bass for a junior high dance.

Favorite Walker West memory/experience?
Watching Solomon play drums!

Musical influences?
Andrew Gouche, James Jamerson, and Ron Carter.

Favorite album?
Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue

Why is music education so important?
Music education is important because it passes down knowledge that could take a lifetime to learn.

Advice to young musicians?
Take your studying seriously and show up!