Kevin E. Washington

Kevin

What do you do at Walker West?
I am a drum instructor.

Instrument(s)?
Drums, piano, and guitar.

What style(s) of music do you teach/play?
All styles.

Hometown?
Detroit, MI

What are some performance/professional highlights?
I have traveled around the world performing music.

What was your first gig?
Playing with Roscoe Mitchell in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at 5 years old.

Favorite Walker West memory/experience?
Working with a child who had no sense of time, but did a year later – an experience that taught me you can teach people who are rhythmically challenged.

Musical influences?
John Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, Living Colour, and Wu-Tang.

Favorite album?
A Love Supreme – John Coltrane

Why is music education so important?
In my experience, any person who has studied any form or aspect of the arts has a better quality of life.

Advice to young musicians?
Practice patience. Be honest with your weaknesses and work on them. Do not cheat, and be a champion!