Friends and Mentors
John Tafoya- Mr. Tafoya is the chairmen of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Percussion department and former National Symphony Orchestra timpanist. I was lucky enough to study with him for four years at IU.
Tim Genis- Tim teaches at Boston University and is the timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I was fortunate to study with him for my masters.
Neil Grover- Neil has been a great mentor to myself since the sixth grade. I met Neil by walking up to him at the Springfield Civic Center Boston Pops concert. I was VERY fortunate to be able to play and learn from Neil on the Star Wars in Concert tour.
Arianna Fanning- Arianna is a dear friend of mine that I went to Indiana University with. She is always an inspiration to me and my drumset playing.
Wei-Chen Lin- My favorite marimbist and one of the nicest human beings I have ever met.
David Constantine- David has been great a mentor to myself from the first day I stepped into the practice rooms at Indiana University. I have never seen anyone practice as much as David!
Maria Finkelmeier- Maria is a Boston area percussionist. She was very generous with her time and helped me create this website.
Nick Stone- Nick is a fabulous Los Angeles area percussionist. While at IU I always looked up to Nick as a role model and as a player.
Vic Firth- Chris is endorsed by Vic Firth drumsticks and mallets.