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Having graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts (HS diploma), University of New Orleans (BM) and Aaron Copland School of Music (MM) gives Drye an impressive list of academic credentials. Yet, it’s his on-the-job training that has most significantly shaped his playing and career.
Throughout his career, Drye has worked across musical genres with a wide range of artists including Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Wessell Anderson, Brian Blade, Victor Goines, John Boutte, Kermit Ruffins, Henry Butler, Daniel Lanois, Houston Person, Tim Warfield, Mark Gross, Lafayette Harris, Paul Simon, The Brand New Heavies, Mike Longo, Mark Whitfield, Taylor Mac and Justin Vivian Bond among many others.
Classes usually start with a warm-up with scales and exercises, then we work on learning tunes and how to work melodically on the harmonic scheme of each song.