Walter M. Sierra
Education: (U.N.A.M.) Bachelor's degree, in Classical Percussion NYC: Frank Malabe, Afro-Cuban and Latin; Horace Arnold, Jazz; Pandit Kinnar Seen, Tabla (classical Indian Music). Lessons and clinics: Steve Gadd, Billy Higgins, Tommy Campbell, Omar Hakim, Vinnie Calaiuta, Giovanni Hidalgo, Patato Valdez. Experience: 25+ yrs. teaching drums/percussion. (All styles). Former students: Max Spielberg (Steven Spielberg & Amy Irving's son); Michael Beinhorn's daughter; Wally "Gator" Watson (drummer-Lionel Hampton [Vibes]); Melissa Meyer, Music Manager Peter Mensch's wife [ACDC]); Lilian Garcia, WWE diva &singer), Peter Bernstein's Mom (guitarist); Tony Machine drummer/Actor (Buster Poindexter, The NY Dolls), Tony "T-Funk" (NYC Uternity Orchestra); Instructed actors for the touring "Blue Man Group". Worked playing percussion at NYU modern dance &Afro-Cuban programs. He has instructed Afro-Cuban-Latin to NYC teachers, bandleaders, professional percussionist from many countries. He'd been endorsed and is a member of the Vic Firth Private Drum Teacher Program (PDT) since 1995. Walter was recommended in Modern Drummer Magazine August-1990 "International drum teachers guide" being the only teacher in NYC (Manhattan) to be included in this guide. Leaving in NYC, Walter volunteered in non-profit organizations teaching drums and percussion for disabled children, and percussion ensembles in summer camps for low-income families with children. Walter relocated to Seattle 2015.