Midcoast School Of Music offers personalized lesson plans and one-on-one instruction with some of the finest musicians in New England, focusing on mechanics, theory, and performance. Below, you’ll see the instructors available for drum lessons and have a chance to learn more about them. For more information regarding available lesson times at either of our campuses, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Chris Marro grew up in South Portland, Maine and began playing drums at the age of 9. He began playing along with rock and jazz albums for hours everyday and it wasn’t long before he knew he would making his living as a drummer. Chris continued playing through high school and was involved in the school concert band, wind ensemble, jazz band, percussion ensemble and marching band. Chris was a founding member of the Southern Maine Youth Percussion Ensemble, In 1999, this group won the WGI world finals, held in Dayton, Ohio.
After graduating high school, Chris started his private teaching practice in the greater Portland area at The Drum Shop. Shortly after starting at The Drum Shop, Chris was contacted by local educator and musician,Tony Boffa, to teach drums at the Tony Boffa School of Contemporary Music in Westbrook. Chris maintained his tenure at both locations for close to 10 years.
While teaching privately, Chris also kept his passion for marching percussion alive by writing and teaching for the highly acclaimed Westbrook High School marching band (1999-2002). In 1999, under his direction, the percussion section took first place at the Citrus Bowl marching band competition in Orlando, Florida. Also, while under Chris’ direction, the Westbrook High School percussion section consistently scored in the top three in both local and national competitions. Chris also worked as a drum line technician for the Southern Maine Youth Percussion Ensemble. The group was a consistent finalist at the WGI world finals. Chris has also worked as a percussion adjudicator for the Maine Band Directors Association and has worked with a number of drum lines in the state as a marching percussion consultant.
Over the past fifteen years, Chris has worked with thousands of students, becoming one of the most in-demand private drumset instructors in Maine. Due to Chris’ teaching philosophy, his students have consistently been accepted into District and All-State concert and jazz bands and prestigious music universities. Chris believes in the importance of teaching basic fundamentals to all students, whether they go on to play professionally or just for recreation. Students become proficient in music literacy, rudimental drumming, musical form, improvisation and a number of music styles including: rock, jazz, latin, funk, hip hop, R&B, and popular music.
Currently, Chris is employed by the Cape Elizabeth, and Westbrook School Districts as director of percussion. His private instruction philosophy holds true with public school classes as well. Chris was influential in the development of the percussion curriculum for grades 5-12 in Westbrook and the high school curriculum for Cape Elizabeth.
Chris also practices what he preaches, playing with a number of successful bands and musicians in the state. Most recently, Chris played with the Tony Boffa Band for 2 years and is currently the drummer for Retrospecticus; a funk, rock, R&B, soul band based out of Portland. Chris also maintains a busy gig schedule working as a freelance drummer in the Portland music scene.
Chris’ latest accomplishment was opening The Midcoast School of Music with his business partner Matt Fogg. In September of 2008, the two opened their first location in Bath, Maine. In July of 2009, the two decided to open a second location in Portland, Maine. The Midcoast School of Music sees over 200 students per week and has over 15 teachers on staff. The goal for the school was simple; to create a place where kids can explore their passion for music in a safe, welcoming environment.
Chris also holds a B.A. in Communication form the University of Southern Maine. When Chris is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Janice, daughter Adelina and their bulldog, Peaches.
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Born and raised in North Carolina, Chris Wilkes’ first instrument was the trumpet in 3rd grade. During Christmas of 1993, Chris was exposed to the drums. “My brother got a drum-set for Christmas. When he wasn’t around, I would go into his room and try to emulate what I heard him practicing. Eventually, he handed the kit over to me after realizing drums were not for him. Needless to say I was ecstatic with that decision!”
Chris performed in a few bands during high school that kept him busy around Raleigh. By 1998 he had become known as a solid drummer with great feel and execution. For the next five years Chris performed and recorded locally. In 2003, Chris was ready for a change and decided to move to Atlanta for broader musical opportunities.
Upon arriving in Atlanta, Chris began gigging around town with various original bands. It wasn’t long before he was called upon to play high profile corporate/cover gigs. In 2004, Chris decided to enroll at the Atlanta Institute of Music to further his studies of the drums. He graduated with honors in 2006 and continued gigging around town as well venturing out on tours; covering the southeast, northeast, mid-west and Europe. While on tour, Chris had the opportunity to play alongside such national acts as Sister Hazel, Seven Mary Three, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Marc Broussard, Cowboy Mouth, and The Freddy Jones Band.
Since his graduation Chris excelled in his craft and profession. In Atlanta he taught 40+ students a week, played in several Atlanta bands, and was the first-call for several studios in the Atlanta area. Studio sessions have included working with David Barbe (Drive by Truckers), John Keane (Widespread Panic, R.E.M.) and Russ Fowler (S.T.P. and Rage Against the Machine).
In August of 2011, Chris and his wife Julie moved to beautiful Portland, Maine and started a new chapter in their lives. Since his arrival, Chris has continued to grow as a musician and continues to perform, record, and offer great drum lessons.
With a career close to completing its fourth decade, Luc Bergeron has nearly done it all. He has played Rock, small and big group Jazz, Classic R&B/Soul, Fusion, Funk, Folk, Reggae/World Music, Top-40, Heavy Rock, Classic and Contemporary Country, Blues, Electronic, Theater, and Cinematic/Soundtrack music.
Self-taught at first by listening and playing along with recordings, he then studied under Maine greats Dick Demers and Steve Grover, and attended the University of Maine-Augusta in the Jazz and Contemporary music program. During the past few years, he has also started to play the Chapman Stick, and has taken lessons from renowned Stick maestro Greg Howard. In the past couple of years, hand percussion has also been added to his bag of tricks.
His gig experiences have ranged from original Rock and Adult Contemporary settings (like Symmetry in the 80’s and currently with singer/songwriter Jim Goss) to the Classic R&B covers in the Pat Pepin Project and the Reggae and Caribbean stylings of Papa Loves Mambo (among others) in the 90’s, to fusion with UMA faculty guitarist Scott Hughes and function gigs during an eight-year tenure in the Bob Charest Band, as well as the occasional Blues/Classic Rock/R&B gig with the Delta Knights during the past 16 years. Recently, Luc has joined his brother in the Maine Music Society Chorale in the bass section, and has performed pop works as well as highly difficult classical pieces. He has garnered a reputation in the Maine music scene as a solid, first-rate musician, and throughout all of this, he has appeared on many recordings. He is now the drummer in the 80’s party/dance band “The GE3KS” and in the original band “Typhoid Jerrys.”
He has taught drum set in one-on-one settings since 1992, first at Spectrum Music in Lewiston and Brunswick, Maine, then at The Music Centre in Brunswick, and at The Drum Shop in Portland, as well as in his own home. He authored a drum method book, Beginning Drum Set Coordination, and published the first edition in 2004, with an updated second edition printed in 2016. In mid-2016 he rejoined the teaching staff at The Drum Shop, and shortly after was thrilled and honored to join the staff at The Midcoast School of Music, also in Portland.
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