Felipe Drago

Drums.

Biography

Graduated by the Musicians Institute (MI), home of the Percussion Institute of Technology (PIT), in Los Angeles, California, in the Professional Percussion Player Program, March/1996. Drummer since 1984, becoming professional in 1989. Since 1986 participates actively in musical groups, has great experience on stage, studio and teaching. Took part in many tours in Brazil some regions of Argentina and south of the USA. In 1992 started his activities as a drum kit teacher. In 1995 relocated to the USA with the purpose of studying in the above-cited school. After graduating at PIT worked playing with artists, in recording sessions and as a teacher at the Eubanks Conservatory of Music and Arts, where in September of 1996, became the Percussion Department Director. Coming back to Brazil, in 1998, Felipe started to develop his own teaching method, using his experience as student at MI and private lessons, and as a teacher. He has written methods for absolute beginners, for Rock Drumming, Rudiments, Playing Techniques and Rhythmic Reading, all methods use Accelerative Learning Techniques. These methods were used at COM (Centro de Orientacao Musical), Sao Paulo, Brazil, during the years of 2001-2002. After teaching privately and playing as a session musician and side-man, in 2003 became the Drums and Percussion Department Director at Voice Musical Centre (www.voice.art.br), also in Sao Paulo, Brazil. From 2004 until 2012 Felipe was a very active collaborator of the magazine Modern Drummer Brasil, In 2006 Felipe decided to relocate to London in search of new horizons, new challenges and new musical opportunities. Since then Felipe has been teaching, doing session work and live performances. From 2007 until 2012 was part of the teaching team of The Planet Drum (www.theplanetdrum.co.uk) when after this 5-year stint decided to open his own teaching practice. Since 2011 Felipe is an active member of a new rock outfit in London, Cherry White (www.cherrywhitemusic.com) who are being considered the new bearers of the classic rock banner, having recorded one EP, one CD and have just released a new single which is being very well received by the specialised press. 2014 has brought a lot of good news. Since October 2013 Felipe has been taking drums lessons again with drummer extraordinaire, drums ambassador and educator Dom Famularo (www.domfamularo.com) from New York, the lessons are via Skype. Dom has recognised in Felipe the competence, the capacity and the passion making him part of his selected team of educators and also referring him to the education teams of D’Addario and Sabian (two major drum manufacturing companies who are serious about drumming education.). Felipe is a member of the D’Addario Education Collective and Sabian Education Network and is a proud endorser of Promark drumsticks and Evans drumheads. In March 2014 Felipe went to Frankfurt for the Musikmesse, an international fair for music instruments and all articles related to music, invited by Dom Famularo and the above-cited companies. In the same weekend Felipe went to Paris for the Vic Firth’s Private Drums Teachers Seminar, led by Mr Famularo and with the presence of the legendary Vic Firth himself. From 2nd to 6th June Felipe has spend a whole week at WizDom Drumshed in Long Island, NY with the great Dom Famularo for a period of coaching. One-to-one lessons from 9am to 6pm. In 2016 Felipe had his first book published, Play the Drums by Wizdom Media, a book for beginners using Accelerated Learning techniques, making the process of learning the instrument faster and more fun. July 2018 brought one of the greatest experiences in Felipe’s career. He received a scholarship from Sabian Education Network to attend Billy Cobham’s Art of the Rhythm Section Retreat, in Mesa, Arizona. He spent a whole week having lessons with Billy Cobham and his band about the art of playing in a rhythm section. On 30th September 2018 Felipe was part of the Sabian Education Network panel at the UK Drum Show in Manchester.

Certifications

  • Professional Percussion Diploma from Musicians Institute
  • Los Angeles
  • California
  • USA

Fees

Fees Duration
1 hour40.00

Testimonials

  • “Felipe taught me for 6 months and he really helped me to understand and play a lot of different styles, particularly Latin and Jazz."

    I was working towards studying music full-time and he gave me the skills I needed to pass my auditions.
    He is passionate about drums and this is a big part of why he is such a great teacher.”

  • “Felipe is an excellent drum teacher with an obvious passion for his subject."

    His lessons are structured but flexible and personalised according to my needs and objectives and I'm amazed at how much he has taught me since I started as a complete beginner.
    I would recommend Felipe to anyone wishing to begin drumming or who wants to improve their technique; his extensive experience means he can evaluate and help you solve any difficulties as they arise.”

  • “Felipe's enthusiasm and patience really helped me to tackle new styles of drumming, whilst working on my reading and technique."

    I greatly enjoyed my lessons with him; he opened my eyes to some great exercises, and would recommend him to drummers of all levels.

  • “He's passionate about drumming, about teaching and knows what he's talking about. Be careful, his passion is highly contagious!"

    Felipe always challenges you to get better: after not even a year of drums lessons, he gave me the confidence and the push to get out there and play with other musicians. It's all up to you to decide what you want to achieve and the time you want to invest in practicing, Felipe will get the most out of you and will make you not only a good drummer but a good musician.”