In 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing bilateral mastectomies with reconstruction, I decided it was time to check boxes off my bucket list. I made a call to John and told him I wanted to learn to play drums at 48 years old. Proudly, my first lesson was January 22, 2018.
To this day, I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every lesson I’ve taken with John. I’ve embraced the frustrations of learning, along with all the fun. John reminds me of the “Three Ps,” Practice, Perseverance and Patience. Also, to remember how far I’ve come since my first lesson.
I can’t possibly put into words what it means to me to sit at a drum kit, hold the sticks and play music. The impact of learning to play, along with the music, has had a very powerful influence on me. Now more than ever, I know there isn’t anything I can’t do. I’m inspired, empowered and beyond grateful for my musical journey and to sit along side John Gill is a thrill of a lifetime.
I've worked with John for about a year now and the lessons have been great! He walks you through the basics, teaches you professional tips and tricks, and also talks about the philosophy of what a drummer should do. Hint: it's keep the groove! Since taking lessons with John, I've bought an acoustic kit, joined a rock band, participated in several jam sessions, and overall feel comfortable about my abilities. There's a lot more to know, and I look forward to learning even more in the future.
My son, Evan, has been taking drum lessons with John for over seven years. John's experience, skill and passion for drumming make him a brilliant teacher and mentor. As a parent, I love John's encouraging, yet solid teaching methods. The lessons have given my son a strong music background. It's my experience that John is amazing with students of all ages. He creates an environment where musicians of all levels can thrive.
—Betsy, Evan's Mother
Gracie has been taking lessons with John for several years and her tremendous growth as a drummer and musician is in large part due to John's teaching. He teaches fundamentals not just on the snare, but across the kit, so that what could be a boring exercise, becomes a lesson in musical inventiveness. John is also very attuned to where his students are that day. If he notices frustration, or anything that prevents his students from getting that day's lesson, he will switch to something else easily and gently, so that the student will get the most of their time together that day.
—Kevin, Gracie's Father