• Private Lessons
    Private Lessons
    Our private lessons are great for students of all skill levels and interests. They provide individualized instruction with customizable options to fit every student.
  • Colored Stick Program
    Colored Stick Program
    We are excited to offer Erik Truelove's unique Colored Stick Program. Much like the martial arts, this curriculum is designed to allow the student to progress at their own pace but in a very structured and rewarding setting. D&D is also now offering the colored Pick program for Stringed instruments.
    Our Fun "Try It Out" Crash Courses are very popular and give you a chance to play on these kits and see what is really required to play the drum set.
  • Drum and Drummer - School of Percussion
    Drum and Drummer - School of Percussion
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  • Affordable Group Classes
    Affordable Group Classes
    Group Classes for Drums & Guitar are a great way to learn for students of all ages and skill levels. Classes are offered in groups of up to ten students to allow for one-on-one attention as well as assembly learning.
  • Workout & Other Classes
    Workout & Other Classes
    For students who have been playing for a while but want to push their abilities farther and faster, we offer a variety of classes. Call or email for days and times.
  • Practice Rooms
    Practice Rooms
    For drummers who need a place to practice, we offer fully set up private rental rooms. We an acoustic room and an electric drum room that as many other great tool like the Drumometer and Beatnik. They are available for you to rent by the hour or in blocks.

Meet our Instructors

The teachers at Drum & Drummer have been hand selected not just for their excellent skills on their respective instruments, but also for their demeanor, patience and professionalism. Each instructor also brings to the table his own specialty with regards to style and background. This really rounds out the very wide variety of expertise that make up our teaching staff!


Aaron Emery        Watch Aaron in Action

Aaron Emery earned his Masters Degree in percussion from the University of Arizona. He has also earned a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from Northwestern University and a Performance Certificate from The Drummer's Collective in NYC. Hes is a fantastic drum set player and excells in the Jazz and R&B genres.

Aaron has been teaching private lessons for many years now and is proud of the musicians and good people his students have grown to become. Aaron plays or has played with many groups around Arizona including; Geneveive & the LP's, The Bad News Blues Band, Crystal Stark, The Jive Bombers, The Bryan Dean Trio & Many others.

Aaron is available for private lessons on Mondays between 1pm & 7pm.

Erik Truelove        Watch Erik in Action

Erik Truelove has won the title of the "World's Most Accurate Drummer." four different times. A consummate drummer and instructor, Truelove has given an average of more than 1,000 lessons and 100 performances per year for several years. Erik is an very patient instructor and has developed some revolutionary curriculums for teaching the drum set that are a core part of Drum & Drummers approach to teaching the drum set.

Erik has toured nationally and internationally and is a sought after studio musician as well. In 2011, His band the TRYST recently took home 7 Tammies (Tucson Area Music Awards), including best new release 2011, Best singer, best bassist, Best Drummer, Best song wiriter. Get your copy here.

Drum & Drummer School of Percussion is the manifestation of many years of dreaming and planning by Erik and he is very excited to share it with Southern Arizona and beyond! Erik is available for private lessons most days of the week and also conducts many of the group classes that are offered at Drum & Drummer.



Katina Assimacopoulos - Piano Instructor   Watch Katina in Action

Katina Assimacopoulos grew up in South Dakota where she studied piano since the age of five. Since then she has studied piano for fifteen years.  She spent much of her time involved in music programs, participating in many concerts and competitions and has received several state-wide and local awards. She began her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Minnesota. There, she also continued developing her love of music through instruction under Harvard graduate Dr. Paul Shaw. After her first year Katina transferred to the University of Arizona where she continues her undergraduate degree.

Katina has been teaching piano lessons for two years and is excited to join the team at Drum and Drummer School of Percussion. She has constructed a piano program designed to give students a well-rounded music education. She loves teaching piano lessons and is excited to push her students to work hard, have fun and most importantly learn skills they will be proud of.




Mark Marlatt - Guitar, Bass, (practically any stringed instrument) Piano & Vocal Instructor

Mark William Marlatt earned his Associate's Degree in jazz studies from The Hartford Camerata Conservatory, and his Bachelor's Degree in music education from Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford).

Growing up on a farm in rural Ohio, Mark got his first guitar using S&H green stamps at the age of 10. Completely self-taught up to his college auditions, he started playing professionally at age 14. Mark spent the bulk of early and mid-professional career as a touring musician doing shows and clinics with such guitarists as: Blues Saraceno (Poison), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Jennifer Baton (Michael Jackson), Doug Blair (W.A.S.P.), and many others.

Teaching in both public schools and private lessons for 30 years, Mark understands what it takes to learn and be proficient on any of the several instruments he teaches. Through his relaxed teaching style, and ability to get his knowledge across to his students in a language that they can easily understand and work with, Mark has the ability to motivate his students and keep them learning.

Today, Mark writes and composes music for the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Veteran's Administration, and performs all over Southwestern United States.


Kyle Hersey - Drum set

Kyle Hersey is apprenticing under Erik Truelove in the art of teaching how to play the drum set. He has been studying as well as working at The Drum and Drummer since September of 2011.  During this time he has learned the successful process in which Erik teaches his students. Kyle is available to teach through the Yellow Stick level. As he progresses as a musician, and works his way through the Colored Stick Program, he will be able to teach further levels. Kyle is happy to work with students of any age, and is excited to see them grow as musicians.

Outside of Drum and Drummer Kyle has played in Flagstaff with indie-pop, rock, and alternative bands, and is now working with a few projects in the Tucson area. He goes to Pima Community College full time, working on his Associates Degree in Music. He will then transfer to the University of Arizona to get his Bachelors.