John O'reilly


I'm currently accepting students of all ages and skill levels for private lessons either at my studio in Ivyland, PA or at your home in Bucks County.

My exciting recent news is that I'm now a published author! My book On the Beaten Path: Jazz, co-written with Rich Lackowski, was released in late 2012. It's an in-depth exploration of 12 influential jazz drummers, complete with biographical info on each drummer; schematics of their drum setups; note-for-note transcriptions, along with audio for each one and lessons on how to play them; and a whole slew of other useful information. This book was written with the intent of speeding up the discovery and learning process for anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of jazz drumming. You can get the physical copy from Amazon or the eBook from iTunes.

I have been playing music nearly my whole life. Piano and violin were my first instruments, but I gravitated to my father's drumset at an early age and began studying privately in high school while maintaining the violin training that I began at age 8. I was accepted on partial scholarship to the Music Education program at Arizona State University playing violin, but after one semester, I realized that playing the drums was my real passion. When offered a full scholarship to the Jazz Performance program on drumset, I jumped at the chance to study drums full-time. I studied drumset and percussion at ASU under the tutelage of pianist Chuck Marohnic, drummer Dom Moio, percussionist J. B. Smith, saxophonist Tony Malaby, bassist Joel DiBartolo, guitarist Frank Vignola, and tubist Sam Pilafian. I've studied drumset privately with Tom Brechtlein, Jeff Hamilton, Joe LaBarbera, Jim Chapin, Steve Houghton, and Peter Erskine.

My first teacher was my father, John O'Reilly Sr., a co-author of Alfred Music Publishing's world-renowned Yamaha Band Student and Accent on Achievement concert band methods, in addition to the Strictly Strings string method and numerous concert band and orchestra pieces that are performed worldwide. I inherited my father's passion for music education, leading to my employment at Alfred Music Publishing for nearly 10 years. I was the pop drum editor at Alfred from 2006-2010, where I edited and produced various products including The Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues (Zoro / Daniel Glass), the On the Beaten Path series of books (Rich Lackowski), Universal Rhythms (Dave DiCenso), and drumset transcriptions for the entire catalog of Led Zeppelin.

Most recently, I filmed a series of instructional drum videos for Alfred Music Publishing, due to be released this year.

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On the Beaten Path: Jazz