Todd Bishop has been performing and teaching professionally in the US and internationally since 1985. He has led jazz, avant-garde and indie rock groups and produced six CDs of original music for Seattle's Origin Records and for independent release. Since 2009 he has done four European tours with his own jazz quartet.
A prolific writer of drumming practice materials, Bishop is the author of the ironically-named CRUISE SHIP DRUMMER! web site- a leading site on jazz drumming- as well as eight print books, and seven e-books. His articles have appeared in print three times in Drum! Magazine.
He studied classical percussion with Charles Dowd at the University of Oregon, and, under scholarship, jazz studies at the University of Southern California. He also completed six national tours with DCI-affilliated drum and bugle corps, including, in 1986, the famous Santa Clara Vanguard, which finished second at DCI's national finals competition that year. He was instructed by DCI Hall of Fame members Ralph Hardimon and George Tuthill, as well as rudimental specialist Alan Keown.
As a teacher Bishop is dedicated to producing drumming musicians, and enjoys working with students of all ages, abilities, and levels of commitment. His biggest strengths are communication, patience, and enthusiasm for helping students express themselves and have fun playing the drums.
Lessons can cover all styles of music for drumset, snare drum technique, band and orchestra percussion, marching percussion, reading, and audition prep. Todd is also able to teach beginning piano.