Background, professional training and performance history
As the son of a music professor, drummer/percussionist Don Elkington learned early how to bring more to music than just a beat. His musicianship and versatility make him one of the most sought-after musicians in the area. He’s called upon to play in a wide variety of styles; from jazz and classical ensembles to folk, rock, funk, tango, world, pop and R&B. Whether he's playing Ellington, Bacharach, Earth Wind Fire, Tool, Mingus, Jobim, Miles, Steely Dan, Tower Of Power, ZZ Top, Gershwin... you always know his style, feel, and groove. Music payed for Don’s schooling at Brigham Young University. Today, he averages between 75 and 100 live performances and recording sessions every year. You may have seen him play at The Hult Center, The Shedd, McDonald Theater, WOW Hall, wineries, festivals, or many other venues. Don is actively involved with music education in the area working with middle and high school drummers, and college drummers and percussionists. He conducts numerous clinics and sectionals throughout the region. He is also active with The Jazz Station in Eugene, including hosting the weekly Learner’s Jam. Don is also member of the prestigious SABIAN Education Network.
Artist statement and teaching philosophy
“Music should be fun. Lessons are tailored to the individual needs of each student. This personalized approach is relaxed, compassionate, and motivational. Lessons are based on real world musical situations with strong emphasis on fundamentals, musicianship, and playing well with others.”
Instruments & classes taught
Don specializes in teaching drum set. He teaches rock, pop, funk, jazz, country, big band, Broadway, and other styles of drum set. He also teaches band and orchestra percussion, including timpani. Middle school, high school, college and adult learners are most often comfortable with these instruments and styles