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Ken Dwyer



What do you love about music?
I love the way music makes me think and makes me feel. I love the way music can be physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, and many other things. Music challenges me, motivates me, teaches me new things, and pushes me to continue to search for new experiences, new ideas, new equipment, new gigs, and new students. I love the way music can make everything else fade away and it’s just music. Some of those moments are like no others in life. I love the way music allows me to express myself and connect with others, which makes life more meaningful and more enjoyable.

Who is your favorite artist?
Choosing one “favorite” artist is very difficult because there are so many. Today, I am choosing Butch Miles because he was so many things.

What are your top 5 desert island albums?
Four & More – Miles Davis
Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
Now He Sings Now He Sobs – Chick Corea
Brain Salad Surgery – Emerson Lake & Palmer
Trio 00-99 w/Larry Grenadier & Bill Stewart – Pat Metheny

Do you play in a band or currently perform?
I currently perform regularly in two Big Bands, playing public concerts and in nursing homes, but I also pick up other gigs from Classical to Pop to Jazz. Anyone need a drummer / percussionist?


Ken Dwyer started playing on his first snare drum at age two and ordered his first drum set from the back of a cereal box at age six. He played in the high school band while in middle school and began seriously studying mallets, tympani, and all percussion instruments. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in music performance in percussion as well as a bachelor’s degree in music education. Ken has since performed with the Fort Wayne Area Community Band, the Ice Capades, and many other bands, churches, theater shows, and even a circus. He has taught drum lessons at Mr. Music, Connors Music, Blessing Music, IRC Music, and the Percussion Center, along with many Fort Wayne and Allen County high schools. Ken will help you set and reach your goals, gain confidence, and build character through your drumming.