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Orey Hamrick



What do you love about music?

That is a tough question. If I were to pick one thing though. It would be the experience of someone else showing me something I've never heard before. That moment can really be something special.

Who is your favorite artist?

This is always subject to change but currently I would have to pick Anthony Braxton.

What are your top 5 desert island albums?

The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady - Charles Mingus.
Karma - Pharoah Sanders
Dortmund 1976 - Anthony Braxton Quartet
HANA-BI - Joe Hisaishi
Marvin Pontiac: the Asylum Tapes - Marvin Pontiac


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I have been playing drums since I was in second grade. I attended Bellmont Highschool in Decatur Indiana. After graduating I became the drum instructor until 2018. Shortly after this time I pursued drum lessons. I studied under Sweetwater's very own Steve Smeltzer, who changed my trajectory in music forever. He inspired me to take my own teaching career seriously. I currently teach drums at the University of Saint Francis here in Fort Wayne. I am always working to become a greater teacher and mentor for future musicians everyday just like those who have inspired me.