I have been playing the drums for over 35 years and began teaching in
Sacramento, California in 1991. I have studied with various teachers including
Don Silva at Sacramento City College, Tony Gallioto, Mike Lawson, Nashville
recording artist Aaron Smith and the legendary
Tony has studied with George Marsh, Pete Magadini and David Garibaldi to name a few. Tony is Sacramento's authority on drum education. Everything he taught me from the late 70's to the present I use daily with each student. From playing in church on Sunday morning to the nightclubs on weekends my ability as a drummer has grown and has given me an opportunity to work with a number of diverse players including:
The Mind Club, Sacramento California's #1 Old School Funk band, Mercy Me!, Gospel Music's Jeremy Camp, The Calvary Chapel of Grass Valley CA, Larry Tagg, Jerry Jennings, Mike Kelly, Hans Eberbach from Columbia artist's SweetVine, and many more.
My goal is to pass on what I have learned over the years: stick control, reading, ear training, technique, polyrhythms, etc. I place a strong emphasis on groove and teach my students to become not just drummers but musicians who can listen to a song and play appropriately.
Steve Jordan, William Calhoun (Living Colour),John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Michael Shrieve (Santana), John Blackwell (Prince), Buddy Rich, David Garibaldi (Tower of Power), Zoro, Jon Moffet, Johnny Rabb, my cousins Mitchell and Randy Gallerin.
Johnny Rabb Drumsticks
"Greg Dana is truly a dedicated artist and an outstanding educator."
Alan White from "YES" and me
This is me and Michael Shrieve from Santana at WoodStick 2010.
Peter Criss from KISS, the man who started it all for me in 1977