Roy Van Tassel
Founder/Instructor, NJ Drum School
Roy Van Tassel is a dedicated, professional instructor and musician with 13 years of experience teaching comprehensive drum technique along with 20+ years of experience as a successful live and studio drummer. A knowledgeable, highly skilled technical drummer, he has studied under such drum masters Karl Latham, Matt Patella and Jack Kuhn. He also has a rich musical education in a number of instruments and techniques including 2 years of classical guitar study under Carol Hamersma.
Roy is a hands-on teacher with extensive experience tailoring fun and enriching lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. Individual lessons center on proper technique, coordination and music sight reading. His patient teaching style along with the comfortable learning atmosphere of NJ Drum School help students develop the skills they need for a rewarding life in music.
Beyond teaching, Roy has accompanied international recording artist, Stuart Hamm on music clinic dates in NY and NJ, he currently plays in Vince Genella & The Business and Detour. In July 2012, the third Suit of Lights album, “Shine On Forever”, was released, which features Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle/John Zorn/Secret Chiefs 3) on bass, Dan McGowan (The Tea Club) on guitar and Scott Chasolen on keys. Past bands include Ghost Orgy and Screwhammer.