Erica Drake is a percussionist, teacher, and conductor in Western Massachusetts. She is the artistic director and founder of fourteen|effects, principle timpanist/percussionist of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Valley Winds.
In 2016, Erica will complete a doctorate degree (DMA) in percussion from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, including a secondary area of study in orchestral conducting. She holds a MM in Percussion Performance, BME (Music Education), and Teaching Certificate from the University of Oregon. Her primary teachers include Jim Culley, Allen Otte, and Rusty Burge of Percussion Group Cincinnati, and Charles Dowd, late timpanist of the Eugene Symphony (OR).
Erica is a native of the Pacific Northwest, loves nature, food, and sci-fi, and currently resides in Northampton with her husband Dr. Matthew Westgate and their daughter Juniper.
Rose Martin continues to expand conceptions of contemporary percussion by illustrating depth and versatility of sound across multiple instruments. Her artistic lens intersects her backgrounds of classical and contemporary studies and various genres of world percussion.
While in Ghana, Rose studied kpanlogo drumming with master drummer Johnson Kemeh, and gyil with Aaron Bebe. She has studied North Indian Kathak dance and Senegalese drumming with ethnomusicologist and expert Dr. Sarah Morelli, as well as steel pan with world-renowned performer and teacher, Tom Miller. Rose actively seeks to collaborate with a wide-range of artists, extending to the accompaniment of modern dance classes with Colorado Ballet.
A Colorado native, Rose received her bachelors at the University of Denver as a student of John Kinzie. She is presently in Amherst, MA and studies with Ayano Kataoka at The University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Dustin Patrick received his bachelor's degree in music performance from Rhode Island College and both a master's degree in percussion performance and a performance certificate from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dustin has been significantly involved with marching bands and drum corps as both a performing and staff member and has studied percussion under Michael DeQuattro (Rhode Island College), Thom Hannum (UMass-Amherst), and Ayano Kataoka (UMass-Amherst). He has performed in settings such as the New England Intercollegiate Band and Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar, as well as performed concerti with the Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble and organist Peter Krasinski.
Dustin continues to be involved with local bands, orchestras and percussion ensembles while also maintaining teaching positions at Mount Holyoke College and Belchertown Public Schools.