Rich Magnuson has been teaching drums and percussion since 1987. He is a member of the PDT (Private Drum Teacher Program) for Vic Firth Drum Sticks and the Jazz Education Network. Many of his students are members of the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Philharmonia or Sinphonia.  Rich's high school aged students  have auditioned and been accepted into the District Music Festival, The All-State Music Festival (Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and Orchestra), and The All New England music festival (Wind Ensemble and Orchestra). 

His students have gone on to be accepted into colleges and universities including:
Berklee College of Music
Crane School of Music
Eastman School of Music
The New School
Oberlin College
Syracuse University
The University of Vermont

As a performer, Rich leads The Swingin' Vermont Big Band and it's smaller jazz combos.  He has performed as a sideman for Tom Cleary, Dono Schabner, Jenni Johnson, Dave Keller, Dayve Huckett, Rick Norcross, and comedians Tom Murphy, and Waldo and Woodhead.  Rich has played drums and percussion for countless musical theater productions presented by St. Michael's Playhouse, UVM's Royall Tyler Theatre, Lyric Theatre Company and Holson Productions.  He has performed classical percussion with the University of Vermont Orchestra, Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble,  The Vermont Winds, The Bach Wind Philharmonia, and the Vermont Mozart Festival. 

Email Rich today at to schedule a lesson!
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Magnuson Percussion
Providing drum and percussion lessons, equipment and advice to musicians of all levels.