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Who is ZeKe?
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Owner of ZeKe's Drum Skool, Creator of "ZeKe Plays Drums" Youtube Channel, and Performing Drummer for Portland Hip-Hop Artist "Smokey Charles"

ZeKe Bauer is the mind behind ZeKe’s Drum Skool in Corvallis, Oregon. Born and raised south of Portland in Milwaukie, Oregon, ZeKe took an interest in drums from an early age, spending a lot of free time playing on his uncle’s drum kit by age seven. Just a few years after this, ZeKe started learning cello formally in school, which laid the foundation for the understanding of reading music, music theory, and the other necessities of being a well-rounded musician.


In his mid-twenties, ZeKe had Sudden-Onset Chronic Tinnitus that many doctors stated would cause him to possibly lose his hearing by age 40 (luckily later proven to not be true). From that moment forward, he took a new approach to life – living it to the fullest. He bought his first drum set on his 24th birthday and put tons of time and effort into learning how to master the instrument. ZeKe built a foundation with Oregon drum instructor Larry London, and he continues to sharpen his skills with drummers and drum educators like Dave Elitch (Paramore, Weezer, Famed Drum Teacher), Johnny Rabb (Veteran Drum Educator, Collective Soul), Jay Mumford (Danger Mouse, Biz Markie, Karen O), Tim Baltes (Disney, Warner Records), and Forrest Rice (Covet, Wolfy).


ZeKe uses his years of knowledge to help tomorrow’s drummers reach their goals, regardless of age or skill level. He’s taught over 5,000 drum lessons in Corvallis, and through a few with you, he can help gain basic drumming skills, expand to build your unique voice as a drummer, and help you ultimately reach any goal you might have with your drumming – whether it’s to get on the road and tour or to simply have a good time feeling confident on the drum set in your basement.


As a performer, ZeKe has gigged with many bands around the Pacific Northwest, opening for rap and hip hop legends like Curren$y and Jay Electronica, and as a Session Drummer is constantly working on his own solo drum n’ bass music and his own solo drum tracks using an FX pedalboard to create backing tracks and sounds to create ambient music. 


Want to see what Zeke’s up to now? Check out his Instagram page or YouTube channel.


Want to learn with ZeKe? Click the contact button at the top of the site and send a message today!


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