Percussion Instructors

Jody Hagenow (Percussion Teaching Artist)

Jody Hagenow (percussion)

Mr. Hagenow comes to Summit Studios with a desire to expand the rhythmic horizon. His pursuit of a broader musical perspective led him to attend The Collective in New York City, where he studied the world rhythms of Brazil, Africa and Latin America with Latin/jazz great Kim Plainfield. Jody then sought out the instruction of the legendary Joe Morello, forming a relationship that has lasted more than five years. By working with Mr. Morello, Jody learned the importance of developing technique and touch in percussion instruction. Jody has performed in numerous situations ranging from Jazz, Latin, Big Band, and R&B.

Charlie Dye (Drum Teaching Artist)

Charlie Dye (drum)

Charlie Dye is a drummer currently located in Granby, CT. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he studied drumset with Rich Thompson, classical percussion with John Beck and Balinese Gamelan with I Nyoman Suadin. He is currently performing with a variety of groups throughout New England including Bipolar Jukebox (Contemporary Singer-Songwriter), Cheerleader (Indie-Pop), Thomas Bergeron Quintet (Jazz/Chamber Ensemble) and Theodicy Jazz Collective (Liturgical Jazz) in addition to a recording projects with Jasmine Dreame Wagner (Singer-Songwriter) and producer Dave Veslocki (Pop). He teaches privately throughout the Hartford area including studios in Avon, CT and Vernon, CT where groove, form, and technique are emphasized, while fostering creativity through improvisation. He has performed with artists such as Joel Frahm, Stephen Haynes, David Krakauer, Brad Lubman, Dick Oatts, Nat Reeves, Todd Reynolds, German Schauss and Fred Wesley and performed at venues including The Blue Note and Joe’s Pub.


Todd Richard (drums/percussion/DJ)

Todd Richard is a drummer, percussionist, DJ, producer, and remixer hailing from Nantucket Island, MA by way of Portland, Maine. New to the Manchester area, he will be teaching private lessons in drums, leading groups and ensembles, and teaching in areas of modern musicology. His work in pop, electronica, rap.  and modern dance music has included stints with countless bands, artists, and projects, including global pop artist Andy Happel (Capitol Records’ Thanks to Gravity,) indie-rap label Milled Pavement Records, and pop-funk powerhouses Miss Fairchild (MTV’s “The Real World.”) While touring with independent country rock outfit the Don Campbell Band, he performed at venues such as Gillette Stadium, Cumberland County Civic Center, Meadowbrook Farms, and the CMA Fan Festival, as well as opening for a who’s who of country music, including Gretchen Wilson, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, and many others. With instrumental ambient rock band the Sumner McKane Group, he has toured around New England with their live performance and screening of the classic silent film “Nanook of the North,” previewed nationally on NPR’s “Echoes” program. Along with songwriter Kate Schrock, he recorded and performed shows joined by none other than reggae sax legend Glen DaCosta (Bob Marley and the Wailers, Zap Pow.) Portland Magazine has called him “Maine’s most sought-after drummer.” He has taught at at Snow Pond Center for the Arts, Nantucket Community Music Center, Maine Academy of Modern Music, and Waynflete Academy.