Finding the perfect teacher for drum lessons in South Jersey is easy at the NJ School of Music in Medford. Our degreed, professional and friendly instructors teach beginning music lessons to advanced music study. Styles of study can include classical, jazz, rock and pop. Please see below to read a bit about each of our teachers and as always if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 609-654-0060.
Drummer Paul Albrecht, a lifelong Philadelphia-area resident, has been performing professionally since he was 15. He has a long, diverse professional background in American music styles, primarily rock, pop, blues, and jazz. He attended Berklee College Of Music(1973-74), studying with legendary jazz drummer Alan Dawson, then continued his studies locally with Nick Moffo.Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Paul performed extensively in the Tri-State area with many groups, playing rock, Top 40, disco, country, new wave-the popular styles of the time, and played with Philly jazz legends The Visitors (Earl and Carl Grubbs) for a brief period.
In 1986, Paul began a steady gig with legendary Philadelphia-based jazz virtuoso multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Bruce Mills. Mr. Mills' group was the house band at Jewel's, playing opening and intermissions for many national and international jazz artists.The group then became the house band at Sterling's Place,performing 3-4 nights a week until Mr. Mills' passing in 1989. Philly jazz legends Jymie Merritt (bass) and Eddie McFadden (guitar), among others, were members of the group for a period.
During this period Paul also began his own jazz group, which he led until 2006. He featured many notable Philadelphia jazz artists, including Dylan Taylor, Bill Zinno, Tim Price, Paul Gehman, Denise Montana, Mark Kramer, Kenny Kellem, Cliff Kellem, Frank Cook, Joe Stevenson, Ed Crockett, Rich Budesa, and John Ellis, among others. As well as restaurant, club, and private work, the group also performed at the Berks Jazz Fest, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the Peco Energy Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Free Library, and the Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts. The 1990s also saw Paul doing plenty of rock, blues, oldies, and private engagements with many area groups, including a stint with blues diva Deb Callahan.
Through the years Paul has also performed with stellar Philly jazz artists Joe Fortunato, Bootsie Barnes, Bruce Kaminsky, Uri Caine, Nate Wiley, Tony Williams, Joe Kearney, Sam Reed, Eric Mintel, Steve Giordano, Les Powell, Pete Souders, Rob Budesa and Ed Niederheiser.
The 21st century brought blues & swing work with Ron Kraemer And The Hurricanes; a 19 month steady gig with popular Philadelphia vocalist Juanita Holiday (including a performance at the Kimmel Center); classic rock & blues with Backbone Blues Band;plus dates with fusion guitarist Doug Markley and area jazz guitar legends Ed Goehringer and Steven Russo. Also a monthly gig with jazz guitarist/composer John Smith (2005-10); a stint with Soul To Soul, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute fronted by Philly rock guitar legend A J Slick; an ongoing association with pianist/vocalist Joe Stevenson, a longtime Philly jazz treasure, including appearances at the annual Tony Williams Scholarship Jazz Festival; and The Archive(2010), a classic rock/jam band. Paul was also a member of legendary Philadelphia bassist Ed Crockett's trio, until Mr.Crockett's passing in 2010; and has performed with the eclectic, original contemporary jazz group Mischa Machez, featured on WRTI FM radio show"The Bridge" hosted by J. Michael Harrison (July 2010); as well as jazz violinist Ben Sutin.
Paul currently performs with the Dave Steel Blues Band, The Hurricanes, The Lou Walinski Jazz Ensemble, the Fred Miller Band, and the Jive Boppers.
Paul has maintained a continuous, dedicated teaching practice since the early 1980s. He currently teaches at New Jersey School Of Music, Medford,NJ (since2001). Paul's teaching methodology and approach is based on his lifelong, varied professional performing experience; and centered on a thorough understanding of rhythmic fundamentals and practical, real-life application emphasizing the drummer's role and requirements as a team member and accompanist. His goal is to enable each student to eventually be able to teach themselves, from a vantage point of knowledge and understanding.
Paul had an educational article published in Modern Drummer magazine in 1983, and was profiled in Modern Drummer's On The Move feature in 1996, as well as educational articles in Drum Rolls newsletter. He was also a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and the Percussive Arts Society, for many years.
Drum lessons with Paul at the NJ School of Music in Medford are available on Tuesday.
Tom Poitras, drum teacher at the New Jersey School of Music, obtained his degree in Music Education from Rowan University. He continued studying after college with Carl Motolla, the great Joe Morello, Peter Erskine and John Riley.
Tom Poitras has performed with the Haddonfield Symphony, various wedding bands including his own bands "The Real Time Band," "Interlude" and many other groups.
Tom has performed for various shows including "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Annie", "Footloose," and "Anything Goes" among others.
He also performed with the original rock group "The Shakes," featuring Bobby Campanella.
Tom played with the Denis DiBlasio Quartet for four years. The band performed throughout the country and recorded two compact discs which included 3 of Tom's original compositions. The group opened for Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinson, Special EFX, Stanley Clarke and Diane Reeves among others. This group also performed clinic/concerts at various schools around the country.
Other diverse groups that Tom has performed with include the jazz/fusion group "Defunk Club, (with Dave Falciani) and the great saxophonist Ben Schacter's group, "Trio of Many" (performers in this group included Gerald Veasley, Tyrone Brown, Charles Fambrough and Jeff Lee Johnson).
Tom also toured the United States, Central America, Turkey and Greece with the groups "Daria" and the "Patsy McCrae Show Band."
Tom has performed locally and nationally with the "Steve Kramer Trio," his own "Tom Poitras Quartet" (which included Tyrone Brown, Jesse Andrews and John Valario among others), the progressive rock band, "Hand Farm," with Scott McGill, "The Richie Cole Big Band," the blues group "Stinger" and the jazz/blues band "Beau's Paradise," (which featured the great pianist Brian Trainor) and spent 6 years performing with "The Fabulous Greaseband."
He can be presently heard drumming with "Big Bleu," "Stage Left," & the local modern country band "Eastbound & Down."
He is also currently the drummer for Mary Wilson & The Supremes (Philadelphia/Atlantic City area performances).
Drum lessons with Tom at the NJ School of Music in Medford are available Wednesday and Thursday.