David Eisenreich - Percussion
Email: eisenreich333@gmail.com
Phone: (724) 316-2782

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David Eisenreich is an up and coming performer and educator in the Chicago land area. Growing up in the Pittsburgh area, Dave immersed himself in the study of jazz drumset, performing with the Pittsburgh Jazz Society and various small combos around the city. In 2005, he began his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University, studying with She-e Wu, Chris Deviney, Alan Abel and Joe Tompkins. During this time, he focused on developing the versatility so crucial for a percussionist. He played in every ensemble the school offered, studied hand drumming, attended Orchestral Seminars, and participated in the 2008 World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart, Germany.
In 2009, Dave began pursuing a Masters Degree at the prestigious Northwestern University, studying with She-e Wu, James Ross, Ruben Alvarez and Willie Jones III. Northwestern was a vehicle for expanding his skills not only as a player, but as a leader and teacher. He coached undergraduate percussion ensemble, lead percussion sectionals, and played timpani on the Northwestern University Wind Ensemble's latest recording,
Rising. In addition, he served as the Drumline Instructor for the Northwestern University Marching Band from 2010-2012. Since his graduation in 2011, Dave has maintained a close relationship with the University where he currently holds the positions of Percussion Maintenance Director and Instructor of the Percussion Methods class in the Music Education Department.
Dave has also gained valuable experience as a high school educator during his time in Illinois. He is entering his fifth year as Percussion Instructor at Maine East High School, he taught at Maine South High School from 2011-2013, and is the newly appointed Curricular Percussion Instructor at Evanston Township High School. He currently holds a private studio of roughly thirty students, and has prepared students for college auditions, helping place various players in the percussion studios at University of Illinois, Northwestern University, and the Eastman School of Music. On the professional level, Dave has served as a sectional coach for the Northshore Concert Band and has presented masterclasses for the Northwestern Summer Masters Program.
Continually reaching new heights as an orchestral musician, Dave has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the New World Symphony, the Lira Symphony, and regularly plays timpani with the Northbrook Symphony. He has played drumset for various musicals around the area, and currently plays snare drum with the New Orleans style Four Starr Brass Band. Equally at home at the back of an orchestra or in a jam session, Dave plays in a wide variety of settings and is always seeking new musical experiences. He looks forward to contributing to the Evanston Township High School music program, and building the percussionists skills and awareness, as well as developing a team orientated sense of community.


Brett Baxter - Drumline
Email: brettmbaxter@gmail.com
Phone: (816) 721-1719

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Brett Baxter received his undergraduate degree in percussion performance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City, studying with Dr. Jim Snell and graduating magna cum laude. He then went on to graduate studies at Northwestern University, receiving a master's degree in percussion performance and literature. There he studied with Michael Burritt, Jim Ross and Paul Wertico.
In 2005, Brett was the national winner of the Music Teachers National Association's annual Young Artist percussion competition. He performed on the winner's concert at the MTNA conference in Seattle, Wa. He has performed with the Michael Burritt Percussion Group, Third Coast Percussion, Beyond This Point, the Northwest Indiana Symphony and has appeared as a soloist at the Illinois PAS Day of Percussion at Columbia College.
Baxter is currently an adjunct professor of percussion at Saint Xavier University and percussion specialist for the Lake Zurich school district. Additionally, Brett is active as a performer, educator and clinician in many different avenues of percussion in the Chicagoland area.