Drum Instructors

Since 2004, Van Tuyl Music Academy is Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County’s original school of rock, metal, funk, pop, blues, jazz and live performance for drums. Van Tuyl Music Academy is proud to have some of the most talented and in-demand drum instructors in Southern California. Each one of our drum teachers has years of experience both as an educator but more importantly, as a performer. The skills they have mastered from their years of experience combined with their passion for helping others achieve their musical goals while having fun are what set them high above the rest. This unique combination is not easy to find but is vital to our success.

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Spencer Lere

Spencer has been performing and teaching Drum Lessons for VTMA since 2013.

Bio

Spencer Lere was born in Los Feliz California in 1990. Born into an artistic household, he was exposed to music at a young age. Spencer began studying piano and guitar and then later found drums. In his teens he continued to perform and study with exceptional artists, one being Grammy award winner singer/songwriter, Macy Gray. Spencer then spent a summer in Boston at Berklee College of Music. After a music tour in China, Spencer decided to study and attain his Bachelor’s of Music degree at the University of California Irvine. After college he continued his professional career performing, recording and touring all over the world with a various talented artists such as Dengue Fever, Ollie Gabriel, Warships, Haunted Summer, Young Empress, Hot Springs and many more. Spencer also is a producer, composer and an assistant engineer to renowned musicians/producers Lyle Workman (Sting, Judd Apatow, Tony Williams, Beck, etc.) and Carlos DeLaGarza (Real Big Fish, Paramore, Ziggy Marley). Spencer has composed for TV, Film and has been featured on live radio. Spencer’s passion for music and musicianship continues to grow under the support of family, friends,, students, and mentors.

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Deon Hairston

Deon has been performing and teaching Drum Lessons for VTMA since 2016.

Bio

Deon attended Berklee College of Music where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Professional Music.  

He was a recipient of the North American Scholarship Tour and the Berklee Entering Student Talent Scholarship (B.E.S.T. Scholarship). He went on to earn a Master of Music in Performance from Azusa Pacific University. Since graduating, Deon has performed with artists such as Patti Labelle, Kim Hill (Black Eyed Peas), Abraham Laboriel Sr., Raphael Saadiq (Tony Toni Tone’), Branford Marsalis, Dennis Wilson (Count Basie Orchestra), Phil Wilson and more. 
Deon’s teaching and performing style is one that exudes joy and creativity, and he hopes to transfer all of that over to his students at VTMA!

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Taking drum lessons at Van Tuyl Music Academy is an experience unlike any other. Our facilities have clean rooms, the latest technology and a large music library. Since 2004, Van Tuyl Music Academy is Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County’s original school of rock, metal, funk, pop, blues, jazz and live performance for drums. We’re so much more than a music factory for drum lessons.

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