In his own words...
At the age of six I was looking up to my two brothers in their high school band - one played trumpet, the other on drums. I was interested in both, but which one would I choose? Well, I think I made the right choice, as it has led me to the fantastic opportunities that I have lived through, and am still experiencing today.
After making that choice in the small central California town of Porterville, I simultaneously took group drum lessons in elementary school, as well as private piano lessons. I thank my mom for pushing me into piano, as it clearly helps to have that musical knowledge when you start applying your skills in practical uses. Going through middle school and high school, I was percussion leader for four of those six years, participated in county honor band all six years, as well as all-state honor band for three. My interest in composition began during my last few high school years as well, writing exercises, cadences, as well as some performance pieces.
In 2001 I moved to San Jose to study under Galen Lemmon at San Jose State University. While studying concert percussion, I was in the San Jose State University drumline for two years, then served as their instructor for the next four. During this time I also had a short stint with the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets. During this time, I served as an instructor / caption head / arranger for many different high school groups in the south bay area. It's a very rewarding feeling seeing students get excited over music, whether it be something I wrote, or something I exposed them to - the fact that I affected them in some way makes teaching worth it.
Eventually I received my Bachelors Degree in Music Performance, as well as my Masters Degree in Music Performance from San Jose State University, thus beginning my life of gigging. I've had the pleasure and honor to perform with many prestigious groups and artists in the bay area: The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley, Frank Sinatra Jr., Monterey Bay Symphony, and the Air Force Band of the Golden West. I've also been playing in, as well as conducting, a lot of musical theater over the past several years, with many different theater companies.
Listing these accomplishments brings me to a point I'd like to leave with young inspired drummers and percussionists: Don't give up. You'll get where you want/need to be if you put the time and effort into honing your skills, and doing what it takes to make it in the music world.
Comments from D'Rumpus
Having collaborated on projects with Lane in the past, we can speak first hand for the quality of his music. His diverse educational and performance background, spanning everything from marching band to drum corps to symphonic ensembles, provides a unique perspective and contributes nicely to the music he writes.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
- TKMEA Honor Band 1993-1999 (P)
- CBDA All State Honor Band 1996-1999 (P)
- Tulare County Drum Fest Snare Solo - First Place - 1995-1999 (P)
- San Jose State University, Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance
- San Jose State University, Master of Arts in Percussion Performance
- Monache High School (P) (E) (M)
- San Jose State University Marching Band (P) (E) (M)
- Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets (P)
- Westmont High School (E) (M)
- Cupertino High School (E) (M)
- Independence High School (E) (M)
- Foothill High School (E) (M)
- Symphony Silicon Valley (P)
- Monterey Bay Symphony (P)
- Air Force Band of the Golden West (P)
- Children's Musical Theater, San Jose (P) (E)
- Archbishop Mitty High School (E)