Jan. 2019 UPDATE


  • René's busy drumming, teaching, performing, see schedule
  • René is the director for the award-winning KINGSMEN THUNDER DRUMLINE (Rex Putnam HS, Milwaukie OR).  check out website below for info!
  • www.kingsmenthunderdrumline.com  click on PAYPAL Rex Putnam High School Drum Line
  • Book Rene' on piano for your wedding or event!
  • René's band HERE COMES EVERYBODY. 

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2021 update 

Hey all,  It's been a minute.  Boy what a year.  Lots of things have changed in the last year.

COVID:  Yes, I had to switch my entire studio to Zoom online. It was challenging, but I figured it out and even folks who were skeptical at first ended up returning.  Those who didn't were replaced by new students.  I am now again at almost capacity at 28 drum, mallet, piano students of varying levels.  Very strict protocols for teaching in person have been in place.  At first, it was strictly online.  Now as of…

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2020 Updates & the COVID-19 

Holy Cow!


I have really been so busy that I haven't updated this site or a blog for quite some time.  Let's see, it's been 3 years.  Over the last few years, I've been so gratefully busy that I haven't paid much attention to updating this website.  I will try to be better about that.  I've been teaching like crazy...both privately, group classes, camps, and clinics, as well as my beloved Rex Putnam KINGSMEN THUNDER DRUM LINE.  We finally clawed our way up the food chain of Winter Indoor Percussion shows…

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Finding Balance, Making a Living 

Hi all,


It's been awhile!  I don't know how many folks are reading this, but it's just a check in.  I have been very busy doing this teaching, performing, recording, musician for a living thing.  It's tough (insert whine here).  It is possible to make a living doing music, but in order to do so, one must be diverse.  I am that person.  Here's what I do in my purely musical professional life:

Teach drums, Piano, record with others, write songs, direct a Drum Line (huge time commitment), fundraise & grant…

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Updating the drum studio and other things 

Well, I haven't blogged for awhile.  It's been a crazy year.  I am busier than ever teaching private drum and piano students, directing Rex Putnam's KINGSMEN THUNDER Drum Line (year 6 and going!), and performing in musical theaters for several shows.  I've also had a year that through me for a loop:  I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I am one of the lucky ones though.  It was caught early and very small, NOT in the lymph nodes.  So I had two lumpectomies and radiation treatment and the support of all…

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Anyone reading this? 

Hey do me a favor will ya?  Email me if you are reading any of these blogs.  Considering opening my own blog site.  Cheers and have a great holiday!




Keeping busy with diversity 

So I haven't blogged in awhile.  I've been trying to keep busy.  Let me list the ways I try to make my living as a musician/teacher:


Teaching Drums:  I love teaching all things drums/drumset/all styles and levels to my private students.  Been doing it for over 25 years now.  


Teaching Piano:  I also love teaching piano and have a nice little gaggle of students.  

Teaching Rex Putnam HS Drum Line (KINGSMEN THUNDER):  I'm just starting year 5 and really like the students I have so far.  I usually get…

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On raising rates for lessons 

So, as many of you know who have been with me for over a year, I have not raised my rates for at least 3 years.  I have put this off for several reasons:  

I want to keep it accessible for kids to take drum and piano lessons

I fear folks leaving because they think it's "too high"

I am lazy and just haven't done it

After realizing that I have been a "heck of a deal" for so long, I decided to just do it.  The result has yet to be tallied.  First off, there is no good way for instructors or any business to…

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A good problem to have 

Hello everyone who actually reads this blog.


It's been awhile and I have good reason to be so late in blogging.  I have a good problem:  I'm too busy with my teaching and playing! What is too busy?  Well, so busy that I've actually had to say no to some gigs and that I am starting a waiting list for students.  This is a good problem, but here is the flip side.  Music is always "feast & famine".  One moment you are crazy busy and the next, it seems like no one is calling.  Should I even say that I'm too…

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Stolen Drum recovered! 

OK, so who remembers back in Feb. 2011 a couple of Marching Snares belonging to Rex Putnam's drum line that I direct getting stolen from my car?  Remember how angry I was and how I got on KGW news and they did a fantastic story?  Also remember how the community came together and donated over $3,000 in funds so we could get new snare drums?  Well.  Shortly after the theft, I stalked Craig's list and located a snare drum at A-1 Pawn in Gresham.  The police retrieved it.  Good job Rene'.  And yes, I WILL pat…

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Falling into the Musical World 

Soooooo yeah.  In the past I never enjoyed musicals.  I just wanted the story without everyone stopping to BURST INTO SONG!  I would literally sit there and get irritated whenever someone just had to sing their feelings instead of saying them in a more dramatic style.  

Well, guess what?  I am doing a total 180 degree on that.  I have, by sort of accident, fallen into the musical world by being hired to perform at several high profile musicals of late.  I've done them in the past.  They were usually…

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