About Eric C. Hughes

Virtual Session Premiere – Tuesday, December 4, 2023 at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Count Eric C Hughes is a drummer and educator in the Houston, TX area. He is the former Drum Set Committee Chair for PAS and recipient of both the PAS Supporter and PAS Service Awards. As a member of the Texas PAS Chapter Eric was called upon to create the first ever edition of the Drum Set category for the statewide UIL Prescribed Music List with Christian Dorn.

A lifelong educator and performer, Eric has previously taught music and percussion classes at Wharton County Junior College (TX) and Plymouth State University (NH) as well as Westside High School and Hightower High School, both located in the Houston area. He is currently the private percussion teacher for Klein Collins High School in Spring, TX.

As a performer, Eric has shared the stage with soul legends Archie Bell, Barbara Lynn and Roy Head; toured the country with Jesse Dayton and John Doe and performed behind such “Oldies” acts as Jimmy Clanton, The Tokens, Robert Gordon and The Marcels. He is currently occupying the drum chair for Nick Gaitan, McLemore Avenue and The High Roller. He has created a new project, The Repeat Offenders, comprised of several Houston-area sidemen.

He holds a Master of Music in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Miami, FL and a Bachelor of Music from Plymouth State University. A lifelong learner Eric has studied with Joe Morello, Steve Rucker, Ed Shaugnessy, Joe Bergamini, Steve Fidyk and Dave Elitch. He has written articles for the PAS publications Percussive Notes and the Rhythm Scene Blog.

Eric is an endorser with DW Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drumheads, Prologix Practice Pads, and Cympad Cymbal Felts.