About Jeremy Steinkoler & Jim Royle

Jeremy Steinkoler has been teaching drums for over 30 years. He is the author of Finding the Groove (Hudson Music), a collection of essays about drumming, teaching, and performing, and is a founding member of the Drummers Education Connection. He is the Director of the East Bay Drum School and is the Co-Founder of the award-winning BandWorks rock ‘n’ roll program, which sees over 1,400 students each year in the SF Bay Area. He performs regularly with the saxes-and-drums trio Mo’Fone (featured multiple times at the Monterey & SFJAZZ Festivals), Jenna & the Charmers, the Bait & Switch Blues Band, and with several other groups and singer/songwriters. Jeremy proudly endorses Brooks Drums, Aquarian Drumheads, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Protection Racket Cases, and Snareweight Snare Dampeners.


Jim Royle is a native of Connecticut and former president of the state chapter of the Percussive Arts Society’s for seventeen years, and 2000 Chapter President of the Year.

Jim is owner/director of the Jim Royle Drum Studio for 35yrs.

Although Jim enjoys his own performance career, his love of music and the pleasure of passing this love onto future musicians are equally important to him. He turns out remarkable performers and all of his students are exposed to many aspects of percussion. Even the youngest students are given the opportunity to progress from Drum set to World, Latin, Afro-Cuban, Orchestra, Steel Drums, Timpani, and Mallet studies. The current studio enrollment stands at over One Hundred students, Four graded percussion ensembles from beginner to advanced, with a teaching faculty of three. Jim’s ensembles have been invited and have performed at Bands of America. Other performances have included, The Panorama Steel Pan Festival in VA Beach. The A Team has performed overseas in England, Italy, Trinidad, China, Ireland, and Jamaica.

Jim Royle’s name has become synonymous with jazz in the New England club circuit and his articulate playing is documented on several CDs, including Jim Clark, Old As New (2016), Jim Tutunjian Trio, Upright and Walking, (2016) Storm Before the Calm (2000), as well as the more recent Jazz By Coogan, showcasing Jim’s small-group talents. Jim was added to Western CT State University summer faculty in 2006 to present, were he was in residence to present a week long steel drum workshop. Jim was also added to the prestigious faculty roster for KoSA Percussion Workshop 2007 to present in Vermont, and Montreal.

Jim Royle endorses products by Mapex, Sabian, LP, Remo, Grover Pro Percussion, and Vic Firth.

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