Jeff Kozol began playing drums at the age of 9 when he first started learning from his father, who had been playing jazz drums since the 1940's. He then studied with Ken Vogel (Author, Modern Drummer Columnist). He then joined the DCI ranks studying under Mark Thurston (Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps) in 1987 and Tom Aungst (Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps) in 1989. Jeff has studied with noted author and clinician Dom Famularo and Dave Uosikkinen of The Hooters/Alice Cooper/Rod Stewart/Cyndi Lauper. He continues to take private lessons to improve is teaching skills with various artists.
Jeff has performed with Simon Kirke (Bad Company), The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, The Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, The Harrison Bushwackers (winning two High Percussion titles in DCA including a perfect percussion score), Royal Brass Orchestra, and many more.
He has written multiple publications and presented many clinics around the United States, including the Texas Bandmasters Association.
Jeff has also helped design and test various products for drummers including the Kickport FX Ports, Cymbal Straps and Pads from American Drum, and the Drummersleash.
Jeff Kozol was ranked as one of the top drum instructors in the world by Dom Famularo in Modern Drummer Magazine. Click here for the full list.
"I am very impressed with Jeff as a player and teacher of drums. He is a dedicated artist who continues to learn and study. This is the best attitude to have to grow and learn and to teach!" Dom Famularo - Drumming's Global Ambassador.
"My son has been taking lessons with Mr. Kozol for just over a year. He is a patient and knowledgeable teacher who provides a positive and encouraging environment for learning. My son's ability to read music and his drumming skills have greatly improved." Christine M. - Parent.
"Jeff Kozol is an incredible drummer. He has a John Bonham backbeat; yet at an instant, he can pull out a Simon Phillips groove. If that wasn't enough, he's a marching band and drum corps aficionado. Oh ya, he can teach you all of that stuff too! Jeff Kozol, a powerful percussive force..." rick BooM steel - Double Pedal Demon.
"Jeff is an experienced teacher, well versed in marching percussion, concert percussion, and drum set styles." Pat O'Shea - Professional Drum Teacher and Performer.
"Jeff is truly a dedicated player and educator. He has a lot of drive to keep pushing his art forward while at the same time sharing it all with other drummers." John Favicchia - Pro Touring Drummer, International Clinician, Author, Band Leader.
"My relationship with Jeff began when he was a student of mine many years ago. Since then, I have seen Jeff develop into a fine performer and educator. It has been rewarding sitting in on Jeff's drumline clinics and learning something new from him since he is very knowledgeable in that area. I respect Jeff as a drummer and educator and consider him to be a good friend." Ken Vogel - Professional Drummer, Teacher and Author.
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