Galactic drummer teaches local musicians

Stanton Moore brings funk, masterclass to Erie

ERIE, Pa. -- The internationally-acclaimed drummer Stanton Moore brought his jazz-infused drumming on Sunday to Basement Transmissions in Downtown Erie.

Moore offered in-person lessons as he promoted the recently launched Stanton Moore Drum Academy.

"So, what I'm starting to do is in-person master classes where I am going and touring, so I can get guys to come out and I can teach them in person. And I can get them involved in the academy online, as well,” said Stanton Moore, a founding member of funk band Galactic.

The online academy was founded last fall, but one of his students has been studying under him for a lot longer.

"Stan's been coming over to either Cleveland or Pittsburgh to take lessons whenever I've been touring in those cities,” said Moore.

After a Galactic concert in Cleveland several years ago, fan and Erie-based drummer Stan Zlotkowski asked if he could meet the band to get autographs.

"He said, 'Yeah. Sure. You can on come down for sound check,' and (Moore) ended up giving us, probably an hour and a half lesson just right there after sound check. And I left just blown away," said Zlotkowski.

He has forged a relationship with Moore and invited him for Sunday’s visit to Erie.

"The turnout is great, and I'm really excited for that. And my goal was to share my experiences and what I have learned from Stanton to the folks, the drummers in Erie."

Moore, of New Orleans, is not only bringing the funk, but he says he is bringing the passion.

"Those who are into drums know that coming from New Orleans is something very special. It's where the heart of the drum set is. The origins of the drum set are there."

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