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Do you want to play the drums, percussion, and steel pans at your highest level? Do you think you have what it takes to earn valuable college scholarships with your musical ability? Drum Labs has the tools and curriculum you need to achieve these goals, plus you will have a great time doing it!

Located in Pleasant Grove and serving all areas of Utah Valley, Drum Labs offers the best in drum lessons and percussion lessons, as well as a variety of ensembles and steel bands. Book the award winning Drum Labs Steel Band for your next event, or join a group yourself.

Percussionists and non-percussionists alike take part in the fun steel bands of Drum Labs. Get involved, make music, and have fun with Drum Labs!

We offer individual lessons on several percussion instruments: drum set, snare drum, mallet percussion, timpani, and multi-percussion. Lessons are structured to help you progress through various skill levels using a reward system and positive peer pressure. Team members celebrate each other’s accomplishments and development.

Drum Labs is also home of the Drum Labs Ensembles. These ensembles provide a real-world laboratory for making music with other musicians. Our ensembles consist of dedicated young musicians that work together to become the best they can be. Everyone is fully invested in the program, forming an ideal learning environment for any musician. Ensembles vary in size and performance level, so members are guaranteed an ensemble that fits their needs.

Drum Labs Steel Bands are Utah’s only privately run steel bands of their kind. These bands hold regular rehearsals and offer a great social and music-making environment. The bands feature traditional music from Trinidad and Tobago, as well as pop music arrangements and new compositions. Drum Labs Steel Bands are available for hire at events or parties.

Drum Labs is owned and operated by Dr. Darren Bastian, DMA. Dr. Bastian received a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, a Master of Music from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University. He has studied with three presidents of the Percussive Arts Society: Gary Cook, Mark Ford, and Dr. Robert Schietroma; as well as other renowned music educators such as Norman Weinberg, Christopher Deane, Ed Soph, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Mike Steinel, Ron Brough, and Jay Lawrence.

Dr. Bastian performs with the Utah Wind Symphony and Pioneer Theatre, and has performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Chamber Orchestra, and the Sky Island Chamber Ensemble. Dr. Bastian regularly performs as a freelance musician and serves as a clinician or adjudicator for colleges and high schools. He has directed the University of North Texas Undergraduate Percussion Ensemble, the Utah Valley University Percussion Ensemble, the UVU Steel Band, the UVU Pep Band, and the Riverton High School Steel Band.

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