Dillon Vado’s diverse background in drumming helps guide his students through a journey of musical exploration starting at any level! He’s drummed professionally in the Bay Area since age 16. In addition to teaching drums, he teaches drumline percussion and mallet percussion. Dillon offers lessons that are fun and listening based, so the focus is on learning about music as a whole. In this way, the music informs the drumming, not the other way around. You’ll get all the fundamentals to make you a strong and confident drummer and get exposed to styles like Jazz, Afro Cuban Jazz, Brazilian music, R&B, and funk.
While primarily playing the drum set, Dillon is also well versed in “Latin” percussion, and is an active jazz vibraphonist, so students can choose to study drum set and mallet percussion. Dillon marched snare drum with the Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Drumline, and also taught drumline at local high schools. Some professional groups with which he’s participated with include Alan Hall’s Rata-Tet, The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Erik Jekabson’s String-tet, The Santa Clara Vanguard, and concerts with Art Lande.
He studied with a multitude of private instructors on different instruments including Marimba/Vibraphone, Drum set, and Latin percussion. He was the winner of the 2014 Jazz Search West Competition on vibraphone. He studied at West Valley Community College, Jazz Camp West, and currently completing his B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Jazz Studies at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley.