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WGI World Championships (1998) Neil started playing drums in 1993 in middle school which afforded him the incredible opportunity to be immersed in percussion under long time friend and teacher, John Dunlap. While in school, Neil was a member of the 1998 WGI Scholastic Concert Bronze Medalist and Gulfcoast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit (GCGPC) Hall of Fame Inductee, Paragon, and section leader for the award-winning percussion section of the Harrison Central High School Band. He has since performed in numerous rock and fusion bands in Mississippi and Alabama, and Independent Indoor Marching Percussion with Cynosure (Pensacola, FL). Neil also has experience playing drums and percussion in Musical Theater.  While earning his degree at the University of South Alabama, he performed with the Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Pep Band and Symphony Band.   

 Performing with the band "Streamlined" (2002)

 Neil has taught marching percussion, concert percussion, and drumset at schools across the Southeastern United States including Harrison Central High School (Gulfport, MS), Davidson High School (Mobile, AL), and St. Paul's Episcopal High School (Mobile, AL) While in this capacity, he wrote, designed, and taught shows for Marching Band and Indoor Percussion including taking 3 Indoor Lines to WGI World Championships.  One of his compositions, "Up All Night"  has also been featured on the Tapspace: Virtual Drumline© Website demo section. (Also available in the "audio/video section" of the site.)

 

 With the addition of a family, Neil currently records various drum videos demonstrating both drumset and marching percussion techniques and also does studio percussion work for various groups from around the world. His YouTube page has an ever-growing following with over one million views and above four thousand subscribers as of June 2010. He also consults and teaches privately in the Birmingham, Alabama area.

Going into the future, Neil is open to any project that can challenge him as an artist.

 

Playing drums is where my heart is. Always has been. It has brought me so much in life & I look forward to what this journey will bring.


 Rehearsing with Cynosure (2002)