M.F.A. and B.F.A., Music Performance Drum Set and World Percussion, California Institute of the Arts. Started playing drums at age eleven and began Classical Percussion lessons at age 16. Attended North Carolina School of the Arts before transferring to CalArts. Current artist on Indie label Ubiquity Records with the Funk/Reggae/Rare-Groove band The Lions and touring drummer for Salvador Santana. Accompanist for workshops held by the Jose Limon Dance Company, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Accompaniment for dance classes at Plaza de la Raza in Los Angeles since 2000 and currently accompanists for classes at The Colburn School and Los Angeles County High School of the Arts. For more information, please visit www.blakesbeats.com.