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Nick Aganad

San Jose native Nick Aganad has had an interest in drums as early as he can remember.  By age 10, he got his first drum set and began learning his instrument.  Nick spent his first 4 years self-taught with no formal mentorship, only to rely on listening to music.  He began shaping his own style; drawing inspiration from several classic rock era drummers such as John Bonham, Bill Ward, Mitch Mitchell, and Keith Moon.  By age 11, he started his first band and continued building up performance experience throughout high school.  It wasn’t until high school that he started to learn how to read music and became increasingly involved in school band.  Along the way, Nick discovered a newfound passion for Jazz which eventually led him to continue extensive studies on the drum set through college and pursue a career in music.


Nick obtained his Associate in Music from West Valley College in Saratoga in Spring 2017.  From there, he transferred over to San Jose State University and earned his Bachelor of Music, emphasis in Jazz Studies, in Spring 2020.  Throughout his college career, he has built up a professional and versatile reputation playing with some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians in genres spanning through jazz, rock, pop, r&b, and country.  Nick has also performed as a pit musician in notable musical productions such as Footloose, Next to Normal, and Green Day’s American Idiot.  


Nick has been formally teaching private drum lessons since 2017.  He brings an enthusiastic mindset to his lessons and works hard to cater to his students’ needs and goals.  Though Nick spent his early years learning drum set on his own, he believes with exceptional mentorship, students will be able to excel on their instrument.  With an upbeat attitude, he ensures to provide a fun drum lesson experience while establishing a strong foundation in music fundamentals.