Curtis Baxter began playing drums when he was thirteen years old. At the age of eighteen he started studying music at a local community college. At College of the Canyons Curtis learned various percussion instruments including marimba, xylophone, snare drum and timpani. He soon became the percussion section leader of the College of the Canyons Symphonic Band. This was a position he kept until transferring to the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at
While at the Cole Conservatory Curtis studied orchestral percussion, hand percussion, drum set, marimba, and vibraphone with some of the most respected teachers in the
He graduated from the
When Curtis is not performing he spends his time teaching. As a private percussion instructor Curtis has numerous students to which he teaches drum set, snare drum, glockenspiel, and hand percussion. He is also on faculty at two Orange County-based music schools, The Orange County Music Conservatory and The Virtuosos Russian Music Academy, as a drum set and music theory instructor. Curtis strongly believes in the power of music to promote creativity, open mindedness, individuality, and happiness in each of his students. He understands that every student is unique and that each person requires a different approach to help them achieve their full musical potential. Curtis loves sharing his knowledge and passion with his students and takes pride knowing that he has played a part in enriching their lives through music.