Meet The Team

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Sheila Klotz

Director of Percussion & Drum Set Education

Former Army Band Commander Sheila M. Klotz, founder of SoMarDrummers, started her drumming journey at 10-years old studying with rudimental great John Bosworth.

She is a graduate of West Virginia University and joined the United States Air Force Band as the beginning of her military career. After 13-years, she transition to the 257th Army Band, Washington DC and soon took over as commander of the unit. The military afforded her opportunities to perform and conduct concerts throughout the US and abroad including the White House, Pentagon, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and concerts in Switzerland, Netherlands, US Virgin Islands and more.

 

Sheila has a successful history of teaching classical percussion, Latin Percussion and drum set.  Many of her students are awarded robust scholarships at universities and conservators such as Duke University, WVU, Catholic University of America, Peabody Conservatory, Maryland University and St. Mary's College of Maryland - to name just a few. 

In 2020 she won the Hit Like A Girl International DrumSet competition and now serves annually as a judge for the Contest.  She currently maintains a private percussion studio and is an active freelance drummer, percussionist and recording artist in the mid-Atlantic region.

 

Sheila is an Educator Clinician with WFLIII Drums  and endorses  TRX Cymbals

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Alton Clark

Drum Set Education

Born & raised in Washington DC, Alton started drumming as soon as he started walking. Currently touring the East Coast with Singer / Songwriter Leela James, he started his early drumming career in his dad's church.  His first professional experience was with the Eddie James Ministries World Tours in  2018-19. Alton's drumming duties with Eddie James put his creative talent on stages across the US as well as Egypt, Africa and Europe.  

 

Alton is the Music Director and Drummer for Growth Church and currently teaches drums in a local school where his students are thriving in all areas of music.  He is a versatile freelance drummer and actively participates in SoMar Drummers Clinics, Master Classes and Camps.  He can be found recording in the gospel, pop and R&B genres throughout the DMV.  He offers private lessons on his website and in the local area.

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