Des Moines based percussionist Derek Dreier is an eclectic musician and educator, versed in a variety of musical traditions. Derek has a passion for teaching and outreach, as well as a deep commitment to his craft.
Derek performs regularly with the Omaha and Des Moines symphonies and is a member of Des Moines' Synergy Nonet and co-founder of Tributary, a collection of jazz musicians dedicated to spiritually informed music. Derek tours annually with International Steinway Artist Jim McDonough and previously participated in a national tour with Chicago's Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters.
Derek currently serves as percussion instructor at Urbandale and Hoover high schools and maintains a private studio.
Derek's primary teachers include, Boston Symphony percussionist Will Hudgins, former timpanist of the National Symphony John Tafoya, Afro-Cuban specialist Michael Spiro, all-around percussion virtuoso Dane Richeson and drum set and latin percussionist (and father) James Dreier. He holds degrees from Lawrence University and Indiana University and completed two years of post-graduate work at the New England Conservatory.