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The Big Beat

You Could Should Be Playing the Drums Right Now!

Whether you’ve never played before or are looking to take things to the next level; let me help you reach your goals. People of all ages and levels have been coming to me to learn the big beat for over two decades. Please reach out to get started.
You never regret making music.

What You Will Learn


What is all of that cool gear and how do we use it


A drummer’s skill starts and ends with the snare drum


For Control, Dexterity, Endurance, and Finesse

4-Way Coordination

Teach all of your limbs to think for themselves – at the same time!


It’s one thing to play the drums. It’s another to be the drummer that everyone wants in their band


How else are you going to articulate what’s going on with the rest of the band


Make the audience move


Proper form and technique will keep you lighting it up on the bandstand for many years to come


Gotta hold it steady

and simply Rocking Out

Because nothing is more fun

No “secret” methods, drumming “hacks” or other gimmicky approaches, guaranteed.

What Other’s Say

The other teachers I had weren’t actually teaching me anything. They just sorta showed me how to “play a song” without really explaining anything. With Andrew I’m always learning something new.

― A.G., Student

We were really surprised at just how much our daughter was able to learn after just a few months. Andrew did a great job of breaking things down in a way that could be easily understood

― J.C., Parent

Notre Dame College Prep in NIles, IL has had Andrew in to conduct master classes with their percussion section.



Years of playing


Decades of teaching


Students per week


Of live gigs & sessions

Andrew Baranowski (aka Drewblood) has been bringing the big beat for most of his life. As a third-generation drummer, his journey began in earnest when his Grandma showed up with his first kit at Christmas in the eighth-grade. With this he began studying in-depth with top local pro’s and maxed out every school credit he could on music courses (e.g. marching, jazz, concert, pep). By senior year in high school he was out gigging in the local clubs and recording his first demo’s. Over twenty years ago he took on his first private student. After all this time his passion for all things drumming has only grown. He really looks forward to helping you be the drummer you want to become.

When not behind the kit he enjoys the cities of London & Berlin, turtles, tea, and anything colored purple.

B.A. – Columbia College, Chicago
MSc – Middlesex University, London
PhD – Rock and Roll!

You never regret making music

Coming Soon!
In June, 2022 I was in London to film a 14-part series on vintage rock and roll styles, and how the modern drumbeat evolved.

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