Percussion / Drumset Faculty
John Yarling, UM Faculty, Drumset Master Class Faculty
Ryan Hecker, Drums
Oscar Dorta, drumset
Ryan Hecker is a graduate of The University of Miami with a Masters degree in Instrumental Jazz Performance and a graduate with honors in a Bachelor's degree in Music from Florida International University. Ryan has played with many ensembles throughout Broward, Palm Beach and Dade counties including the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Latin Grammy Winner Nestor Torres' Charanga Ensemble, FIU's Studio Jazz Big Band, The University of Miami's Studio Jazz Band and leads his own jazz combo. Additionally, Ryan is principal percussionist for the Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra and sits on the board of directors. Ryan is also an active visual artist who enjoys making ceramics and pottery, painting and sculpture in his spare time.
Oscar Dorta has performed as a drummer/percussionist & touring musician for 35 years. His recordings included are with members of Bon Jovi, Funkadelic, synth pop group C.C.C.P. and the like. His T.V. on stage appearances include Bonnie Tyler, Herbie Hancock,the late Tito Puentes, Maria Conchita Alonso and Wild Cherry ,among others. Oscar also heads his own group Skintrade.us and performs with R&B, fusion, and rock groups across S.Florida. Besides being a private drum instructor he also writes music for cable t.v. under his own company Genome Music Group.