Background/ Experience: Gary Hess began his professional music career in 1971, playing clubs throughout the United States and Canada. In September of 1980, he became the first enrollee at the Percussion Institute of Technology at Musicians Institute. Gary has been a teacher at MI since 1981. Besides having years of extensive hands-on teaching experience, he is also the author of The Encyclopedia of Reading Rhythms (MI Press/Hal Leonard). Gary’s expertise in a wide variety of styles and techniques has made him an invaluable part of the MI staff. He has conducted drum clinics in Japan and the U.S. and continues to maintain a full schedule of freelance work and teaching. Gary’s specialties are R&B, blues, funk, country, reading, and interpretation.