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A former Hawaii State Powerlifting Champion, Bryan first got introduced to the drums while responding to a need to fill a vacant spot on a worship team in a small Baptist Church in Makakilo. His lack of experience and eagerness to learn lead Bryan to Chuck James Drum Shop in 1997. In a small warehouse in Mapunapuna, Bryan’s first drum instructors included brothers Justin and Jerome James, and then finally their father, legendary Jazz drummer, Chuck James. Bryan’s humble beginnings included playing drums in a Nanakuli Christmas parade while sitting on a bucket and traveling twice to Fiji to build a church and pre-school, while also playing drums on the mission’s worship team. Since then, his journey has led him to other worship platforms including the Historic Hawaii Theatre to currently The Salvation Army Kroc Church, where you’ll find him on drums just about every other Sunday. Bryan has grown tremendously in his calling and craft and is now a drum teacher at the Waipahu school. Furthermore, he is still furthing his drum/music education by continuing to take drum lessons from Chuck James, where they have built a long standing student/teacher relationship. For Bryan, the entire experience of learning from and working for Chuck has been worth more than anything material. There is always genuine knowledge to be shared and amazing conversations to be had. Bryan is passionate about drumming and still considers himself a student of the instrument. Yet, he hopes to pass his knowledge on to the next generation of drummers and inspire his students to reach their maximum potential.

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