Kim Martin, Drummer


It was a good time. The guys are pretty good. They didn’t play the songs exactly like the record, there was no way that I could. They really liked my playing. They thought I was better than their last drummer. After the Jam, they decided that me and the bass guy basically had the jobs. So that was cool. Then they threw on a cd of their old drummer. He reminded me of me before lessons. Choppy and sloppy. They told me my tempo was dead on and solid. That was basically what I was shooting for. The guy told me that he didn’t think a drummer could be rock steady like that. So, I def think I’m a ton better than when I started. I don’t have all of the 4limbed stuff down yet. But I can play pretty much anything at any time. Or play along with anything. And that was basically all these guys were looking for. Thanks for the help. See you Monday.


We played at a wedding on Saturday, and the show went unbelievably well! I’m biased, but from where I sat, we tore the place apart. I have never had so much fun playing music in my life, and I’m trying to recall the last time I had that much fun, period. I spent a lot of time giving you the credit you deserve for getting me to this point in my playing. I hope you’re having a great 4th of July, and I’ll see you next week.


Kim Martin has been teaching our son drums for several years. Kim is an excellent teacher bringing discipline, diverse musical taste, and flexibility to our weekly lessons. He has given our son significant progress as well as helping during the times when our son needed more personal guidance. Kim’s performing adds another dimension to his role as a teacher since students can hear him in that capacity as well. Kim has also been a big help on finding drums and
Kim likes dogs!

-Gordon and Lili Schatz, Potomac, MD

For over ten years we are pleased to have had Kim Martin teaching our son techniques to become a really great drummer. His patience has been never ending, even when his student had many personal issues to deal with. Over the years our son has mastered many types of music that were “in” and Kim has managed to interest him in a variety of other music styles so that he can, when needed, play with any band. I can recommend Kim Martin with a high degree of certainty that he can teach any willing child to become a very good musician. Kim has been foremost, an encouraging, positive influence in my son’s life and is considered a much-respected friend.

Brenda Souto – Rockville, MD

I was an active drum student of Kim Martin’s for approximately five years. Those five years were the most musically rewarding years of my life. Kim’s dedication to his musicianship was truly the shining light for me. His absolute dedication to his drumming was inspirational. Most important to me, and of the greatest benefit to me, was his ability to teach. His methodology included a rigid program of required skills and the development of a sound foundation of the techniques required to play the instrument. Kim was a task master at times, but always a guiding light, always the voice of reason, reassurance and inspiration – driving me at times, and, at other times, encouraging me and reinforcing. I often refer to Kim as my Master Drummer-drum teacher. I regret that I have not been able to continue my lessons with Kim, but my business and professional schedule prevented me from pursuing the instrument to the level that I desired. Because of Kim’s teachings, as well as his inspiration, I still play three to five times a week. I can think of no greater teacher. It was truly my honor to have been his student.

Hank Cohan – Bethesda, MD

I’ve heard a lot of drummers in my lifetime. Personally, I believe you deserve the title. I have been hitting the books hard lately. I am putting in the effort to get better at reading so I can become a more knowledgeable drummer.

I now realize having you begin teaching me was a very important step in my development as a drummer. By observing your work ethic, it has allowed me to give myself permission to commit myself fully to drumming. Before I began lessons, I thought an hour every other day was a good practice schedule. Now I feel that 3 hours a day is a good start, and I am now up to that pace and I can envision the figure increasing with time. I’ll see you Tuesday ready to sight read many lessons worth.