Fun and Informative Drum Lessons in Orange County

About Us

The Dynamic Drum School, founded by Chris Lemp, offers fun and informative drum lessons in Orange County, CA. You can choose to have the drum lessons in the comfort of your home or at our studio in Santa Ana, CA. Chris Lemp has been playing the drums for 30 years and been a professional drummer and private instructor for over 18 years. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music and Purchase College of Music, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in music. Chris has taught at the Preparatory School, at the New England Conservatory of Music, the esteemed private school Loomis Chaffee in Windsor, CT, the Harvey School in Katonah, NY, the Forman School in Litchfield, CT, and at several music facilities throughout New England and the New York Tri-State area. Chris relocated to Orange County, CA in 2013 after over a decade of teaching and performing in New York. Chris had a very successful drum lesson business called the Westchester Drum School that offered lessons to over 40 weekly students in Westchester County, NY and Greenwich, CT.​

As a professional drummer, Chris has performed and or recorded with:

• Johnnie Johnson (Chuck Berry) • Charles Flores (Michel Camilo) • Roomful of Blues (5 Time Grammy Nominated band)
• The Mills Brothers • Juan Pablo Torres Nat Reeves (Sting, Kenny Garrett)
• Dario Eskenazi (Pacquito D'Rivera) • Hector Martignon (Ray Barretto) • Gary Mazzoroppi (Marion McPartland)
• Thomas Bramerie (Diana Reeves) • Steve Davis (Chick Corea) • Jimmy Greene (Harry Connick, Jr.)
• Eijiro Nakagawa • Shelton “Fat Man” Laster (Grant Green) ​• Jim Pugh (Steely Dan, Barbara Streisand, Paul Simon)
• Pete Malinverni, and many others.

Chris has performed and toured in Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, and in 46 states throughout the United States. Some of the venues and festivals he has played at include:

• CBGB's (New York) • Yoshi's (San Francisco) • The Coach House (San Juan Capistrano)
• Jazz Alley (Seattle) • House of Blues (New Orleans) • The Regatta Bar (Boston)
• T
he Bottom Line (New York) • Irving Plaza (New York) • The Monterey Blues Festival
• Sine (New York) • The Wetlands (New York) ​• The Oroville Blues Festival
• The Ottawa Jazz Festival • The 55 Bar (New York) • The Tarrytown Music Hall (New York)
• Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis) • Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA) • Bimbo’s 365 Club (San Francisco)
• Tralf Music Hall (Buffalo), • The Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland) • Fargo Blues Festival
​• Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival • Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival • The Berk’s Jazz Festival (Reading, PA)

​Chris has studied extensively, many different styles and techniques, with many master drummers including:

• Joe Morello (Drummer on the famous song Take 5 by Dave Brubeck) • John Riley (John Scofield, Miles Davis)
• Alan Dawson (Jazz legend) • Bob Moses (Pat Metheny, Gary Burton)
• Fred Buda (Boston Pops) • Ian Froman (Dave Leibman)
• Mark Walker (Lyle Mays) • Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Barbara Streisand)
• Kenny Washington (Betty Carter, Dizzy Gillespie)

Chris Lemp / Founder, Dynamic Drum School