Grammy nominated musician Sammy K began his professional career at the age of 13 in Michigan. Since then his musical journey has taken him internationally with groups as diverse as The United States Air Force Band of Flight, The Walt Disney Company, Dolphin and Sea Wind Cruise Lines, The Los Angeles Laker Band, Show Choir Camps of America and Cedar Point. While earning his degree in Political Science and Communications at Michigan State University and Western Michigan University, Sammy performed as a member of the multi award winning MSU Spartan Marching Band, and the nationally recognized Spartan Drum Line . He was selected as a member of the "All American College Band" at Disneyland, under the direction of the legendary Art Bartner, and led his own band to 3 consecutive Best Band awards in the Down Beat Magazine international competition. As the drummer for MSU Jazz Band I, Western Michigan University's Jazz Orchestra, and the premiere college vocal ensemble Gold Company, Sammy received numerous solo and best band awards.
Currently based in Los Angeles, Sammy K has performed with a list of artists that includes: Bob Hope, The Coasters, Wes Anderson, The Stars of the Lawrence Welk Show, Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Heath, Zara (Dire Straights, Bob Geldof), The Platters, Buselli/Wallarab Big Band, Bobby Vinton, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Steve Turre, The Mills Brothers, David Pomeranz, Travis Howard, Kate Miner, Dave Brubeck, The Ink Spots, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and Harry Connick Sr. Grammy winners Ray Bardani , Ted Perlman and Mike Acosta utilize Sammy's grooves for their recording and live projects. He has appeared on the Emmy Award
winning "Wayne Brady Show", "Ally McBeal" with KC and the Sunshine Band and Josh Groban, "Unsung Heros" on CMT and in the film "The Fast and the Furious". Clients that have used his talents include: The Walt Disney Company, Ferrari, NBC, Hal Leonard Publishing Company, Much Music Television, the Six Flags Corporation, Daimler-Chrysler, ABC, the
International Toys for Tots campaign and CBS. Sammy has been seen all over the country as a clinician and/or performer at: International Association of Jazz Educators International Conference.
Indianapolis Jazz Festival, Montreux/Detroit Jazz Festival, Percussive Arts Society Invitational Marching Competition, Notre Dame Jazz Festival, Aquinas College Jazz Festival, Spartan Invitational Marching Competition, Southwest Ohio Jazz Festival, Miami Valley Jazz Camp, Bands of America Marching Competition and the International Music Camp. He works with
school districts around the US and Canada as a guest instructor for their Jazz and Rock Bands, and has been the Drum Line Instructor for multiple award winning high school programs. Sammy created the "Groove Boot Camp" concept for intense Drum Set instruction, and it is used at camps in the US & Canada.
In addition to his Drum Set career, Sammy is a Drum Circle Facilitator for both REMO inc and UpBeat Drum Circles. He is co-creator of the body based percussion game/teaching tool "Body Beat" which is used internationally by recreational drummers and educators alike. He also co-produced music used at the United Nations International Conference
on Children, some up and coming singer/song writers and the soundtrack for the stage show "Buddy, Roy & Elvis".
Sammy is a proud member of the family at REMO inc as a Drum Head Artist, Educator and Drum Circle Facilitator. He is also on the Zildjian Cymbals Educational Team and is a Zildjian Drum Stick Artist. He endorses Safe Hoop drum hoops and Factory Metal Percussion, and
enjoys relationships with Yamaha Drums, Kotz Cajons,Big Bang Distribution and DrumArt