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Craig Hetrick - Assistant Principal Timp

Craig Hetrick

Available for private instruction of percussion and/or drum set, in person* or virtually

*Craig is fully vaccinated and boosted. Masks are not required, but if you prefer to be masked, Craig is happy to do so as well.

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About Craig Hetrick

Craig Hetrick is a highly experienced performer and teacher of all things drums and percussion. He has been the Assistant Principal Timpanist and Percussionist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years, an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Butler University for twenty-five years, and a private teacher for some forty years. In addition, he was a protege of Jim Chapin and specializes in drum set, teaching all styles from jazz and chart reading to Top 40, country, and rock and roll.

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Teaching Philosophy

Craig believes that every student is an individual and needs special attention and care to advance at their own pace.

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Over Forty Years of Experience

As a Professional Performer & Teacher

Craig Hetrick is the Assistant Principal Timpanist and Percussionist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and has toured the United States as a drummer with Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, and Bob Hope. He is also an experienced teacher with over forty years of teaching private students, including at Butler and Indiana Universities. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Delaware and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University.


Craig has taught students ranging in age from 10 to 60 and in skill level from beginners to advanced students and professionals preparing for collegiate or professional auditions. While he’s always happy to teach students at any level who want to learn the drums for any reason, many of his advanced students have been accepted at prestigious music schools throughout the country and/or have gone on to professional careers in orchestras, military bands, as drum set players and as school and private teachers as well.


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Craig teaches from a number of classic drum and percussion texts, as well as many pages of his own exercises. The curriculum is customized for each student to meet their skill level and learning style.

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Teaching Success

Former students have won auditions for jobs in The Minnesota Orchestra, The President's Own Marine Band, The San Diego Symphony Orchestra, The Tucson Symphony Orchestra, The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, The Omaha Symphony Orchestra, The USAF Heritage of America Band, The United States Navy Band, and The 8th Army Band in South Korea, among others.


Current and former students have been accepted as undergraduate or graduate students at prestigious music schools, including The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, The Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, Carnegie Mellon University, The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Temple University, Cleveland State University, DePaul University, Butler University, Berklee College of Music, and Belmont University. Students have been accepted at summer festivals such as the Tanglewood Institute and Eastern Music Festival.

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