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Drew Schultz

Drum Instructor
Drummer, Songwriter, and Producer Drew Schultz learned the ins and outs of soul music under the mentorship of Funk Brothers drummer Uriel Jones and original Earth, Wind, & Fire member Ralph Johnson. Schultz earned his stripes in the industry during a five year stint playing drums/percussion, and conducting on the road with legendary Motown groups the Four Tops and Temptations. He has also appeared on stage backing up Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Miracles, The Dramatics, The Contours, Freda Payne, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, The Velvelettes, Wayne Kramer of MC5, Jerry Butler, and Mary Wilson of the Supremes. As a journalist he has written for Modern Drummer Magazine, assisted Earth Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, and worked at Universal/Motown as a pre-production engineer on projects by the Michael Jackson & Jackson 5, David Ruffin and Jimmy Ruffin, and the Four Tops. Drew is currently on staff as a teacher at the Detroit Institute of Music Education, a new pop-oriented music college in the heart of the Motor City, and has been dubbed "Kid Motown" by Susan Whitall of the Detroit News. He is the spearhead of the Back To Class project, a series of his original compositions and arrangements performed by soul music legends, with 50% of profits benefiting public school music programs. The project has featured appearances by the Four Tops, Funk Brothers, Dennis Coffey, Melvin Davis, Spyder Turner, Pat Lewis, James Jamerson Jr, McKinley Jackson, Ken Knox of Chairmen of the Board, Lenny Pickett of Tower of Power/SNL, Mark Scott of The Miracles, Reginald Torian of The Impressions, Buddy Smith, and many more.