Welcome to the rhythmic world of Clyde J. Connor, a distinguished percussionist, composer, and arranger hailing from Grove, Oklahoma. Clyde's musical journey has been marked by a rich tapestry of experiences, from earning a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Central Oklahoma to becoming a vital force in the world of jazz and contemporary music.

Now Offering Private Lessons!

Are you ready to explore the world of drums with an accomplished percussionist, composer, and arranger? Clyde J. Connor invites you to join him on a transformative journey through drum lessons that cater to all skill levels and musical aspirations.

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About Clyde Connor

Clyde Connor, a percussionist, composer, and arranger, completed his Master’s in Music Performance at the University of Florida in 2016. Currently, he serves as an adjunct professor in the UF Jazz Studies department. During his time at the University of North Texas, he successfully auditioned for the U.S. Navy Band Commodores Jazz Ensemble in Washington, D.C. In the Navy, Connor showcased his talents as a performer, composer, and arranger, with many of his compositions regularly featured in concerts and recordings.

Connor's recordings as a session player at Omega Recording Studios in Rockville, Maryland, are numerous, with much of his work in collaboration with major music publishing companies such as Barnhouse, Columbia, CP Beldwin, and Warner Brothers. His compositions and arrangements are now performed by university and professional groups around the world.

He has performed with artists including Jeff Andrews, Louie Bellson (drum duet), Randy Brecker, Dave Brubeck, Pete Christlieb, Eddie Daniels, Curtis Fuller, Jon Faddis, Terry Gibbs, Don Grolnick, Milt Hinton, Steve Kahn, Dave Liebman, Brandon Marsalis, Don Menza, Claudio Roditi, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schurr, Doc Severinsen, Bobby Shew, Lou Soloff, Marvin Stamn, Clark Terry, Stanley Turentine, Chris Vadala, Ernie Watts, Joe Williams and Snooky Young.

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Drum Lessons

Discover the joy of drumming with Clyde's comprehensive drum lessons. From fundamental rudiments to advanced techniques, Clyde customizes each lesson to meet your unique learning goals.

Professional Performances

Elevate your event with the rhythmic magic of Clyde Connor. Whether it's a live concert, studio recording, or a special event, Clyde's drumming adds a dynamic and unforgettable element.

Workshops and Masterclasses

Join Clyde for immersive workshops and masterclasses designed to deepen your understanding of rhythm, timing, and musical expression. Perfect for schools, music festivals, or aspiring drummers looking to enhance their skills.


Ready to embark on a rhythmic journey?

Email me: cjconnor@bellsouth.net