Derrick Raiter



Offering instruction in: Drum Set, Marimba/Mallet Instruments (Marimba, Xylophone, Mellophone, Timpani, Glockenspiel, Bells, Chimes), Concert Percussion, Hand Percussion, Marching Percussion

Notable Training: Derrick Raiter attended St. Cloud State University and received a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Percussion Performance. He has continued to grow his musical knowledge and abilities by studying with the great Anika Nilles since 2017 and by going to various clinics, seminars, master classes and workshops since graduation. He also marched for three years with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Professional Opus: Derrick has 30+ years of experience performing and teaching privately and in group settings. Derrick was an instructor at Al’s Music in St. Cloud for 17 years and opened his school for percussion ( in 2001. He helped start the St. Cloud All-City and Henry Sibley (now Two Rivers) Winter Drumlines, instructed and wrote shows for multiple drumlines and marching bands throughout Minnesota, performed with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Symphony Orchestra, marched and taught in the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps, and performed in and numerous Rock, Jazz, Country, and other styles of performing groups. He has traveled nationally with the Colts, Minnesota Brass, and the 2001 NACA award-winning rock band Fade 2 Shade from 1997 to 2001. Fade 2 Shade has opened for such notable bands as Naughty by Nature, Sister Hazel, and The Push Stars. The group was nominated in 2001 for Best Music Act, and Best New Emerging Artist by Campus Entertainment Awards. Derrick has performed on several albums, including Fade 2 Shade’s “Time Will Tell” and “Illumination”, most of Dennis Warner’s extensive collection of albums, and TMI’s “FROO-TAYE-SHUN”. Additionally, Derrick participated in MTV’s Choose or Lose Tour with Chris Trapper and The Push Stars in 2000.

For the Record: “I started playing music pretty late in life (by today’s standard) at the end of 9th grade. I took lessons with the band director, and he quickly passed me on to a professional drummer at the local music store. I eventually taught at the same place, definitely one of those full-circle moments!”

“There have been so many influences in my musical journey, but some of the most notable through the years have been Vinnie Colaiuta, Alex Van Halen, Dennis Chambers, Viktor Wooten, Mike Stern, Steve Smith, Anika Nilles, Matt Garstka, Chris Allison and Santana.”

“Whether students are just starting out or already experts, my fun and practical teaching style will take technique, musicality, and creativity to the next level. I work with students to develop a plan to achieve their individual musical goals. My approach includes rudiments, time and key signatures, reading music, exercises, playing with music, rhythmic modulation, playing together, and improvisation for a variety of musical styles and percussion instruments.”

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