Drumset Master Class
Thursday, 11:00 a.m.
A native of San Diego California, Cliff Almond comes from a musical family. Coming from a classical background, (his mother a piano teacher, and his father a choral conductor), Cliff was started on the violin and piano at the age of five and enrolled in the Suzuki method. As time went on however, Cliff found himself gravitating more toward the drums. At the age of 18, Cliff Attended PIT in Hollywood California, where he was able to study with such notables as Steve Houghton, Casey Scheurell, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Pocaro, and Peter Erskine. At the age of 19, Cliff began periodically teaching at PIT as a substitute. It was soon after this that he was spotted by then Chick Corea drummer Dave Weckl, at which time Weckl recommended Cliff to pianist Michel Camilo. Cliff landed the Camilo gig at the age of 21 and soon moved to New York City where he began to make a name for himself. He currently resides in New York City where he remains busy in a number of different styles and genres.