About Sam Graf
Sam is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, where he earned a BFA with a major in music. While his primary instrumental focus is the drum set, Sam has also spent a number of years studying piano and guitar and has been a singer all his life, participating in an all male a capella group during his 4 years at Kenyon and serving as music director for 2 of those 4 years. In college Sam played in a multitude of cover bands, one-off ensembles, and committed, long-term projects. Since moving to Austin Sam has continued his study of the drum set taking private lessons with Wayne Salzmann II at UT. Sam has performed steadily as a drummer and singer with a number of Austin-based acts including roots rock singer-songwriter Jo James, Austin prog-rockers Mount Pressmore, and Heavy Mellow, Austin’s foremost Yacht Rock cover band. He has also released an EP of his own original music which can be found under the moniker Sammy G. Sam believes that the teacher should always put the student’s overall musical enthusiasm before the achievement of “technical mastery.” He believes that real learning and advancement can only take place when the student truly cares for and respects their chosen music – the cultivation of this relationship of respect and care is Sam’s primary goal in the classroom.