Paul Perrilles

Drums - Apprentice 1

Paul Perrilles (dubbed "the kid" by Ray Charles trumpeter David Hoffman) is a young professional musician who derives from the Peoria, IL area. Paul found his passion for the drums at a very young age. Drums have been in his family for 3 generations and he picked up the sticks just like his father and grandfather did before him. 

Paul is not just a drummer, but also a musician. His musical versatility enables him to play across a wide spectrum of musical styles. He has played with bands representing several different genres: rock, fusion, jazz, and even folk. His most notable discography includes a year-long stint with The Way Down Wanderers, a fast-paced, soulful americana band from Peoria, IL. Paul can be heard on their album “Path to Follow.” 

Over the past two years, Paul has made the 2015 and 2016 Honors All State Jazz Ensemble under direction of Brent Wallarab and Reginald Thomas. He has also attended several prestigious jazz camps, including Michigan State University, Northern Illinois University, Birch Creek Music Performance Center, and Simpson College. While at Birch Creek, Paul made the top jazz ensemble and the Jazz Ambassadors and toured Wisconsin with those groups for 2 weeks during the summer. In high school he was honored with several jazz awards from accredited colleges such as Illinois State University, Western Illinois University, and University of Missouri in St. Louis. In 2016, the YoungArts Foundation named Paul a finalist in their jazz competition. Paul has studied with some of the greatest set players in the business today: Kenny Washington, Rodney Green, Joel Spencer, Stockton Helbing, Kelton Norris, and Montez Coleman.

Paul loves teaching drum set. He started his private studio in high school and has continued to build upon it. He has taught students young and old, beginner and advanced and has proven to be a well-rounded performer and educator. One of the key lessons Paul tries to convey is this: anyone can be a drummer, but not all drummers know how to play musically. Lessons in his studio involve the technical aspects of drumming as well as the musical side of the playing. Paul believes that a student's success hinges not only on technical advancement, but also having fun along the way!