Mr. Dreyer was born and raised in Helena, Montana. By the age of 14, he was already playing saxophone and guitar in local rock and jazz bands. Mr. Dreyer earned his degree in Music from Colorado State University, where he developed a passion for jazz while studying under the direction of renowned jazz trumpeter Hugh Ragin. Mr. Dreyer went on to earn his Master's Degree in World Music and Composition from Northern Illinois University, where he studied music from India, Africa, Indonesia and Latin America. His primary instruments are saxophone and bass guitar, but Mr. Dreyer plays all the instruments in the band and orchestra. Mr. Dreyer has taught band, orchestra, choir and general music to students of all grade levels since 2006.
In his spare time, Mr. Dreyer enjoys studying foreign languages and cultures and international travel. Mr. Dreyer has been to Thailand, Russia, Hong Kong, Israel and Uganda, where he studied African music and taught American music in the summers of '07 and '08. Mr. Dreyer enjoys composing and performing music that blends together styles from many diverse cultures. Mr. Dreyer enjoys listening to a variety of music from around the world, but his favorite style is Jazz Fusion, by groups like the Dave Weckl Band and Miles Davis.
Mr. Dreyer believes that playing in band is an excellent way to develop self discipline, creativity, team work, social skills and critical thinking skills while having fun and making new friends. Mr. Dreyer believes that studying and performing a variety of music styles can help people to learn to appreciate the beauty in diverse cultures from around the world.
Call Mr. Dreyer at 708.927.0527