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Howdy! I'm Derek, owner of TreeHouse Drums. I've been playing drums since 1981, teaching people to play drums since 1987, and working on drums since 1989. I've owned Supersonic Music since 1998 and I've been making TreeHouse Drums since 2000.
I'm involved with all aspects of the company: buying, selling, marketing, sanding, finishing, drilling, playing, etc. Though I've usually worked on TreeHouse projects alone, I now have a tremendous, dedicated staff who can all draw straight lines, are hip to social media and love building drums.
Feel free to email or call for scheduling a tour of the famous TreeHouse Drumgeon located in the basement workshop at the Topeka Supersonic Music building.
Music is a huge part of my life, and I'm very fortunate to be able to have a well-rounded musical experience in Topeka, KS. On any given day, I get to build, teach and play drums.
I've been Derek's assistant at TreeHouse since 2010, and I'm involved with the building, photoing, selling, and online presence that surrounds the world of TreeHouse.
When I'm not in the Drumgeon, I am teaching in my private studio or at Washburn University. As a performer, you'll find me around town playing with my rock band Invisible Bike, onstage with groups such as the Topeka Symphony Orchestra and Topeka Festivals Singers, or in the pit for musicals at the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble, Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy, or Helen Hocker Theater. Visit my Player Page. Website: www.jasondrums.com
I began working at TreeHouse in October of 2014. While there are still many things for me to learn, I've really enjoyed helping create musical instruments. I like that there are so many customizable parts to each drum and that no project is exactly alike.
I graduated from Washburn with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts concentrating in sculpture. Therefore I mostly enjoy the process of building a drum rather than getting to play it. My favorite steps to making a drum are applying color and finish, as well as sanding and smoothing out the bearing edges. Smooth surfaces and bright colors play an important part in my own 3-dimensional art pieces, which translate well into drum making.
Besides getting dusty in the Drumgeon, I assist at Prairie Glass Studio where I get to create pieces out of fused glass. I am also learning how to blow glass at AlBo Glass. To see my artwork, visit katyastrakhova.weebly.com.