George Schuler is a drummer from Lorton, Virginia who’s mostly known for his work with the Peter Edelman Trio who ran the historic jam session originally headlined by legendary bassist Butch Warren.
Despite receiving a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music, George feels that his real education began on that gig where he had to play 4-8 hours a night several days of the week.
At Columbia Station and Green Island, he not only got to play with some of DC’s finest musicians on a semi-regular basis, but also plenty of talent that happened to pass through D.C. for a weekend. He learned how to be patient, present, and the importance of being able to play with anyone regardless of their ability. Many of the lessons from the gig were learned by experience. Realizing that experience alone wasn’t enough George sought out more direct guidance.
After a long search, George was fortunate to meet Peter Retzlaff, whose instruction proved to be invaluable to his growth. By focusing on developing fundamental skills with the guidance of an experienced teacher and continuing to play on a regular basis, George was able to play the gig better and find his voice in the process.
As a teacher George wishes to provide the same experience for all of his students whether they’re aspiring professionals or hobbyists. He believes that everyone has potential that can be cultivated through hard work and persistence.