Greg Hersey is a percussionist and educational artist based out of Jacksonville Florida. Greg currently serves as the Director of Instrumental Music at Episcopal School of Jacksonville, cultivating successful middle and high school ensembles. He inspires students to strive for excellence and to become passionate, dedicated musicians. Greg Hersey is a graduate of the University of North Florida School of Music and holds a Master's degree in Percussion Performance. He has studied with renowned instructors Charlotte Mabrey, Kevin Garry, Danny Gottlieb, and Benjamin Wiseman. Greg has competed in the Guitar Center Drum Off and was 1 of 30 semi-finalists nationwide, representing the southeast region.
In addition to being a full-time educator, Greg works as a freelance percussionist in the Jacksonville area and surrounding communities. He actively performs for musical theater productions, BayKings International Band, orchestras, and various schools as a guest clinician. He offers private drum set and percussion instruction to students locally, nationally, and internationally. Greg has been featured in several full-length podcasts such as Drumeogab, Big Fat Five, Drummersilike, and Sit-Down Saturday. Greg Hersey is an artist for Yurt Rock music library, offering original percussion sounds and loops for professional music producers and engineers. His strong social media presence with now over 250k followers has provided a plethora of musical opportunities and international recognition. Greg is immensely grateful to be in partnership with various companies and families; Vic Firth, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Firehouse Drums, TNR Products, Big Fat Snare Drum, Rustic Percussion, DrumDial, and RimRiser.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceMy Master's recital at the University of North Florida. I left everything out on the stage, pouring my heart and soul into that specific performance. What amounted to an hour-and-a-half recital felt like mere minutes on stage. A true testament to focus and passion.
What Drives Your Creativity?Hip hop grooves and weird, unique sounds. I thoroughly enjoy the world of multi-percussion and experimenting with random setups. I typically find an assortment of instruments in the band room and just roll with it.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?Vic Firth has everything I want and more. The SD4 combos allow me to create effortlessly and feel right in any musical situation. Being part of the VF family is something I have always aspired to do. My students have the opportunity to play with the best products in the industry.