Zach Compston is a highly regarded drummer, percussionist and music educator, known for his passion and experience in many avenues of the music world. From drum set playing to orchestral and world percussion performance as well as a wide array of teaching credits, Zach has been steadily establishing himself as a versatile figure in many musical arenas. His performance credits include Andrea Bocelli, Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Pete Mills, Dwight Adams (Stevie Wonder), Bobby Floyd, Greta Matassa, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Lafayette Symphony and Owensboro Symphony.
As an educator, Zach is well versed in many teaching settings. As an Associate Instructor at Indiana University while pursuing his Master’s Degree, he taught the percussion techniques course, gave private lessons, and conducted the percussion ensemble. He has given clinics at Wichita State University, Beavercreek Jazz Festival and the Ohio Music Education Association Conference. A yearly instructor at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska, Zach has developed a keen ability to communicate and connect with people of all ages and ability levels.
Zach is currently Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, America’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art of jazz through performance and education. He develops and implements in-school programs as well as community engagement opportunities for all ages. Additionally, his versatility has been displayed as a videographer, production assistant and librarian for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra while at JAG.
Zach is a 2012 graduate of Indiana University with a Master’s Degree in Music, and is a 2010 graduate of Capital University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies.