Zack Olsen

Educator and Independent

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Drummer and educator Zack Olsen was raised all over the western united states and has called Santa Cruz home since 1989. Zack had a love for music growing up but didn't start playing till the end of high school. After studying music at Cabrillo College he hit the road with Santa Cruz ska/rock band Slow Gherkin. He toured the US 9 times hitting every state except North Dakota, Alaska and Hawaii with the group. They also toured Japan and several times to Europe. In between tours he studied privately with master drummers Peter Magadini, Eddie Marshall and Dave Black. Zack started teaching early on and found he had a passion for it. He currently has a full roster of students and is an instructor at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center’s summer jazz camp. Zack’s an in demand drummer performing all over the San Fransisco bay area. He also drum techs for the Monterey Jazz Festival and plays in the pit for Cabrillo Stage and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Zack lives is Soquel Califorina with his wife and two daughters.