Jazz drummer Gary Chaffee taught at NEC from 1996 through 2009. Chaffee has been a teacher of contemporary drumming since the 1970s, working with some of the top players in the industry, and most recently, instructing out of his own private teaching studio. A list of his students reads like a "who's who" of the contemporary drum scene and includes such players as Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Jonathan Mover, J.R. Robinson, Casey Scheuerell, Kenwood Dennard, Joey Kramer, and David Beal. Hundreds of other successful drummers have come out of his "school" of drumming.
An active performer, Chaffee has shared the stage with many noted artists, among them are Pat Metheny, Dave Samuels, Abe Laboriel, Jaco Pastorius, Mike Stern, Steve Swallow, Mick Goodrick, John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell, Palle Danielsson and Tom Harrell.
Chafee has authored many books demonstrating his unique concepts. Among these are his highly popular 4-volume "Patterns" series: Rhythm & Meter; Sticking; Time Functioning; Technique; and Linear Time Playing. Chaffee has also released two new videos on DCI: Phrasing & Motion; and Sticking Time, Linear Time, Rhythm & Meter. All of Gary's materials are available through Warner Bros. Publications. He is endorsed by Yamaha Drums.