Taylor started playing drums at the age of eight and progressed very quickly. He learned all of the basics with Dave Olson, and then continued his studies with Mike Dale, where he became one of Mike’s top students. He set the record as the youngest student to pass off the Rudimental Cookbook while he was in the 7th grade.
In high school, Taylor learned about mallet and orchestral percussion and took marimba lessons from Dan Chamberland. He received Superior Ratings each year at State Festivals and was the first percussionist at his high school to play in Concerto Night. It is incredibly rare for a percussionist to be selected for Sterling Scholar!
Taylor has a love for all things percussion and is currently majoring in Percussion Performance at the University of Utah, where he plays with the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra, Drumline, Percussion Quartet, and Wind/Percussion Ensembles.
In March 2014, Taylor placed 1st at the Utah Day of Percussion in the College Orchestral Snare Division and 2nd in the College Marimba Division. Between teaching, performing, and studying, Taylor maintains a full, rewarding schedule. He hopes to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Spring 2016 and take his studies further into Graduate school.
With regard to teaching, he says that “I love helping my students make progress and have fun through drums. I think that they teach me more than I teach them.”
Taylor also served an LDS mission in Donetsk, Ukraine.