Dimitri was given a set of drums for his first birthday, and that’s when his musical journey began. Initially, he was self taught, playing along to records until the age of eleven when he began studying with Woody Sutton, who was a student of Chester Thompson—best known as the drummer for Genesis and Phil Collins. The knowledge Woody passed on helped Dimitri to build a foundation of technique, independence, and musicality on the drums.
Dimitri went on to study percussion, piano, and music theory at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, Delaware, one of the most selective public schools in the United States. It was at this time he started gaining experience performing in many situations, including concert bands, marching band competitions, and multiple gigging jazz groups. After graduating Dimitri focused on studio recording, engineering, and composition, perfecting his craft both on and off the drum kit.
Today, Dimitri can be found performing and recording in a wide variety of situations, all drawing on his lifetime of musical experience. You can find him in jazz and R&B settings playing festivals with Cynthia Marie and touring with Liz Vice, in funk and hip hop settings with his own duo Smile and Wave, and producing and collaborating on music with a wide variety of artists.
Dimitri's passion for music and rhythm motivates him to share with others. In clinics and with his students, he shares his experience and insights on everything from music theory and composition, to all manners of rhythmic concepts and drum set techniques.