Hands On With Zig
As a professional musician (Drumset, Percussion) Zig has performed and/or recorded with James Payne (#1 Gospel Single), Warner Bros./Warner Chappell Music, SONY, Chad Smith/Chili Peppers, Shelia E, Nouvea Riche, Jeffery Steele, Gene Cook, Shari Lewis and Lambchop, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob McGrath/Sesame Street, The Animal Band, The Moffatts, Kat McKool, Shawn Camp, Wade Hayes, Marty Brown, Steve Earle, Johnny Russell, MaryAnn Kennedy, Dawn Thomas, Bob DiPiero, Judy Rodman, Chonda Pierce, Scotty Anderson, Shane Theriot, Arlen Roth, Wings of Faith, Matt Bissonette, Doug Lunn, The Torrance Symphony, SLAM Crosstimber Videos and Impact Productions Videos, among others.
He has been featured in Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Drum Business, Leader in Christian Education, Music Trades, Music Inc., Music Teachers National Association, The Instrumentalist, The Slingerland Book, School, Band and Orchestra, Who's Who in American Business, Nashville Parent and Music Trades magazines in addition to Pearl e-news, Sabian e-news, Pro-Mark e-news, PMC e-news. Zig holds degrees from Tennessee State University and Musicians Institute.
Zig has appeared on network television including VH-1 and VH-1 Save the Music, PBS, FOX, Disney, Comedy Central., TNN, and Talk of the Town.
He is the author of Mr. Zig’s Literacy, Music and Technology Connection (Alfred Publishing), World Beat Fun (Alfred Publishing), and co-author of Mixcraft for the Classroom, Mixcraft for the Classroom 2nd edition and Technology Projects for Creative Students, Powered by SONY ACID Music Studio.
Zig’s educational partners include Culture Fest LA, Eastern Kentucky University Arts Collaborative, McNeese University Cultural Series, Sweetwater Valley Citizens for the Arts, Louisiana Correctional Centers, Allen Parish Alternative Program, Gear-Up, Upward Bound, Arts for All, KYC-SCAA, 21st Century Multi-State Conference, ArtSmart/ArtBreak, Odyssey of the Mind, The First Lady’s Children’s Art Festival, The Helen Keller School, Gilda Radnor Cancer Society, Educational Talent Search, Creative Communities, The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, 21st Century Schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, The Tennessee Library Association, Meet the Composer, Arts Builds Communities, and VH-1 Save the Music among others.
He has earned endorsements and is a clinician with Pearl Drums and Pearl Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Pro-Mark drumsticks, The Percussion Marketing Council, and Zendrum controllers.
Zig's educational Hands on with Zig interactive educational based music, technology and literacy events and workshops partner multicultural and contemporary themes. Zig's programs are offered as interactive performances/concerts and as workshops for all ages. Audience members actively participate in a fun, meaningful, positive learning experience. The trusted and proven programs are designed to educate and inspire lives by enhancing student achievement and encouraging critical thinking by integrating educational strategies and cross-curricular connections as related to real-world applications. In an educational setting, the cross-curricular programs are an extension of the classroom for 21st Century Learning, which also tie-in the subjects of math, social studies, science, history, language arts, physical education and social skills by enhancing existing curriculum with easy-to-replicate lessons. The innovative and engaging programs are appropriate for all audiences based on grade/age level content and vocabulary.