East Bay Drummer is home of percussionist/educator Hamir Atwal. Drawing from a diverse range of musical styles, Atwal studied at Berklee College of Music, where he immersed himself in jazz, improvisation, and discovered ways to adapt his drumming to various genres. Critics describe Atwal’s style as "fresh and conscientious," and he is known for giving any music he plays a unique touch and sensitivity.
Atwal is an active educator and has given clinics/classes at notable music schools including the California Institute of the Arts, Peabody Conservatory, Music Academy International, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Jazz Camp West. He is a faculty member at the California Jazz Conservatory. Atwal teaches at his home studio in the East Bay, a staple of the local jazz community, and plays internationally in collaboration with other musicians.