About Me

Damon Eckard

Education

  • Classical percussion training from golden-era jazz master Harry Huxol 
    • Sole focus on single snare and rudiment technique from age nine to thirteen
    • Secondary focus on jazz and rock kit from age thirteen to eighteen
  • GD with Music Concentration, Shawnee Mission West High School
    • Marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, orchestra
    • AP Computer music composition
  • Music Theory & Composition, University of Kansas at Lawrence
    • Multiple disciplines (guitar, percussion, piano, bassoon, and viola da gamba)
    • Sight singing, ear training, and music theory instruction from Dr. Alan Hawkins

Experience

  • Contributing songwriter for Texas indie shoegaze band the Capsules
  • Touring member of Kansas indie/shoegaze/space rock band Shallow (1995 to 1999)
    • Shared stages with the Flaming Lips, the Creatures, Gerald Collier, and others
    • Electric guitar, Farfisa Mini Compact organ

Ephemera

  • Owner of Axes of E'ville in Emeryville, California
  • Collector of vintage instruments & effects
  • Namer of ridiculous names
  • Went to band camp
    • Twice