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Roll Call

This page is intended to list the names of as many Joe Amato students as possible. Eventually we will arrange them chronologically, alphabetically or perhaps by who can play the fastest set of paradiddles. We will also attempt to provide a brief musical biography. If you were a student or know of a student not on the list, or if we spelled your name wrong, please lest us know in the comment section below the post so corrections and names may be updated. Thank you.- JP

Here are some names for starters in no particular order :

Roger Lengel

Mr. Black Percussionist  with the Seattle Symphony

Wayne Mercer

Christine PerryTimpani with the Oregon Symphony

Don ChristiansonPrinciple with the Seattle Symphony

Howard Gilbert

Jim Mattila

Craig Abrahamson

Dennis LaPlante

Ed Ohlmann

Tom Reuter

Carlo Santilli

John Moore Currently holding a chair with Lee Blake, Bill Rhodes and The New Iberians. Formerly with Johnny Ward and the Jokers, the Pete Karns Blooze Band and many others.
Mark Goodenberger -– Percussionist and composer, Director of Percussion Studies at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Lewis and Clark College and a Masters of Music in Performance degree from the University of Michigan.

Dave Huber

Dusty Hill

Tom Coryell

Stan Tussing

Lee Lahti

Pierce Christie

by Terry of Astoria

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  • 1 Roll Call // Apr 24, 2008 at 10:51 am

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  • 2 John Moore // Jun 11, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    First…Many thanks to Pierce for providing this forum. Not a gig goes by without thoughts of Joe. I find myself working off nervous energy by doing paradiddles(the foundation of funk beats) or doublestrokes,and joe is right there telling me to lift off the pad, relax&get loose,and its been 48 years since i had my last formal lesson.

  • 3 Bruce Smith // Dec 1, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    How does someone get a direct email to
    Mr. Pierce Christie anyhow?? I’ve struggled with this task for a while and someone from the
    Daily Astorian gave me the Joe Amato link
    ( nice by the way). Thanks for any info.

  • 4 Helen Bagley // Mar 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Lee Lahti is 85 years old as of 2010 and had lessons from Joe in the 1930’s. Lee has not become famous but has played drums since. He was in a drum core at a young age. Later he indicates that he was in the Musicans Union and was called to play with bands in Portland, Seaside, Astoria, and Washington areas. At a later age he had played with the locals for different organizations. He has certificates for volunteer work for the Coast Guard, Clatsop Retirment Village and Clatsop Care Center.
    He would be honored be be part of your Roll Call for students of Joe Amato. Lee had to quit at the age of 82.
    Thank-you so much for all that you do and my the drums keep the rhythum of life.
    Helen in reguards to,
    Lee Lahti of Brownsmead, Oregon

  • 5 Pierce // Apr 4, 2011 at 11:00 am

    We will most gladly add Lee’s name to the role call. Thanks for sending it in. Sorry about taking so long to get your comments up but we had a technical problem. I was not getting notifications of new comments until today. Hopefully we’ll have that fixed soon.

  • 6 Pierce // Apr 23, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Good to know Steve, we’ve added your name to the roll call. Let us know if you think of any other of Joe’s students not yet included on our roll call. -P

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