Kent Spillman – Drums/Percussion (Faculty Member Since 2022): Kent has been a drummer and percussionist since the late 1990’s.. He began playing professional gigs with a Jazz quartet in the Greensboro area by the age of 16. He studied under Hank Dempsy who was a former touring drummer for Dizzy Gillespie. He then studied percussion at Appalachian State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduation Kent found himself in Asheville NC, which became his home for the next 12 years, other than one year exploring Nashville TN. In that time Kent toured and recorded all over the east coast with various bands, most notably playing with Reese Wynans (Organist for Stevie Ray Vaughn) Joey Williams (guitarist for Blind boys of Alabama and five-time Grammy winner) and Wendell Mobley (songwriter for Rascal flats). He has also been a notable teacher in the area, having a position at the iconic Musician’s Workshop in Asheville for over six years.