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Students: There is still Summer 2020 online course availability. Get a head start on your requirements with offerings including creative industries through crisis, film and media, festivals, tourism, the hospitality industry, and disease throughout history, across literature, media, cultural expression, religion, and more. View all Liberal Arts Summer Courses.

Peter Varnado

Adjunct Professor, Tutor
Jazz Drumming Instructor


B.A. Jazz Studies - University of New Orleans
M.A. Jazz Studies - University of New Orleans


Dedicated Jazz drumming instructor eager to make a difference for all levels of drum students. Motivational leader with an engaging and adaptable style. Ready to apply extensive practicing methods, physical technique, linear coordination, and improvisational skills to all drum students.


  • Member of Sasha Masakowski's Art market band, 2016 to Current
  • Member of the Carl Leblanc trio, 2017 to Current
  • Member of the Stephanie Jordan Quartet, 2016 to Current
  • Member of Loose Willis band, 2016 to Current
  • Has an original band, Apple Tree, 2014 to Current
  • Member of the Jazmarae quartet and band, 2016 to Current
  • Member of Kinfolk Brass band, 2016 to Current


  • Gave a master class to french drum students in France in 2010.
  • Gave a master class to African drum students in Johannesburg in 2014.
  • Performed in Brazil with Delfeayo Marsalis.
  • Recorded on a total of 8 Albums.
  • Performed/performs with Ellis Marsalis, Carl Leblanc, Stephanie Jordan, Marlon Jordan, Delfeayo Marsalis, Sasha Masakowski, Loose Willis, Brent Rose, Kinfolk Brass Band, Apple Tree, etc.
  • Put on special Christmas performance for parents.
  • Taught in the school system 3 years going on 4.