Being a student under Jackie Browne’s direction has taken me further than I could have ever imagined. I can easily remember not even knowing how to sit on the seat properly when I first stepped into Jackie’s studio to approach the practice drum set. Looking back on that first day, I had no idea how my life was about to change because of my teacher. After several invaluable years of lessons from Jackie, I was able to expand my musical career dramatically. His instruction lead me through 4 years as a member of the A.I. DuPont High School Tiger Marching Band (one year as drum line captain), 4 years as a snare drummer in the University of Delaware’s Marching Band (one year as drum line captain), and 2 years as a snare drummer on the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps drum line. In addition to the marching experience, Jackie has helped me become a member of the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band, and perform in the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Needless to say, being a student under Jackie Browne has not only allowed me to grow as a musician, but it has exposed me to different people and places that have welcomed my passion as a musician into the musical world.

Elio DiSabatino,