Credit, Percussion Faculty
Tyler is emerging as one of the most versatile and contemporary drummers in Canada. His playing exemplifies a melodic sense combined with taste, control and rhythmic finesse. Tyler has been on numerous tours around North America, South America and Europe, where his drumming is a popular staple at many jazz festivals, clubs, and concerts. Recently Tyler released his debut acoustic jazz album entitled Shadows of a Brighter Day which has received rave reviews and was recently selected for a National Campus Compilation entitled Dig Your Roots. Shadows of a Brighter Day showcases Tyler's compositions which contain post-bop, contemporary and odd meter influences with unique harmonic and melodic twists.
In addition to playing with his own quartet, Tyler has performed with such artists as; Bob Mintzer, Ingrid Jensen, Frank Mantooth, Alain Caron, Randy Brecker, Hugh Fraser, Tommy Banks, Shelly Berg, Ralph Bowen, Maciek Grzywacz, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, and the electric jazz group Terrain, where he serves as the drummer and co-leader.
While maintaining a busy performing schedule Tyler also teaches for the Mount Royal University Music Performance Diploma Program, and is the director of the Drumset Educational Camp which is held in Calgary each summer. After completing his B.Mus in Jazz Studies from the University of Calgary, Tyler obtained his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance/Pedagogy (2006) at the University of Colorado (Boulder) where he studied composition with Grammy Award winning pianist Chip Stephens.