D.W. Forkel has been a working musician for the last nine years. His background, which is based in improvisational Jazz, R&B and Indie/Experimental style, was developed while studying at Pfeiffer University under Composer Ed Kiefer and the late Dr. David Kirby. During his undergraduate studies, he worked with a handful of private students focusing on marching percussion, introductory music theory, chamber ensemble studies in percussion, arrangement and drum set style.
Since graduating in 2013, D.W. has gained local and regional success with his Indie/Americana group, The Genuine. Performing throughout NC and across the midwest and southeast, The Genuine has been featured in multiple Forsyth County Arts Council events as well as repeat appearances at Phuzz Phest. Regulars at the summer series, “Second Sundays on Fourth,” The Genuine has also had a number or radio and studio performances with organizations including Our State Magazine and WFDD, NPR affiliate for the Triad.
“What I love about teaching students is the reciprocity that happens; the musical conversation. I feel that with a focus on technique, fundamental elements and a healthy work ethic, my students will establish and reach personal and musical goals while having a blast in the process!”