Calgary Drummer, Percussionist, Composer, Educator...



What do those who have worked with Celene think of her?

"I have relied upon Celene's versatility and experience to run my percussion sectionals, percussion ensemble, rhythm sections and to work one on one with my students for the past ten years. Students enjoy Celene's style and repeatedly accomplish a lot of learning in every session. I would recommend Celene to any school music program" - Deborah Halderman, Band Director Crescent Heights High School

Celene is the best drum teacher I've ever had. She takes the time to explain and examine techniques, and I've felt both challenged and encouraged under her instruction.” - Sandy Lam,  Former student

"You work super hard with my students and I can always see the huge progress. Thanks again!"  - Philip Rounding, Band Director Fairview School

"Celene began as a clinician with me in 1998. She showed great dedication, professionalism, a passion for educating, and always went above and beyond what was expected of a clinician. Teachers would request her to come back, for good reason! Her work ethic and rapport always left a good impression." - Bob Baker, founder of the Clinic Line

"I've wanted to learn and play drums my whole life but haven’t made the leap until now at age 47.  Having absolutely no musical background and not being all that coordinated, it’s safe to say that I had a few doubts.  I’m now discovering that I couldn't have made a better choice in instructors than Celene and am so glad that I started. 
Celene seems as enthusiastic and eager to teach as I am to learn.  She is easily able to adjust her teaching methodology to suit the student and is more than happy to teach them exactly what they want to learn.  I’m only just getting started but feel like I have learned so much already. What once seemed so difficult to do is now amazingly easy.  Thanks Celene!" Michael Tenszen, student

"All of the musicianship I have today I can trace back to Celene." - Mike Young, former student

"Lessons with Celene are the best.  She makes things interesting and challenging each week. Celene is a skilled teacher, being able to quickly assess your skills and offer insight to help you do your best. She is encouraging and praises your smallest improvements. I always look forward to drumming with Celene!" - Marilee Sharpe, Adult Student

"Wow! That was FUN!" - Larry Carloni, student after his first lesson

"Celene Yohemas has been an asset. Her mastery of the instrument, professionalism, and pedagogical expertise has made her one of the most requested clinicians. We always know that when we hire her to work with a percussion group, she will do a wonderful job. She has limitless energy, a positive attitude, and the students and teachers are always pleased with her instruction." - Rachael Flatt, Clinic Coordinator 

"Celene is always my first choice when it comes to booking a percussion clinician!" - Sara Riddell, Band Director Robert Warren Middle School

"My association with Celene Yohemas began in the summer of 2001 at the Air Cadet Camp in Penhold, Alberta.  I was the director of the Senior band for the 8 week summer and she was the percussion/theory instructor attached to my band and luckily for my cadets (and myself), this remained the same for the next 6 summers.  Celene is an excellent teacher (performer!) with excellent skills in her subject area.  She creates a great classroom atmosphere where students enjoy learning from her but if need be, she will be sure they know she's in charge!  These are the reasons that she is always my 'first call' for percussionist when I'm trying to fill a slate of clinicians for the 20 - 25 band camps I set up each year. She is very good at what she does and I hope our association will continue for many years." -Barry Valleau Band Teacher (ret'd)/Guest conductor/clinician
“Celene is the ‘lettuce chopping’ queen of country music. Her train shuffles are the best I’ve ever played with” - Tim Pearson, guitarist Rooster in a Henhouse
"On behalf of the ladies at the Saint Sebastian Drumming Circle we wish to thank you for a great experience and wonderful two sessions of drumming. You are a gifted drummer & we all appreciated your time, talent & patience that you showed as our teacher. Thanks!" -Teachers from 3 schools across SW Calgary
"Playing and recording with Celene has been a feather in my career cap." - Kevin Herring, guitarist

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