Dennis Winkle is a 4 year alumnus of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. During his years at Berklee, his courses of study were Applied Music in Percussion and Arranging and Composition, and took private studies with Berklee luminary drummers, Alan Dawson, Joe Hunt, Fred Buda and Lou Maigano. After college, Dennis toured with local top 40 styled bands and contracted bands that put him in the company of artists like Saxophonist, Joe Lovano, singers Dux DeJohn and Rose Mary Clooney, and even famous vaudville and violinist comic, Henni Youngman. Since coming to Springfield in 1990, Dennis has continued to make a name for himself. He organized The Swingfield Dance Orchestra, a 10 piece Swing band, and its’ smaller 5 piece group, The Notables. Dennis has also been the Drummer/Percussionist at the Landers and Vandivort Theater and The Nixa Art Association; for such shows as Guys & Dolls, Oklahoma, Damn Yankees, Batboy, Annie Get Your Gun, and The Full Monty. He enjoys teaching all styles of drumming; from beginning snare drum and bells for school band to full kit rock, swing, jazz, and blues.