eric metzgar 

drummer  educator  composer


A native of Rochester, NY, Eric Metzgar freelances regularly around the United States and Canada.  Eric is an in-demand drummer and versatile collaborator who offers his musicianship to jazz entertainer Jon Seiger, contradance band Tempest, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.  Since 2005, he has had the opportunity to perform in the Rockport, Lewiston, Iowa City, and Rochester jazz festivals.  In June 2014, Eric served as the house drummer for the International Trombone Festival at the Eastman School of Music.      

Eric is a passionate educator deeply invested in music teaching and learning. Each summer, he teaches at the Rockport Jazz Camp under the direction of saxophonist Alexa Tarantino. He maintains a private studio and serves as a clinician at local and regional schools.

Eric holds a BM in Jazz Studies and an MM in Music Teaching and Learning from the Eastman School of Music. He lives in New York City.        


Galop Brillant de Salon (Drum Set Quartet) 

Maritana Suite (Nonet for Wind Instruments and Rhythm Section)

Mark Murphy Suite (in progress)



Eric is available for performances, educational events, and lessons.

(585) 410-2861