I studied with Lonnie from when I started playing the drums at age 11 until I graduated high school just before I turned 18. After high school, I went on to study music (Jazz Performance undergraduate degree) at the University of Toronto. At U of T, I studied with Terry Clarke and Bob McLaren. In my fourth year of undergraduate, I was invited to play in the master's student ensemble along with graduate students Chris Donnelly, Andrew Downing and Quinsin Nachoff.
Lonnie is an exceptional instructor. Lonnie's percussion pedagogy prepared me very well for studying music in university. My drum teacher during my 2nd and 3rd year, Bob McLaren, once commented on the advanced exercises that I was familiar with from my time studying in Kelowna (with Lonnie). One thing that particularly struck me about Lonnie was how he constantly updated his knowledge of percussion and was always providing his students with new and innovative ways to practice and become better musicians. Lonnie is also very good at adapting to students' needs. I remember several times coming into a lesson and asking Lonnie to show me something that I was wondering about on the kit. Every time, he adapted his lesson plan and provided me with exactly what I was looking for. Lonnie always encouraged students' interest in the drums and never got lost in trying to teach in a specific way.
In addition to being a very high-class instructor, Lonnie is an excellent drummer. Lonnie's technical ability on the drum set was an inspiration when I was studying with him and is still today. He has very good snare chops and moves around the kit very cleanly. This is because Lonnie "practices what he preaches" regarding practice schedules. While I was studying with Lonnie, he would regularly come early into the studio and work on his own playing and technique.
I would highly recommend studying with Lonnie to anyone who is interested in drumming. Lonnie is a great instructor for students at any drumming level. Lonnie worked with me from when I was a complete beginner to when I successfully auditioned for the University of Toronto Jazz Performance program and provided me with tremendous benefit throughout this time.