Christopher Poudrier playing drums


Christopher Poudrier

Part Time Lecturer


drumsetLatin Jazz Ensemble




College of Visual & Performing Arts 204


1981UMass AmherstBM


  • Latin Jazz Ensemble
  • Applied Drumset





Weekly private lessons.

Small performing organizations devoted to the music repertoire of all stylistic periods.

Weekly private lessons. Piano pedagogy will be included at each level.

Small performing organizations devoted to the music repertoire of all stylistic periods.


Drummer/ Percussionist Chris Poudrier’s career has spanned forty years. Not feeling limited or bound to a specific genre, his passion and love of music affords him the opportunity to play in all styles at a creative and inspiring level.

Poudrier graduated cum laude from UMass Amherst with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. His endorsements include Canopus Drums and Regal Tip Drum Products. In addition to his work as UMD's drum set professor and being musical director for the UMass Dartmouth Latin-Jazz “ Vision” Ensemble, Poudrier has been invited several times to perform as guest faculty at the Berklee College of Music’s Annual Percussion Festival. His interests extend beyond the drumming world: he is an active composer as well as an accomplished Irish Bodhran player.

The list of international, national, and regional artists he has worked with include: Dave Liebman, Tony Monaco, Karl Berger, Clyde Criner, Santi Debriano, Billy Preston, John Lockwood, Michael Gregory, Shawnn Monteiro, Bruno Raberg, Tim Ray, Bruce Gertz, Dino Govoni, Assif Tsahar, Jim Robitaille, Bruce Bartlett, Brad Hatfield, Phil Grenadier, Dave Limina, Bobby Keyes, Chiara Chivello, Alon Yavnia, Fernando Huergo, Greg Abate, Bob Nieske, Matt Richard, Sophia Koutsovitis, Jane Miller, John Harrison III, Armsted Christian, Akili Jamal Haynes, and the late Rick Britto among many others.

Chris Poudrier's work is documented on many recordings and he can be seen performing live in the greater Boston area on a weekly basis.