DRUMS | GUITAR | BASS | PIANO
Born in Carlsbad, CA, Ian Harland is a true native San Diegan. He began playing piano at age seven, taking lessons from his neighbor across the street. However, he quit a year later because he couldn't understand how two people could possibly play together and stay on time. He didn't understand rhythm! Ironically enough, at age eleven, Harland decided to start playing drums. He formed a band with his brother and neighbor called Beyond Recognition. They played rock 'n' roll and wrote their own music. However, the band disolved as his brother and friend developed other interests while Harland remained intently focused on music. Throughout high school, Harland would continue to expand his musical taste and professionalism.
When Harland was fifteen, he began playing African drums with the San Diego group Ho Asogli. They performed throughout the county at venues such as The Neurosciences Institute (now TSRI) and World Beat Center at Balboa Park. Also at age fifteen, the young artist took up lessons with ragtime xylophonist Morris Palter. This was Harland's first exposure to mallet percussion. After high school, he attended San Diego State University (SDSU) where he earned both his Bachelor's and Master's of Music in Jazz Studies. During his studies at SDSU, he became increasingly interested in harmony and composition. This led Harland's studies towards mallets rather than drum set. When his teacher, Anthony Smith, moved to New York, Harland bought Smith's vibraphone and set out to become fluent as an improvisor and composer on the instrument.
Now, Harland performs and records professionally throughout the greater San Diego area. You're likely to find him rocking out on drums in Oceanside or swinging on the vibes downtown. He is also an exceptional teacher for all ages and skill levels - not only on drums and vibes, but on guitar, bass, and piano as well!