Portland native, Tyson Stubelek, began playing music at the age of 3 under the guidance of his father, who is also a drummer. Growing up, Tyson quickly became involved in the local music scene, playing in a number of youth symphonies. Upon meeting and hearing Elvin Jones play live, Tyson, at age twelve began to focus intently on being a jazz musician, and began studying with Portland drum gurus Alan Jones, and Mel Brown, to whom he attributes much of his musical understanding.
Tyson moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 2005 after rounding out his undergraduate studies at Portland State University, completing a triple major (BM, BS, BS), and continued on with 4 years of graduate level pursuits (MM, GD) at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied intently with many of the world’s finest musicians. In 2009, he moved to New York City where he continued to work and live as a professional for 4 years.
Tyson has been teaching drum lessons for the past 11+ years in schools and privately. He has toured internationally across Canada, the UK, and throughout the United States, and has studied and played with numerous prominent musicians including: Danilo Perez, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Ingrid Jensen, Jerry Bergonzi, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Joe Locke, Dave Douglas, Clarence Penn, Tony Malaby, Ben Street, Adam Benjamin, and Joshua Redman.
Recently, Tyson returned home to Portland and remains entirely dedicated to learning new things, bettering himself as a person and musician, and passing on positivity through music community.