Drum Set Students in the Center for Music in Worship are also highly encouraged to participate in WorshipU, a free, contemporary Christian worship training band that meets Thursdays from 4:30–6:00 pm. The goal of this program is to incorporate the skills you’re learning in private lessons, and utilize them in a band setting where you will learn, grow, and lead worship from time to time as a band. WorshipU is taught by worship leaders in Bellevue’s music ministry. Each semester includes 15 weeks of lessons.
Dan Davis is a Memphis native, and a product of the Bellevue Music program. He participated in Graded Choirs, Handbell Ensembles, and the Adult Choir and Orchestra. He started Piano at the age of 6, and went on to participate in High School Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Jazz Band on both Piano and Drum Set, making All-State in Band, Jazz Band (on Piano), and Voice. For over 30 years he has been teaching private lessons in Percussion, Piano, and Voice for the Bellevue SPA, the Germantown Conservatory of Music, and privately.
After some time in college, Dan joined the United States Marine Corps to participate in their Field Band program. He served for eight years, and was stationed for four years in New Orleans, Louisiana with the Third Marine Airwing Band, now known as the Marine Forces Reserve Band. Dan went on to complete a Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Memphis after leaving the military.
Since then, Dan has performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, as well as in various musical theatre productions and private engagements across the Mid-South. He taught Elementary Music for 7 years with the former Memphis City Schools, specializing in Orff-Schulwerk. He also completed a Master's in Education from Union University during this time.
Dan has been a lifelong Bellevue member, and is humbled and honored to continue to serve in the School of Performing Arts, as well as in the Bellevue Orchestra and as a Life Group teacher.
Julian Henderson is a native Memphian who has been playing drums since he was three years old. He grew up in our School of Performing Arts and has participated and led our Trash Can Ensemble in performances around the city. He was homeschooled and then earned a degree in music education in 2014 from Wheaton College, located in the suburbs of Chicago. While at Wheaton, Julian gained experience playing various musical styles in many venues around Chicago and the surrounding area as well as the use of a wide variety of percussions instruments. His primary instruments are drum set and mallets. Since graduating, Julian has returned to Memphis share the knowledge and experience he gained and even more importantly his passion for the percussive arts with students and fellow musicians. He has taught in schools, worked with the Memphis Music Initiative, and currently plays at Bellevue Baptist Church and various gigs around the city. Julian’s educational philosophy is to train not just the hands and feet, but to engage the brain, heart, soul, and mind as well.