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  • Dino Cuneo auditioned for Dream Theater in 2011 to replace Mike Portnoy on drums.  Here is one of the songs from the audition, "Panic Attack" by Dream Theater

Let me introduce myself !

My name is Dino Cuneo founder of the Mile High Music Academy.   I have a different way of teaching than most of the drum academy's that you might have used or are still enrolled with.  I have a more aggressive approach to teaching, hence why my students become professional musicians faster than normal instruction.  I teach theory and  rudiments after the student has a good foundation and rhythm for the drums.   Most programs focus too much on rolls etc.  They come later on as a natural progression to learning the full drum kit.  I have written and published two drum instructional books that I teach from which include (rock, jazz, reggae, metal, country, hip hop, grunge, thrash metal) and more.  On this page I have briefly outlined my method of instruction so you might have a better understanding for how I teach.  There are also links to what my students have to say about my method of instruction, letters of recommendation, and official endorsements.  I sincerely look foreword to helping you become the drummer you always dreamed of becoming.  If you don't have a drum set and you purchase one from Drum City Guitar Land, I will come out to your home and set the drum kit up, and give a lesson for 1/2 the price of a single lesson... 

First    I come to your home and instruct you on your own drums, which is nice because the first lesson I help you to set up the kit in a manner that will better suit your needs as a drummer, and not some drum kit that is being played by 100 or more students.

Second   I usually sit down at the kit after I have set it up properly and tuned it as each week I do "until you have learned the does and don'ts of tuning".  I then jam on them for a bit because when I sit down at a set of drums I can't let them go without playing them, a little weakness I guess I have... by then the student is usually raring to get started...


Now for the method of instruction!

Since 1995 I have been teaching this method of instruction to my students and it has proven to work.  In less than 3 years I have taught beginner students that could barely play one beat, and gone through my coarse of drum instruction and have become  professional drummers playing with bands, and they still continue to have me teach them year after year, so they must be getting something useful out of my method.  I have two drum instructional Books that are published, and have two more in publication.  I have recorded a large database of drum beats, fills and combo's.  I sit down at your drums and play each beat and explain how to read the sheet music.  After that the student sits down and goes to work.  Once I know what level you are at, it gives me a better understanding of where to start.  Now the twist... Along with the  two books I have a DVD that breaks down the lessons so you can see first hand how each fill combo is played.  As the student progresses I teach (Rock, Jazz, Punk,  Latin, Reggae, 50's, Shuffles, Sambas, Bossa Nova's, Rap, Double Bass, Heavy Metal, and the list goes on and on...   This is an affordable "Win - Win" situation, so if you are in Colorado E-mail me right away to get started at: cuneoproductions@msn.com or call 303-941-3179 and get started on this innovative method of learning today. 

Key benefits of my method of instruction!

  • Benefit 1-  Being taught on your own drums is much more comfortable for the student as he or she has there drums set up in a manner that suites them and not 100 other students.
  • Benefit 2 - Each week I tune your drums so that eventually you will learn how to do it yourself.
  • Benefit 3 - You don't have to take extra time out of your day to drive to a lesson.  "I Travel To You"

"Get a FREE lesson from Dino"

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(Letters of Recommendation)



Student: Tyler Toth


Dino's Full Bio

Drummer, Producer, Engineer

Dino Cuneo studied under the late great "Buddy Rich", "Ron Moewes".  Played (and or) Recorded  with:  Sanity's Edge, Iambic Pulse, Progression X Jazz, Red Star Revolt, Generations Jazz Trio, Low T, Another Question, Of David, Revvise, Hellstrum, MindSongs, Virtual Sol, Grandon Westlund (The Bass Kahuna), Billy Austin, Dynametal, Joe Kissack Band, 11th Hour, Fire Sign, Stiffler's Mom, Allison Hawkins Band, The Lost Canyon Band, Blues Planet Project, Chrysalis Records recording artist Brent Ballard, 5280, Watchmen Project, Second Wind, Alter Ego, Full Moon Rising, Legacy, Perfect Stranger, Feldspar. 

Dino has shared the stage with: POD, Skillet, Twisted Sister, Warrant, Great White, Carlos Santana, Random Hero, Chris Daniels and the Kings, Baba Gannoush - (Formally) Some Peoples Kids, Jill Sobule, and many others...




  1. Sanity's Edge

  2. Iambic Pulse

  3. Progression X Jazz

  4. Red Star Revolt

  5. Another Question

  6. Chelsea Bates

  7. Hellstrum

  8. Of David

  9. Soul Ignition

  10. MindSongs

  11. Dynametal

  12. Joe Kissack Band

  13. Revvise

  14. 11th Hour

  15. FireSign

  16. 5280

  17. Watchmen

  18. Blues Planet

  19. Generations Jazz Trio

  20. Stiffler's Mom

  21. Generations Jazz Trio

  22. Second Wind

  23. Grandon Westlund

  24. Billy Austin


  1. Reformation

  2. Escape From Nowhere

  3. A Momentary Laps Of Reason

  4. Self Titled

  5. Being Recorded

  6. Solo Project

  7. Cronicles lll

  8. Not Release (listen to free tracks)

  9. The 11th Hour

  10. A Work In Progress 2005

  11. Instrumental

  12. Country Glue

  13. Under Publication

  14. Say Something To The World

  15. Hades Cafe'

  16. A Work In Progress 2004

  17. Watchman's Journey

  18. Teddy's Got The Blues

  19. A Change In Seasons

  20. Pucker Up

  21. Live 2001-2002

  22. A Work In Progress 2002-2004-2005

  23. Basket Case

  24. Boys Night Out



Dino's Books

A beginner to intermediate drum instructional book focusing on the full kit and not just the snare drum.  Dino has even incorporated a large section on double kick in the beginning book.

An intermediate through advanced drum instructional book that takes what is learned in the beginner book to a much higher level.  There are fill combo's and a large section on double bass exercises and beats.  A must have for any aspiring drummer.


Dino's DVD's

Dino's dvd is packed full of great drumming instruction, weather you are a beginner,  intermediate or an expert, there is something in this video that will help you further your knowledge in drumming. 

Yes, I said FREE music... Over the years I thought it would be cool to put up some songs from the albums I have been apart of, and not charge to listen to them.  I hope you enjoy them, and if you do, please purchase either the full albums, or download them for a small fee.


Equipment Dino uses:

Drum Kits

  • Yamaha - (Blue Ridge Oak Custom) 16 piece

  • Yamaha - (Rock Tour Custom) 7 piece

  • Yamaha - (Maple Recording Custom) 6 piece

  • Yamaha - (Burch Custom) 7 piece


Zildjian Cymbals

  • 22" Jazz Ride

  • 22" Rock Ride

  • 21" Earth Ride

  • 22" Inverted Pang

  • 18" China Trash

  • 2 - 18" Crash Cymbals

  • 2 - 16" Crash Cymbals

  • 16" A Brilliant Thin Crash

  • 14" & 15" Paper Thin Crash's stacked

  • 13" K Custom Remote Hi-Hat

  • 13" K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hat

  • 8", 10", 12" A Custom Splash Cymbals

  • 10" K Custom Splash

  • 2 - 12" Han Chi China Trash Cymbals



  • Axis - Long Boards dbl kick pedals

  • Tama - 905 Iron Cobra series dbl kick pedals

  • Tama - HH905 Hi-Hat stand

  • Tama - Cobra Clutch


Drum Heads

  • Remo - 13" Snare (rock/metal) - Weatherking Emperor X

  • Remo - 14" Snare (jazz) - Weatherking Renesance

  • Remo - All Toms - Weatherking Pinstripe

  • Remo - Kick Pinstripe

  • Evans - Emad Onyx



  • Tama - Octobans

  • Remo - Timbales

  • LP Aspire - Congas and Bongos

  • Toga - Tamberine

  • Rhythm Tech - The Crasher

  • LP - Cow Bells

  • Tree Works - Wind Chimes



  • Pearl - Icon Rack system

  • Pearl - Boom Stands



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