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About PossibleChops

Possible Chops was founded by drummers Dave Hooper and Gary Novak. Both Gary and Dave grew up together in Glenview, IL and took their first drum lesson together from Joe Varhula. Now they are teaching together on PossibleChops.

They each have become major players in the music/drumming scene and have collaborated on this project to bring some of the most “ridiculous” drumming techniques to the web.

Dave Hooper

Dave Hooper


Dave attended North Texas State University for 2 years, and then realized college was for sissies. Not really. He studied with Peter Erskine, Gregg Bissonette, Steve Houghton, Joe Porcaro, David Garibaldi, Tom Brechtlein, and spent many hours jamming in his garage with roommate, Gary Novak.

At the age of 17, Dave began his studio drumming career.  Most recently, Dave played on the soundtrack for the Netflix series Jessica Jones and Showtime’s Homeland.

Some of his career’s highlights have been working with Larry Graham, Dave Koz, Toni Braxton, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, George Duke, Lee Ritenour, Diane Warren, Due Voci, Griffith Frank, The Rippingtons, David Byrne, Ray Parker Jr., Joe Sample, The Manhattan Transfer, Chaka Kahn, and James Ingram. Dave worked on Glee as a technical consultant.

Gary Novak

Gary Novak


Back in Chicago, Gary attended college and gigged with his father, composer/pianist Larry Novak.

Then in 1986, Novak moved to LA and became Dave’s roommate where they spent countless hours jamming in their garage.

Gary’s credits include:Allan Holdsworth, Chick Corea, David Crosby, Jeff Lorber, Michael Landau, Renegade Creation, Robben Ford, Fergie, Alanis Morissette, Lee Ritenour, Rob Zombie, Bob Berg, Scott Kinsey, Brandon Field, and the list goes on.

Dave Johnstone

Dave Johnstone


Dave Johnstone grew up in St. Louis, MO, where he began playing local jazz gigs at age 15. After high school Dave attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. Now based in Los Angeles, Dave currently serves as music director and recording/touring drummer for Resonance Records artist Aubrey Logan (Postmodern Jukebox). Dave played on Aubrey’s debut album, “Impossible” which reached #2 on the iTunes Jazz Charts and #13 on Billboard, and follow up album “Where the Sunshine is Expensive” which reached #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Other current projects include Tina Aldana (Motown Records), and McPhee International Vocal Studios, among many others. He has worked with a wide range of artists, including Liza Minnelli, Jeff Lorber, Dave Koz, Ellis Hall, The Dan Band, Cortes Alexander, Allison Janney, Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops, Leslie Page, and The Running Jumps. Dave has been seen performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, Ellen, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He has played on many albums and film/television scores, including the score for the Oscar-winning film “Juno”, Universal Studios “Blockers” and “Dig” on USA Network. From 2011–2017 Dave was the drummer for the award-winning vocal jazz department at Mt. San Antonio College, with whom he had the honor of performing at the 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival, and also received a Downbeat Magazine award for their 2015 album, “Nothing But Static.”

Dave is a frequent contributor to the popular jazz education website, Open Studio Network.

Dave proudly endorses Mayer Bros. Drums, Aquarian Drumheads, Canopus Accessories, Big Fat Snare Drum, & Beato Bags.

Ronnie Gutierrez

Ronnie Gutierrez

Podcast Host

Ronnie Gutierrez is an accomplished and versatile Drummer/Percussionist with decades of experience performing, touring, and recording music worldwide. Ronnie has collaborated with artists in a variety of different genres such as R&B, Jazz, Latin, Classical, Orchestral, and theatrical live performance.

Ronnie has performed live concerts supporting top-level Recording Artists. Credits include concert and album performances with the following Grammy Award winning artists: Al Jarreau, Andrea Bocelli, Jeffrey Osborne, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Brenda Russell, Mariah Carey, Gladys Knight, Macy Gray, Natalie Cole, Babyface, George Duke, Poncho Sanchez, All for One, Clare Fischer, Michael McDonald, Bobby Caldwell, Michael Bolton as well as Dave Koz. THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O’BRIEN ( Perc in the house band ) In Addition, Ronnie has performed with the California Philharmonic, Germany’s V.D.R. Orchestra, and Holland’s Metropole Orchestra and for The Oscars and The Emmys. He also enjoys sharing his love of music teaching community classes in the greater Los Angeles area for Remo Percussion Center.

Ronnie is the host of the PossibleChops Podcast

This is an open discussions with drummers and more on the Chops that are necessary to be a working professional drummer. Click here to check out some of our early episodes.  We are still pulling together the final format, video/audio setup etc… 

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