Henry Okstel

Adjunct Faculty
Course: Applied Drum Set

Drummer Henry Okstel began his long professional career in New York City, where he performed and recorded with headliners including Sheila Gordon, Johnny Knapp, Bill Watrous, Anita Bryant, and the big bands of Warren Covington (Tommy Dorsey) and Claude Thornhill. He spent nine years in the Chattanooga-Atlanta area appearing with name bands including those led by Buddy Morrow, Billy Butterfield, Bob Crosby and Billy May.

Mr. Okstel has lived in the Dallas area since 1976 and has played with many prominent local performers. He has played in 13 area musicals, toured with the national company of “Guys and Dolls” and backed nationally known acts such as Bob Hope, Kaye Starr, Ray Price, Eartha Kitt and many others.

He is also an accomplished percussionist and timpanist, performing in classical, pop and jazz venues. While maintaining a virtually full-time professional playing career, Mr. Okstel teaches drum set to students in the Department of Jazz Studies in the Music School of the University of North Texas and at several colleges of DCCCD.