It was a wild summer for drummer Cooper Hannahson.

The 25-year-old Mohawk College graduate spent 50 days on the road during a cross-Canada tour with the Niagara-based funky brass band My Son the Hurricane, before flying to Iceland and then Sweden to be part of music festivals across the Atlantic.

“It was an absolute whirlwind of shows,” he says. “Watching this group grow since I joined nearly nine years ago has been incredible.”

That tour also led to the creation of a whole new project. That summer, Hannahson and a few other touring members of My Son the Hurricane started a band called Little Nerves and toured Ontario in support of its single No Time Like the Present.

With influences that range from James Brown-era funk to ’90s punk rock to modern indie-pop, Hannahson has proven to be an incredibly versatile musician who has performed with orchestras, jazz-fusion acts, hip-hop groups and heavy-metal bands.

Trained by reputable names in Canadian jazz education including Pat Collins, Anthony Michelli and Adrean Farrugia, this young talent is now teaching students of his own at Long & McQuade in St. Catharines, while continuing to prove himself as a touring machine and a reliable session player.

We asked this former participant in our Jazzology program to tell us more about his adventures in music, his professional development so far, and his plans for the future.