Mr. Droste was awarded a music scholarship to De Paul University where he received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. He studied with various teachers including Ross Beacraft from De Paul University. He has taught music at Benjamin School District 25 for 30 years. He has taught trumpet students for the past 30 years. He was lead trumpet of Bud And The Bananas, a ten piece Motown group that played for the Spinners, Four Tops, McDonalds Corp. and many local area clubs and festivals in the Midwest. He wrote three books on the trumpet and created TrumpetStudio.com Lastly, Mr.Droste has been writing songs for 35 years and has a local recording studio and founded a record company called WindyTown.com BMI Member.