The name "Pocket ProTechTours" (Protectors) not only describes the "what" but also the "how" of the organization. The foundation and functionality of the organization is based on preserving or "protecting" the fundamental and primal aspects of music and music education. We will provide resources and information on composers, artists and educators that are favorable in there respected area. We will also highlight the basic elements of music such as the "groove", "feel", and covering genres/ musical styles from all corners of the world. In addition, the organization is designed to have the capability to reach the masses through the use of our social media presence and traveling clinics, performances and masterclasses. Furthermore, we strive to enrich the next generation of percussionists and musicians, especially those individuals who may not have the resources and exposure to normally benefit from such opportunities.
Fred Dunlap III hails from Sanford, NC and has called many locations "home" due to being a military dependent. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Fayetteville State University and a Master's degree in Music Performance from the University of Mississippi. His professional experience began with many of the regional orchestras and theaters of North Carolina. When he relocated to Mississippi in 2010 he played with notable regional acts such as Garry Burnside, The Legit Jazz Sextet, The Bill Perry Trio and Cadillac Funk. He returned back to North Carolina in August of 2012 and is an Adjunct Professor at Johnson C Smith University and a music educator of the Charlotte/Concord region. He currently plays with the original rock project Sidewalk Picasso, The Extraordinaires and is an active freelancer in the greater Charlotte area.