Zaneta Sykes began studying percussion at the age of four. She earned her Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Southern California and was awarded the Percussion Award for Outstanding Musical Contribution. Ms. Sykes has performed at the Los Angeles Walt Disney Hall, Cerritos Perfoming Arts Center, and even America's Got Talent with such artists as Michael Tilson Thomas, Andre Watts, and Lynn Harrell. She has also premiered works by Stephen Hartke and John Corigliano, some of which are available on Itunes and can be heard in the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.
Through her studies at USC, Zaneta discovered her passion for music education. She served as Director of Youth Music at Covina United Methodist Church, Percussion Instructor at Bonita High School, and continues to teach percussion, drum set, and marimba privately to students.