Jazz, Funk, Rock, Country Drummer.

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 don    71 years old    male    Fenton, MO    member since 2018

Started private lessons at nine. Through jr. high and high school played mainly rock, big band jazz, concert band & country. 4 years as Six Flags orchestra drummer. Played with Herb Drury, George Johnson, Terry Thompson, Gary Dammer, & backed Motown artists Frieda Payne, Fontella Bass, and others. Studied at North Texas & played in 7 o'clock band and in many small combos. Played in Emmit Kelley Circus Band and several gigs with just B-3 and drums. Can read read charts and play every day. Just returned to St Louis area.

Musical Influences & Inspiration

Big band influences=Buddy Rich, Peter Erskine, Mel Lewis. Small jazz band influences= Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes. Funk influences= Harvey Mason, Lenny White, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Garabaldi, Bernard Purdy, Billy Cobham. Rock= Carl Palmer, Neil Peart, Steve Gadd, Don Brewer, John Bonham. Non drummer influences Bird & Diz, Canonball Adderly, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Red Garland, Joey DeFrancesco, John Pizzarelli, Lyle Mays, Herbie Hancock, Manhattan Transfer, George Benson, Tower of Power, too many to mention.

Music Genres

Classic Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, R&B

Proficient With

Drums, Other Percussion

Gear & Equipment

I own a Gretsch bop set and Pearl and Tama rock sets. I play Zildjian A for dance sets and Zildjian K cymbals for jazz.

Interested In Musicians Proficient With

Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Upright Bass

Seeking To

Join a band, Start a band

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