November 22nd, 2017
Acclaimed drummer, actor and educator, Adam David celebrates 35 years as percussion specialist to TDSB. A YAMAHA endorsed artist-clinician, he has recorded/toured with: RAY CHARLES, VINCE GILL, DARLENE LOVE, RONNIE HAWKINS, MICHELLE WRIGHT, TINY TIM, CHARLES BROWN, SHIRLEY EIKHARD, TOMMY NEWSOM, ORCH. LONDON, TOMMY HUNTER and NATHANIEL DETT CHORALE. A 1981 Canada Council Artist Grant recipient, he studied for 2 years with masters Peter Erskine, Ed Soph and Irv Cottler. Soon after, he created and continues to direct the Percussion Ensemble program at Toronto’s CLAUDE WATSON School for the Arts.
Canadian drummer / percussionist Adam Bowman has been a mainstay in both the Canadian and international music scene for over a decade. Adam has toured and recorded with such well known and respected artists as Kellylee Evans, Ember Swift, Dawn Langstroth, Joni NehRita, Melissa Ferrrick, Carlos Morgan, Chris Rouse, Eccodek and VINX, to name a few. As a touring artist, Adam has traveled across Canada, The U.S., New Caledonia, The U.K. and Australia. As a session musician, he has played on dozens of recordings. Adam is also an accompanist for Canada’s premier Contemporary Dance organization, “Dancetheatre David Earle”. From Funk to Jazz, Hip Hop to Folk music, Adam’s big beats and deep feel are unmistakeable, and he has become the drummer of choice for songwriters, producers and music directors alike. For more on Adam, please visit: www.adambowman.com
Born in April 1958 in London, Allan grew up in a with a broad musical background provided by a music loving family – provoking memories of Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, The Beatles and the The Rolling Stones – his love of different musical styles was clearly kindled at an early age. This was the beginning of a life long love affair with music, drums and drumming that continues to this day. His musical versatility has endeared him, both on record and/or in concert, to a wide variety of artists such as Smokey Robinson, Randy Crawford, Cleo Laine, The Four Tops, The Drifters, The Temptations, The Three Degrees, Hot Chocolate, Maria Muldaur, Sacha Distel, Lulu, Sir Cliff Richard, Johnny Cash, Victor Borge, Cybil Sheppard, David Soul, Scott Walker, Ute Lemper, Jerry Lewis, Maria Friedman, Dame Shirley Bassey, Barbara Cooke and Chita Rivera., TV credits include Top of the Pops, London Tonight, The Generation Game, Comic Relief, Playschool, Open House, Children in Need and The Royal Variety Performance. He has worked with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The BBC Radio Orchestra, The BBC Big Band, The BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra, The Danish Radio Orchestra, The Danish Radio Big Band, Welsh National Opera and The English National Ballet. Musical theatre has been a big part of Allan’s working life and for over 25 years he has anchored many of the biggest shows both in London and around the world, both as the principal player and as a valued deputy. Productions include Evita (London), Cats (London) 42nd Street (London), Chess (London), Jesus Christ Superstar (London), Grease (London), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (London), Beauty and the Beast (London), Company (London), Damn Yankees (London), Chicago (London & Lebanon), Witches of Eastwick (London), Bombay Dreams (London), Anything Goes (London), Sinatra (London), Porgy & Bess (London), Mamma Mia (Finland, Israel, China, Switzerland and Hungary), Strictly Gershwin (London) and West Side Story (London). Allan’s influences have been many and varied – originally inspired by drummers such as Warren ‘Baby’ Dodds, Chick Webb and Buddy Rich, through to contemporary masters like Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Rick Marrota, Jack DeJohnette, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Levon Helm, Steve Jordan, Joey Baron, Brian Blade, Bill Stewart, just to name a few more – you begin to get an idea of the broad range of influences on his playing. Allan has also studied extensively with Canadian drum teacher Jim Blackley in Toronto. Jim’s influence, both musical and spiritual, has been profound and inspiring, opening up a thoroughly natural, musical and intuitive way of exploring music which Allan is now passing on to his students. He is also the creator and producer of an educational CD called “Meet the Bass Player” which, since it’s release in 2005, has been received with much acclaim and endorsed by many of the top drummers and educators across the globe.
Born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area.
After studying Jazz Performance for Drums and Percussion at Humber College, Aaron embarked on a performance career that has seen him play with the likes of Steve Gadd, Randy Brecker (The Brecker Brothers), Danilo Perez (Wayne Shorter), Sarah Brightman, Exes For Eyes, Coldjack, Eddie and Quincy Bullen, Nick “Brownman” Ali, Alessia Cohle, Steve Rivers, Urvah Khan, Saidah Baba Talibah (SATE), Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork), Lindsay Schoolcraft (Cradle of Filth), Doron Zor, The Vegas North Orchestra, Jane Lu, Dani Strong, Parkside Drive and The Rough Copies as well as countless theatre productions and studio sessions.
In addition to being a performer, Aaron is also a clinician, educator and adjudicator. For the past 9 years Aaron has been the head of the Yamaha Drum Course at the Yamaha Music School in North York, Ontario. This position has been a great opportunity for Aaron to not only share his wealth of knowledge but to exercise his ability to adapt to the drum curriculum put in place by the Yamaha Music Corporation. In recent years, Aaron has seen his position at the school grow from solely teaching private lessons and master classes to becoming a certified National Yamaha Drum Instructor Trainer and Yamaha Drum Exam Adjudicator for all of Canada.
Aaron’s website is www.aaronspink.com
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Barry Elmes has occupied a position of prominence on the Canadian jazz scene since the 1980s and has become internationally-respected over the years since, not only as one of Canada’s most talented drummers, but for parallel accomplishments as a composer, producer, recording artist, and dedicated educator. His award-winning work has been documented on over 70 jazz CDs and he has performed all over the world with many renowned jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy Flanagan, Charlie Haden, Diana Krall, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Oliver Jones, Cedar Walton, Phil Nimmons, and Moe Koffman. In 1991 he formed the Barry Elmes Quintet, featuring a “who’s who” of the best in Canadian jazz. A success from the beginning, this group has released five critically acclaimed recordings, toured Canada coast-to-coast and performed internationally, including a groundbreaking tour of Chile. The long-awaited new CD “Redshift” showcases Barry’s new compositions performed by regular quintet members Mike Murley (saxophone), Kevin Turcotte (trumpet), Reg Schwager (guitar), Steve Wallace (bass), plus special guests Kelly Jefferson (saxophone, flute) and Vanessa Rodrigues (Hammond organ). In addition, Barry continues to produce recordings for a variety of artists, co-leads the quartet Time Warp and presides over Cornerstone Records Inc., a successful artist-owned jazz label and publishing company dedicated to presenting recordings by Canadian jazz artists. Barry is an associate professor of music at York University and currently serves as the Jazz Area Coordinator.
Chris was a late bloomer starting drums at the old age of 14 years…. His older brother used to play them when he was younger,.. back then Chris hated the drums…
But growing up in a small unincorporated community in the Slocan Valley in British Columbia, his family was one of the only ones that had a drumset. Two of his friends had a bass and a guitar, and, they asked him if he wanted to play? He said “Sure, why not”….
Since then he’s played non-stop for the past 27 years.
Part of that journey has taken him to acquire a Diploma in Music Performace from Selkirk College in Nelson B.C. It was there that Chris developed his playing styles.
Alex Van Halen, Stewart Copeland, Steve Gadd, Gregg Bissonette, Dean Castronovo, Tommy Adlrige, Dave Weckl, Jack Dejonette, Buddy Rich and Vinnie Colaiuta
Over the years he’s been hired for his ability to play any style with the feel and nuance that they deserve, playing/recording all over Canada and the U.S.
Suzie McNeil, Gerome Godboo, Jack Dekeyzer, Morgan Davis, Brane, Bruce Domoney, Endosuasion and Kriya.
Currently Chris teaches at Cosmo Music in Richmond Hill, Ontario, the world’s largest Music Store.
He has a busy recording/live schedule playing venues in the Greater Toronto Area with his band Scully and the CrossboneS.
Chris will be releasing an online drum instruction site in 2012.
Bob has over 30 years of professional experience touring/producing/recording as a drummer/vocalist/musical director and producer.
Van Morrison: 2004 to present
Sam Butera: 1995-2004
Keely Smiith: 1995-1996
Beau Brummels 1993-1994
He has played with everyone form Natalie Cole , Tom Jones , Al Hirt, Lee Greenwood, Tony Orlando, Jimmy Smith, Roger Daltry, Dean Martin and the Gold Diggers to George Burns.
Disney Studios: Half time for the Super Bowl
Sony Records: Sound track and motion pictures
Sam Butera: Wildest Bans: On Fire
Van Morrison: Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl
Keep It Simple
RE-Working the Catelogue
Greg Piccolo: Homage CD
Colin James: Little Big Band
TV & Video
Hollywood Bowl: Astral Weeks Live Van Morrison
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Van Morrison
Regis Philbin Show: Van Morrison
BBC: Van Morrison
BBC: Marty Allen & Steve Rossi
BBC: Jules Holland Show with Van Morrison
Brian Barlow is one of Canada’s most recorded drummer/percussionists having performed on more than 500 albums over a career spanning almost 50 years.
He has recorded and performed in concert with Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, Bob Seger, Branford Marsalis, Oscar Peterson, Anne Murray, Tony Bennett, Charlie Watts, Ringo Star, Alanis Morrisette, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and many other top international artists.
For seventeen years Brian was the percussionist for the internationally renowned jazz ensemble, Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass. While he was a member of that group they were nominated for six Grammy Awards, winning that prestigious award in 1995.
In 1999 Brian was named ‘Percussionist of The Year’ at the National Jazz Awards and received nominations in 2006 as ‘Jazz Drummer of The Year’, and 2007 as ‘Arranger of TheYear’. His theatre performances include the Toronto productions of Rent, Blood Brothers, Crazy For You, The Lion King and Spamalot.
Brian is also active as a producer and composer. Two of his extended choral works, ‘There Was Setting, There Was Dawning’ and ‘Reflections & Improvisations on Mass For 4 Voices’, have been performed extensively in Canada and the US. He has also composed music for dance – ‘Trace’ (2005) and ‘Necessary Velocity’(2007).
Currently touring with steve strongman in
support of juno and 3x maple blues award
winning ‘A Natural Fact’. played drums +
• Worked with grammy award winning
producer T-Bone Burnette on juno award
winning John Bottomley recording.
• Worked with grammy award winner Jim
Lauderdale on soundtrack for feature film
‘Galaxies are Colliding’ starring Kelsey
• performed with grammy award winner / rock
& roll hall of fame inductee Ben E King.
• worked with multi-platinum / grammy award
winner Paul Anka playing on and appearing
in feature film ‘Ganesh’.
• toured or recorded with juno award winner
Ron Sexsmith, King Biscuit Boy, The Autumn
Defense (members of Wilco).
• played European festivals with Switzerland’s
multi-platinum best selling artist Stephan
Eicher to audiences of 40,000.
• appeared on television shows from Paris,
France’s famed Olympia Theatre.
• performed live televised shows in europe
with viewing audiences of 20 million.
• played on the soundtrack of award winning
feature film ‘Snow Walker’.
• Played on the theme for France’s #1 animated
• Sophomore solo release ‘peacefully’
features juno award winner Ron Sexsmith
along with producer Don Kerr.
• Played Montreal International Jazzfest to
over 20,000 in attendance.
• Awarded grants for performing and
recording from the British High Commission,
Ontario Arts Council, FAC tor, Minister of
Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Heritage
Foundation, and Canada Council.
• currently appearing on series 2 of Canadian
TV show ‘Rez Blues’.
• proud endorser of Paiste Cymbals since 2000.
• Owner of Barn Window Studio.
The Heavy Dream – ‘Under the Golden Sun’
Dave King – ‘Elevators’
Dave King – ‘Peacefully’
Steve Strongman – ‘A Night at the Barn CD/Dvd’
Kori Pop – ‘From the Outskirts’
Dave Rave – ‘Live with What You Know’
Sandman Viper Command – ‘Everybody See This’
Steve Strongman – ‘Blues in Colour’
Matthew de Zoete – ‘Bottom of the World’
Matthew de Zoete – ‘Across the Sea’
Mark Laforme – ‘Vintage’
Various Artists – ‘Keepers of the Sacred Fire’
The Cloudsmen – ‘Self titled’
Dave Hind – ‘Thing Maker’
Rapid Transit – ‘Speed’
Rapid Transit – ‘Self Titled’
Robert C. DiSalle has been an international drummer, percussionist, recording artist and performer for over forty years. He has more than sixty albums and CD’s to his credit, having recorded in Paris, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; Milan, Italy; Hamburg, Germany; Hilversum, Holland; Sacramento, California; and Toronto and Montréal, Canada. His concert tours and performances across North America and Europe with Roger Whittaker (12 years), Bruce Cockburn (7 years), Bob Hope, Murray McLaughlan, Shirley Eikhart, Chuck Mangione, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, The Drifters, Buffy St. Marie, Valdy, Ronnie Prophet, Raffi, Jackie Richardson,Carol Baker, Dinah Christie, Don Franks, Ron Nigrini, Scott Merritt, Sandra Beech, Shari Lewis, Banda Brava, China, Lisa Dalbello, Ken Tobias, Ted & Kathryn Moses, and many more, attest to his ability and the diversity of his style. Bob is based in Toronto, Canada and has been a full-time studio musician with extensive experience in television, radio, film, and theatre. Credits include “The Producers”, “Mama Mia”, “Hair”, “Swing Step” (Mirvish Productions, Toronto); “High Society and “Mack and Mable” (Shaw Festival); “The Full Monty”, “A Chorus Line”, “Cabaret”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “The Rocky Horror Show” (Stage West), “Saturday Night Live” and “The Bottom Line” (New York), “Live at the Improv” and “The Roxy” (Los Angeles), “Roger Whittaker Live at Tivoli Gardens” (Copenhagen), “Roger Whittaker PBS Special” (Sacramento), “Rumours of Glory” (Film: Bruce Cockburn), Rita McNeil & Friends, The Bob MacLean Show (Toronto), and many others. He also performed on and co-produced “The Drift,” an album by Ron Nigrini, and has solo production credits on four Canadian country singles. Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Bob attended Laurentian University, leaving a Bachelor of Commerce program to pursue a career as a professional musician in Toronto (1970). He continued to study with noted teachers, musicians and authors: Joe Morello in New York (The Dave Brubeck Quartet), Marty Morell (Bill Evans Trio) , Jim Blackley and Peter Magadini. Bob also studied piano in Toronto with Darwyn Aitken and was a member of the teaching faculty at the Columbus Cultural Arts Centre (1995 – 2000). From 2001-2003, Bob served as Director of Education at Soul Drums Percussive Arts Academy, Toronto, for whom he authored a syllabus and course of study to prepare students for post-secondary percussive education. Recent studies include “World Music” classes on “djembe” with West African master drummer, Abraham Adzenia.
His first percussion lesson at four years old taught from his father in San Antonio,
Cuba confirmed the acumen and love for all things percussion. By the age 18 he began his professional career performing and recording with many famous Cuban artists such as:
Yagrumas Jazz Band,
Pancho Amat y su Grupo,
Rojitas and the Metropolis (band leader 94-98)
In 1998 Chendy co-wrote the music for a Cuban documentary, Policlinico Infernal, which was nominated for an Oscar.
In 1999 he migrated to Toronto, Canada where he has collaborated and plays with various
Nick Ali and Cruzao,
Ochoa and Cimarron,
Ricky Franco & P-Crew Orchestra,
Sultans of String,
Hilario Duran Big Band and Trio,
Dominic Mancuso Group,
Experienced in all styles of Cuban music he is one of the most “in demand” percussionist/drummer in Toronto.
Since 2006 he has been teaching world percussion and drums at Humber College, Lakeshore Campus.
Moperc for percussion instruments.
PRK for Flamenco Cajon
C&C Custom Drums
Headhunters Sticks and Creations
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chris started playing drums in 1979 at the age of three. At the age of fifteen he started playing the local Halifax club circuit. Over the last two decades Chris has toured with many recording acts across Canada and has been fortunate to share the stage opening for acts such as: Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn as well as Canadian Acts such as: April Wine, Matt Mays, Emerson Drive, George Canyon and many more. Chris is a regular at venues such as Cavendish Beach Music Festival and the ECMA’s. When not playing large venues, Chris plays the local Halifax club scene and works part time at the Halifax Sheriff’s Department.
“Headhunters Drumsticks are the smoothest, most durable stick I have ever played. Whether I am playing Rock, Country or R&B, Headhunters have the perfect tools for each venue. Proudly Canadian.” Chris Pottie
Dan Bodanis is a professional drummer that has played Headhunters Drumsticks since 1975! Dan has performed with some of the best musicians on the planet including: Don Ellis, Daniel Lanois, KC and the Sunshine Band, Lee Konitz, Reg Schwager, Don Thompson, David Restivo, Adrean Farrugia, Pat Collins, Gregg Arthur, Moe Koffman, Eugene Amaro, Bernie Senensky, Steve Wallace, Nancy Walker, Brian Dickenson, David Braid, George Olliver and Gangbuster, Grant Smith and the Power, Eugene Wright (Dave Brubeck), Pat LaBarbara, Mitch Forman, Gary Meek, Dave Weckl, and legendary vibraphonist Peter Appleyard. He has played drums on well over a hundred jingles and was the drummer on CTV’s “Live It Up” for several years at Grant Avenue Studio. The Dan Bodanis Band Trio, featuring Steve Wallace (b) and Bernie Senensky (p), has been performing between 220-240 nights per year since 2009. Their residency as the house band at the Intercontinental Hotel, in the Azure Restaurant and Lounge, is now a matter for the record books, as it is considered by the Toronto Musicians Association, “The longest running Pro-Jazz gig in Canadian history!” During this period, the Dan Bodanis Band Trio had the distinct privilege of being the “Official Jazz Band of the G-20 Summit;” has performed with Academy Award winning Screen Icon, Olympia Dukakis, Gregg Arthur (Tony Bennett’s favorite singer), KC and the Sunshine Band, and several more legends. Dan has also played for Miss Universe and for 9 years in a row, has performed and booked the bands at the Rogers Cup International Tennis Tournament. Dan is the type of Renaissance man that you rarely meet, but when you do, you come away inspired to live your life to the fullest. His students will tell you that he was the most demanding teacher they have ever studied with, but look who they have gone on to perform with: Ringo Star, The Backstreet Boys, Quincy Jones, David Foster, Ray Charles, Alannah Myles, Carole Pope, Long John Baldry, Mick Jagger, Jessica Simpson, Kim Mitchell, Five for Fighting, Kelly Clarkson, Wayne Newton, The Rheostatics and The Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Dan’s students have also performed on the following major TV shows: Jay Leno, David Letterman, Regis & Kelly, A&E Private Sessions, Larry King, CBS Early Show, The View, and Martha Stewart. Dan has also inspired former students like Jeff Salem and Marc Atkinson to create award winning drum instruction books and videos. As a matter of fact, Modern Drummer magazine voted Atkinson’s book “The Unreel Drumbook,” the ‘Best Drumbook of 2004!’ Atkinson was so inspired throughout the process of writing the book he dedicated it to Bodanis and also asked him to write the introduction. August of 2005, Dan was selected as the Marquis Endorsee for the first DC California Signature Drum Kit. Dan plays and endorses Yamaha Drums, DC California Drums, Soultone Cymbals, Head Hunter Drumsticks, and DW Hardware. Dan can be reached through his website: www.dansjazz, or through email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.youtube.com/user/danbodanis?feature=results_main
Ernest Porthouse A 35 year veteran with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr Porthouse continues to play with the HPO as well as major orchestras, opera, theatre, jazz and latin groups across Southern Ontario. One of the few musicians who is well respected and comfortable in all genres of music. He is the co-founder of The Canadian Percussion Ensemble, an educational outreach presentation that has played over 550 shows in schools across the GTA/GHA/Niagara/Brant, to more than 100,000 students. Ernest is Professor of percussion studies at Redeemer University in Ancaster Ontario.
Daniel was born in San José, Costa Rica. Since he was 9 years old, his parents discovered he had skills to play drums. Since then, he learned empirically the art of music by playing drums.
As a child who diligently put all his effort in his practicing, he, little by little, started to become a drummer and to have experiences which made him grow as a musician: large events and roles in church bands.
After some years of learning, he became more well-known among different churches in San Jose and its surroundings. At the age of 16, he had already played in different churches such as City of God (Ciudad de Dios in Spanish) and its headquarters, Vida Abundante church, Pasión por las almas church, and others churches known in the Costa Rican Christian society.
At the age of 17, he participated in the secular sphere with Samuel Aspee (an Argentinian songwriter who has two productions already). He toured in Costa Rica visiting known places such as Jazz Café, and others.
When Daniel worked with Samuel Aspee, he had the opportunity of going on tour twice in Costa Rica (2010-2013), which gave him more musical and personal experience.
In 2013, he became part of psalmist Daniel Piedra Soto’s band. They successfully recorded their first DVD live in the National Auditorium of the Children’s Museum.
A week later, he went on tour to Mexico with the band, visiting places such as Distrito Federal, Cuernavaca, Cuautla, etc., sharing their music and promoting the band.
Daniel Barnes – Drummer, Composer, Producer
“…. stand(s) with the best of (his) generation in Canada” Mark Miller, Globe and Mail
Daniel backs a top echelon of jazz artists in Canada including Holy Cole, Molly Johnson,
Micah Barnes, Heather Bambrick, Adi Braun, Colin Hunter, Jane Bunnett, Richard Underhill
and 25 years with (Order of Canada recipient) Joe Sealy. He’s backed visiting Americans
Geoff Keezer, Rick Margitza, Russ Nolan, Dizzy Reese, Don Braden and Ron Westray.
Daniel has earned distinction in World Music circles as well having toured Internationally
for a decade and recorded with Ethiopia’s “Aretha Franklin”, Ms Aster Aweke as well as a
father of Ethiopian Pop Mr. Mohamed Ahmed. His work with The Flying Bulgar Klezmer
Band was nominated for a JUNO Award in 2003 (as was his 2007 CD with Richard
Underhill) and his work with Joe Sealy won “Best Contemporary Jazz CD” in 1996.
Daniel has recorded and/or performed with Maryem Hassan, Theresa Tova and Eliana
Daniel is a Jazz Recording Artist in his own right. His two CD’s 2003’s “Culmination” and
2007’s “Classic Beauties” are still in regular rotation across the country on The CBC and at
JazzFm. His live band has played The Montreal and Toronto International Jazz Festivals
plus many local festivals and club dates. They have been broadcast in performance from
Daniel was born into an artistic family in the cultural hub of downtown Toronto. He studied
privately with renown drum instructor Jim Blackley and bandleader Claude Ranger with
harmony and theory from Paul Read. Daniel twice attended The Banff Summer Jazz
Workshop in the late 80’s receiving instruction from Marvin “Smitty” Smith and Dave
Hear Daniel on over 50 CDs including:
John MacMurchy – “Art of Breath” Volume 1 – 2016 (Instrumental Jazz)
Fantahun Shewankowech – “Adera” – 2016 (Ethiopian Pop and Traditional)
Colin Hunter with The Joe Sealy Quartet – “Memories Too” – 2016 (Vocal Jazz)
Micah Barnes – “New York Stories” – 2015 (Co-Produced by Daniel, Vocal Jazz)
Daniel endorses Headhunters Drumsticks, Murat Diril Cymbals and Gretsch Drums!
www. danielbarnes.net email@example.com
Born in Harbin, Du stared his cello lesson at a very young age. His interest in metal music began when at the age of 12 he heard this genre being played in his father’s car. This cued his interest in drums. His journey with drumming began.
During his high school years along with some Russian musicians he formed a metal band, Sacromorted. They recorded their first EP which laid the foundation of his high－speed bass drum technique and is known as a metal-centered drummer on the stage.
After moving to Beijing, he studied with Japanese educator Izumi Koga. He gradually established his own style on drumming and continues performing and recording as a professional musician.
In August, 2014 Du Sicong joined the extreme metal band Black Kirin. His signature style is featured and showcased on the album Jinlingji.
Dave O’Neill is a performer and educator of all things musical. He has toured Eastern Canada and parts of the U.S., performed at numerous venues, music festivals and theatre productions, conducted clinics and workshops, and has extensive experience in the recording studio. Dave has taught privately for the last twenty-eight years, spent four years on the part time music faculty at Mohawk College, and is a supply teacher for the Waterloo Region District School Board. Dave holds B. Ed. and a B. Mus. Perf. from the University of Toronto, as well as a Dipl.Mus. from Mohawk College. He has studied with drummers Barry Elmes, Bob McLaren, Ernie Porthouse, Kevin Dempsey, and John Cheeseman, with Latin percussionists Memo Acevedo and Rodrigo Chavez, and African dance drumming with Joseph Ashong.
David MacDougall is a versatile drummer and percussionist who plays in Toronto’s jazz, pop and folk scenes and brings a sense of musicality and groove to all the projects he’s involved with, including R&B singer Stephanie Martin and Juno-winning producer Chad Irschick, Juno-nominated songwriter George Meanwell, Andrew Austin, cajun party band Swamperella, Sean Bray’s Peach Trio, the Toronto Jazz Orchestra, and bebop phenom Brian De Lima. With these groups and others Dave has toured across Canada and the US and played at many major festivals and venues. Dave also has extensive experience in musical theatre, most recently in the pit for Acting Up Stage’s Dora-nominated production of “Falsettos”, and their Dora-winning “Caroline, or Change.” Additionally David was the sub for Bob Disalle at Stage West Theatre and was involved in numerous productions over the last five years. He has also been playing with Christian James Band (country-roots-rock) and Jeffery Straker. David has maintained a busy performance and teaching schedule since graduating from the University of Toronto Jazz Program in 2003. He uses Headhunters MG and HG C model as well as various brushes and other striking implements, and is proud to have been involved with the company since 2006. Dave also endorses: Istanbul Agop cymbals.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Suave 1: smoothly though often superficially gracious and sophisticated, 2: smooth in texture, performance, or style. That being said, describes Emerson Tavares “down to a tee”. Emerson lives and breathes drums and has honed and sharpened his skills. 2 EP’s and a full-length album, touring locally and the USA has helped mold and instill his never-ending passion for all things music.
Building upon this foundation and musical direction, the last few years have seen a tremendous whirlwind of activity flying between Toronto and Los Angeles collaborating with other music artists on the stage and the studio and accumulating some of the industries major contacts. Bolstered by this hectic schedule, he plans to use all of his flexibility, dedication and innovation to become one day a club culture icon and world-renowned drummer. Emerson Tavares’s Suave Vol. 2 MixTape to be released soon. Website: www.emersontavares.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/emerson.tavares.drums Twitter: www.twitter.com/emmotavares YouTube: www.youtube.com/emersontavaresdrum Instagram: www.instagram.com/emmotavares
Gary’s list of recording and performance credits include Bruce Cockburn, Anne Murray, Jann Arden, Tom Cochrane, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Colin Linden, John McDermott, Kathleen Edwards, Gregory Hoskins and Maple Blues Award winner Suzie Vinnick. Independent recording credits include Jimmy Rankin, Jenn Grant, Jadea Kelly, Scarlett Jane, Ariana Gillis, Dala, Justin Rutledge and Paul Reddick to name a few. He is also actively working as a part of the Toronto blues scene w Godboogie featuring Memphis Blues Awards winning harmonica player Jerome Godboo, Eric Schenkman from the Spin Doctors and Shawn Kellerman from the Lucky Peterson Band. In other blues news Gary has been recording recently in Nashville with Juno award winning producer Steve Dawson for many artists including the recently honoured Big Dave McLean as well having played on the 2016 Juno Award winning Harrison Kennedy recording. Earlier this year Gary, along with John Dymond and Colin Linden was awarded the Record and Producers of the Year Award at the 2016 Maple Blues Awards for Colin Linden’s “Rich in Love”. Touring credits over the last year include Blackie & the Rodeo Kings and the stars of the ABC network television series Nashville. Gary is featured on Bruce Cockburn’s new album Bone on Bone and is currently touring Canada and the US with Bruce Cockburn in support of his new record. Endorsements: Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Headhunters Sticks and Creations.
Drummer Ernesto Cervini is making a name for himself as a consummate bandleader and in-demand sideman. Time Out New York encapsulated Cervini as “a buoyant drummer as well as a sharp composer,” while the jazz bible, Downbeat, described his fluid style as one that “exemplifies `float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’.” The drummer released There, his third album as leader of the Ernesto Cervini Quartet, in fall 2011. Reviewing the album, Modern Drummer magazine said: “Cervini recalls such old-schoolers as Art Blakey and Billy Higgins. . . It’s his robust, magnetic personality that fascinates consistently.” Born in Toronto in 1982, Cervini graduated from Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music with a degree in classical piano and clarinet before focusing his energies behind the drum kit. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, Cervini laid claim to a diverse musicianship, one that has taken him to some of the hippest, most prestigious stages in North America. Along with the live There (Anzic Records), the Ernesto Cervini Quartet has released the albums Little Black Bird (Orange Grove, 2009) and Here (self-released, 2006). As part of MEM3 with pianist Michael Cabe and bassist Mark Lau, the drummer also recorded Pennsylvania Grey, which The WholeNote called a “tour de force.” Cervini also co-leads Myriad, with pianist Chris Donnelly and bassist Dan Fortin. As a sideman, Cervini’s studio experience includes albums with the Tara Davidson Quintet (Code Breaking, nominated for a Juno award) and with his singer sister Amy Cervini (Lovefool). www.ernestocervini.com
Headhunters are the finest sticks to play with. They are as important to me as the tires on my car! As a child I used to play on pots and pans. My parents didn’t like that! So they sent me to the local marching band. Now I could play on a real snare…….and my parents didn’t like that either. As a young boy I earned some weekend money and when I could afford a real drum set: Kings, made by Tromsa in the GDR.
Glen ‘Archie’ Gamble resides in London Ont. Canada. Having played drums for many years made the transition to a professional musician transparent. 20 years as a pro has fined tuned Archie sensibilities and creative approach behind the kit. Archie feels very fortunate to use his love of drums and music to earn his living honing these skills. He has had the privilege of playing with some classic bands, both as a side-man and in opening acts; his heroes like KISS, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil, Paul Rodgers, Robert Plant etc. As well as some cool younger bands; Sum 41, KAOS, The Trews, Finger 11 and many more.
As a member of Helix (1996-2004)
2 EMI/Capitol releases
Live Concert DVD by EMI International
Dave Roberts has not only been a drummer and percussionist for over 26 years, continually striving to improve his own abilities as a musician but helps those desiring to become musicians by encouraging them, teaching on a private level, and performing with the same enthusiasm and excitement he had the first time he picked up his sticks. Dave’s magical moment struck when he was a child watching the award-winning drumline of the high school he would later attend. But as often happens, he was steered towards other instruments in school. He joined the jazz and marching bands on trombone, but drums remained in his heart. A year later, he was a part of that magical drumline that had enthralled his imagination since youth.
Dave’s early education came from some of the best instructors available to him, as he absorbed all he could from Tom Shriver, Paul Moore and Scott Lanham. Not to be tied to one genre, Dave began performing in jazz, blues, and rock groups. To improve his composition abilities, Dave took up piano and began writing. Today he composes for his band TriElement, who has opened for The Aristocrats, Sean O’Bryan Smith, Neil Zaza, Soften the Glare and Saul Zonana as well as contributes to his other project, Pale Nova. Momentum (now disbanded), performed the entire Miles Davis, Bitches Brew album twice after spending 4+months preparing with a 9-piece group in early 2015. Dave’s influences range from free-form jazz and fusion, funk, blues, progressive-rock, ambient and classical, giving him the confidence to push himself outside his comfort zone while writing and playing.
Dave has taken every opportunity to experience and promote all types of music in many capacities. He accepted opportunities to tech for international drummers, Marco Minnemann, Todd Sucherman, and Gregg Bendian among others. He lent his talents recording drum tracks for the Charleston, WV version of the Evil Dead Musical. He has forged a friendship with booking agent Julie Cord of Blue Mouth Promotions, LLC, and has become a part of BMP’s fledgling house-concert network that brings world class musicians into a personal setting. Past concerts have included Neil Zaza and Sean O’ Bryan Smith. This series features the likes of Andy Timmons, Mike Keneally and many others. Along with musician, composer and educator Chuck Biel, Dave founded Charleston Ambient Music and Musicians, a networking platform for ambient style musicians and a platform to promote live ambient music in Charleston, WV. Dave, Chuck and fellow artist John Marshall performed the inaugural show for the CBAMMS series on January 25, 2014, at West Virigina State University’s EDC (Digiso) (http://www.digiso.org/category/wvsu-economic-development-center/). Dave had the opportunity to perform in the experimental band “Grounded” with friend Andre’ Cholmondeley, guitar tech for Greg Lake, Eddie Jobson, Adrian Belew Trio, and leader of Project/Object and the Wham Bamm Bowie Band. A clip of the performance can be found at https://soundcloud.com/grounded-1/mutterings-of-a-madman-improv. Dave has backed Nashville bassist, Sean O’Bryan Smith (Neil Zaza, Randy Brecker, Chuck Loeb, Esperanza Spalding, Gerald Albright, Victor Wooten), and sessions when called upon. (http://www.seanobryansmith.com/). Dave most recently worked as the fill-in drummer for Creek Don’t Rise. Dave worked as a guest-host for the Mike Keneally Band (with Doug Lunn and Gregg Bendian).
Pale Nova (January 2016-present)
Neostra Music (Ambient Music Sound Creations)
Momentum (formerly 4tet): Link to our performance of Miles Davis, Bitches Brew
Tape Age (April 2015-October 2016)
The Nanker Phelge (2009-2014)
Headhunters Drumsticks and Creations
George Schuller (Drummer, Composer, Arranger, Producer) has released several albums as a leader including Listen Both Ways (Playscape), Life’s Little Dramas (Fresh Sound) and JigSaw (482 Music). He leads several groups (Circle Wide, Schulldogs, George Schuller Trio) and co-leads several others (including Conference Call, Trio This). Schuller appears on Joe Lovano’s Rush Hour (Blue Note, 1995) and has also recorded and/or produced CD’s with Orange Then Blue, Ran Blake, Luciana Souza, Armen Donelian, Mike Musillami, Lisa Thorson, Ballin’ The Jack, Burton Greene, Peter Yarrow, Jason Robinson and Gunther Schuller. Currently Schuller has been touring with legendary alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. Since graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1982, he has performed with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nnenna Freelon, Jaki Byard, Dave Douglas, George Adams, Fred Hersch, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Mose Allison, J Geils, among many others. He was also a co-producer for the 2007 film documentary “Music Inn,” which was screened at the Tribeca, Berkshire, Galway, Munich & Prague Film Festivals.
Greg Harrison (M.Mus, B.Mus) hails from Fredericton, N.B. and now resides in
Toronto. As a freelance percussionist he regularly performs with his groups:
Falcon Punch, Taktus duo, and bEQUALSd. Specializing in classical
percussion and electronic music, Greg has performed with a wide range of
musicians and ensembles including Cirque du Soleil, R. Murray Schaffer, Beverley Johnston, Symphony
Nova Scotia, Motion Ensemble, and The Rose Orchestra to name a few. Greg currently
accompanies contemporary dance at In Studio (National Ballet of Canada), Metro Movement, GMD, CCDT, and Ballet Jorgen. In addition, Greg performs regularly with his childhood idol Fred Penner.
For more info and happenings please visit: www.gregpercussion.com
Glenn Milchem is a Toronto based musician who has been playing drums for 39 years and has been playing professionally for 29 years. During that time he has performed and recorded with countless artists in a variety of genres, appearing on dozens of records, film soundtracks and television commercials and playing on stages all over North America, Europe and Australia. Some of the artists he’s worked with include Vital Sines, Whitenoise, The Garbagemen, Groovy Religion, Plasterscene Replicas, Change of Heart, Andrew Cash, Andy Curran & Soho 69, Jane Siberry, Hayden, Starvin Hungry, Luke Doucet, Holy Fuck, The Beauties, and Andy Maize, among others. For the past 21 years he has been the drummer for enduring Canadian Music Hall of Famers Blue Rodeo. He is endorsed by Yamaha, Paiste, Evans and Headhunters. In addition to his drumming career, Glenn led his own band The Swallows for more than a decade as lead singer, guitarist and composer. The Swallows released four albums and Glenn’s song “Turning Blue” appeared on the soundtrack to the Sony Pictures film “Catch and Release”. He is also a father of four children ranging in ages from two to twenty seven.
Born and raised in London, Ontario, Ian MacKay became interested in drumming at a very young age. His father, Sandy MacKay, is an award winning professional drummer from London, ON.
In 2009, Ian received a BA in Popular Music Studies from Western University in London, ON. During his time at Western, Ian studied classical percussion with Dr. Jill Ball, performing in the percussion ensemble, wind ensemble and jazz band, as well as freelancing around London.
Theatre: Drums and percussion in various musical theatre shows
“A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline ”
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”
Ian has toured across Canada, the United States, Europe and Scandinavia, Mexico and South Korea.
Juno nominated artist Basia Bulat
Irene Torres and the Sugar Devils
The Most Loyal
Chris Staig and the Marquee Players, and more!
Ian keeps a busy schedule performing, teaching and recording as a session musician.
Drummer and percussionist Italian born in Naples in 1991. Currently is registered in the third year of the Conservatory jazz class “San Pietro A Majella” of Naples and carries out studies simultaneously with M.Maurizio Of Lazzaretti. In 2012 his studies led to the Sienese seminars with jazz music Masters of international fame including Eric Harland, Massimo Manzi, Ettore Fioravanti and Ferenc Nemeth. His has played with many great professionals, including; Marco Zurzolo, Antonio Onorato, Antonio Murro, Alessandro Tumolillo, Fabrizio Soprano, Pasquale Campo, Antonio Graziano, Enzo Petrone and Ibrahim Drabo.
Nel 2017 he started working with the M.Enzo Petrone, known bassist of rock and author of great success among various Italian groups With Master music takes part in so many musical events held in the Naples area in the various clubs and theaters, including a gig as a drummer in the Rollings Stones Tribute band. Fabio enjoys teaching through various associations and music academies in the Naples area.
Guy Frómeta. Drummer. Producer
Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1964)
Guy grew up listening to Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, The Police and of course, tons of Latin music thanks to his
parents vinyl collection.
He started drumming at age 5. At 18 he took on the drum chair in Luis Dias & Transporte Urbano. One of the most emblematic
rock bands in Dominican Republic, with whom he stayed drumming with from 1983 through 2006..
In 1988 he moved to NYC to study at Drummers Collective plus an array of private teachers, including Joel Rosenblatt, Zach
Danziger, Marvin “Smitty” Smith and the revered Sam Ulano among others. After many years of studies, gigs and perfecting his
craft, Guy returned to Santo Domingo in 1997.
He has participated in dozens of Jazz festivals around the world (USA, Japan, Canada, Denmark, Peru, Cuba, Venezuela,
Spain, Argentina, Mexico) and his native Dominican Republic as well.
From his recording studio based in Santo Domingo, he does lots of recordings for local and international artists alike.
For his work as a Drummer/ Percussionist he has been nominated for the Grammys & Latin Grammys Awards several times with
different projects. Winning in two occasions with Juan Luis Guerra’s Bachata Rosa and A Son De Guerra Live.
Also, winning one Latin Grammy with Chichi Peralta & Son Familia 2nd CD “De Vuelta Al Barrio”
Since 2007 he directs the Dominican Republic Percussion Festival Katarey
In June 2015, he was invited to UNC Summer Jazz Workshop (University Of North Carolina) to taught Dominican Rhythms
Drumming and Jazz Combo Classes.
He endorses MEINL CYMBALS & PERCUSSION, AQUARIAN DRUMHEADS, CYMPAD and DW DRUMS & HARDWARE.
Guy has PERFORMED and /or RECORDED with:
Juan Luis Guerra & 440, Alejandro Sanz, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Rubén Blades, Juanes, Patricia Pereyra,
Diego Torres, Ricky Martin, Miguel Bose, House Afire, Mike Stern, Dave Moreno Quartet, Eddie Martinez, Wayne Krantz,
Michael Katz Quartet, Tony Strong Band, Howard Prince Quintet, Carlos Vives, Arturo Sandoval, Spyro Gyra, Pavel Núñez,
Luis Fonsi, Xiomara Fortuna, Chucho Valdéz, Alex Syntek, Tribu Del Sol,
Giovanni Hidalgo, Néstor Torres, Victor Victor, Manuel Tejada, El Bule, JLS, Gato Barbieri, Orishas,
Amparo Sandino, Luis Enrique, Chichi Peralta & Son Familia, Oscar Micheli Trio, José Antonio Rodríguez, Ramón Vázquez
Trio, Sandy Gabriel, Eddy Herrera, Ilegales, Sergio Vargas, Jandy Félix,
Rita Indiana & Los Misterios, Vicente Garcia, Peter Novelli, Stephen Anderson, Jim Ketch, Chieli Menucci.
Jesse Stewart is a Juno award-winning drummer and percussionist. He has performed and/or recorded with musical luminaries including George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Roswell Rudd, Evan Parker, Bill Dixon, William Parker, Joe Mcphee, David Mott, Malcolm Goldstein, Jandek, and many others. He is currently a member of the David Mott Quintet and Stretch Orchestra (with virtuoso musicians Kevin Breit and Matt Brubeck) in addition to leading his own group, the Jesse Stewart Ensemble, and performing regularly as a soloist. He received the 2012 “Instrumental Album of the Year” Juno award for his work with Stretch Orchestra. His music has been featured at festivals throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe and is documented on over 20 recordings. He has a remarkable ability to coax sounds out of virtually any resonating object or material: he has built instruments out of such unconventional materials as stone, ice, and cardboard. His playing has been described as “truly exciting” (Musicworks 76), “exceptional” (Cadence Oct. 2002), “phenomenal” (Cadence Nov. 1999), and “ingenious” (Exclaim! June 2006). In a 2002 review, Texas-based music critic Frank Rubolino described him as “…one of the finest young drummers and percussionists on the scene today” (One Final Note Summer/Fall 2002). art
Brimming with musical influences as diverse as the exotic places he’s called home, Jim Gelcer hit the North American scene at age eighteen and has not looked back. He was seduced by the township energies of his father’s South African home, drawn by his mother’s Middle Eastern mysticism and came to that table with more than a dollop of his own brand of jazz, funk and soul. The result is a heady amalgam of old world devotion and new age syncopation, music for the 21st century.
Gelcer is a multi-instrumentalist and singer, an in-demand collaborator who’s performed and recorded with other artists at the top of their game, people like Paul Hoffert, John Switzer and Richard Underhill, to name a few. Gelcer rocks on piano, guitar, harmonium and vocals but his musical through line has always been percussion. And as a timekeeper, Gelcer is second to none on djembe, cajon, dumbek or a standard drum kit.
Gelcer patented his unique sound and sensibility early on. As a child, he used any kitchen utensil he could get his hands on to drum the beats he couldn’t get out of his head and onto a surface fast enough. The rhythms were informed by the sights, sounds and smells he picked up living in 1960’s South Africa. A space where indigenous music had pride of place among soul singers like Bill Withers and jazz musicians like Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.
Hitting his formative years in 1970’s Canada, Gelcer was now paying passionate attention to pop soul radio. Early influences began to add up, helping lay the groundwork for the artist Gelcer was to become – global in style, popular in nature, fat and funky in tone – laced with references to pop and soul giants like Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. The table was being set for a new brand of musical continentalism. International tour dates with a wide variety of bands and artists in a suite of musical genres followed.
In the 80’s, Gelcer launched another career, this time as a composer for film and television, working prolifically for the CBC’s arts and current affairs portals, scoring jingles and soundtracks for television MOW’s. He is now a partner in Gopher Lunch, an international company specializing in music for tv and movies.
Gelcer’s early exposure to earthy African grooves and Middle Eastern spirituality drew him to Kirtan, a powerful style of devotional music involving call and response mantra chanting, fostered during an intensive period spent on a Paradise Island ashram. There, Gelcer learned the ancient teachings of Sivananda Yoga. His practice and Kirtan concerts continue to this day.
Gelcer’s upcoming album is only the last in a line of notable releases the artist has produced in the jazz, pop and Kirtan genres. Future tour dates include stops in Los Angeles, Bali and Australia. Ain’t no stopping him now.
Martinez, an alumnus of Berklee College of Music and Oxford University, is an in-demand drummer, songwriter, producer, and Managing Partner of Rhythm Intensive™. He has recorded or performed with Kacey Musgraves, Bailey Brown, Ronnie Laws, Tom Browne, Jesse Powell, Bill Tillman, Bernard Wright, Dennis Edwards & the Temptations, Larry Blackmon, Yarbrough & Peoples, Shelley Carroll, Russ Taff, Phil Driscoll, Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, Kim Waters, Andy Timmons, Tim Ishii, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Don Johnson, Bobby Sparks, Alvin Slaughter, Buddy Miles, and the Johnnie High Country Music Revue TV Show. He is currently the Musical Director for Main Street LIVE (formerly known as the Grapevine Opry), drummer for the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, and drummer for the Chuck Rainey Coalition.
John has been invited as a guest speaker or lecturer at Oxford University (United Kingdom), the Academy of Contemporary Music (London), the Collective School of Music (New York City), Dallas City Hall, the Asian-American Chamber of Commerce Dallas, International Leadership of Texas, International Conservatory of Music, University of Texas Arlington, Singapore Polytechnic, MediaTech Institute, the Sessions panel, and various elementary schools, high schools, and churches internationally.
Jimmy Boudreau is a seasoned professional with 30 years of international touring and recording experience with notable blues and country stars from Canada and America. Artists such as Sam Moore (Sam and Dave) Chuck Berry, Jason McCoy, Aaron Lines and perhaps most notably 17 years as the drummer for esteemed blues guitarist Mel Brown (and the Homewreckers). See more at www.jimboudreau.com.
Photo by: Roslyn Witter
Drummer John McColgan has been playing professionally for over thirty years. In this time he has had the opportunity to play in many different musical styles.
In the late 70’s he began playing in Montreal in local cover bands. In 1980 he joined The Stephen Barry Band, a long-standing local blues band. In 1982 he began playing with Kate and Anna McGarrigle, touring throughout Quebec and across Canada. During the 80’s he played with different bands ranging in styles from funk, to jazz/standards, to blues, to a power trio with another well-known Montreal musician, Jimmy James. In 1987 he and Jimmy joined Michel Pagliaro’s band, touring and recording; including concerts at the historic Spectrum De Montreal as well as the Olympic Stadium. In 1988 he re-joined The Stephen Barry Band, staying with them for ten years, recording four CD’s and performing with blues legends Buddy Guy, Big Mama Thornton, and Vann ‘Piano Man’ Walls. In the late 80’s and through the 90’s he continued to play in many different bands, from the roots rock of Ray Bonneville, to the pop band Gogh Van Go, with studio work taking more and more of his time, including work with the McGarrigle sisters, Emmylou Harris and Richard Thompson. From 1999 to 2002 he was on tour with Quebec singing legend Jean Pierre Ferland, and recorded two albums with him. In 2005 he reunited with the McGarrigle sisters again for more touring and recordings, including a concert at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall.
He has played and/or recorded with: Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Buddy Guy, Big Mama Thornton, Pine Top Perkins, Kenny Pearson, Loudon Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Danny Thompson, Norma Waterson, Michel Pagliaro, Jean Pierre Ferland, Michel Rivard, Jimmy James, Brian Greenway, Susie Arioli, Sue Foley and many others.
His drumming influences are as varied as the styles he is accomplished at, and include Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner, John Bonham, and Steve Gadd, as well as Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cobham, Teey Bozzio, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dennis Chambers and Steve Smith.
He has recently reunited with Jimmy James, and is recording and gigging with the original line-up, including Carl Rufh on bass. He is playing in the Montreal area with the band James Green and the Blues Electric, and is still touring off and on with Michael Jerome Browne.
He has been teaching drums steadily for the last ten years, has recently published his first book, “Groove and Technique”, and has performed educational clinics for Pearl Drums Canada, at schools and music stores throughout Quebec.
John plays and endorses Pearl Drums and Sabian cymbals.
“My approach to drumming and music has evolved slowly over the course of a 30+-year career. I have been very fortunate over this time to have performed and recorded in a wide variety of music situations.
Starting out with the “power trio” style, it has remained for me one of the strongest musical places for me to express myself. From there, it is blues music that I have spent the most years consistently performing, and I have had excellent teachers in this style; specifically, many of the musicians I have played and recorded with over the years. I feel now that I can really express myself and stay true to the musical form in blues to a very high level. I have also gotten into the folk/roots music scene, which has lent itself very well toward blues playing as well as other traditional roots/American music. R&B, soul and funk music have also played huge part in my musical education, and are still some of my favorite styles to play. Finally, as a branch off of the power trio style: fusion, or electric jazz if you prefer, is an approach that I really love listening to and playing. I have had a lack of actual band experience in this style, compared to other music, but it has none-the-less captured my imagination, and led me on the path of extreme technical drumming goals. The music of Frank Zappa particularly, has always been some of my favorite; and in fact one of my earliest dreams was to perform in his band. This has led me to actually learning his music as a drummer, getting down to all the rhythmic intricacies that are involved in playing his music. I also spent two years informally studying jazz music, and this experience opened many doors to musical enlightenment, as well as the ability to improvise within a form. Though I don’t consider myself a jazz musician, I enjoy it immensely and am comfortable playing in this style. Knowledge of musical history, as well, I have learned, is crucial to interpretation of musical forms, and I have also done a lot of listening to the origins of specific styles to attempt to understand them better.
So, as I slowly put all of this together, I learned how to make each style of music live and groove from the drumming perspective; how to listen, react and interpret, while still expressing myself. This has become the single most important element of performing for me and as an obvious extension, my teaching philosophy.
Know and understand the style, play for the music, play for the song and be yourself.”
John Cheesman is a composer-arranger, drummer and teacher. He has played with the RCMP Band, Martin Short, Banda Brava, and Up For Air. As a composer for TV, he has written original music scores for series such as “Mighty Machines” and “Nature Quest” (featuring David Suzuki.) He writes all the music performed by the John Cheesman Jazz Orchestra, a stellar 14-piece unit which he leads from the drumkit. The band features some of Canada’s best players, including Colleen Allen, Russ Boswell, Brownman, Ted Quinlan, Sandy Barter, William Carn and Bruce Cassidy.
Jose David ¨Yayi¨Ramirez Sandi
José David “yayi” Ramirez Sandi was born in the city of Perez Zeledon, San Jose Costa Rica. At age 12 began to dabble in the world of music playing drums. By age 17 was ready for the serious study, he enrolled in Music Academy Canzion of Marcos Witt in Costa Rica, study with Denis Muños and Felipe Gutiérrez. These two influences taught him much and help grow his musical knowledge to be ready for further study in the School of Music Arts UCR (University of Costa Rica). Instruction by the excellent professor Manrique Mendez helped ellivate his raise musical level. In 2008 he participated in the recording of videos Dixia Barrientos on Family Christian Network, in 2010 recorded the video for the single “Altar de Fuego” on Enlace TV internacional of Dixia Barrientos, in 2011 recorded the first Disco “CONTACTO VERTICAL”. He has been contracted by different artists with the opportunity to be part of the production and recording DRUMS. Jose currently gives private lessons and is part of the musicians of the mArtillos de guerra Church in the City of Perez Zeledon.
Born in San José, from the age of 9 years he was able to perform the Drums in a surprising way. Starts in this year under the tutelage of the master Nelson Alfaro, successfully completing the necessary training so his interpretation becomes surprisingly good, even more for someone of his age. Throughout his life he has enjoyed the tutelage of great masters, such as Gary Fernandez, Jorge Villalobos, Felipe Gutierrez, and Dennis Muñoz, with whom he shared more than just musically experiences, also has been able to share life lessons. As his life went, so his way of performance. Throughout this musical journey from 9 years to the current 25 (to date) Jorge has been part of music ministries, in which always has performed flawlessly, and always providing security to their peers on stage. Currently part of the band “Pili & Delaflote” with which in October 2008 presented its first album material, called “La Linea.”, and now parte of the second Material (still in progress). He was also a media launch in musical productions such as “De Vuelta a Casa” artis Jonathan Alvarez, and “Megapositivo” with José Cañas. It is also part of the worship team of Intimidad con DIos Costa Rica, where every week he delivers his gift and its ability to service not only of his Creator, but also to the entire community. Pili Munoz, Pili & Delaflote: “We had the pleasure of having Jorge Mata as part of our band since our inception. Besides being a promising drummer has an incredible creative talent at musical composition. He has accompanied many big shows as “Canciones por la Vida”, Teleton 2009, launched “La Linea” (P & D SJ Costa Rica). He has also participated in music sessions and interviews to international inspirational channels repeatedly with Pili & Delaflote. As part of our band he participated in our second single and video “Flotar en el Aire”. As friends and musical partners in this venture and wish you the best of success! “
Karl Sloman is from Ontario, Canada. Karl has formally studied with Dom Famularo, Jim Chapin and Joe Morello, in addition to many other accomplished musicians. He is the author “The Coordination Code’ (Alfred Publishing 2012) and occupies his time as a clinician, member/producer of the band Opus Rex and Trainwreck a band that highlights people with disabilities, all this while serving as a full time artillery officer (appropriate for a drummer) in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Karl has been associated with Headhunter drumsticks since 2008 and became an endorser in 2016. Karl has always used our Groove Line and recently switched from Maple to Hickory. This is no surprise as he plays progressive metal music and wanted durability in his sticks. Karl says “the Groove line is fantastic, it has wonderful balance and due to its light weight allows me to move around the kit with lightning speed and facility.”
Karl is a staple at many drum events including: Kosa, NAMM, PASIC, Chicago Drum Show etc.
When you hear Karl play you will notice “controlled intensity.” He is physically a big guy but his size belies his sheer speed and finesse on the drums. Having studies with Jazz Masters his technique is excellent which he applies to the music he plays which is Progressive Rock/Metal.
He is endorses: Tama, Evans, Dream Cymbals, Polecat Percussion, Pintech Electronics and of course Headhunter Drumsticks.
MRS.FUN plays nu jazz. Complex, sophisticated and adventurous, their music is a unique blend of off-center jazz, ultra-funk, spoken word rap, and their own brand of neo-cabaret. Intelligent lyrics, stellar musicianship, and a dynamic stage presence are hallmarks of their music. The MRS.FUN sound is derived from Connie Grauer’s funky bass-driven keyboard playing, combined with Kim Zick’s skillful in-the-pocket drumming. “ Grauer is a piano player with few equals whose drive and energy spills across the stage and into the audience like nitrous oxide. She’s got a left hand that doesn’t quit, the mark of any great pianist, and a right hand with limitless boundaries”. Zick holds court as a “heart-stopping drummer” whose “grooves get so far out, most people need a map to get back.” Voted Best Contemporary Jazz Group by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry(WAMI) three consecutive years, Grauer and Zick have also received WAMI awards for Best Instrumentalist: keyboards and drums. Grauer has also received awards for Best Female Vocalist and Best Stage Entertainer. For more information please visit www.mrsfun.com
Lowell has been an active musician in Toronto’s vibrant jazz scene for many years. His infectiously energetic approach to the drums has kept him in demand on sessions and performances all over the world.
As a member of The Heavyweights Brass Band he brings the vibes and tradition of Crescent City drumming to the stage. Laying down second line grooves, Afrocuban influences and Rocknroll is all part of what keeps the band swinging.
When Lowell isn’t bringing swampy grooves to the Heavyweights, he can be heard at The Soupepper Theater Company as the resident drummer accompanying a variety of theatre productions and concerts. His recording credits include many notable artists such as David Clayton Thomas, Jane Bunnett, Jackie Richardson, percussionist Giovani Hidalgo, Albert Shultz, Kevin Breit, Saidah Baba Talibah, Patricia O’Callahan, Suba Sankaran, Walleed Abdul Hammid, Kevin Quain, and jazz pianist Robi Botos.
Lowell plays the Headhunters’ MG C model.
Lindsay Beaver is a Halifax born Drummer who now resides in Toronto. She made the move to Toronto to further her musical education. She now holds a bachelor Degree in Contemporary Music. It was during her time attending university where she met her band mates of her main project, the indie and maple blues award nominated The 24th Street Wailers, of which Lindsay is the lead vocalist, drummer, writer and producer. The 24th Street Wailers have two records “Dirty Little Young’uns” and “Unshakeable” both of which have received mainstream and campus airplay in Canada, US and Europe. They are in the process of recording a live album this winter. They tour and headline festivals across Canada regularly and have also covered parts of the USA and Europe. They have opened for the legendary Jimmie Vaughan and also for Juno nominated and winning artists such as FATHEAD, David Gogo and Suzie Vinnick. Lindsay has jammed, recorded and performed with many great artists on her own, some of which being Don Thompson, Pat LaBarbera, Scott Holt (Buddy Guy), Chris Whiteley, Steve Marriner (Monkey Junk), Matt Andersen, Shakura S’aida and Rita Chiarelli. Lindsay continues to tour and record with The 24th Street Wailers which is where she can be found on most nights. (www.the24thstreetwailers.com)
Mackenzie Longpre is a drummer and composer active in Toronto’s music scene. He is an honors graduate of the University of Toronto jazz program and has studied jazz drums with Jim Blackley, Bob McLaren, and Terry Clarke, classical percussion with John Rudolph, and jazz piano with Frank Falco. He also spent a year studying with bassist Jim Vivian.
Mackenzie is a part of many exciting projects including The Shafton Thomas Group, Chloe Charles, Tara Kannangara’s Quartet, Grannis Bea, The St. Royals, A Series Of Tubes, Circles Quartet, Undrcovr, Beetleback Trio, The Elastocitizens, and the Alex Tait Quintet. He has shared the stage with prominent artists such as Rich Brown, Alex Dean, Chris Donnelly, The Henry’s, Kelly Jefferson, Kirk McDonald, Mike Murley, David Occhipinti, Three Metre Day, and Jim Vivian among many others. Along with work as a sideman and co-leader, Mackenzie leads a standards trio and his own large and small ensembles playing all original material, and recently released his debut album summer house.
Currently a part-time member of the rock band Inkubus Sukkubus and several others, Marcus has also been writing and producing his own dance tracks with the up and coming singer Rebecca Carter; quite a departure from his rock roots as drummer with the likes of Stormtrooper, Gene Loves Jezebel (Beggars Banquet/Geffen) and I Love You (Geffen)… ‘The look, grip, weight and balance afforded by Maple Groove Cs enhance drumming whilst also being exceptionally kind to the wrists!’
Mark began playing drums at age three, and enjoyed a wide variety of musical experiences as a young person due to his parent’s great support for the arts. He started his professional career at age thirteen when he became full time drummer for three time Grammy winner, (and Polka King) Walter Ostanek. Later as a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Degree in Orchestral Music Performance, he gained much practical experience as an orchestral percussionist. After that Mark spent 5 years studying with acclaimed musician Jim Blackley. Mark’s seemingly boundless musical appreciation and experience has taken him around the world and allowed him the opportunity to work with such artists as David Foster, Sarah Mclachlan, Amy Sky, Eva Avila, Rich Little, Bob Newhart, Ben Vereen, Petula Clark & Regis Philbin. Mark was recently featured as house drummer on Country Music Television’s Cross Country Tour and TV special. In the country world Mark has toured with Tara Oram, Victoria Banks, The Higgins, Jason Blain, Alex J Robinson, Chris Commings and Adam Gregory. Mark completed two seasons as the studio and live TV drummer for CBC’s TRIPLE SENSATION hit TV reality series. Mark has been a first call sub for several long running theatre shows in Toronto including WE WILL ROCK YOU, DIRTY DANCING, ROCK OF AGES, and JERSEY BOYS. Along with a busy studio career Mark is currently touring the globe with Decca/Universal Recording Artists THE CANADIAN TENORS. Mark can be heard playing his new YAMAHA Maple/Birch Custom Absolute Nouveau kit with JR Robinson signature snare drum on The Canadian Tenors PBS special and DVD as well as their most recent CD ‘The Perfect GIft’. Mark has been part of the YAMAHA family since the early 1990’s; and considers himself blessed to be sitting behind these beautiful drums at home, in the studio and on the road. firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mark Kelso has made Toronto his home for many years. A former student of Humber College, Mark has built his reputation around his ability to be a musical chameleon and has become one of the first call players across Canada. His ability to play many different styles has enabled him to work with diverse artists such as John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Bob Mintzer, Chaka Khan, Gino Vannelli, Dave Grusin, Mike Stern, James Taylor, Holly Cole, Paquito D’Riveria, Michael Bublé, Marc Jordan, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, the Hilario Duran trio & big band, Carol Welsman, NOJO, Brigham Philips Big Band,Ranee Lee, Olivia Newton John, Amy Sky, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Jovino Santos Neto, Molly Johnson, The Montuno Police, Maria Schneider, Soul Stew, Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) Michel Cusson, Susan Tedeschi, Measha Bruggergosman, Joe Sealy, Brian Hughes, Matt Dusk, John Pizzarelli, David Clayton-Thomas, Dave Douglas, Vince Mendoza, Alain Caron, Jeri Brown, David Foster, Deborah Cox, Gary Morgan’s Pan Americana Big band, Ron Sexsmith, Jesse Cook, Ian Tyson, Eliana Cuevas, Gordie Sampson, Susan Aglucark, Bonnie Raitt and Shania Twain. Mark’s touring schedule has taken him to such places as Russia, Japan, Iceland, Australia, England, Scotland, South Korea, Italy, France, Germany, Indonesia, the United States and even the North Pole. He has over 220 CD recordings to his credit along with many movie soundtracks and recording sessions. Mark also runs his own recording studio aptly called “Groovy Drums Studio” where he records drum tracks for many recording artists. A clinician for Yamaha Drums and Paiste Cymbals, Mark has performed at major drum festivals such as the Montreal Drumfest, Cape Breton Drumfest and KOSA and he has been featured in Canadian Musician, Drums ETC and Modern Drummer. More info can be found at Mark’s website – www.groovydrums.com
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Drummer/Percussionist Max Senitt is a highly regarded and in-demand freelance musician on the Toronto and international scene. He brings a wealth of experience and versatility gained from performing across Canada, USA, the Caribbean, South America, and Europe with such Grammy and Juno award winning artists as: Alex Cuba, Hilario Duran, Odessa/Havana, and Carol Welsman. Presently a member of Tzadik Recording artists “Zebrina” and Urugayuan singer Valeria Matzner’s bands, he also leads his own Trio. A Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Headhunter Drumsticks artist, Max is also quite active as an educator. http://www.maxsenitt.com
Mike “Machine” Mallais is a passionate Canadian drummer who has made a life long commitment to his craft. Having played since the age of 2, Mike so far is best known for being the Worlds Fastest Double bass player, having set 3 undefeated World Records in 2007 in the Double Bass Single stroke category with “WFD”.
Mike has performed countless shows all over Canada and beyond. He is also a globally recognized teacher who is always craving more from the art of music and continues to showcase himself as a very diverse and open minded player and educator.
Mike is very strict about what products he uses and would love to have YOU check out his website @ www.mikemachine.com and find out what products make Mike sound and look great everytime!
Venerable drummer/singer Mike Candito was born and raised in NY and is best recognized for his versatility and love of working in various advanced musical settings from Jazz, R&B, Funk to Country, Rock, Latin, Pop etc.
His formidable talents have afforded him a vast array of accomplishments in the fine arts of music, film, and stage.
Mike has studied with legendary drummers:
Joe Morello, Jim Chapin, Gary Chester with honorable mention to Jack DeJohnette, Freddy Gruber, Elvin Jones, Victor Lewis and Roy Haynes.
A partial list of Mike’s associations and performance roster includes many major artists and groups such as:
Stanley Turrentine, Frank Morgan, Richie Cole, Gary King, Sam and Dave, Tommy Flanagan, Les Paul, Gregory Hines, Wilson Pickett, The O’Jays, The Spinners, Chris Calloway, Sam and Dave, Patti Labelle, Roberta Flack, George Benson, Peter Noone and Hermans Hermits, The Soul Machine.
Movie and TV Credits include:
Goodfellas, Hit and Run, Room 222, The Lazarus Man and many commercials and jingles.
His current schedule includes:
clinics, recording, private teaching with students in his Las Vegas, NVdrum studio and touring with The Mike Candito Band and Gary Puckett and The Union Gap.
Mike-e has been playing punk rock and straight up rock and roll for as long as he can remember. Out on tour with his band, THE TURBO AC’S, his hard hitting, simple to the point style of drumming has been making people dance around the world for over 10 years now.
Like many lifetime drummers, Nate started out on the pots and pans — thankfully, his folks caught on early and bought him a drum set as a toddler. His earliest influence was Kenny Aronoff since his father was a big fan of John Mellencamp. He began mimicking the records he heard throughout his childhood. To supplement, Nate started formal lessons in the fourth grade with Carl Menard. In high school, he studied with former Alan Dawson student, Phil Verrill. Phil gave him the tools needed to grow his musicianship. By the time Nate graduated, he was the All-State Jazz Drummer, Berklee Jazz Festival winner in both jazz combo and big band, State Rhythm Award recipient, and Berklee College of Music scholarship recipient.
Nate decided to stay local and attend the University of Southern Maine. While there, he took one-off lessons from Derico Watson, Jim Riley, and Norm Bergeron while gigging and teaching all over New England. The two bands that gigged the most were the Tony Boffa Band, a nine-piece horn band, and the Midweek Jazz Quartet comprised of the same musicians Nate knew and played with since the sixth grade.
After graduation, Nate married the girl of his dreams and moved to Massachusetts to open The Drum Shop North Shore. The shop was created to help build an environment where drummers could hang out, get inspired, and have access to the best gear at the best prices around. Nate has been studying with Bob Gullotti for past three years while gigging regularly as a sideman for many popular Boston bands.
Nate, “ I don’t typically ‘endorse’ products since it’s in the best interests of a shop owner to remain unattached to any one brand, but Headhunters are a phenomenal supplement to any player’s stick arsenal. Since discovering this product line, I have been enamored with the endless possibilities created by the varied sound sources. They’re a best-seller in our shop and I personally bring the Crossovers to every gig. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you’re about to discover your new favorite stick company!”
Amy has degrees and diplomas from the University of Windsor, University of Toronto, and Humber College, and is currently completing her Masters of Music Therapy at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She is the leading lady of ADD Music Wellness (addmusicwellness.com), a music therapy clinical practice serving clients throughout southern Ontario. Previously, Amy provided music therapy at the world renown W. Ross Macdonald School for the Visually Impaired, Blind, & Deafblind, where she was the recipient of the 2012 Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Ontario. She is the drummer/vocalist for the Dundas based roots/blues/RnB band Cootes Paradise as well as the conductor/artistic director of the Grand River Voices. Amy is also the music director and organist at Sydenham-Heritage United Church in Brantford, and holds the position of Principal Percussionist with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Amy is endorsed by Murat Diril Cymbals.
Felix Award winner, bossman and hard-driving bebop master, Canadian jazz legend Norman Marshall Villeneuve is very proud to bring to the bandstand Montreal jazz icons Mike Rud, Morgan Moore and Al McLean. This outstanding quartet will inspire and excite you with bebop jazz as it was meant to be played.
Known as “Canada’s Art Blakey”, Norm grew up in Little Burgundy, Montreal. In 1955, during the bebop jazz era, he was just 17 when his fiery style caught the attention of jazz veterans and he was tapped to perform in the smoky clubs of Montreal, including Rockhead’s, Cafe La Boheme, Biddles and Black Bottom.
Norm has performed with jazz royalty, including Duke Ellington, Curtis Fuller, Cootie Williams, Wayne Shorter, Junior Mance, Oliver Jones, Nelson Symonds, Charlie Biddle Alvin Wellman, Richard Parris, Linton Garner, Chuck Peterson and vocalists Renee Lee, Anita O’Day, Blossom Dearie, Sheila Jordan and Jackie Richardson.
In 1974 Norm moved to Toronto and performed at jazz landmarks, George’s Spaghetti House, The Rex, The Pilot, Bermuda Onion, Jazz Bistro and Montreal Bistro, building ensembles with musicians Dave Restivo, Jake Wilkinson, Grant Stewart, Robi Botos, Bernie Senensky, Reg Schwager, Neil Swainson, Dave Young, Mark Eisenman and many of Toronto’s finest.
Celebrating his 7th decade in music, Norm has come home to Montreal, where he continues his life’s work, blazing the way for a new generation of jazz musicians. Norm remains an active and beloved leader on the Canadian Jazz scene.
For more information about Norm, please see is website, normanmarshallvilleneuve.com
Olaf Szester is a Toronto based percussionist/drummer and composer. Olaf graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2006 where he specialized in Orchestral Performance and Composition. In addition, he had the opportunity to perform across Holland while studying percussion at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag (Koninklijk Conservatorium), which is renowned for its focus on New Music. He graduated from Koninklijk Conservatorium with a second Bachelor Degree in Percussion in 2008, where he studied with Luuk Nagtegaal, Hans Zonderop, Fedor Teunisse, Ali N’Diaye Rose, Wim Vos, and Stefan Kruger.
In Canada, Olaf has had the pleasure of studying percussion with Trichy Sankaran, Dave Campion and Gary Tomlin. In the field of composition he has studied with Michael Coghlan, Richard Windeyer, Peter Hatch, Glenn Buhr, and Linda Catlin Smith.
Olaf currently focuses his energies on freelancing, teaching and exploring a variety of diverse projects. In addition to playing percussion with the Thin Edge New Music Collective, a group that focuses on premiering new music from contemporary composers, he plays drums and percussion with Lazybones, a roots-folk-reggae fusion band that have had notable success opening for artists such as Tom Cochrane, Skydiggers, Great Big Sea, and Hey Rosetta. Olaf is also the drummer for a Toronto based high energy punk alternative band BROOMFILLER, who have released and toured several albums to date. Furthermore, Olaf can be found on the self-titled album of the progressive rock band Duck Duck Goose.
A former student at CPIT Jazz School and 8-year member of the world-renowned New Zealand Army Band, Peter Dent has been a Drummer, Vocalist & Percussionist since 1983. Currently with Christchurch Rock Band ‘Whiskey One Hundred’ (named from his army regimental number), Peter is breaking new sonic ground by using huge custom drums and cymbals on stage: 26” bass drum, 8×14” snare drums, 18” HiHats, 21” & 23” Crashes and 24” Ride…along with Headhunters CCC Maple Groove Sticks!
Ray Von Rotz has been one of Nashville’s most in-demand drummers and percussionists. Since 1979, he has performed around the world with a wide variety of artists in almost every kind of music. Among the artists Ray has performed with are Boots Randolph, Al Hirt, Engelbert Humperdink, The Mills Brothers, The Ink Spots, Lee Greenwood, Floyd Cramer, Chet Atkins, Foster Brooks, Tanya Tucker, Vassar Clements, Vicki Lawrence, Grand Ole Opry members Jeannie Seely, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Jack Greene, David Allan Coe, Leslie Uggams, Peter Marshall, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lou Rawls, the Gatlin Brothers, and Tony Orlando.
He has played on numerous shows on radio and television including Nashville Now, On Stage, Music City Tonight, The Shotgun Red Variety Show, The Waking Crew, and Crook and Chase. He has performed with both the Milwaukee and Nashville Symphony Orchestras, and has also played on hundreds of recording sessions. He was a member of the Jack Daniels Original Silver Cornet Band, and performed for years in shows at the Opryland Theme Park.
Ray is currently busy doing sessions at his home for people around the country, performing with a Matt Davenport production on the Gen. Jackson Showboat, drumming for John Beardsly’s show, “A Tribute To the King”, playing with Western Swing female vocalist of the year Carolyn Martin, doing numerous freelance jobs, both in and around Nashville and road dates, and is now working with his own group, Jennifer Bruce and DejaNu, a jazz group which is performing around the country. With around 300 dates a year he is still one of the ‘workingest’ drummers in Nashville and loving it!
Rick was voted Percussionist of the Year five times by Jazz Report magazine and has produced and released 4 CDs with his group Montuno Police: “Bang,” “Touch,” “The Call,” and “Nomads.” Rick has toured/recorded with such artists as Bruce Cockburn, Barry White, Paul Shaffer and is a regular collaborator with Loreena McKennitt on her recordings and tours. Rick is the creator and artistic director of Samba Squad and has written, produced and released 2 CDs with this group,“Samba Squad” and “Batuque.” He is also an educator at York University (ESCOLA DE SAMBA AND CUBAN MUSIC COURSES). Lazar has also developed workshop techniques, which are being successfully used in the Samba Kidz and Samba Teens programs. Rick’s knowledge of world drums and passion makes him a unique percussionist who is first call for a diverse array of artists.
Riley O’Connor is a sought after Canadian drummer with a Humber background who is established as an international touring musician and session player in genres ranging from jazz, r&b and country to heavy rock.
Riley plays regularly with Toronto acts The Michael Schatte Band, Love Tapper, CR Extraodinaire and freelance with many others. He has also performed with many of Canada’s notable jazz musicians including Brownman Ali, Jordana Talsky, Ted Quinlan and Shirantha Beddage.
Performance credits include The TD Canada Trust Jazz Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, NXNE, CMW,Oakville Jazz Festival,Canadian Country Music Awards, World Pride Toronto, Russian Music Festival (Dundas Square), The International Blues Challenge finals (Memphis) and The Motor City Music Festival (Detroit).
Riley’s drumming is captured on recordings from Toronto’s top studios such as CBC, Phase One and Coalition Music and has been featured on The Edge 102.1, Much Music, CBC Television and Lionsgate Pictures.
Beatbox, Drum Kit, Electronics, Harmonica, Percussion, Flute, Guitar, Bass, Keys, Melodica, Looping, Live P.A., DJ, Programing, Freestyle, Lead Vocals, BG Vocals, Teacher, Producer, Composer keep Sam active in the music community.
Sam has studied music at Humber College and with many private teachers such as: Nick Macerollo, Pete Magadini, Jim Blackley, Roger Flock, Don Vickery, Paul DeLong, Rick Gratton, Memo Acevedo and Ted Warren.
He has been involved in many recording projects and performing ensembles over the past 30 years including: Adams Rib, A Single Voice, Back Drop Theroy, Robin Benedict, Big Smoke, Black Cabbage. Brothers Inc, Ken Brown, B.T.K, C2 Entertainment, Sam Cino Trio, Cardiac Arrest, Chipotle, Collateral Dammage, Eccodeck, Fiddlestixs, Grier Copins and Taxi Chain, The Hodads, House of Velvet, Shane Phillips, Brent Rowan Trio, King Cobb Steelie, Kinnie Star, The Kramdens, Teresa Levasseur, Dutch Mason, Brenda McMorrow, Andrew McPherson, Lewis Melville, Microbunny, The Nationals, Nice House, Passanger, Parker Thomas Jazz, Peeler, Aaron Riches, Oliver Schroer, Tanis Slimmon, Aaron Solomon, Sexual Chocolate, Spank, Superex, Jude Vedela, Leisa Way and the Wayward Wind and The Woodchoppers.
He has music in television and film including: Mike Bullard, CBC, City TV, Fashion Television, Much Music and Musicplus.
He has toured Canada, USA and Europe playing original music.
He has also worked with some of the top modern dance companies as an accompanist (where he plays drums, harmonica and piano at the same time) including Toronto Dance Theatre, Guelph Youth Dance, Ballet Jorgen, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre David Earl.
Sam has his own recording/teaching studio where he writes original reggae, hip-hop, electronica and dance music.
Lately he has been playing in a duo with Rob Elliot playing what has been described as “Space Rock”.
He lives in Guelph, Ontario with his Wife and Daughter, Alisha and Kyah and their two cats Feta and Scratchy.
Brian Downton is a multi-instrumentalist, Music Therapist, and drum instructor from St John’s Newfoundland Canada. he’s been playing in local bands since the age of 14. Brian has been involved in numerous bands in St John’s Newfoundland, as well as in Calgary Alberta Canada. From 1999 to 2004, Brian lived in Calgary Alberta Canada, and was the drummer for Second Floor Daycare & Chupacabra touring all of Canada and the United States, recording albums, and opening for numerous International musical acts. Brian has performed on the Vans Warped Tour stage while living in Calgary.
He moved back to St. John’s, NL in 2004 where he continued his career teaching, performing, recording and touring with multiple bands including Hero Gets Girl, Potatobug, John Kenneth Wilkes, the Lizband, Man the Animal, Of the Black, the False Myths, Turn Pike, Regal Rogue, and A Boy Named Tragedy. In 2017, Brian became the Music Therapist for Key Assets. Brian is currently recording multiple albums with his active groups, as well as individual studio work as a highly sought after hired studio musician.
Brian’s styles range from hardcore, metal, punk rock, folk, pop, fusion, funk, jazz, and anything beyond or in between.
Shawn Moore is a touring/recording drummer from Waterloo, Ontario, currently based in Toronto. After many years of study with Humber College professor Roger Flock, Shawn has since gone on to tour with a wide variety of acts before finding his home in Country Music. Throughout the years, he has had the opportunity to perform/record with:
Ryan Laird, Mike Trudell, Ty Baynton, Kansas Stone, Kristen Hawley, Jesse Slack, Dan Brodbeck, and many others.
Equally comfortable behind the drum kit or cajon, Shawn is capable of backing a wide variety of shows for any crowd on any occasion. He currently tours extensively throughout the Canada and is now setting his sites on performing south of the border.
Hickory Classic 5AS, Reefers
Influences: Dave Weckl, Todd Suchermann, Buddy Rich, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Tony Royster Jr.
Titus King better known as “King” was born in Macon, GA in 1990. King was introduced to music at a very young age by his father Charles King Sr., a talented piano and sax player and his mother Starretta King, a gifted singer. It was also his father who began teaching King along with his older brother, Charles King Jr., the fundamentals of drumming. At the age of 5, Kings desire to create music had become so strong that he crafted his own drum set out of pillows, plates, and cereal boxes. Since that time, King has spent countless hours practicing to perfect the gift his innate talent of drumming. He started out playing for his home church in Macon GA, at the age of 8 and immediately people around the city started to hear about this young kid who was shocking the ‘seasoned’ musicians with his drumming skills. King started traveling with local groups, and started playing for concerts around Georgia, as King got older he honed his skills further reading and developing his own voice on the drums. Some of Kings greatest musical influences have been his father Charles King Sr., Ramone “Drum Ducer” Gaskin, and George “Spanky” Mccurdy, Thomas Lang, and many others.
His current credits and accomplishments include playing behind, performing, producing, and recording with:
Travis Greene – National Artist
Bobby Jones – National Artist
Tramaine Hawkins – National Artist
Leon Timbo –Independent Artist
Justin Kennedy – Independent Artist
Dae Lee – Independent Artist
Charles King Jr. – Independent Artist
Lucius McDowell – National Artist
Lisa McClendon – Independent Artist
Raymond Hollis – Independent Artist
KJ Scriven-National Artist
…At the present time King is currently travelling the world as the lead drummer for his friend and mentor, National Recording Artist, Travis Greene. (www.travisgreene.net) Along with ministering in front of thousands each week, King also serves as the house drummer for Forest Hill Church in Charlotte NC. (www.foresthillchurch.org )
TERRY CLARKE (drummer) was born August 20, 1944 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He began displaying rhythmic aptitude at a very early age, and was just 12 twelve years old when he began studying formally with noted drum teacher and author, Jim Blackley, Blackley was, and remains, a primary figure in Clarke’s continuing development as a musician.
In 1965, Clarke moved to San Francisco to work with legendary saxophonist, John Handy III. He performed with Handy for the next two and a half years, during which time the GRAMMY nominated recording, Live at The Monterey Jazz Festival (Columbia – 1966) was made. Following the John Handy experience (which included Terry’s long-time musical collaborator and friend, Don Thompson), Clarke began building his reputation for versatility by joining the world-famous pop vocal group, “The Fifth Dimension” at the height of their popularity, travelling and performed extensively with them throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Europe.
Clarke left “The Fifth Dimension” in 1970, subsequently re-locating to Toronto where, for the next 15, he played an abundance of jazz in all styles, and established himself as a major figure in Toronto’s then-considerable studio scene. Countless television shows, jingles and recording dates were his mainstay, as well performances in legendary Toronto jazz clubs including “George’s Spaghetti House”, “Bourbon Steet”, and “Basin Street”, often working with international jazz figures including Frank Rossolino and Lenny Breau. During the same period, he also toured extensively in Japan and Europe with jazz guitar legend Jim Hall and piano great, Oscar Peterson.
Terry Clarke is an original member of the “Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass” jazz big band, recording and touring with the world-acclaimed ensemble for 25 years. In 1985, seeking greater musical challenges, Clarke moved to New York City to pursue an exclusively jazz-oriented career. During his tenure there, he worked and recorded with The Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Helen Merrill, Toots Theilemans, Ann Hampton Callaway, Red Mitchell, Marvin Stamm, Jim Hall, Bill Mays, Roger Kellaway, and Joe Roccisano, to list just a few.
Having recorded over 300 albums with various jazz artists, Terry Clarke is a familiar face at jazz festivals, concert halls, and venues throughout the world. In August of 1999, he returned to Toronto, reuniting with Rob to join his exciting new ensemble, “The Rob McConnell Tentet”, Terry Clarke’s most recent CD release is ‘Bick’s Bag’ (Triplet Records) featuring the trio of Bill Mays, Neil Swainson, and Terry Clarke, in tribute to Canadian jazz guitar legend, Ed Bickert.
Terry Clarke continues to perform and record with a number of international artists, including Nancy Wilson, Bill Mays, Renee Rosnes, Jim Hall, and Helen Merrill, as well as with an exciting line-up of Canadian musicians, among them David Braid, Jake Langley, Don Thompson, Nancy Walker, Neil Swainson, and David Occhipinti. Clarke is also an enthusiastic jazz educator, and for the past several years has been a member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.
In 2009, Terry released his first album as a leader, “It’s About Time.” The record featured Jim Hall, Greg Osby, Joe Lovano, Phil Dwyer, and Don Thompson and won the JUNO Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year in 2010. The following summer, Terry toured Canada extensively with a trio that featured multi-instrumentalists Phil Dwyer and Don Thompson.
2002 – Named a Member of the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour given in this country. It is granted to Canadian citizens ‘for outstanding achievement and service to the country or to humanity at large.’
2004 – National Jazz Awards winner as ‘Drummer of the Year’
2005 – National Jazz Awards winner as ‘Drummer of the Year’
2006 – National Jazz Awards winner as ‘Drummer of the Year’
2007 – National Jazz Awards winner as ‘Drummer of the Year’
2008 – National Jazz Awards winner as ‘Drummer of the Year’
2010 – JUNO Award for ‘Traditional Jazz Album’ for the album “It’s About Time”
CURRENT MUSIC PROJECTS
THE WORST POP BAND EVER (2006-PRESENT):
Original music blending aggressive improvisation with pop sensibilities.
A loyal Headhunters user since his days at Humber College in the late 90s and as a sideman has been fortunate enough to perform and/or record with a number of award winning local and international musicians in a number of different genres. Some of these artists include: Rich Underhill, Amanda Martinez, Suzie McNeil, Rain Lau (Hong Kong), Elizabeth Shepherd, Laila Biali, Brian Hayman, the Drayton Theatre Group, Michael Danso (Scotland), George Koller, Julie Michels, Big Rude Jake, the Samba Squad, Jaymz Bee, James Robertson, Eric St. Laurent, Attila Fias, Adrean Farrugia, Chris Gale, Ron Davis, Robi Botos, Brandi Disterheft, Kevin Clarke (USA), DK Ibomeka, Jason Chan (Hong Kong), Chris Hunt Tentet, Sophia Perlman, Nick Zubeck, Coryn Raymond, Richard Styla (Poland), Shannon Butcher , Rhonda Stakich, Shameem (Australia), Milosh, Quique Escamilla, Magnolius, LEO37, John Poon, etc.
Tim has been busy with his own project; The Worst Pop Band Ever and the band has met with critical acclaim, played to packed rooms and festivals across North America.
Tim has also been a contributor in original music for Film and Television for the likes of CBC, NFB, OMNI, Disney, Teletoon, etc
Tony Nesbitt-Larking is a Toronto-based, Juno-nominated session
drummer, guitarist and composer, currently drumming for Zaki Ibrahim,
Kellylee Evans, Tanika Charles, The Jessica Stuart Few, and Andrew
Austin, and more.
Tony has played on over 30 commercially released albums,
of widely varying styles, including Population – The Most Serene Republic
(2007), Give In – On An On (2013), While It’s Still Light Out – Andrew Austin
(2013), Two Sides To Every Story – The Jessica Stuart Few (2013), and
Let’s Boogie – Rock’n’Rainbow (2015).
Tony released two solo albums, Tony Nesbit-Larking – Tony Nesbitt-
Larking (2011), and Tony Nesbitt-Larking – Deep Space (2013), where he
composed all of the songs, as well as playing most of the instruments
(including all drums, percussion, guitars, and vocals).
Tony has toured the globe, that include playing many festivals like; festivals like SXSW, Virgin Festival, All Canadian Jazz
Festival, and Yokohama Jazz Promenade.
Tony teaches drums and guitar privately, and for a number of music
schools in Toronto, including Find A Way Music School, and studied with
Mark Kelso at Humber College, in the Bachelor Of Contemporary Applied Music program (honours).
Tony continues to be a busy musician on the Toronto music scene.
Maple and B Hickory drumsticks.
Tony “Leh-lo” Rabalao started playing drums at age 8. He was self-taught until he deciced to study jazz and composition at College. After graduating, he went on to tour and record extensively, throughout Europe and North America, with bands such as Joydrop, Kalan Porter, Shakura S’Aida, Ko, Redman, Big Sugar, and Binker the Star, to name a few. He has appeared in 11 MTV and Much Music videos and is founder/drummer/songwriter of the Juno nominated, alt-rock band Joydrop, penning their Billboard top 20 hit “Beautiful”. His broad taste in music allows him to easily switch from hard hitting rock to head- bopping hip-hop, with intensity, a deep groove, and the sensibility and taste of a songwriter. His drumming style is influenced by greats such as Bonham, Stewart Copland, Questlove, and Dave Grohl. Check out his playing on any of the Joydrop or Bass is Base records, and you can hear how those influences have been fused into his own unique style.
Troy Feener has been playing drums ever since fate brought him into the Toronto Percussion Center and he left with a pair of drum sticks and a new drum teacher. Ironically the sticks were what became Headhunters BB’s and the store was owned by Dave Rundle! Troy spent many years touring the world and recording with artists like Tom Cochrane, Gowan, David Usher, Rick Emmett and his own band The Full Nine. These days you can find him on stage across North America as the drummer for Classic Albums Live, a position he has held for almost 10 years. Troy is also busy with his progressive rock band Druckfarben who are making fans around the world with their debut CD and live performances. Troy uses the Headhunter 5B, BB, Brushes and Bundled Rods.