DRUMMING UP HOPE Drummer Support

Tim Elliott
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Help to support our Illustrious leader, Tim Elliott by clicking on this item! Tim hails from Fort Collins CO, and is currently residing in Loveland. Having been influenced by rock & roll and KISS, Tim has been playing the drums for 40 years. He is mostly self-taught, had two years of school band, and a few private lessons over the years. Tim's influences have been John Bonham (Led Zep) , Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) , Phil Ehart (Kansas), Eric Singer (KISS, Alice Cooper Badlands), Alex Van Halen, Jerry Gaskill (King's X), Dennis Elliott (Foreigner), Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger), Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Cozy Powell (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck). He is currently playing in Michael Morrow & the Culprits (hard rock/classic rock covers and original music), KISSm (KISS tribute), Project Foreigner (Foreigner tribute), Knot Rock (70's era soft rock covers), and Romero (hard rock covers and original music). Tim has played in working bands for the last 30 + years, taking one year off in 1998-9. Music and drumming inspire him and keep him feeling young! Tim says, "Good vibes are so good for the soul!! I consider myself a 'song' drummer. That's what makes me excited about drumming, being part of the song. Yes I know the rudiments, but I am way more excited about songs than paradiddles." Tim plays 3 kits: Mapex, Pearl and PDP. All of them are great drums that sound great through a PA. He uses Mapex and Black panther snare drums, Sabian cymbals (ride, crashes, china's), Zildjian cymbals (hihats and splashes), Rich Sticks, Remo heads, Tama Iron Cobra double pedal and hihat stand, Tama First Chair throne, Gibraltar hardware, Carvin wireless in-ear system, Shure 315 earbuds, Crown 311 headset mic. You can find Tim online at: www.facebook.com/drummer4hope Instagram: TimElliott7495 Twitter: @DrumdudeNoCo

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Kelly Ireland
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Kelly Ireland is our 2nd in command, the Chief Operations Officer of Drumming up Hope. He hails from Grand Junction, CO but lives in Loveland, CO with his lovely wife and our Chief Financial Officer, Vickie Heaton-Ireland. He has been playing drums professionally for nearly 42 years. He was 4 years old when he pulled his mom's pots and pans out and started beating on them with knives. It was an innate thing for him. Mom bought him a drum kit for his 5th birthday and it was ON! By his 6th birthday a babysitter had given him Sgt. Pepper, so his primary influence was Ringo Starr. Other musical influences have been Buddy Rich, Chick Webb, Vinnie Calaiuta, Neil Peart. He has played in many bands, including the Country Rockers (he was 12), Rein Driver, the Trashhawks, Out-a-lyn, Legacy, the Top Hands, the original bands Yield & Voltage to Violets, Machine Gun Kitty, Snake Alley Driver, Eclectic, and the Santa Fe Band. He is currently playing in 4 bands: the Midnight Growlers Band, the BarHoppers, Buzz Brothers Band, and the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, "Street Survyvors."

Kelly is a firm believer in authentic and passionate playing. His band mates can always count on him to play the music as it was written, and with passion... he says that, "everyone makes mistakes but you can't fake passion. Stick twirls and flashy fills serve their purpose, but there is not higher purpose than for the drummer to groove & make the people feel good."

Kelly built a Neil Peart replica kit last year and he currently plays it, and various versions thereof, in the Midnight Growlers Band. Drums consist mainly of 92 Slingerlands and a few others. Hardware and stands are a mish-mosh of Ludwig, Slingerland, and Yamaha. Cymbals are a combination of Sabian and Zildjian. Pedals are DW 5000's. Heads are Evans hydrolic reds, sticks are Vic Firth 7a.

Kelly has a considerable amount of formal education through Jr. High, High School and College. He took lessons extensively from Denver area drummer Gary LaFrancois.

You can find Kelly on his facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/kelly.ireland.503 and www.midnightgrowlersband.com

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Vickie Heaton / Jenn Ozzy
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Jenn and Vickie are getting in on the fun! If you have a donation and don't know where to put it, we want to see if we can beat the drummers in donations taken! Go ahead and support us! It's all in fun, and all for the St. Jude's kids!!!

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Mark Allison
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Mark Allison Born in Landsuel Germany have resided in Lakewood Colorado most of my life. Have been playing drums 46 years Inspiration to be a drummer, I always had one shaky leg. Drummers I admire- Gavin Harrison-Ringo Starr-Bobby Caldwell-John Bonham-Tito Puente--Rod Morgenstein, Jim White (UNC) and all the kids I have seen come up through the years in the Jazz program at Greeley. Recent Band’s Eddie Roswell and Phantom Ranch--Currently, Pinch Philosophy-- As a drummer I love to color the music and interject mood. Drumming is my life although singing and playing guitar is also a passion I have worked for several Drum and cymbal companies as a rep through out my life. Currently I am proud to represent Zildjian cymbal’s Vic Firth, Aquarian heads, Toca pecussion-Roc-N-Soc thrones and Drum Dial I use Zildjian Cymbals-Roc-N-Soc thrones-Mixture of Sonor-Yamaha-DW Hardware Vic Firth and Zildjian sticks, TJS drums-Sonor-Ludwig. Sonor and DW pedals. Aquarian drumheads I had private lessons in the early stages. From there I learned a lot on stage. Took private lessons on conga’s bongos with Jose Rossy. (Weather Report,Pattie Labelle,Robert Palmer)
Have been fortunate to get tips from many great players like,Gavin Harrison, Tony Willams,Terry Bozzio,Mark Craney,Rod Mogenstein an too many more to mention.

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Jeromey Balderrama
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Jeromey Balderrama is joining us from Windsor, CO. He has been playing drums since he was 11 - around 25 years, because "drums were the coolest instrument in middle school band." He took piano and drum lessons while in school, but has since been a self-learner. Drummers Jeromey admires include Carter Beauford, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chad Smith. He is currently playing with Amy and the Peace Pipes, a female-fronted piano rock band out of Fort Collins. When asked about his musical philosophy, Jeromey told us that, " I pride myself on maintaining a stable pocket and creating a space to enable other musicians to shine. Music has the power to connect people in so many ways, and there's no better feeling as a musician than seeing people emotionally respond to something you've created." Jeromey plays a Pearl Masters MCX kit, Zildjian cymbals (with a sprinkling of Sabian prototypes), Evans Heads, Vic Firth Sticks. If you want to know more, you can find Jeromy online at: Twitter: @jeromey Instagram: @balderromey Web Site: http://romeyinfc.com and his Band Web Site: http://amyandthepeacepipes.com

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Brandon Barrios
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Brandon Barrios is originally from Orlando, FL and currently resides in Fort Collins, CO. He has been playing the drums for about 18 years. Brandon is a trombone player who took up playing drums when his band began practicing at his house. He says, "It meant there was a drum set at my house and I, of course, couldn’t NOT play them." Some of Brandon's favorite drummers are Buddy Rich, Mike Portnoy, Peter Erskine, Steve Smith, Dennis Chambers, Benny Greb, Christopher Tsagakis, and Gardner Dunn. Brandon has played in several bands (on trombone) but nothing notable on the drums. When we asked Brandon about his musical philosophy, he said, "I love music! This question has always been so difficult for me to answer. I love the diversity of sounds found in any type of music and the ability to communicate using sounds. I like the way musicians are able to work together to achieve a unified sound and the ability for many musicians to adapt in any situation to add to or blend in with an already established sound. Music has taught me more skills in life than I can list. Reading music has given me a language to use with other musicians that makes me feel a part of something that is beyond words in any other language. Music theory is as mentally stimulating for me as any other field of study. Listening to music is emotional and personal and at the same time, it can be social, psychological or academic. Studying the history of music is also very engaging, as it is a part of our culture that has always managed to evade limitations, barriers or stigmas. I also like listening to it." The kit that Brandon plays is a Pearl Session Studio Classic – 2 up, 2 down with a 20” kick drum. His snare drum is a Pearl Reference maple/birch and he also uses a Pearl 14”x3” Free Floating maple snare drum. He has Evans Calftone heads on all of his toms and on his bass drum and Evans ST Dry on his snare drums. His cymbals are a combination of Zildjian Avedis, Zildjian K Special Dry and Meinl Byzance Sandblasted. For sticks, he switches between Vic Firth Peter Erskine Ride and Peter Erskine Signature sticks and Promark Jazz Café 9. He uses a student model strap drive single kick pedal with a Low Boy Custom lightweight beater When we asked Brandon whether he was self-taught or had any formal training, he told us, "I have a bachelor’s degree in music education and decades of formal training on brass instruments but I am relatively self taught on the drum set." If you want to find Brandon online, please go to www.MusicGoRoundFortCollins.com

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Terence Bruce
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My name is Terence Bruce I hail from the great state of Michigan... born in Detroit city... but spent about 10 years in Ann Arbor. I moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1990, and been here ever since. I've been playing the drums since ? Oh 3rd or 4th grade? So approx 40 years... plus or minus a decade or 2 for time served in adolescents and then the army lol. I also play guitar and sing... My inspiration to play was in my genes from birth... while I did lose both my parents at an early age, my father was a percussionist, and my mother was a music teacher in the Detroit public school system. I'm going to say my inspiration was my mother... I can actually remember her pulling out pans for me to bang on when I was about 2 years old... all while she popped some Jiffy Pop popcorn. I have several drum heroes... beginning with Neil Peart... my hands and wrist get a little off from not playing as frequently as once upon a time, but I can still pound out most everything from the Moving Pictures days... I may forget a few of the changes, but I can hear almost every note of every song in my head. Next drum hero would be Vinnie Paul of Pantera... (Dimebag definitely my #1 pick for guitar RIP Dime). I had the honor of meeting him... and my ability and favorite style is def influenced by Vinnie... I'm grateful to have had the chance to tell him this on the 1st Anniversary of Dimes passing. What a GREAT loss to music... And... I now have a new #1 ... Mario Duplantier of Gojira! The guy can't possibly be human... I've heard faster, but NO one more precise, brutal, and all executed with the passion of pure deliverance. Yes... the guys that good. I've yet to be able to duplicate what he plays... (maybe some of Gojira's slower stuff lol) ...his speed, power, timing changes, and basic drumming rudiments are way beyond anything I've seen or heard to date within the metal genre... Just insane with it. I haven't toured or played with any band in a study manor, tons of garage jams... etc. However, I did play for all the University of Detroit Pep band gigs back when I was in the 10th grade... I was playing bars at the college. I was also voted in to the USMBA (US Marching band Assoc) as brig in the top 10% percussionist in the United States... that was clear back in 1985... (You know the rules... use it or lose it... but I loved beer). I never regarded myself to be that caliber of player... I've never had a strong left hand... and I ALWAYS speed up timing lol) BUT I believe our instructor was just impressed with my ability to pick up just about any instrument and play it, and wanted to honor me. My philosophy regarding music is an easy one... it's Universal... Within the word music, is the word Muse. Whispering to all whom will open their ears, hearts and minds. As much as the world would like to divide it, there is no one genre owned by any race, color, or creed... Just ask the Wu Tang Klan about Eminem, or Henry Rollins about Bad Brains... life without music equals no life. I sold my last kit to buy a 58' Impala, but I custom built a Gretch Renown Maple kit... ALL maple shells... meanest kick drum I've had or heard to date... Cymbals were predominantly Zildjians but all over the map in series... Masters, Z's, A's... Remo heads, Vic sticks, and all pushed by DW 9000 double pedal (I've never fully gotten the hang of a single bass drum, much prefer 2). I was pretty much self taught but attended the Detroit drum school, forgot the owners name, but he had mentored Ollie Brown (Sting, and various others, studio drummer). Also a short stint at a fancy music school downtown Detroit... I have no links to give... but STILL wish to thank my family for always supporting music. I had no pics of me actually playing, just me watching my kids play around on my last kit and guitar... oh yeah... I cut my dreads, but I'm rockn a fro!

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Annette Cannon
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Annette VQ Cannon joins us from Westminster, CO. She has been playing drums off and on for 13 years, having been self-Taught and receiving some training, but nothing formal. She was inspired to begin drumming when a friend, who is an excellent drummer, suggested that she play the drums to Seven Nation Army. "After that, I was hooked and bought a set of drums." When we asked Annette what drummers she admires, she stated, very simply, "All of them." Annette has played in the bands Electric Blue, and Sticky Ralston. Her philosophy is that we should all "think outside the beat. I use drum beats when giving reiki, relaxation and healing touch. I also like to participate in drum circles." Equipment Annette uses includes DW's, Sabian, Rich sticks, as well as Vic Firth (7a) sticks. While Annette can be found online, on Facebook, she states she has no official drumming page, but she can be found at https://www.facebook.com/stickyralston/

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Rich Carlson
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Rich Carlson resides in Denver CO , and is an accomplished , life-long drummer , starting at 14 . He has played drums for 35 years , and has played in many pro bands , including Hari Kari , G Force , Horse and Badd Boyz ( featuring Paul Shortino of Rough Cutt ) , he's auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne , and currently plays with Evermore ( Led Zeppelin tribute ) , and VOA ( Sammy Hagar tribute ) and The Four Horsemen . Rich is an educator , and has had a thriving instructional career , his current book , Twisted Drums is available at www.twisteddrums.com . He endorses Pearl Drums and Sabian cymbals .

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Damion Carreras
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Damion Carreras is from Loveland, Co. He has been playing and studying drum/percussion concepts, spiritualism, cultural aspects, etc. for 36 years. His inspiration came from something internal, perhaps primal, perhaps universal. When asked, Damion said, "Drummers I admire: anyone that plays, on any level, showing an interest in this amazing realm." Bands played in: Stitched Wide Open, Blood Shot, Isotope 239 (currently), CSU percussion ensemble and orchestra, and many several garage bands mostly metal, groove metal, and what I could label voyage music. When we asked what his musical philosophy is, he said, "I did a college psychology report on “The Spiritual Magic of Drumming.” It’s my life, my religion, encompassment, journey..... that’s my honest answer. Damion plays a TAMA kit, Evans heads, pro-mark 707 Simon Phillips signature, iron cobra pedals, zildjan cymbals, Roland V-Drums. He is mostly self taught, but did have some formal training. He can be found online on Facebook: Damion Carreras and/or Kil Wiked

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Joey Chunks
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Joey Chunks is a self-taught drummer out of Mannville Alberta, living in Colorado Springs. He will be taking part in our 24-hour drumathon in Colorado Springs in June. Joey has been playing for 18 years, and was inspired by his love of "rock n roll". Drummers he admires are Peart, Portnoy, and David Diepold. Joey has blayed in Dahlmers Realm, Fn Wlde, and LAMB BED, all considered metal or hard rock bands. When we asked Joey what his musical philosophy is, he said that "music is what makes my world go round. I live it every day and inspire others to do the same and stick to it." Joey plays mapex drums, pearl eliminator belt drive pedals, zildjian brass, temp pinstripes, and vic firth sticks. If you are looking for Joey on facebook, you can find him here: www.facebook.com/joeychunks

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Tom Cooley - aka Drumbo
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Tom is an Indiana native , currently residing in Bellevue CO , and has played drums for 50 years . He lists Vinnie Colaiuta , Simon Phillips , Keith Carlock and Manu Katche as influences . His list of projects is available at www.ProjectDrumbo.com . He drums because it keeps him young , brings energy and positive vibes to his life , and for his spiritual well being . He uses drum , cymbal and stcks by Pearl , Premier , Gretsch , Sabian , Zildjian , Paiste , Remo , Evans , and Aquarian . Tom studied for 6 years with Mike Shively . He is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thomas.cooley.35 , and this is his website , www.ProjectDrumbo.com .

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Chuck Curtis
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Chuck is from our hometown of Loveland, CO. He has been playing drums for 42 years, having been inspired to play drums listening to his older siblings' albums. He's wanted to play drums for as long as he could remember. Main influences have been Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Neal Peart, Cozy Powell, etc. He took some formal lessons when he was 12, but has been mostly self taught. Curt played in a local rock cover band called Excitus for 12+ years. He is not currently playing with anyone, at this time. Being involved in music has always been a desire of Curt's. However, life has put him in a position to have to keep it on the back burner.

Curt has a Pearl Session series kit, as well as a Gretsch Catalina maple kit. He uses Sildjian and Sabian cymbals, Axis longboard pedals, as well as a Tama Iron Cobra double pedal. He uses Aquarian, Evans, and Remo heads, and Vic Firth sticks.

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Mike Dagnon
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  1. Mike Dagnon is one of our south drummers, from Colorado Springs. He has been drumming for 25 years, having always wanting to be a drummer (It's innate, folks!). Some of his influences are Vinnie Paul, Gene Hoglan, Dave Lombardo, and Bill Ward. Mike is currently playing in a metal band, "Harvest the People." When we asked him what his musical philosophy is, he stated that, "Music has always been a way for me to express my limited creativity. As well as an outlet for sobriety." Good going, Mike! Equipment Mike uses includes Pearl Drums, zildjian, DW pedals, Remo heads, Vic Firth sticks. He does have formal training from private lessons to drum line, and he can be found at Harvest the people on Facebook.
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Dylan Delehoy
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Dylan Delehoy grew up in Parker, CO and currently lives in Wellington, CO. He has been playing the drums for about 12 years now. He says, "I always liked being loud and hitting things, so drumming seemed like the most natural instrument for me to pick up. My dad also played drums when he was in high school, and my parents helped me to get started when they bought me my first kit for Christmas when I was 12." When Dylan was younger he really admired a lot of classic rock drummers like John Bonham and Bill Ward. More recently he has been getting into more jazz, fusion, and funk drummers like Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, and Matt Garstka. Right now, the drummer Dylan admires the most is Ryan Brown from Dweezil Zappa's band. Dylan says, "He has become my teacher/mentor and really helped me along the way to realizing my career as a musician." Dylan played in a heavy metal band in high school called Amnesia, but nothing recently. When we asked Dylan what his musical philosophy is, he said, "I believe music should be an important part of everybody's lives. It allows you to express yourself in a way that words can't. Through learning and exposing yourself to different types of music you can really grow as a person." Dylan curently plays a PDP kit with Evans heads, DW pedals, and a mix of Zildjian, Sabian, and Paiste cymbals. As far as sticks, he said that he usually gets the cheapest sticks he can find. Dylan is mostly self taught, and hopes to one day go back to school for percussion. If you want to find Dylan, here is his Facebook link, but, he says, "right now I don't do any kind of promotion." https://www.facebook.com/dylan.delehoy

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Johnathan Dunlap-Rodasta
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Johnathan Dunlap-Rodasta was born in Denver and resides in Greeley. He has been playing off and on for five years. Drummers he admires are Tommy Lee and Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan. Johnathan is not in any bands yet. As far as his musical philosophy, when asked, he said, "I'm 15, so I am still shaping my musical landscape." When we asked him what kind of equipment he uses, Johnathan told us, "I use my step dad's kit when he's not home...(shhhh he has no idea)." He is not YouTube famous yet, "but I'm working on it." We hope you enjoy playing with us, Johnathan!!

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Ward Durrett
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Ward makes his home in Fort Collins CO. He has been playing drums for 57 years, having been inspired by his folks desire for him to get involved with Music. Drummers Ward admires include: Joe Morello; Steve Gadd; Buddy Rich; Graham Lear. Currently, Ward is playing in an orchestra/swing band called Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra. He has also played in another swing band called the Dean Bushnell Orchestra; country rock band, Brad Fitch (Cowboybrad.com); jazz band the Les Elgart Orchestra; jazz band Bob Crosby Orchestra; jazz band John Mills Orchestra; polka band Dick Zavodny Band. He also played in the US Navy Show Band. When we asked Ward what his musical philosophy is, he said that he is "Not a soloist; Just love to make great music with other musicians… Groove is everything!!" Drums, cymbals, pedals, heads & sticks Ward uses include: Mapex Black Panther kit; Zildjian & Sabian cymbals; Regal tip sticks. A little bird told us that Ward studied with Frank Adams (Julliard) as a kid & Bill Reynolds (now at UCONN) in the 70’s.. Both great teachers! Ward can be found at the following social media link: http://www.hottomatoes.com/

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Ryan Elwood
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Ryan Elwood was raised in Berthoud, CO, currently residing in Englewood, CO He's been drumming for 24 years His dad is also a drummer, they used to watch videos of Buddy Rich together on Saturday mornings Ryan lists Steve Gadd, Shawn Pelton, Steve Jordan, Antonio Sanchez as influences. Ryan is primarliy a session drummer (all styles), Adrienne O (pop), Buckstein (country), Voodoo Kings (rock), Austin Young Band (blues) " Music is the only way I’ve found to truly express myself. Drumming has allowed me to meet so many amazing people from all walks of life. I am very fortunate to be able to play drums for a living — being able to support my family doing something I love is a great feeling! " . He uses Vic Firth drumsticks, Humes and Berg cases, KBrakes, Drum Workshop (drums, pedals, and hardware), Zildjian Cymbals, Remo drumheads, PureSound snare wires, RhythmTech percussion, Big Fat Snare Drum, Roland Electronics " My dad got me started as a young child, although he encouraged me to discover a lot of things about drumming for myself " . twitter.com/elwooddrums, facebook.com/elwooddrums, instagram.com/elwooddrums, youtube.com/elwooddrums, ryanelwood.com/

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Bryce Feist
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Bryce Feist is from South Dakota and lives in Parker CO; been in CO since 1990. He started playing drums at age 9; Been playing in bands since he was 16. He is self taught. He says, "I took 3 or 4 lessons many years ago and it just wasn’t my thing. Still learning all the time though." When asked what inspired him, he stated that "the bands of the 70’s inspired me to play drums along with my older brother’s music collection. The challenge of playing live and constantly learning is still inspiring." Drummers he admires are too many to mention but for starters- John Bonham, Ian Paice, Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, Brian Downey, Steve Smith and all the drummers that are committed to playing live week after week. Bryce currently plays in a local Denver based band called VIVID BLACK. In 2018, we will be celebrating 8 years together as a band. A lot of other bands prior to that. When asked what Bryce's musical philosophy is, he said, "Music plays a big role in my life. It always has. It’s hard to balance it all with family, work and schedules but being passionate, dedicated and true to yourself, it somehow all works out." He plays Yamaha drums, Zildjian K and A cymbals, Iron Cobra pedals, Evans heads, ProMark 5A sticks. Bryce can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

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Emily Gould
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  1. Name: Emily Gould
  2. Location: Colorado Springs, CO
  3. How long have you been drumming: 19 years
  4. What inspired you to start: Travis Barker of Blink 182. His playing drew my attention like nothing before.
  5. Drummers I admire: Anika Nilles, Travis Barker, Derek Grant, so many more.
  6. Bands played in: Spirettes (Indie/Rock), Plain As Day (Country/Rock), The Feeling of Falling (Melodic Rock)
  7. Musical Philosophy: Drumming is an absolute joy and passion for me that I feel should be shared as much as possible.
  8. Equipment: I exclusively use Outlaw Custom Drums, Sovereign Cymbals, Humes & Berg cases, SledgePad, Arti Dixson Bass Drum Lift and Sweet Spots Dampeners.
  9. Education: Formal training through private drum instruction
  10. Links: www.EmilyGouldDrumming.com, Facebook.com/snaredrumem, Instagram: @snaredrumem, Twitter: @snaredrumem
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Brian Halcomb
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Brian Halcomb is coming to us from Rawlins Wyoming. He has been playing drums for 20 years. His love of music is what inspired him to play. Brian's influences have been Jeremy Specer, Neil Peart, Lars Ulrich. Brian has played in a blues band named "Still House", and enjoys drumming for various Bands for fun. He says that drumming is an every day passion, and I enjoy watching other drummers with the same passion. Brian uses Zildjian cymbals, Remo drum heads, Pearl double pedals, Pearl drum set, Vic Firth drum sticks. He has been both self taught and had formal training.

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Ross Hansen
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1 – Ross Hansen

2 – Windsor, CO

3 – Guitarist/singer/songwriter, who wishes he could play drums. I can keep a beat.

4 – My first instrument as a kid was a drumkit. Best Christmas ever! I came back from summer vacation and a kid who was friends with my sister destroyed it.

5 – Neil Peart, John Bonham, Brian Nevin, All my DUH brethren!

6 – Watery Grave – Original Rock, Boulevard Road – Original Rock/Christian Rock, Ross V Hansen original Solo/Acoustic

7 - Music comes from beyond and connects us all. I have the gift to create music. What gift! Melody and beat has always stirred my soul. I love to see concerts and bands live

8 – Other peoples. 😊

9 – Self-taught drummer, I had guitar lessons when I was a kid. My first guitar teacher had me learn songs and sing them when I was 12. Looking back that started me down a great path. Thank you Claire.

10 – Watery Grave - https://www.facebook.com/watery.grave.1/ Boulevard Road https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6ZV4LQtkfU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw-gAYDg9AQ

Ross V Hansen https://www.facebook.com/Ross-V-Hansen-346088168769583/ Solo Acoustic show at High Hops June 24th 3 – 5.
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Buryl-Bob Hill
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Buryl-Bob Hill of Fort Collins was inspired to start playing drums about the age of 7, after seeing a drum duet at a church talent show. “I made my first drum set by starting with a cheesy snare and a tiny crash I got for Christmas, and adding a homemade kick pedal attached to a cardboard laundry soap bucket. It actually sounded good.” Early influences were Buddy Rich & Danny Seraphine (Chicago). B-Squared has played out in classic rock bands in Detroit in the 70’s, an original funk band in S. Cal in the 80’s, worship bands for several years, and locally in “Davey and the Blues Dogs” A Blues jam hosted by David Boyd including taking the blues to local prisons. Recently he has been with the multi genre cover trio “By Design”. His philosophy: "Besides drumming being good therapy, I see the drums as taking an emotion and converting it to physical action. or vice versa? How cool is that?” His hardware is low budget stuff. “The money goes to heads & mostly to cymbals!” He has taken lessons now and again and likes learning from You-tube. He also enjoys playing jazz marimba.

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Craig Keeley
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Craig Keeley from Colorado Springs, CO (not originally). I have played the drums off and on for almost 30 years. I'm not really a drummer, just a music guy, although I do play regularly. I admire any drummer that gets up there and pours out his/her soul. Drumming is the core of all music and speaks to us on a tribal level. I don't have equipment preference, I play a set of Ludwig acoustic drums and a play some Roland electronic drums in church. I actually play more guitar or bass now, but I still love the skins! I am currently the bass player for local metal band Axe 2 the Face. No real drum training except for playing school band for 8 years and throwing down in a couple of punk bands in the 90s.

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Peter Knudson
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Peter Knudson , Born in Minot, North Dakota, lives in Ft Collins, CO I've been playing about 30 years Inspirations: SO MANY but here's a few: Omar Hakim, Stewart Copeland, Vinnie Colaiuta, Tony Williams, Art Blakey, Pete Thomas, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo. Idols=Good people Currently playing in Patti Fiasco and Manabi Salsa Band Musical philosophy=Do it all, do it often, have fun, have a goal I've a current endorsement with Pearl Drums. I play Vic Firth 55a sticks, Remo heads, mostly Zildjian cymbals, Roc-N-Soc throne. Studied music education and performance but didn't finish the degree. About 3.5 years worth. pkdrum.wordpress.com Pattifiasco.net

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Erik Landgren
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Erik Landgren joins us from the Denver/Aurora, CO area. He has been playing the drums for 23 years. He told us that it "could be longer depending on if you count setting up mom's metal mixing bowls on the kitchen floor and using chopsticks to make them ring." Erik's dad was a huge inspiration to his desire to play drums. He told us, "the moment was when I was 8, in the car with my father, and he put in Rush's Exit: Stage Left... Track #3, YYZ, After the three minute drum solo, I grabbed my jaw out from my lap and looked up saying 'Dad, some day I'm going to do that.' He responded simply, 'Then do it, Erik.'" If the above wasn't obvious, Neil Peart played a small role in inspiring Erik. Aside from him, other drummers Erik admires include Chad Smith (RHCP), Dave Grohl (Nirvana), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters/Alanis Morisette), Dino Campanella (Dredg), Danny Carey (Tool), David Silveria (KoRn), and Jose Pasillas (Incubus) all were very influential as well. Bands Erik has played in include: Synaptic Window (Alternative), Eulalie (Pop Alternative), Straight Outta Luck (Punk Rock). When we asked Erik what role music and drumming play in his life, he told us, "When I 'should' be thinking about important life decisions, my brain relates the situation to song lyrics. And then I get distracted thinking about the drum line and the song itself. Then I wonder what was going through their brains when they wrote this. Then I remember that I want to be that for other people and their life decisions. And then I think about, wait, what was the question?" Equipment Erik uses include: Orange County Drums and Percussion 4 piece, Cherry and Birch shells. Sabian AA/X Cymbals. Remo Ambassador Coated heads, Vic Firth American Classic 5A "I know, I use tiny sticks." When we asked Erik what kind of training he has had, he told us that he is "self taught on the kit. I spent middle/high school in concert band classes and Jazz Band, but the majority of my training is trial and error trying to recreate the songs that have played a significant role in my life." Erik can be found on the following social media links: Facebook @StraightOuttaLuck; www.facebook.com/erik.eulalie Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/search/results/straight%20outta%20luck

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Michael LeDonne
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  • Michael LeDonne, born in Brooklyn, NY, is now happy to call Fort Collins home for the past 24 years. Michael has been playing percussion for 18 years. As a teenager, he dabbled with percussion but then went off to college, became a doctor, and forgot about drumming. Then, after almost 20 years, and moving to FoCo, he happened to see the Walt Jenkins Jazz Jam at Lindens a couple of times, and the sheer joy of the music and the players ignited in him the desire to get back to music, and drumming, and he's never looked back. He says: " I can't begin to recount the wonderful people I have met and the incredible music I have enjoyed because of that decision. Best damn thing I have ever done for myself. :)" Michael sees drumming, and the interactions with other musicians, as one way to practice spiritual development. On the flip side, music is the the best antidote for life's stresses and incredible fun. For himself, playing is a meditation. "I try to leave my ego out of it, and do whatever it takes to support the music and the other players, whether it is an all out drum fest, or simply a well-placed shaker." His favorite drummers include Vinny Colaiuta, Lenny White, John Bonham, Joe Morello, Elvin Jones, Dave Weckl, and Giovanni Hildago. His equipment includes a Yamaha drum kit, Sabian cymbals, and LP Patato Series congas and a custom made Cajon. He is currently supporting different acoustic projects, including the MeadowCreek Band, and various local musicians.
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Melvin LeRoy
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1 Melvin LeRoy is from Gering Nebraska , currently living in Hartville Wyoming. He is a singer/songwriter, who picked up playing guitar and harmonica at the young age of 25. he says that he has "always been singing/writing."

Drummers Melvin admires? "Tim Elliot & his crew, Nate Brown for mad skills and dedication to Craft." Melvin has played with Hillbilly Hippies.... Jesse LeRoy Brown.... The Mercenaries... Sonder... When we asked Melvin's musical philosophy and what role drumming plays in his live, he stated that "Drumming is Ancient Rhythm of Life..The Heartbeat of a Song..Drumming is HOPE.." Melvin is a very unconventional drummer in that he plays... HOHNER HARMONICAS. He is a self-taught musician. We are looking forward to his part in the drumathon. Welcome aboard, Melvin!

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Eric Lewis
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Eric Lewis Colorado springs CO, Fountain Co

5 years

My first drummer Matt Heady I always liked drums but watching him drum and having conversations about drumming and other drummers sparked my interest

Morgan Rose Scott Phillips Neil Pert Phill Collins Patrick Madsen

On guitar I've played with Flesh Engine , (Metal) Last Ray Of Dawn,(Hard rock) Hero kid , (pop punk) Anthropology,( accoustic cover band) Breaking the Cycle , ( Christian metal) Lavinia Unknown,(Metal) And on drums Icarus Echoes ( current band) (Prog Rock) Opposition Force (rock cover band)

Music is a huge part of my life, I've been playing music since I was 12 I got my first guitar at 7 but never really played untill my father passed... It has helped mold me into who I am It can never heal the void of him gone but I can feel his presence when I play crowds of hundreds or just in my living room Drumming has helped me gain some of my paitence back I'm self taught but digging into metronome's as Icarus Echoes is currently recording scratch tracks to our upcoming album drumming had become a relaxing , stressful ,wonderland and I enjoy every minute of it

PDP z 5 22" ,10" , 12" and 14" pearl marching snare Zindjin symbols with some paste and wuhan China Pdp 5000 double pedal Vic firth 5A

Self taught

https://www.reverbnation.com/icarusechoes

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Dave McHugh
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Dave hails from Greeley, CO via Saratoga Springs, NY, originally from Trenton, NJ, and has been "banging the cans" for 25+ yrs. His inspiration to start playing was because guitar was boring. After a few lessons, it became a need and developed into a passion. Dave had taken formal lessons from Jack Johnson in PA, 20 yrs ago. He is self taught for the most part, looking to return to the lessons he forgot and learn more. His drive is to keep learning and playing in this amazing Tribe named Drumming Up Hope!!!

Drummers Dave admires include Bonham, McBrain, Burr, Densmore, Gadd, Grohl, & Stahl

Bands Dave has played include: Misled, Mommy Dearest, Mean Street, A Maiden Tribute, Evil or Divine, Tim Merill Band, Hooligans Holiday, Unkovered, and he is currently playing in Bluz Kadillak & Bad Moon Rising.

Dave's philosophy in regards to music is that "you can always learn something new, bend it, twist it and make it your own." He plays a Gretsch kit, Zildjian ride & Crashes, Sabian HH hats. PDP double pedal, Pearl/Tama hardware.

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Jordan Melani
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Jordan Melani comes to us out of the Northern Colorado area, specifically out of Lyons and Fort Collins. He is a self-taught drummer who has been playing for 3 years and has had a few lessons from the illustrious Tim Elliott. Why did Jordan start playing drums? He says, "Guitarists are a dime a dozen and my band needed a drummer!" And speaking of drummers, Jordan admires John Fred Young from Black Stone Cherry, Carter Beauford from Dave Matthews Band, and Danny Carey from Tool. Jordan has played with the hard rock band Hot Sisters. When we asked Jordan what his musical philosophy is, he said, "drumming and music gives me a creative outlet that allows my artistry and physicality. It is the best form of therapy, relaxation, and entertainment that I can find." He plays Pearl drums, Zildjian cymbals, Remo heads, DW9000 double kick direct drive and Vic Firth American classic 5AN sticks. Jordan can be found online at the following links: .https://www.hotsistersmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hotsistersmusic/ Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/y945qsgn Itunes: https://tinyurl.com/ycqb3zho Bandcamp: https://tinyurl.com/yaehe4so Google Play: https://tinyurl.com/ybvjw5yc

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Randy Mosman
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Randy Mosman is a bass player who loves drumming in Drumming Up Hope events ! He has been a regular on the Denver music scene for years and plays in Michael Morrow and The Culprits and KISSm .

1 - Randy Mosman

2 - From Whittier, CA but raised in Denver, CO

3 - How long have you played the drum ?: Bass Player for 32 years but have dabbled in drums for just as long.

4 - What inspired you to start drumming?: I love playing multiple instruments and have always wanted to play drums live. I self taught myself in high school in the choir room after school and always try to get behind a drum set whenever possible.

5 - Drummers you admire?: Neil Peart (Rush), Albert Bouchard (Blue Öyster Cult), Aynsly Dunbar (Journey, Jefferson Starship), Pat Torpey (Mr. Big) {R.I.P.}

6 - Bands played in?: Currently bass player for Michael Morrow & The Culprits and KissM. Played with The Switch, Cry Monday, Skin Tite and Valhalla locally.

7 - Musical philosophy?: As a bass player, I have to work hand in hand closely with a drummer and therefore need to feel their love for their art and be in sync with them to lay down the backbone of the music created.

8 - What drums , cymbals , pedals , heads , sticks do you use?: Again...as a bass player, I have no drum kit but one day will own one so I can better my playing.

9 - Are you self taught / formal training?: Self taught

10 - Social Media links? https://www.facebook.com/randy.mosman

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Josh Murrow
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Josh Murrow comes to us from the Fort Collins CO/Loveland CO area. He has been playing drums for 22ish years, having been inspired by Grunge. Alice in Chains. He is completely self-taught. He says, "I was at a very influential time in my life. I just loved the music and the drum parts were relatively simple, so I figured 'I could do that.' I just had to find the right people to jam with." Josh admires Sean Kinney, Danny Carey, John Bonham, Shannon Larkin. He has played in Autumn Burn-hard rock, Crovax- melodic rock, Pretty Noise-rock/punk, Binary Lies/Living with Ghost- grunge/hard rock. When asked his musical philosophy, Josh said, "This one is hard. Music brings out a side of me that nothing else can. It's calming, yet chaotic. It's freeing. It lets me leave it all out there. It leaves me vulnerable and I'm OK with that. It unites the masses." What equipment does Josh use? Tama, Sabian cymbals, DW pedals, Evans heads and Ahead sticks. You can find Josh online at www.facebook.com/livingwithghost Twitter: @livingwithghost

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Jeph Olson
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Jeph Olson joins us from Loveland,CO. He is a self taught drummer... except taking a few from the awesome Don Stahl. Jeph has been playing drums since he could beat and tap on things. He was inspired by his love of drumming, but if you ask him, he'll joke that "I wanted to be the guy with the most load in -load out!" When we asked Jeph what drummers he admires, he said there are so many... Portnoy, Lee, Lambardo, Lars, Elliot, Stahl... and all the drummers who are part of Drumming Up Hope. Jeph is currently playing in a country/mix band called Lendon James and the Hwy 34 Band and an original rock band called Mojo Kamikaze. He has played in a mixed/metal band called Asylum, mixed genre band United by Chaos, original metal band Deadless, and outlaw country band Sean Wright and the Tribe. What does Jeph want out of music and drumming? "I would like to play more and work less....but drumming will always be a passion." Equipment Jeph uses includes Pearl Export, Tama, Evans and Aquarium Heads, Zildjian and Paiste Cymbals. He can be found on Facebook and MojoKamikaze.com.

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Logan Oshiro
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Logan Oshiro " El Boxy"

Where are you from/ currently residing?
Colorado Springs.

How long have you played the drums? Almost three years.

What inspired you to start drumming? I got inspired to start drumming when my mom's band was playing and the drummer was playing some cool beats. After hearing him play I thought I could do that as well. He taught me some beats to start until I started getting lessons.

Drummers you admire? Pat Torpey, Taylor Hawkins, Clyde Stubblefield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Grohl.

Bands played in? Urusai - Rock

Musical philosophy? What role does music and drumming play in your life? Drumming plays a large part in my life. I enjoy playing complex beats and fast beats and creating new ones. I love playing live and having people appreciating what I do.

What drums, cymbals, pedals, heads, sticks do you use? Gretsch Energy kit, Pearl M-80 snare drum, Ahead Lars Ulrich Signature Drumsticks. Pork Pie Zebrawood Snare Drum 13 x 7 in, Iron Cobra 900 Power Glide Double Bass drum pedal, Zildjian cymbals.

Are you self taught/formal training? I take lessons with drummer Emily Gould and sometimes train myself. I make little fills and beats when I practice on my own.

Social media links. https://www.instagram.com/elboxy/

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Stu Peterson
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Stu Peterson was born in Ft. Collins and now lives in Windsor. He's been playing drums since about 1980. His buddy Matt Johnson's brother, Tom, had a bad ass set. Dude could play rock, jazz and played in bands in NoCo and Indiana. The guys would always try to rock on his kit and that's how it started. Stu always wanted to kick ass on the skins like Niko McBrain, Les Binks and Keith Moon. The first band Stu played in was in Boulder in 1989 called Honey Slot. He dabbled on the drums but by then was a bass player. The band had some original tunes but never played a formal gig. Then in the early '90's formed Watery Grave with other FoCo locals and still book gigs. Stu is a bass player who plays drums on the side. Watery Grave switches it up when their drummer, "PDawg" plays bass and Stu plays drums for a few songs at gigs. The way drums and bass fit in for the rhythm section has always had the ability to fire Stu up. The role of drumming in his life is pure self expression. To relax, Stu told us, "I like to riff on the bass and then I can hear the drums to the riff. Then I try to play the drum beat I hear in my head." Stu plays a black Premier 4-piece with roto toms and 5 Zildjian cymbals. He likes Vic Firth sticks. He says, "I am a self taught old school rock style drummer and play single bass---trying to step up to the double bass like my man Tony G!!!!" Stu can be found on FaceBook. "ROCK ON!!"

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Rick Polichio
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Rick joins us from Fort Collins, CO. He has been playing drums for 40 years, having been hooked from the moment he played a friend's snare drum in his basement. He is self taught. Influences have included Steve Smith from Journey, Sib Hashian from Boston, and Omar Hakim. Currently, Rick is playing in Larry and the Pour Boys. He has played in 20 Years L8, Stone Cell, Concrete Shotgun, Z-lot-Z, and Kicker. He says that he's not sure that it's a philosophy but, "I enjoy the comradery of getting together with friends and making people happy with the music we make."

Equipment he uses are Tama drums, Zildjian cymbals, DW 9000 pedals, Pearl hardware, Evans heads, Promark Todd Sucherman sticks.

Rick can be found at www.larryandthepourbous.com

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Andrew Scott
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1 - Name

Andrew Scott

2 - Where are you from / currently residing ?

From Enid, Oklahoma

3 - How long have you played the drums ?

30 years but quit for about ten in the middle

4 - What inspired you to start drumming ?

Feeling the grooves of music growing up. I listened to a lot of rock and hip hop. Big drum solos and complicated beats were always intriguing to me.

5 - Drummers you admire ?

Carmine Appice Danny Carer John Bohnam

6 - Bands played in ? A lot of short-lived experimental projects. I've always been more into smaller performance art type of productions..

7 - Musical philosophy ? What role does music and drumming play in your life ? To me, music has always been a form of expression. I don't find a lot of joy in playing pre-written music, or other peoples' songs. I love to just play what feels right and experiment with sounds. Drumming has always been a form of meditation for me. Helps me focus my thoughts emotions in more positive ways.

8 - What drums , cymbals , pedals , heads , sticks do you use ? I currently play a hodge-podge kit, based around a cool vintage Yamaha oyster-shell set I revived and rebuilt myself. It has a secondary bass drum that I made from a 1940's Slingerland marching bass drum. I have a bunch of weird cymbals, a Zilbel, a Sizzle-ride, a gong, a Trashformer, some riveted and tambourine cymbals I fabricated, chinas, etc. I also have a set of Timpani, and I keep one to the right of the floor tom. I also have a cool 80's electric drum kit. It is one of the red hexagonal Simmons kits you would see in electro-pop music videos. I'm currently in the process of adding modern electric cymbals to it.

9 - Are you self taught / formal training ? Formal. I grew up taking lessons and in school band, both starting around age 12. Was a section leader in Jr. High, High School, and a Military Academy for snare or quints. I was offered a scholarship to Oklahoma state for Timpani, but decided to take a rest from drumming for a while at that time.

10 - Social Media links ? Facebook ,YouTube , Twitter , Instagram , website , etc..

BlindwormGuitars.com
https://www.facebook.com/BlindwormGuitars/ https://www.facebook.com/AndrewsBadassery/

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Dane Seldin
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DRUMMER, DANE SELDIN, ORIGINALLY FROM BROOKLYN, NY IS A SELF TAUGHT DRUMMER WHO HAS BEEN PLAYING DRUMS AND PERFORMING IN BANDS SINCE 1976. HE GREW UP IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND SPENT THE 80'S GIGGING AT CLUBS AND VENUES THROUGHOUT HOLLYWOOD, L.A. AND ORANGE COUNTY. HE ALSO DID A BIT OF STUDIO SESSION WORK DURING THE MID-90'S BEFORE SETTLING IN LOVELAND, CO IN 2000. HE'S CURRENTLY PLAYING WITH THE LOVELAND BASED BLUES, FUNK & ROCK GROUP "INCOMMUNICADO." SINCE MOVING TO COLORADO, HE'S ALSO PLAYED FOR "THE TOADS", "CAT JERKY" AND "RUNNIN' WITH SCISSORS." INFLUENCED BY NUMEROUS PROFESSIONAL AND LOCAL DRUMMERS WHO CROSS THE GENRE'S OF ROCK, JAZZ, FUNK AND ALTERNATIVE, DANE PLAYS GRETCH DRUMS AND PAISTE CYMBALS. MUSIC AND PERFORMING IS A WONDERFUL CREATIVE OUTLET FOR DANE. HIS DRUMMING MANTRA IS SIMPLY, "SOLID, STEADY AND SOULFUL." CHECK OUT MORE ABOUT DANE AT: FACEBOOK.COM/SOLIDSTEADYANDSOULFUL

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Dave Sites
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Dave lives in Fort Collins CO and has played drums for 10 years . He says he played other instruments and drums looked like fun . He lists Danny Carey , Marco Duplantier , Animal and Marco Minneman as influences . He has played with played with Plasma Canvas (Punk), Wyvern Spire (Metal), The Commoners (Jam rock) . " Music is by far my favorite hobby and has gifted me with countless moments of joy " , Dave told us . He plays a mix of everything (Sabian, Zildjian, Tama, Pearl, Promark) , has some formal training , but is mostly sefl-taught . His links are : https://www.facebook.com/david.sites.9 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-AMeDCdBh1wgQzW2fMuN8w?view_as=subscriber

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Chris Smith (a.k.a. Fader Monkey)
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Chris was born in Fort Collins and currently lives in Severance. He has played drums since he was 15 and is self taught, largely. He says, "I’ve had one or two lessons, but I try to figure things out for myself." When asked what inspired him to start playing, Fader Monkey said, "I had a neighbor that played and I thought he was the coolest dude ever." He has been influenced by Neil Peart (of course), Tim Elliott, Tommy Aldrich, Jim Iltis (local session drummer from Fourth Estate) Buddy Rich, Frank Beard, Kelly Keagey, too many others to mention. He has played in a couple of garage bands... Black Moon (heavy rock) and Etropal (psychedelic prog rock). Music has always been an integral part of Chris's life. He said, "Both my parents played and our house was always filled with music, mostly classical and jazz. I can’t remember the first time I thought I might want to actually play, I was probably about 11." His current kit is a PDP Concept Maple all lacquer shell 7 piece. He likes the Evans Level 360 heads on the toms, and a Remo head on the snare. The cymbals are a mix of Sabian B8s and a few Silkens thrown in for flavor. Pedal is a single Iron Cobra, "but it’s not mine, so I’ll have to give it up sooner or later." He uses ProMark 5A as his primary stick, but sometimes uses Rich Sticks Tim Elliott signature. Chris can be found on Facebook.

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Andrea Spadafora
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Andrea Spadafora hails from the City of Salerno in southern Italy, where he started playing drums at the tender age of 10. By sixth grade he was entertaining classmates by drumming with pens and pencils on his desk; by the age of 14 he was drumming in his first cover band, and was soon taken under the tutelage of the great Italian teacher, Gaetano Fasano.

In the following years, he played in a number of outfits before leaving Italy for the bright lights and big cities of the United States in 2005. He became a US Citizen in 2012. In July 2016 he moved to sunny Colorado from the DC Metro Area and he is now based out of Fort Collins.

Andrea has always considered the art of drumming as a powerful universal language that transcends limitations of geographical distance and barriers, cultural and political differences, and also as a wonderful way to be at service to the world with his God-given talents by communicating messages of unconditional love, peace and unitedness among the human race.

His mission as an entertainer is having his audiences dance their butt off to his funky-fresh grooves, and have a great time.

Andrea cites a wide array of influences on the drum kit, including but not limited to Jonathan Moffett (drummer for Michael Jackson and the Jacksons), Stewart Copeland of “The Police”, Vinnie Colaiuta, John Bonham, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Buddy Rich, Carter Beuford, Aaron Comess of the “Spin Doctors”, and numerous other “monsters” of the drums. Andrea says his style is a blend of all these amazing influences and he strives to improve his musical skills every day.

Andrea uses DW Collector's Series drums and snare, Zildjian cymbals, DW 9000 series pedals, Evans and REMO heads, and Vic Firth 5BN sticks.

These days Andrea performs regularly at the local weekly Open Jams in Northern Colorado and he is currently waiting for the “stars to align” to form or join a band with the right “chemistry”.

He is also available as drum-kit instructor at the Music District in Fort Collins located at 639 South College Ave, where he currently runs his weekly project called "Drum Rudiments Bootcamp for Beginners and Intermediate Level Rockers". More information at the following links:

https://www.themusicdistrict.org/music/lessons/drums-percussion/andrea-spadafora/

And:

https://www.facebook.com/events/432424983844886/

To stay up to date with future concerts/jams/video-lessons, or to connect with Andrea you can "LIKE" his Facebook Page at: www.facebook.com/andrea.drummerusa

or Subscribe to his YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHUZ2DtSTj5Jn9F-id9LZsg

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Don Stahl
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Don joins us from Severance, CO. Drumming for 36 years, he was inspired by stories about his dad, and hearing his uncle and John Singer play. Drummers he admires are Vinnie Colaiuta, Todd Sucherman, Matt Chamberlain, Jeff Porcaro, Dave Weckl, and Steve Smith. He is the former drummer of the Symbols, and is now playing with 2017 Colorado Blues Society “Members Choice Awards” Winner, A.J. Fullerton. Don's musical philosophy is to model himself after the pros. "That's where the 'bar' is set," he says. Hardware Don uses are Eames, Sonor, Pearl, Noble ^ Cooley dums, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, and Remo heads. He is a graduate of the Musicians Institute/P.I.T., but considers himself "mostly self taught." Don can be followed on... facebook: @donstahldrummer https://www.facebook.com/1153832255 Instagram: Don Stahl Twitter: @Donmstahl YouTube: Shylastahl1

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Dave Swegan
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Dave M. Swegan

2 - Where are you from / currently residing ? From San Jose CA Live in Loveland CO

3 - How long have you played the drums 50 years

4 - What inspired you to start drumming ? Older brother played guitar and his bands practiced at our house.

5 - Drummers you admire Bernard Purdie, Vincent Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Jeff Porcaro, Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl

6 - Bands played in ? Names /genre Film @ Eleven, Powder River Band, Yahoozy, Silverado Band, Horizon Band, Blame It On The Dog Band, Come August, The Snow Bound Hounds

7 - Musical philosophy ? What role does music and drumming play in your life ? Make the music groove! Without drumming it would be a boring life, period!

8 - What drums , cymbals , pedals , heads , sticks do you use ? Drums: Gretsch Drums, Ludwig drums, DW PDPs Cymbals: Zildjian, Paiste Pedals: Pearl Eliminator bass pedal, Tama Iron Cobra Heads: Aquarian Performance ll on top and Evans Level 360 on bottom Sticks: Sabian Sticks Pro-Mark 747 nylon tip

9 - Are you self taught / formal training I am mostly self taught but took some lessons in San Francisco at Drum World

10 - Social Media links ? Facebook ,YouTube , Twitter , Instagram , website , etc. .https://www.facebook.com/dave.m.swegan https://www.youtube.com/user/dswegan/featured?view_as=subscriber https://soundcloud.com/dave-m-swegan

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Austin Taft
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Austin Taft currently resides in Colorado Springs, CO. He has been a drummer for 28 years, having started from a natural interest in rhythm at an early age. A self-taught drummer, his drumming is influenced by Phil Collins, Tomas Haake, Manu Katche, Art Blakey, Tim Alexander, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Pat Mastelotto, among others. He currently uses Ludwig and Pearl Drums, Zildjian and Sabian cymbals, DW and Gibraltar pedals, Evans and Aquarian heads, and Vater sticks. In the creation of music, his musical philosophy is best summed up in the words of DJ Premier: "I make what I like to buy."

As a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, his latest full-length acoustic album, "The Human Condition", has been released by the independent label Triple Edge Records and joins his previous full-length electric release, "War of the Songs of Light Against the Songs of Darkness" and two additional releases to weave a consistent tapestry of eclectic and deeply challenging music. All studio recordings are entirely self-composed, self-produced and self-performed, and his music is currently available through Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play and other online retailers.

Austin's live band, The Austin Taft Soundtrack, is a rock outfit which performs a multitude of songs from the ever-expanding catalogue, specifically arranged for the live stage. This collective has built a strong reputation for reliably bold and unique performances, opening for such national acts as Days of the New, Powerman 5000, Rains, Tantric, Future Leaders of the World, Sponge, Trapt, (hed) p.e., Orgy, Taproot and My Darkest Days, among others. Many of the studio albums' tracks have become well-known staples of the live experience, including: "Adrenaline", "Light", "Monster", "Daydream", "Waterproof", and "Polaroid".

You can find Austin at the following corners of the Internet: http://www.austintaft.com http://www.facebook.com/theaustintaftsoundtrack https://www.instagram.com/itsaustintaft https://twitter.com/austintaft http://www.youtube.com/itsaustintaft http://austintaft.bandcamp.com/

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Don Travers
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Don Travers will be another of our Colorado Springs participants. He comes to us, indirectly, from Minnesota, currently living in the Springs area. He is a self-taught drummer, playing since 1993. When we asked him what inspired him to start drumming, he said, "I didn't ask for drums. One Christmas my mom told me, 'Go downstairs and look at what we got you.' And I was like, 'WHAAAT?!' ...there was this old scrap kit my mom and Grandma picked up at a garage sale the week prior. I was hooked from then on." Drummers Don admires include Mitch Mitchell, Keith Davis, Dave Lombardo, Steve Shelley. Bands he has played in are: Khazm/Rock, Nickel/Grunge, Split Gravity/Metal, Jaded Jerks/Punk. Don states that "My whole life revolves around music. It's basically what keeps me going. Drumming is a great way to release that pent-up energy." Drum equipment that Don plays are: Reuther Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Gibraltar pedals, Aquarian heads, Zildjian 5A sticks. He can be found online at: https://www.facebook.com/don.travers.50

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Phil Varone
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Phil is a professional drummer/songwriter/producer who has toured and recorded with acts like Saigon Kick, Skid Row, Prunella Scales, Vince Neil, Bobby Kimball, Jake E Lee's Red Dragon Cartel. Phil is from Las Vegas, Nevada. We learned that he is a self-taught drummer who has been playing for 45 years. He was inspired to play drums by The Beatles. KISS and his grade school music program, and drummers he admires include Ringo Star, John Bonham, Tommy Lee, Steven Perkins, Manu Katche, Nate Mortan. Phil told us that, "You can always learn something no matter how good you are. Never worry about the how good someone is, just do what you do great," and when we asked him what role does music and drumming play in his life, he stated, "A huge role. Without it I wouldn't have a career, but more importantly music and drumming grounds me. No matter how bad my day is, I just need to play my drums and I feel better."

Endorsements: Drums: Ddrum Drums and Hardware Cymbals: Dream Cymbals Heads: Evans Drumheads Sticks: Los Cabos Drumsticks Cases: Humes and Berg

Social Media: facebook/realphilvarone twitter/realphilvarone instagram/realphilvarone philvarone.com

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Anthony Welch
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Anthony joins us from Colorado Springs. He has been playing drums for 30 years. Growing up he wanted to be like Tommy Lee of Motley Crue. He started playing rock beats the day his parents brought his kit home, before he had any formal training. He admires Alex Van Halen, Vinnie Paul, Tommy Lee, Will Calhoun, Morgan Rose, and Dave Chavarri. He has played in Capricorn (an original metal band), Axe 2 the Face (original thrash), and the Fold (Judas Priest tribute/80's metal band). "Along with family and friends, music fuels my heart. It's my go-to to cure all that ails me. I would be one bored man without musical outlets. It gives me the greatest dopamine rush. The older I get, the busier, musically, I seem to get, and I love it! I gave up drinking seven years ago, so music has definitely helped fill that void in a healthy and positive way." Hardware that Anthony likes are Gretsch, DDrum, Zickos and Tama. Sabian cymbals, DW pedals, Evans heads, Regal Top or Vic Firth sticks. Anthony can be found on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/anthony.welch.739

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Marvin Withers
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Marvin Withers is originally from Holdrege, Nebraska and is currently living in Loveland, Colorado. He has been playing drums 54 years. Marvin remembers hearing Cream play Sunshine of Your Love on KOMA at about 3:00 a.m. and saying “That’s what I want to do!" He studied music theory in high school and college but mostly taught himself how to play the drums. "I can read drum charts," He said. Drummers Marvin admires are Ginger Baker, Carmine Appice, Buddy Rich, Neil Pearl, Todd Sucherman. Marvin has played in Touch of Country, Tightrope, Cathy Connlley Band, and the Buzz Brothers; He says, "I was also a first call musician for bands that needed a last minute substitute. I did that for many bands over the years."
For Marvin, playing music is pure joy. "I love the challenge of learning something new. Nothing feels better than rocking through a set with a tight band!" Equipment he uses includes Gretsch drums, Zildjian and Paiste cymbals, Iron Cobra double bass pedal, Regal Tip 5A drumsticks. Marvin can be found on Facebook, Fandalism, SoundCloud, YouTube, and he has recordings on iTunes and most similar sites.

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