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
DRUMMING UP HOPE Drummer Support
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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!
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/
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 .
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
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
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 .
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.
- 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.
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
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!!
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/
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/
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.
- Name: Emily Gould
- Location: Colorado Springs, CO
- How long have you been drumming: 19 years
- What inspired you to start: Travis Barker of Blink 182. His playing drew my attention like nothing before.
- Drummers I admire: Anika Nilles, Travis Barker, Derek Grant, so many more.
- Bands played in: Spirettes (Indie/Rock), Plain As Day (Country/Rock), The Feeling of Falling (Melodic Rock)
- Musical Philosophy: Drumming is an absolute joy and passion for me that I feel should be shared as much as possible.
- Equipment: I exclusively use Outlaw Custom Drums, Sovereign Cymbals, Humes & Berg cases, SledgePad, Arti Dixson Bass Drum Lift and Sweet Spots Dampeners.
- Education: Formal training through private drum instruction
- Links: www.EmilyGouldDrumming.com, Facebook.com/snaredrumem, Instagram: @snaredrumem, Twitter: @snaredrumem