DRUMMING UP HOPE Drummer Support

Tim Elliott

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

Kelly Ireland

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

Chuck Curtis

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.

Bryce Feist

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.

Brian Halcomb

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.

Dave McHugh

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.

Josh Murrow

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

Jeph Olson

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.

Rick Polichio

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

Chris Smith (a.k.a. Fader Monkey)

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.

Andrea Spadafora

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

Don Stahl

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

Anthony Welch

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

Marvin Withers

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.