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I am a freelance Drummer hired for live fill ins or studio work. Percussion has been my thing for over 15 years. I play Drums, Congas and a Darbuka. I play a traditional kit or a modified one incorporating the Congas. I like playing both Originals or Covers. I grew up in Aiea, Hawaii and am currently living In Converse, Texas.
I've performed R&B, Southern Rock, Christian, Soul, Classic Rock, Reggae, Country, Alternative, Indie, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Experimental, 80's Dance, Oldies, Texas Rock, Rockabilly and a few times 50's music but more often it's been Blues, Funk, Rock and with Variety Bands.
I am available for travel to small or large towns.
If I'm not booked I don't mind short notice gigs.
I love playing with dynamics but can play "in the pocket" as well.
Reliable, easy going and no ego issues.
I have a wide variety of musical interests and have an extensive library of songs I know.
Available to fill in on long or short term basis.
I've played with many talented individuals as you can see/hear in my Video section. All samples on my page are LIVE recordings. No "digitally enhanced" samples.
A few places I've played: The Uptown Theater, Alamo City Harley Davidson, Freedom Fest, The Worm Tequila Bar, Bar Louie, Barriba Cantina, Sams Burger Joint, World of Beer, Dicks Last Resort, Darwins, Swig, Phoenix Saloon, Taste of San Antonio, Rock n Roll Marathon, Market Square Events, Fiesta Events, Tower of the Americas, Bikers Against Child Abuse events, Guardians of the Children events, ROT Rally, Red Eyed Fly, Stubbs BBQ, Night in Ole Converse, Come And Take It celebration, Discover Cibolo, Poteet Strawberry Festival and other events. I've played on church praise teams, benefits for various charities and with local musicians wanting to get together for spontaneous jams and I've been a member of the house band for several restaurants. I can also be seen playing with various bands on PATV - Metrocom.
Jeff Ryder Gear:
Taye Antique Honey TourPro Drums
Evans EC2 heads
Aquarian Sticks and Regal Tip Brushes
Congas: Meinl Professional Series