I am a singer by nature. I feed off vocals when playing instruments w/ other musicians. My vocal influences are wide but I enjoy singing tunes my voice can handle when it comes to covers. Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Zach Brown, Creed, Billy Joel to name a few. W/ practice and a bit of discipline, anyone w/ the grace of a voice and rhythm can sing. But to play an instrument? For nearly all of us that has to be learned and that requires much more dedication and sacrifice. Since I couldn't play a lick of guitar (wanting to be cool and get most of the chicks ya know) and I didn't want to just sing. I chose the drums (the singing along w/ playing I'm learning now). Which don't get me wrong I have been playing on counters, bottle's, books, buckets, the air, ever since I was quite little. Drummers like Chester Thompson, John Bonham, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Dennis Chambers, to name a few became my heroes and billboards for imitating.
My first go at it was a miserable failure. As it should have been. I thought playing drums was easy and could just jump in w/ serious musicians. Shortly after starting the band Social Grace I was asked to leave the band, just wasn't good enough. Didn't play again for quite a few years and the "pain" became to great to stay away any longer.
I have only been playing the drums (seriously now) for a short time all-together almost 4 yrs now, but the first 2.5 yrs, 6 days a week 2-3 hours a day, will bring you along rather quickly. Add surrounding yourself w/ great musicians and you get an advantage on making up some of those lost years.
So I set up my drums in the living room, practice to CD's for over 2 yrs and then went to the best teacher I could find to give me some basic core rudiment lessons, skills and a respect for the craft. For that I need to thank Mr. Art Noble.
Through a friend and her "guts" thanks Paige and the fella's of Band-E-Oke (Craigers, Jamo and James, sometimes White Mike) I found my own courage to finally open audition for the band The Hardway (Thx Lou Estrada, Jeff Thornton, Jerry Teter, Nick Morgan and Micky Ratt). Remained there for a short time until I was offered my current job as drummer for Street Corner Gypsy.
Been a fan for a long time of the band and I am trying to bring back and also retain that SCG vibe all the while and still, doing it my own way.
Mostly known for their originals and 1, 2 set gigs, since I've been in the band we've recorded a single "Worthless" started playing those beloved 4 hr cover gig's and are nearly finished w/ our first full length recorded CD. Gigs booked nearly every weekend all summer long, tee-shirts, patches, reunion's, etc, etc. Street Corner Gypsy is a band working in the right direction. So if you happen to hear Street Corner Gypsy's rocking the house, please stay and enjoy the evening w/ us. We've only one requirement..."BRING THE NOISE!!!"