Chris Rod is a natural born performer, with a smile a mile wide, been drumming since way back when and always will be, check me out at a show and add me on facebook.com/DrummerChrisRod!
Born on the 5th day of the 5th month of 1989, Chris Rod popped out into the world! Having Cinco De Mayo as his birthday would set the tone for the rest of his life as he was born in Miami, Florida, in Mount Sinai Hospital at 10 pounds! After living his toddler years in Little Havana, he then moved to South Beach for some time, seeing the clubs, rock spots, the babes, lincoln road, loving the energy of sobe. Later, he moved up to North Beach, where he met lifelong friends, made a lot of noise, caused trouble and was always outside, with the sun, the breeze and the beach!
Business picked up for Chris Rod when he got to middle school, Nautilus Middle Zoo.. we mean School! As fate would have it, he was placed accidently into Band 1, a beginning band class and as the director, Mr. Ray Modia, said to him, " oye, you look like a drummer, here you go" and handed Chris Rod his first pair of sticks. This would forever alter him as his density...destiny was decided! After two years of performing and learning in school's jazz band, concert band and marching band, Chris Rod jumped into high school, at Beach High, his future second home. He was in the Beach High Rock Ensemble, a rock band group in the school, run by one of his mentors, Doug "Dougie" Burris, for the past 40 years! He also joined the local Drum Corps, The Beach High Drum Corps, who took his raw talent and craft and honed into a beautiful mixture and fusion of technique, showmanship and musical power! The director Major Simon, who was a professional drummer with Up With People and the United States Marine Drum& Bugle Corps, is another mentor and is a close friend to Chris Rod, almost like family. During his four years at Beach High, he would do Drum Circle style jams in the hallways, always having his sticks taken away, was known as the Drummer Boy of Beach High, but more importantly, started two bands, his first band ever, LIGHTS OUT with Doug M. on Vocals, Iran Garcia on Guitar and Elon Richman on Bass. They would go on to play the local scene at the infmaous Surfside Community Center, where rock bands were playing all the time, as well as at Beach High. Sometime after, came VALHALLA with Ariel Comas on Vocals, Iran Garcia on Guitar, Arturo Ortiz on Guitar and Gleider "Gator" Dominguez on Bass! This group would become soon Chris Rod's favorite group, loving everything, the style, the music, the covers, the look, the fans, the name, everything! having played shows through out Miami & Broward, highlights are the Rock The Night event with the City of Miami Beach, winning a BOTB & the Katsman farewell concert at Churchills, and a house party show which the police were called in because the Rocking was damn near illegal & loud!
After somehow graduating, Chris Rod was asked to return back to Beach High to work with the Drum Corps. After excelling in the program, he was asked to educate current students the way he was educated. Could he say no? Well he could have but said "Yes, I'll do it!" At the writing of this piece, he continues today to be part of The Beach High Drum Corps. He also has assisted the Beach High Rock Ensemble with techincal production, even once helping with a performance, and in the class room with Burris and assistant director Mac McNamee, who taught him a lot about production and the techincal side of music.
Chris Rod enrolled in Miami Dade College to continue studying music, joinging the commerical music ensemble with Ed Calle, saxophonist from Gloria Estefan, the MDC Percussion Ensemble and the MDC Concert Band. Having met a bunch of musicains from the area, like Diego Santos, who performed with Chris Rod for a summer at Hotel Victor in Ocean Ave, in a jam band, Jose Brown, who penned some songs with Chris Rod to perform on campus, Facundo Raganato, who performed unplugged acoustic jams with Chris Rod in the hallways of MDC, Erik Lofgen, who performed a special performance with Chris Rod for the facutly of MDC and all of thier campus deans, Carlos "CrazyBone" Ocala & Diego Herrada, doing jazz jams in the studios of MDC, and most importantly, Chris Rod was selected to be the Vice President of M.U.S.I.C. the music performance club of Wolfson Campus MDC, the great accomplishment, among others, was performing for the graduating class of 2010 from MDC, at the University of Miami BankUnited Center! Chris Rod hold an Associate Music Degree from MDC.
Chris Rod suffered a monumental car crash on the day of all days, on April 1st, 2011... Well the joke would be on life when Chris Rod survived such a near fatal crash, which left him with a broken left foot, head injuries, a completely smashed up Ford Explorer and a completely destroyed drumset .... his first drumset.... After getting out of the hospital a month later, Chris Rod embarked on a journey that would take him performing and rehearsing nearly everyday. Bajo Tregua, a Latin Rock band from Nobe, asked him to join the group upon their current drummer at the time leaving. While still in a cast, Chris Rod begin getting his music life together. Bajo Tregua has performed at Jazid, The Rock Shop, Transit Lounge, Vinyl & Kai, Metropole Hotel and the Latin Rock Marathon Race. Chris Rod was also playing in a hard rock/metal cover band with Mikey Perez on bass, Kevin Crowder on guitar and Jason Lee on voxs. Most recently, he has put together, along with Luis Lugo, a new original band called Broken Tenure, as well as being hired by several local acts to perform with them weekly, including The Gardis, Superfuzz, Ronald Rip, Ovrhol and Gus Bryce, he is also coordinatiing live music acts at The Catalina Hotel daily!