Kris Gustofson (US)

Paiste Artist Since Sep 1989


14" Signature Sound Edge Hi-Hat
19" Signature Dark Energy Dark Energy Crash Mark I
18" Signature Reflector Heavy Full Crash
18" Signature Reflector Heavy Full Crash
14" Signature Reflector Heavy Hi-Hat custom
22" 3000 Power Ride
19" Signature Reflector Heavy Full Crash
18" Alpha Medium Swiss Crash
22" Signature Heavy China custom


Kris Gustofson is a professional drummer in the Rock/Metal/Jazz scene who has toured nationally and internationally. Kris was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and was introduced to drumming by his father, Gus Gustofson, who was a professional Jazz drummer and worked for such artists as Woody Herman, Brew Moore, Stan Getz, Mary Kay Trio and many others. Kris began drumming at age 6, during these formative years, he started learning how to read music, play rudiments, joined school bands and would go with his Dad to watch him play drums at various clubs/venues in San Francisco - "This was without a doubt the best training a kid could have", says Kris . After High School, Kris began studying with Bill Nawrocki, an expert sight reader/drummer, and began playing many different styles of music (Jazz, Rock, Metal, New Wave, Punk). Kris has developed an innovative and creative way of playing that combines his vast versatility and technique with the many different styles of music that he plays.

Kris has recorded and toured with such artists as: Eddie St James, Billy King, Jeff Jones, Jon Dunmore, Phil Sausson, Mike Varney, Bill Cutler, Mike Onesco, Frank Hannon, Troy Lucketta, Dennis Kolarik, Dito Godwin, Mark Needham, BruceKaplan, Steve Fontano, Tim Gennert, Brodie Stewart, Steve Robello. Jazz, Don Prell, Jon Handy, Jim Grantham, Al Molina, Vernon Alley, Chuck Travis, Max Borjon and many others.


www.traumametal.com & www.krisgustofson.com

Bands: TRAUMA, St Elmo's Fire, Dyer Maker


Trauma "Scratch and Scream" , St Elmos Fire "St Elmos Fire" , St Elmos Fire "Warning from the Sky" , St Elmos Fire "Powerdrive" , St Elmos Fire "Desperate Years" , Dunmore "Hypnotica" , Dunmore "Baptized by Fire" , Richard Greico "Waiting for the sky to Fall" , The Torn "The Torn' , Kurt Fry "Addicted" , Moon Dog Mane "Turn it up" , MRO "MRO" , Jeff Jones "Dead On" , Jesse Kalin "Jesse Kalin"

Recent works:

Drummer/Percussionist for “Poster Boy” by Craig Carnelia Williamstown Theatre August 2016

Drummer/Percussionist “Kid Victory” new musical by broadway icon John Kander and Greg Pierce The Vineyard Theatre Feb-March 2017

Cast Album Recording “Kid Victory” March 20th, 2017 Avatar Studios NYC

Drummer/Percussionist ‘Pacific Overtures” by Stephen Sondheim Classic Stage Theatre April-May 2017

Synchronicity Piano and Percussion Duo Concert with guest artist and composer Robin Eubanks, trombonist March 2017