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15" Signature Dark Energy Hats Mark I
22" Signature Dark Energy Ride Mark I
18" Signature Full Crash
19" Signature Full Crash
20" Signature Full Crash
22" Signature Thin China (discontinued)
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I consider myself fortunate to have grown up in the rich musical heritage of southern Louisiana. I realized a deep love for music very early on and made a drum out of everything starting at age three. My father was a musician and in one way or another music and musicians surrounded me thought my upbringing. I was immersed in jazz likely due to the home I was raised in, but I would not say I was a jazz musician. Truthfully, most of it was over my head and being a product of the 80's- and 90's very much played into the musician I became. I love the song. I love the emotion of whatever I am involved in and for better or worse I love playing the drums. My first musical experiences musically were a mix of high school marching band, the onset of grunge, plenty of jazz in my home, and working with ten piece adult horn band at 16 years old. My formative years were much like the beginnings of a good gumbo. I was able to take some lessons with some heavy weights in the area Roy Hebert, Herman Jackson of Southern University, and the New Orleans master Johhnny Vidacovoch. I relocated to South Texas in my early twenty's and began cutting my teeth 5 nights a week in local blues, rock, and pop bands. I have always been in situations with older more experienced players and I credit much of my development to that. Over the past 25 years of my professional career I have shared stages with some big names artist and traveled extensively thought the region and as far as Los Angeles. I have played in front of 150,000 people and I have also played shows to an empty venue. I was able to harness my love for "the song" and carry my drumming into the studio and I have recorded on dozens of records with some notable producers who consider me their first call. I have developed a love for teaching and sharing my experiences with younger students and I maintain an active teaching roster. I have been fortunate to secure endorsement relationships with Paiste cymbals, Aquarian drumheads, Innovative Percussion drumsticks, and Joyful Noise drums. Some of these relationships afforded me the opportunity and a platform to conduct drum clinics and share my passion for the instrument and for music. My heart for people and love for drumming has come together in perfect ratio in church and out of everything I have been able to do nothing brings me as much joy as leading others in worship from the drums. It is an honor. It is a calling. My hope is to continue to use my gifts a talent in whatever capacity to bring joy to and inspire others and most importantly bring glory to my savior Jesus Christ without whom nothing I have done would be possible. Drumming is my passion and I continue to pursue excellence while holding humility tightly in hand. Artist that I have performed and recorded for or shared stages with throughout my career: Rita Springer. Monte Montgomery. Laura Marie. Julia Hatfield. Vanessa Lynn Byrd. Eric Peters. Brian Pounds. John David Martinez. Slash of Guns & Roses. Edgar Winter Band. Robert Cray Band. Taylor Swift. Melissa Ludwig Band. Johnny Lang. Ruben V band. Bob Charles. Head East. Rick Monroe. Marshall Tucker Band. 501 Blues Band. Del Castillo. Jonny Lang. Allison Collins. Jake Owens. Sandy Gaines. Bryan McCleery. Billy Foot. Two Tons Of Steel. Far From Since When. Quaranteen Band. Chris Taylor. Eddie Cavazos. Community Bible Church. Alamo City Church. Cbc The Rim Church. Lewis & Clarke Expedition. Monica Rendon. David Chalk. Crossbridge Church. Castle Hills First Baptist Church. The Park Church. Grace Point Church. Hollywood Studios. Jim Gaines Studios. Keith Harter Studios. Cherry Ridge Studios. Salmon Peak Studios. Stone Creek Studios. Troubadour Studios. Wunderbar Studios. Edit Point Studios.
Sizes: 20", 21", 22"
Sound character: A fusion of darkness, energy, projection and brilliance. Very wide range, complex, musical mix. Responsive feel, extremely controllable. Woody, silvery, spanky ping over crunchy, thriving wash. Extremely versatile, flexible ride for wide ranging application in modern blended music styles. Mark I: Tends to be a bit quieter, darker and drier. This manifests itself in the overall sound character and in particular in the bell and ping sound.
Sizes: 14", 15"
Sound character: Full, rich, energetic with a definite dark side. Crunchy, with a meaty bite. Very wide range, very complex mix. Extremely balanced, very responsive feel. Full dark, rich, shimmering, biting open/closed sound. Beautiful, fat, meaty, crisp, cutting chick sound. Fast, responsive, articulate with excellent feel and playability. An immensely versatile hi-hat that combines finesse and articulation with raw energy and cutting power.