My passion for drums started for me when I saw a friend play in Jr High stage band, I right then knew I had to learn. Joined the marching band in school and graduated to cover bands. In 1994, I was offered the drum chair with Rick Derringer, where I remained for 18 years. In 2012, I started playing for the legendary Johnny Winter, until his passing in 2014. My drumming can be heard on Johnny's 2014 Grammy Award winning album, "Step Back".
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceOne of my favorite moments was performing in Paris, France with Johnny Winter. We had special guests Edgar Winter and Robben Ford play with us and it was just a surreal and high point for me.
What Drives Your Creativity?I'm always inspired by other drummers, you learn something from everyone you see.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?I'm a fairly hard hitter, so I need a dependable stick that won't immediately splinter when I'm laying on the bell of my ride cymbal. My Vic Firth's hold up better than any other I've tried.