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Ever wonder what kind of drum set your favorite drummer plays? Or maybe where he went to school? Well in this section your can read up on all your favorite drummers biographies, and learn interesting facts about each and every one of them. Learn how they became famous, and what it takes to be a professional drummer!

The Famous Drummer Bios and Articles section will offer a complete write up, a collection of photos, and a list of interesting facts of the most popular professional drummers. Feel free to browse through the list of drummers below to gain a bit of insight from a professional drummer’s lifestyle.

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Alex Acuna - Alex Acuña may be one of the most successful Latin drummers to come out of South America. His career has shown people everywhere that Alex Acuña  can shine in all types of music styles, including jazz, Latin, Rock, Blues, and fusion. He was a part of music history in a number of occasions...
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Daniel Adair - Daniel Adair was born on the 19th of February 1975 in Toronto, Canada. He set up his first drum set at the age of 13, which belonged to his father who also was a drummer. What caught Daniel’s attention at the age of 13 was listening to an album by Rush...
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Chris Adler - Chris Adler, born November 23 1972, is the younger brother of Willie Adler, who is also a band member. He attended the famous Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia. As a kid, Chris began playing with broken sticks from his backyard on his parent’s empty coffee cans and pots...
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Carmine Appice - Rock drummer Carmine Appice has rightfully earned his status as a music legend, for his resilience and versatility in the industry. This 61 years old drummer has astounded his audiences for decades with his flamboyant drumming techniques and his affable showmanship...
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Travis Barker - Travis Barker was born on November 14, 1975 in a small town of California known as Fontana. Travis is one of the most popular drummers inside and outside of the drumming community. Barker has played in many famous bands, and has done a handful of studio sessions...
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Carter Beauford - Carter Beauford, is a jazz drummer and percussionist, who performs with unmatched dexterity. Born on November 2, 1957, Beauford, a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, was exposed to music right from childhood. He was born to a family that loved music...
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Gregg Bissonette - Gregg Bissonette got a taste of drums at a young age of 5. His father was an inspiration to Gregg right from the time he was a baby. He allowed little Gregg to practice on his set of drums when he was 5 and became his first drums teacher...
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Cindy Blackman - Cindy Blackman was born on the 18th of November 1959 in the state of Ohio. Cindy is a rock drummer by profession and the first thing that comes to mind when her name comes along with the conversation, the name Lenny Kravitz immediately pops into the mind...
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John Blackwell - John Blackwell Jr. is a charismatic drummer, remembered as the man behind the funky drum sounds behind pop star Prince’s fame. His playing techniques of drumstick twirling and cross-over strokes make him stand out from the pack. Born on September 9, 1973...
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Jason Bonham - That’s right, his last name sounds a lot familiar and why not, he is the son of perhaps the best drummer there ever was. Jason Bonham like his father, Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham, is a drummer too and he is very proud to follow his father’s footsteps...
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John Bonham - John Henry Bonham or “Bonzo” as we all know him was perhaps the best drummer ever. Born on the 31st of May 1948 in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, Bonzo was the most iconic drummer of all time and a drumming great like him surely deserved to be...
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Terry Bozzio - The child named Terry John Bozzio was born on 27th December 1950 in San Francisco, California. Both his parents came from an Italian American background. It was between the ages of six and twelve that he started playing a rough drum set that he had made...
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Danny Carey - Danny Carey is an American born drummer who is one of the most influential musicians in the modern rock scene today. His skills on the drum set span from complex double bass drumming to intricate polyrhythmic patterns, and can be heard on a number of different records...
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Dennis Chambers - Dennis is an American drummer who has made a name for himself in the world of music despite the fact that he had no formal education in music. He learnt by playing in clubs from early age. Born in 1960 in Baltimore, Dennis Chambers started playing drums at the age of 4...
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Billy Cobham - The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Billy Cobham, is the jazz band named “Mahavishnu Orchestra”. William C. Cobham, whom we know as Billy Cobham was born on 16th May 1944 in the southernmost country of Panama...
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Vinnie Colaiuta - Vinnie Colaiuta is a renowned drummer based in Los Angels. He is known for his innovative drumming style, which, combines with his theatrics and energy behind the drum set, making him one of the most entertaining drummers today. Vinnie was born on February 5, 1956...
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Stewart Copeland - Stewart Armstrong Copeland, as he was christened, was born on the 16th of July in 1952 in Alexandria, in Egypt. His father was a CIA agent and his mother was an archaelogist and hence he spent a lot of his years in the Middle East...
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Virgil Donati - The best professional drummers come from all across the world; bringing unique styles from their culture and upbringing. In this case, a very talented drummer named Virgil Donati arose from the land down under – Melbourne Australia...
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Sheila E - The talented little angel named Sheila Escovedo was born on December 12, 1957 in Oakland California. But she maintains her stage name as Sheila. E. She went to Oakland High School. She is of Mexican, African American and Creole heritage...
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Dom Famularo - Many drummers teach lessons, play in drum clinics, and lead master classes, but no one does it as much as Dom Famularo. With inspirations such as Buddy Rich and Jim Chapin, Dom has led a life full of inspiration and knowledge to the drum community...
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Steve Gadd - Steve Gadd is by far one of the most imitated and influential drummers of our time. He is known by many drummers as one who plays “perfect”, and never makes mistakes. Gadd is probably one of the most recorded drummers of all time, playing for many groups, bands, and musicians...
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David Garibaldi - David Garibaldi is a drummer of the funk and soul band The Tower of Power and widely respected by many musicians and fans for his innovative ability in funk music. David was born in Oakland, California, in 1946. David was a small boy when his fascination with drums begun...
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Dave Grohl - Dave Grohl is an American drummer, guitarist and songwriter. He is regarded as one the greatest rock drummer in the world today. His talent as an entertainer has made him to not only lead a successful rock band The Foo Fighters, but also a member of world-renowned bands...
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Gavin Harrison - Gavin Harrison is an accomplished drummer who started playing at a young age and now a member of two British progressive bands, Porcupine Tree and King Crimson. Harrison was born on May 28, 1963, in Harrow, North London. While a young child, Harrison listened to...
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Taylor Hawkins - Hawkins was born on February 17, 1972 in Fortworth, Texas. He grew up in Laguna Beach, a seaside resort with an artistic community in California. He enjoyed surfing, but his passion was drumming. While still a youth, Hawkins was greatly influenced by Roger Taylor of Queen and Stewart Copeland...
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Horacio El Negro Hernandez- Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez is regarded as one of the most talented drummers in the world. His contribution to music is immense, having recorded and performed with many bands and top class artists. This 1997 Grammy award winner has performed with music greats...
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Akira Jimbo - Akira Jimbo is an international drum sensation who is known as an accomplished freelancer and expert in fusing electronic drums and acoustic ones. Though not a member of any big band, Akira has created an empire for himself in the drummers world by producing several world class solo albums...
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Joey Jordison - For those who don’t know already, Joey Jordison is the drummer behind the mask of the popular rock group Slipknot. Jordison was born April 26th, 1975 in Des Moines Iowa. His full name is Nathan Jonas Jordison, but is called Joey for short. Jordison began his drumming life in high school...
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Jim Keltner - Perhaps one of the most revered drummers after Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Ringo Starr is Jim Keltner. He is one of the most famed session drummer whose services over the years have been sought by music legends and other celebrated artists....
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Gene Krupa - In 1921, while still in grammar school, Gene joined his first band "The Frivolians." He got to join them when their main drummer became sick. When he went to high school, Krupa joined a group called Austin High Gang. This was his first recording session. In December 1927, he recorded...
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Thomas Lang - Thomas Lang is an Austrian born drummer who has proven himself in every style of drumming. He was born on August 5, 1967, and has been playing drums ever since he was 5 years old. Thomas Lang is best known for his studio work for over 250 albums...
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Dave Lombardo - Dave Lombardo is a drummer known for his drumming speed and his highly innovative skills. He is one of the founders of the American thrash metal band, Slayer and has also been a member of accomplished acts like Grip Inc., Fantomas, Testament and Apocalyptica...
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Tommy Lee - When you think of a stereotypical rock star drummer, Tommy Lee comes to mind. With many years of drumming alongside the popular rock band Mötley Crüe, Tommy Lee has definitely created a name for himself. His incredible drumming abilities, mixed with his...
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Jojo Mayer - Jojo Mayer, a drummer based in New York, is known for his creative and innovative drumming techniques, which make him one of the best solo drummers in the world. Mayer was born on January 18, 1963 in Zurich, Switzerland. He grew with a lot of music influence around him...
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Marco Minnemann - Marco Minnemann has earned a lot of respect and fan following as a drummer. He is a multi talented guy who not only plays different instruments but also composes music. Currently residing in San Diego Marco Minnemann was born in Hanover, Germany...
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Keith Moon - Keith John Moon was born on 23rd August 1946, to Alfred & Kathleen Moon who lived in Wellesden, England. He was brought up in the Northwest London suburb of Wembley. His siblings were two sisters, Linda and Lesley. Alf Moon worked as a maintenance mechanic...
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Ian Paice - Ian Paice is a drummer of the famous rock band Deep Purple. Ian neither had any formal education in music nor did anybody teach him for that matter. He learned to play drums by trying to imitate what he heard from drummers playing on the radio...
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Jose Pasillas - Jose Pasillas is an American drummer whose love for music won him a place among the best drummers today. Jose, a drummer for the alternate rock band Incubus, neither had a chance to go to a music school nor get an instructor to give him formal education in drums...
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Vinnie Paul - Many performers like Scott Travis, John Bonham, Tommy Lee, Neil Peart, Alex Van Halen, Bill Ward, and Dave Lombardo have something in common? Just like Vinnie Paul, they are considered the best hard rock drummers of all time. No other drummer is history can go from playing ballads...
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Neil Peart - Neil Peart is by far one of the most popular drummers of all time. He is best known for his work as a drummer and lyricists for the famous Canadian progressive rock band “Rush”. According to millions of fans, and Modern Drummer Magazine, Peart is voted the number one rock drummer...
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Simon Phillips - Simon Philips is one of the most versatile and respected drummers today. He is an expert in English jazz fusion and rock. His interest in music started at an early age. He was first introduced to drums at age of three by his father, Sid Philips, who himself was a bandleader...
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Jeff Porcaro- Jeffery Thomas Porcaro was a respected American drummer who, though died at the height of his career and still lives in the hearts and ears of thousand of music lovers. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut on 1st April, 1954. Having been born in family that had strong music roots...
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Mike Portnoy - When it comes to progressive heavy rock, there is no better drummer then Mike Portnoy. Mike is the drummer for the famous prog rock band Dream Theater, and has accomplished so much in his career in music. With many awards behind him, Portnoy continues to amaze...
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Buddy Rich - The legacy of Buddy Rich will live on forever, as he is known to be one of the best drummers to ever sit behind a drum set. Buddy Rich played for many jazz groups throughout his life, played with numerous famous musicians and drummers, and appeared on a number of television shows...
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John Jr Robinson - John Jr. Robinson is one of the world’s most talented American drummers who live in Los Angeles. He is a leading composer of music and the world’s most recorded artist. He has already surpassed the record held by Hal Blaine. John Jr Robinson was born on December 29, 1954...
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Derek Roddy - Derek Roddy has been described my many as speed wizard on the drums. He is one of the most influential drummers of the ‘death metal rock’ style who has played with famous band like Hate Eternal, Nile, Malevolent Creation, Divine Empire, Aurora Borealis and Council Of The Fallen...
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Tony Royster Jr - Tony Royster Jr. is a drummer who can rightfully be referred to as a prodigy. He is only 23, but has already gone the way of the legends, including being voted by Modern Drummer Magazine 2000 readers as number one Up and Coming Drummer, a prestigious award coveted by every drummer...
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Antonio Sanchez - Probably one of the most talented jazz and Latin drummers of all time is Antonio Sanchez. With over 8 years of post secondary musical education, it is no wonder why he has excelled to the drummer he is now. Many people know him for his work with the Pat Metheny group...
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Chad Smith - Chad Smith is a drummer with natural groove and rhythm. He has demonstrated that with his well known band the Red Hot Chili Peppers; although his experience in music goes far beyond that. Chad is known to make any song groove by adding a lot of feel to a beat...
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Steve Smith -Steve Smith is one of American’s most versatile drummers, who has been part of the most successful bands in history and been involved other world class projects with utmost accomplishment. Among the most notable bands he has been a part of are Journey and Vital information...
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Aaron Spears - When he became 23, Spears got into a Christian band called Gideon Band. Their style of music was basically a fusion of jazz and R&B style of rock. This band was not only successful in spreading the name of God, but also very instrumental in making the name of Aaron Spears famous...
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Lars Ulrich - Lars Ulrich, a world acclaimed drummer and songwriter, is the founder and spokesman for the popular rock band, Metallica. He is a drummer par excellence whose techniques like machine gun double bass adds flavor to most of the Metallica’s songs...
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Dave Weckl - One of the top American drummers of our time is Dave Weckl, who has helped set the standards for professional drummers of all styles. Weckl is an amazing inspiration because of his ability to adapt to any situation on the drums, even though he specializes in jazz and fusion...
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Tony Williams - Tony Williams can be regarded a generation-gap-filler in the jazz world. He was one of the most influential jazz drummers of the 60s and one of the pioneers of jazz fusion. Till his death in 1997, Williams was a much respected drummer of the earlier version of jazz...