I’ve been asked many times how I got started playing the drums…
Believe it or not, I started playing the drums (actually, the pots and pans) at the age of 4. Mom & Dad wanted their pots and pans back, so they bought me a snare drum that they’d found at a local yard sale for $20. I played the snare drum along with marching bands, the Beatles, B.B. King, etc.
Mom and Dad bought me my first drum kit on Christmas, 1998. The drum kit also came with a free drum lesson and that’s where I met Chris Rivelli, who teaches at MJ’s Music School in Waltham MA and currently tours with Roomful of Blues.
When I was 6, I asked the drummer of the band playing at a local restaurant if I could sit in. He wasn’t quite sure at first, but eventually he let me sit in. I was told that although they couldn’t see me behind the drum kit, I managed to surprise everyone with my playing. Since then, I’ve sat in with many bands, formed my own youth band The Moondance Blues Band, attended the Berklee College of Music Summer Program in 2009, as well as produced and released two CDs.
In 2005, I was thrilled to be invited on the David Letterman Show to appear as a special guest where I had a two-segment interview with David and performed the classic Muddy Waters song “I Got My Mojo Working” with Paul Schaffer & the CBS Orchestra.
From 2011-2012, I attended Berklee College of Music for two semesters and also performed with my All Star Band featuring Monster Mike Welch on guitar all over Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
In 2013, I was very excited and thrilled to be asked to tour with John Németh. I met John in 2007 when he was performing at a local blues bar called Harry’s in Hyannis MA. He got me up to sit in with his band and he was impressed with my playing. A few years later, as I was attending Berklee College of Music, I received a phone call from John about possibly moving to Memphis to join his band. We perform about 250 shows a year all around the world.
In 2014, John Németh’s new album “Memphis Grease” was released. He recorded this album with a band called The Bo-keys (Memphis Band). Two of the Bo-Keys musicians, Howard Grimes and Archie “Hubby” Turner, were a part of the Hi-Rhythm section who recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis TN with legendary Memphis soul artists such as Al Green, OV Wright, Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson, Otis Clay, and others.
In March of 2014, John and The Bo-Keys went on a one-month tour to promote the release of “Memphis Grease”. I was asked to help roadie/drive for the band. I was very lucky to spend some time with legendary drummer Howard Grimes. I learned so much from Howard and I still do. Unfortunately, half way through the tour, Howard was dealing with some health issues and could not finish the rest of the tour. I was asked to fill some big shoes on drums and I was ready for the opportunity. We performed at a lot of theatres and famous venues all over the East Coast. The band was very happy with my work and I thank Howard and the Bo-Keys for giving me the biggest opportunity of a life time, being asked to sub for the drummer who is on more hit songs than any other drummer in the world.
My influences include Howard Grimes, Roger Hawkins, James Gadson, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and of course my former teacher Chris Rivelli.
I’ve been lucky to appear on such TV shows as Fox25 Morning News Show, Sundays with Liz Walker, The Late Show with David Letterman, and others.