Ryan J – I started playing around age four. Banging around on pots, pans and trash cans. I took lessons by age six and never looked back. I wanted to learn everything about drumming. Being from a musical family, it was easy to focus on drumming and music. I started learning all the rudiments and grip styles both traditional and match. I got my first kit for Christmas when I was seven years old. It was an old garage sale special, red glitter Rogers four piece. I played that thing every day, all day long. I couldn’t get enough. Soon I discovered that I could put on headphones and play along with songs on the radio. This was it. I knew from that point on that I wanted to play drums for the rest of my life.
As I got older (12) I wanted to be in a band so bad. A girl I went to school with had an older sister in high school that was dating this guitar player guy. She said her sister’s boyfriend had a band and needed a drummer. I was all over it even though I was really nervous because these guys were so much older than I was. I loaded up my gear in my mom’s minivan and she took me over to the guitar player’s house to jam with the band. I could tell they were a bit shocked to see this little kid show up, but they were cool. We jammed out some AC/DC, Iron Maiden, and a few other covers that I knew. I rocked those tunes like I was playing Madison Square Garden. I was in! And as they say, the rest is history.
In my later teen years I was very interested in improving my “chops” and decided to join marching band in school. The level of rudiments and speed that I saw these guys play got me wanting that challenge. My junior year of high school I auditioned and landed a snare spot in the professional drum & bugle corps, The Anaheim Kingsmen, studying under the best in the biz; Steve Yates, and Ralph Hardimon which gave me a deep understanding of rhythms and music composition. I later taught three high school drum lines for many years and taught and mentored several private students.
I’m currently the drummer for the Las Vegas, NV based band, The Roxy Gunn Project who I’ve been with since 2010 and play over 200 shows a year both covers and original shows which made us one of the local favorites and choice of opener for many national touring acts that come through. We are also part of a very few unsigned bands that are fully endorsed by the Gibson brand family of guitars.
My background is of classical, jazz, funk, reggae, and rock. Studying under such greats as funk legend Bernard “Pretty” Purdy, and rock power-house Simon Wright of AC/DC to name a few. My ambidextrous, progressive style of drumming delivers exciting rhythms and grooves with the power that keeps fans rocking.
Band Website – http://www.roxygunnproject.com
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Band You Tube – http://www.youtube.com/roxygunn