An avid music enthusiast and phenomenally skilled drummer from Washington, DC, William “Speedy” Truss, Jr. is an explosion of talent showcasing his musical prowess in gospel, jazz, blues, R&B, reggae, fusion, Motown, Amharic, country and big band genres. His professional career began at the tender age of 15, when he was given the rare opportunity to open for Kirk Franklin, playing one song with the gospel icon at Constitution Hall. Since then he has amassed a remarkable body of work including collaborating with a plethora of artists and recording on numerous projects.
Speedy began playing drums at 2 years-old without formal lessons or training. As he grew, so did his passion and dedication to becoming a drummer. He showed a major interest in anything having to do with music and made certain he was a part of it. When he reached high school, he learned how to read music and became the band section leader for the concert/marching band for three years. Always wanting to learn more to perfect his craft, he learned to read music and eventually began teaching drum lessons. To add to his love of music, as well as expanding his musical mind, he is currently taking piano performance fundamentals and theory application.
As a professional drummer and music director, Speedy has worked nationally and internationally with artists from Kirk Franklin to Kenny Lattimore at events ranging from the Capital Jazz Fest, National Association of Music Manufacturers (NAMM), Bobby Jones Gospel, Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), Wolf Trap, Black Caucus Convention and The Smooth Jazz SuperCruise to name a few.
Speedy currently plays with Phaze II Jazz Band, Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, Upton Blues Band and Sound Connection Band, which he serves as Music Director. He also continues to play with Frank McComb, Marcus Johnson, and Secret Society.
His favorite scripture is taken from Proverbs 16:3, “Commit to the LORD all you do and your plans WILL succeed.” Speedy lives by the credos: “Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance” (James Baker) and “There is Beauty in Simplicity.”
Besides Rich Sticks, Speedy also endorses Mapex Drums and Arborea Cymbals.
- 2014 – Recorded a LIVE CD project with Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music at the Historic Ebenezer Church in Atlanta, GA
- 2013 – Performed and recorded a LIVE CD project with Phaze II at The NAMM Show
- 2012 – Performed with Frank McComb, Cindy Bradley, Al Turner and Jackiem Joyner at the Capital Jazz Fest; also performed with Sound Connection Band to open for Earth Wind & Fire (EWF)
- 2011 – Performed in Ethiopia for three months
- 2010 – Performed with Sound Connection Band to open out for Franky Beverly and Maze; played in Ethiopia for three months
- 2005 – Performed with Phaze II and won the Capital Jazz Fest Challenge
- Regina Belle, Meli’sa Morgan, Jeff Lorber, Kirk Franklin, Kenny Lattimore, CeCe Peniston, Frank McComb, Everette Harp, Paul Taylor, Frank McComb, Jackiem Joyner, Cindy Bradley, Al Turner, Gary Bias, Stephen Hurd, Beverly Crawford, Twinkie Clark, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole, the late Donald Vails, Marvin Sapp, Byron Cage, Maurette Brown Clark, Skip Pruitt, Rodney Hampton, Kurt Carr, Tramaine & Walter Hawkins, Kim Burrell, Albertina Walker, Dorothy Norwood, Yolanda Adams, Richard Smallwood, Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, Joe Coleman, Tracy Hamlin, Secret Society, Marcus Johnson