September Drum Roll: Robert Shin
Robert Shin ( December19, 1989) ,as one third of hard rock/ pop band VARNA, has brought a powerhouse backbone to their latest release, This Time, It's Personal. Aside from the critically acclaimed DIY band appearing on VANS Warped Tour 2014 and recent sponsorship deal with Cold Cocky Whiskey, Rob has always had an intent to be a drummer, beginning with a trip to the principals office after taping out beats on his desk in elementary school.
Robert was raised in the Los Angeles suburbs of Simi
Valley and survuved a turbulent childhood through the
power of music. "I've learned to look at pain and welcome it
instead of avoiding it. As pain leaves your body, guess what
replaces it: SUCCESS. Lets get something out of it.I fell in
love with drumming and the sound of it. I was in love."
He continued his musical education in PIT program
Musician's Institute in Hollywood. Here he played in various
bands until answering an ad to join VARNA(formerly known
as Living Eulogy) in October 2012. Rob has carved out a
place for himself among rock's newest up and coming
Influences include: Harvey Mason and Joey Jordinson
September Drum Roll: Billy Brown
Billy Brown (December 17, 1965) ,drummer of Alice Sweet Alice, is described by those that meet him as quiet and laid back. It is only when they see him behind the drums that they realize that this stick twirling madman is anything but quiet.
Billy first became obsessed with music at the tender age of five years old and got his first set of drums at age twelve, after his mother grew tired of him beating the family recliner with screwdrivers while playing along with his Queen records.
Billy started playing professionally after graduating high school and has been playing ever since. He is also a talented lyricist and has collaborated on several songs over the years.
In addition to the drums, he also plays keyboards and guitar. He also wrote the score for an indie movie all in an effort to be a more rounded musician who looks to keep progressing and evolving into
His influences include: Roger Taylor of Queen, Phil Collins, Neil Peart, and Jeff Porcaro
September Drum Roll: Ken Lloyd
Ken Lloyd ( May 13, 1984) from Camden, New Jersey, started playing drums in early grade school. After playing a couple years his parents bought him his first drum kit, at which time it was simply a hobby. When he moved back to North Carolina in 1998 he didn't have many friends in the beginning and spent many hours playing. then he heard the song that changed his life forever, "One" by Metallica. Hearing Lars playing the pounding double bass made him long to be able to do the same.
When he entered highschool Ken made friends in bands of their own, and when one of the groups lost their drummer before a show he offered up his abilities. With only three weeks to learn the set, he was unsure of what he was doing, but went for it anyways. He was hooked. He played with the band for the next few years, but they disbanded after highschool. He then joined a thrashband, where he
played many years and improved his skill, learning he could play at an
impressive speed. After the thrashband broke up he joined a death
metal band, which he found was great for his skills and talents, along
with a great outlet for his ADHD.
Nowadays Ken is part of three bands- Screaming By Me, Valence,
and Harrowvex. He loves playing and makes it a regular part of his
schedule, with practices most nights of the week and shows on the
weekends. His influences include Mike Portnoy, Terry Bozzio, Tony
Rowyster Jr. and Gene Krupa.
September Drum Roll: Barry Kerch
Barry Alan Kerch (August 7, 1976) is a professional musician who plays the drums (and other percussion instruments) in the hard rock band Shinedown. Along with lead vocalist Brent Smith, he is the only remaining original member of the band.
Kerch is married (his wife's name is Lori), and he holds a Bachelors degree in anthropology from the University of Central Florida. He was part of the band program at the University of Central Florida where he was on the Marching Knights drum line. He is a member of the Eta Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the Mu Eta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and was a founder of the local anthropology fraternity at the University of Central Florida. While attending UCF, he worked in the drum department of MARS Music. He also is a 1994 graduate of Rutherford High School in Panama City, Florida, where he was drum major of the band
"The Pride". He is also an avid cook, and posts recipes on the
Shinedown website. Kerch and Lori had their first child, Stella, in
Equiptment: Kerch now plays DDrum. Barry is using a Paladin
Maple 7 piece kit in Inca Gold Sparkle with Nickel Plated Hardware.
He also uses Pearl Hardware, Evans drumheads, Meinl Cymbals
and Promark sticks. Kerch's drum sizes are:
22x14 bass drum
26x15 bass drum
18x16 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
14x14 floor tom (left of hi-hat stand
14x7 Vintone Nickel Over Brass Snare
Kerch uses Meinl cymbals, in order from left to right as of 2013:
20" Byzance Traditional Med Crash
20" Soundcaster Fusion Power Crash
15" Byzance Dark Hihats
22" Byzance Stadium Ride
20" Soundcaster Fusion Power Crash
September Drum Roll: Danny Reilly
Danny Reilly (December 19, 1976 ) from Fayetteville, North
Carolina, is a lover of all kinds of music, but prefers playing thrash and death metal due to the complexity that can accompany these genres.
Danny has been playing drums since he was 15, yet did not own a drum kit or play any instruments in school. He simply loved to pound on things and keep a good rhythm.
He owned and purchased his first drum kit when he turned 20 years old. It was a vintage kit that eventually fell apart with time, all that is left is a 16” floor tom. From then, he purchased a 5
piece Tama Superstar drum kit, which he uses for practice now that he recently purchased his third kit which is a Gretsch 6 piece Ashwood kit, the kit he now plays on stage.
Danny has played in 4 bands, all of which are metal bands,
SouthforK, The River City Nightmare (version one which was
more of a death and roll band), The River City Nightmare (version
two which was more of a groove band). Both of these bands had
different members, they only kept the name for both. The current
band he plays in is Kurgan, a thrash deathmetal band with a feel
of old school metal.
Some of Danny's influencese include: Sepultura, Pantera,
Slayer, Decapitated (old), Metallica (old), Megadeth, Goatwhore,
Evile, Jungle Rot, Black Sabbath, Led Zepplin, Cannibal Corpse,
Death, Igor Cavalera (Sepultura), Bill Ward (Black Sabbath),
Vitek (Decapitated) and recently Zack Simmons (Goatwhore).
Equptment: One vintage red 16” floor tom (which is memorabilia
and not played anymore)
Tama Superstar – 10” mounted tom, 12” mounted tom, 14” floor
tom (which is also a mount tom) 22” kick drum
Gretsch Ashwood – 8” mounted tom, 10” mounted tom,
12”mounted tom, 14” floor tom, 20” kick drum.
10” B8 Pro Sabian Splash Cymbal, 14” Zildjian Crash, 16”Sabian O
Zone Crash, 18” Sabian B8 Pro Crash, German made 20” Avanti
Ride, 20”Sabain AA Chinese and 14” Sabian B8 Pro Chinese.
Evans Onyx Tom Heads are on hisTama Kit and though Remo
heads are now on his Gretsch kit, they will eventually be switched
to Evans coated heads. Danny prefer Evans Resonant heads for the
bottom batter head, he finds them very easy to tune and that they
hold tuning rather well.
Derek Vautrinot (March 6th 1989) from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, moved to Massachusetts at the age of 3. He started playing drums at 9 years old, took a year break and returned to teaching himself to play at 11.
Derek is a part of two bands, Alyssa Marie and Shot Heard Around The World, and has been touring since the age of 17.
Shot Heard Around The World has opened up for many national acts and festivals that have featured big names such as Killswitch Engage, Godsmack, Shadows Fall, We Came As Romans, Four Year Strong, Our Last Night, and more.
Alyssa Marie has opened for national acts such as R.A. The Rugged Man, Pappoose, Kill Army, Terminology, and others.
He has also developed strong standing relationships (NOT endorsements) with Dicenco's Drum Shop (Weymouth, MA) VATER Drumsticks (Holbrook, MA) and Zildjian Cymbals (Norwell, MA) over
the years and has had to opportunity to do 5 photo/video shoots
with Zildjian Cymbals. He was also featured on the front/back cover
of the 2013/2014 Zildjian ear/accessories catalog and as the
Zildjian Facebook cover photo and on the main page of Zildjians
Holly Fucili (September 27th, 1982) from Wallace, NC, is a self taught drummer, who, in addition to, plays guitar and bass by ear, as well as writes her own songs. Her influences include Fleetwood Mac, Bush, LIVE, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Cold, 10 Years, and A Perfect Circle.
Holly started playing snare at the age of 10 in 6th grade band. She got her first drum kit, a seven piece TAMA, at the age of 12 and continued playing snare in marching and concert band throughout highschool, making it 7 years without anyone noticing she could not read music.
Currently the drummer of Clarity For Ransom who formed in November 2011. Holly joined the line up after bassist Nic Martinez found her on a craigslist ad. The band has been playing gigs locally
and opening for National Acts such as: Trapt, Saving Abel, Like A
Storm, and and anandaand Smile Empty Soul. They just released a 4 song EP
in April called "Follow", which was recorded and mixed by the band.
You can also find Holly playing cajon drum with her trio group
Formerly Jaded that she started early this year with her Clarity For
Ransom singer Laura Lee White.
I Forgott, RIFT, Loxstep, DownSide, Fall Victim, NeverForever, and
5 piece Pearl Exports with Zildjian and Sabian cymbols
James Owen Sullivan (February 9, 1981 – December 28, 2009), more commonly known by his stage name The Rev (shortened version of The Reverend Tholomew Plague), was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer and
founding member for the American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold. The Rev was critically acclaimed for his work on Avenged Sevenfold albums, and contributed entire songs written by himself, such as Chapter Four, Afterlife and Almost Easy. He was also the lead vocalist/pianist in Pinkly Smooth, a side project where he was known by the name Rathead, with fellow Avenged Sevenfold member and childhood best friend, guitarist Synyster Gates, and he was the drummer for Suburban Legends from 1998 to 1999.
Sullivan grew up and lived in Orange County, CA. He received his first pair of drum sticks at the age of five and own drum set at the
age of ten. In high school, he started playing in bands.
Before leaving to join Avenged Sevenfold as one of the band's
founding members, Sullivan was the drummer for the third wave
ska band Suburban Legends. At the age of twenty he recorded his
first album with Avenged Sevenfold titled Sounding the Seventh
Trumpet. His early influences included Frank Zappa and King
Crimson. The Rev said in a Modern Drummer Magazine interview that
"I was raised on that stuff as much as rock and metal."
Later in life he was influenced by drummers Vinnie Paul, Mike
Portnoy, Dave Lombardo, Lars Ulrich, Joey Jordison and Terry
Bozzio. He even had a "visual influence", Tommy Lee, on which he
commented that "I never thought I'd have one of those." Sullivan
had a signature ability called 'the double-ride thing' or 'The Double
Octopus', as the Rev called it, "just for lack of a better definition".
'The double-ride thing' is a technique that can be heard on tracks
such as "Almost Easy", "Critical Acclaim", "Crossroads", and
"Dancing Dead" in which Sullivan doubles up at a fast tempo
between the double bass and ride cymbals.