Jeff Brown / Independent

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Jeff Brown‘s innovative and versatile drumming drives the music of some of the World’s hottest
artists and musicians. Recently, he has juggled national tours with Casey James, Thomas Rhett,
Liana Conway, Steel Magnolia, Bucky Covington and Reeves Gabrels with studio projects for movie
soundtracks, television and independent artists in Nashville and Los Angeles.
Jeff’s dynamic, driving style makes him a valuable voice in any ensemble; he’s brought his
distinctive touch to rock, jazz, punk, progressive rock and now country. The common thread is his
ability to find memorable grooves that help define any song.
In the Fall of 2013 Jeff was called on to replace the drummer for Casey James. Fresh off the
Taylor Swift Red Tour, Casey James and band enjoyed headlining theaters and clubs for the
remainder of the year.

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For most of 2013 Jeff focused on studio work with Producer Roger Alan Nichols at his BellTone
Recording Studio in Nashville. Recording mostly song demos and music cues for television. The
Spring and Summer brought tour dates with Patrick Davis with a fantastic band that included Jason
“Slim” Gambill (Lady Antebellum) on guitar, Annie Clements (Sugarland, Amos Lee) on bass and
Les Hall (Crossfade,Trey Anastasio) on keys.
2011-2012 saw Jeff switch gears into the pop universe playing with Liana Conway. Her debut
single “Beautiful Day” received airplay nationwide on Triple A radio. In the Fall of 2011 Jeff was
asked to join the band for Valory Recordʼs newest artist Thomas Rhett. They spent November and
December touring as the support act for Brantley Gilbert.
In 2010 Jeff manned the drum throne for up & coming country duo Steel Magnolia. On the strength
of their debut single “Keep On Lovin’ You” they headed out on their first national tour with an opening
slot on Brad Paisley’s H2O Summer Tour.
American Idol alum Bucky Covington invited Jeff to finish out his touring schedule for 2009-2010.
Which included the recording of Bucky’s Live E.P. “Live From Rockingham” and the filming of his
video for “Gotta Be Somebody”.
As a member of Reeves Gabrels & His Imaginary Friends since 2006, Jeff helped shape many of
the songs on the band’s forthcoming CD. The trio which also includes Kevin Hornback on bass is a
juggernaut of explosive guitar stunts, bombastic grooves and musical left turns. Reeves, best known
for his years with David Bowie and now The Cure had this to say about Jeff…
“His playing possesses a wonderful combination of technique, feel, heart and humor” says
Gabrels, who’s played with some of the world’s most accomplished drummers. “Jeff Brown just
happens to be my favorite.”
Back in Nashville, Jeff has been collaborating with producer/guitarist Roger Nichols in developing
a sound and music cue library for the famed Blackbird Studios. Jeff can also be heard on recent
recordings with his side project Supercharger, including guitarist Jeff Cease (Black Crowes/Eric
Church) and bassist Steve Cook (Phil Vassar). Their music has been featured as the opening and
closing theme songs for ‘Canadian Tradition’ and various PSA’s and Tourism commercials in
Canada.
Jeff’s body of work has ranged from touring and recording with ‘American Idol’ alums Bucky
Covington and Casey James, performing with Guitar hero Reeves Gabrels, touring with Thomas
Rhett and Steel Magnolia to appearing on the movie soundtracks for Fantastic4 and Elektra with
Wind-Up recording artist Megan McCauley. Tracked a song for the band Paramore along with
sessions and tours with Jen Foster on American Garage Records, singer/songwriter Patrick Davis,
Los Angeles indie rock band Kill Devil Hill, and pianist Sali Hagan. Jeff has also played live with the
legendary Steve Cropper and the great Peter Wolf.
Jeff got his start in Orange County, CA, where he played with a variety of successful club bands
before moving southeast and joining Dreaming In English, a hugely popular regional band that
toured extensively through the mid-90s to 2001. They released a well-received disc, ‘Stuff’ in 1998.

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Endorsements:

Ludwig Drums
Paiste Cymbals
Boso Drumsticks
Humes & Berg Cases
Gorilla Ears
Kelly Shu
Drumtacs

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Jamie Lynn Spears with Jimmy Elcock Video from the Today Show

Jamie Lynn Spears / Jimmy Elcock Video !

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Jimmy Elcock and Jamie Lynn Spears on the Today Show …

Jamie Lynn Spears sings ” How could I want more ” with Drummer & Drumtacs Artist Jimmy Elcock on the Today Show 12/19/2013

Check it out here … “ How Could I Want More

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KTC Digital Upgrade to drumtacs.com !

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Many thanks to KTC Digital for providing the ultimate in customer service. Drumtacs has now been upgraded to the latest technology that the Word Press platform offers and has kept us in the forefront of Web Access and ease of use.

If you or someone you know needs to build a Web Base for their Band , Business or Personal use don’t hesitate to contact Scorpio Marketing & Distribution LLC to schedule a quote through KTC Digital. You’ll be glad you did . Personal hands on approach that can be tailored to any Budget.

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Doug ” Pork Chop ” Mican / Independant

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Doug “Porkchop” Mican

From Rosenberg, TX, Doug Mican got started playing drums in his family’s band at six
years old. Playing quickly became his passion and it has stuck with him over the years.

Growing up he played at many churches, county fairs and honky-tonks.  Now with 30
years of experience he is finally back in Nashville and ready to rock!

Phone: 615-419 2489
Email: dmporkchop@yahoo.com

 

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Experience:
Ty Herndon (03′-05′) Drums/BGVS
Clint Daniels (03′)    Drums/BVGS
Honky Tonk Tailgate Party (03′)    Drums
Cowboy’s Dance Hall Venues (06′-09′)
Tootsies  Orchid Lounge (01′-05′) Mark Chesnutt (2010)
Tyler Farr ( 11′-13′)

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Pork Chop has appeared with :

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Montgomery Gentry , Terri Clark
Joe Nichols , KixBrooks , Wade Hayes , Daryl Singletary
Rhett Akins ,
Ronnie McDowell ,
Waylon Pierce ,  Katie Austin
Jamey Garner ,
Jason Ashley ,
Marty Reddin , Lacy Jade
Glen Templeton , Jared Ashley ,  Marcus Linsey
& Cheri Robertson

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Robbie Fritz / JJ Weeks Band

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Robbie Fritz was born January 23, 1982 in Plant City, FL. He began playing drums at age 4. His family was very influential in his love of music. His brother was the drummer for Christian rock band called Refuge. His brother introduced him to the drums. His father was his first teacher and continued to push him to perfect his craft. Robbie’s father was a former guitar player for the Bellamy Brothers. He had a great ear for music! At age 7, Robbie started traveling with his parents playing southern gospel. “I remember sound checking and I would end a song like ‘I’ll fly away’ with a long roll that sounded like something from Rush’s ‘YYZ’ and my Dad would just look at me, shake his head and say ‘less is more son'”. Later in life, Robbie found himself teaching the same thing to young musicians.

All through elementary and junior high school, Robbie studied music. By the time he reached high school, he was reading full Jazz charts. After high school Robbie moved to Nashville, TN where he attended college on a basketball and music scholarship. When he wasn’t on the road playing basketball, he was downtown playing every show he could find. He also played with a Christian band that he formed with some friends in college. Robbie moved back to Florida to be with his family when he found out his father was very sick. During this time, he continued to play with different bands and began giving private lessons. In 2002 Robbie’s father passed away and 11 short months later his mother also passed away. Soon after his parents passing Robbie and his newlywed wife moved to Georgia. After getting settled in a new town, Robbie began to have a whole new outlook on his playing. He had experienced a lot of life changing events in the last couple years and wanted to make his parents proud. “At that point I took all my training and all the different styles of music I had learned, from southern gospel to jazz to rock to pop and created my own groove which started landing me some good gigs”. In 2007, Robbie went on the road with Jason Crabb -former lead singer of the gospel group the Crabb Family. (The Crabb Family has won 10 Dove Awards, had 16 #1 songs and been nominated for 3 Grammy Awards.) Jason won a Grammy and Dove Award for his first solo debut album. Robbie traveled all over the world with Jason Crabb. They played 200 plus dates a year and saw thousands of lives changed through this ministry.

In 2009, Robbie came off the road with Jason and went to work in his home church. He also began giving private lessons and doing session work again. Robbie then connected with lead singer JJ Weeks of the JJ Weeks band( a Christian pop/rock band). He started playing one night a week with some of the band in a trio. After playing some spot dates with them, he knew that they would soon be on the road together. In 2010 Robbie became a member of JJ Weeks Band. They are currently playing over 150 dates a year and have just released their 3rd album. Their latest album (All over the World) was produced by Scotty Wilbanks (Keys Player for Christian Rock Band Third Day). They currently have three singles on radio. “What kind of Love”, “Is it Ever” and their newest “Let them see You” which hit #28 in the top 40 charts in the first week on Christian radio. They are signed with INPOP Records and Brickhouse Entertainment.
As well as being a full time touring/recording drummer Robbie is also a well know session player in Nashville, Atlanta and Macon. He has worked with producers such as Scotty Willbanks, Tyler Hayes, Greg Barnhill, Mark Lee, Otis Redding III, Jan Smith and Many more…
Robbie is also a teacher and clinician. In 2011 he felt the call to start putting on clinics but not the average clinic. Robbie has a clinic called D.R.U.M.S. It stands for Discipline, Relationships, Understanding, Ministry and Success. Robbie not only teaches the technical side of drumming but also what it takes to get gigs and how to find “THE GROOVE” and most importantly MINISTRY. Robbie shares his testimony about life experiences and how the passing of his mother and father at an early age affected his life and his passion for music and how seeing lives changed through music and ministry is my goal. “I want anyone that attends my clinic to walk away not only a better player but a better person too”. Robbie has also started a “Modern Worship Workshop” and is traveling across the world to help churches, young bands and ministries reach their full potential.

Some of the artist Robbie has had the opportunity to  share the stage with; Mel McDaniel, Loretta Lynn, Collin Raye, Richie McDonald, Sawyer Brown, Vince Gill, Sonny Sweeney, Crabb Family, Jason Crabb, David Phelps, Michael English, The Isaacs, Gold City, The Perrys, Booth Brothers, The Dove Brothers, Brian Free and Assurance, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, Salvador, Phil Driscall, Israel Houghton, Byron Cage, Mary-Mary, Martha Munizzi, Andre Crouch, Eddie James, Leeland, David Crowder Band, December Radio, Instereo, Audio Adrenaline, Newsong, Third Day, David Richt, Bebo Norman, Dave Barnes, Big Daddy Weave, Royal Taylor, Jamie Grace, Newsong, Mercy Me and many more….

Robbie has also made appearances on Trinity Broadcasting Network, Daystar Television, Great American Country and Gospel Music Channel

His two most memorable shows are the Grand Ole Opry with Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Mel McDaniel and Sawyer Brown and the University of Tennessee’s Stadium in front of 22,000 people for a Christian event called Winterfest.
“I thank God for all the many blessings he’s given me and for allowing me to make an impact on people’s lives through the talent he has blessed me with!” Jer33:3

Endorsements:
-Taye Drums
-Scymtek Cymbals
-Evans Heads
-Pro mark Drumsticks
-Drumtacs
-Planet Wave Cables
-Puresound Snare Wires
-Danmar Percussion
-180 Living Apparel
-Cympad cymbal protectors
-Drumstar rock wear
-Gator cases
-drmearz custom in ear monitors
-JH custom cases
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Robbie Fritz Music

Twitter.com/robbiefritz
Instagram.com/robbiefritz
Facebook.com/robbie.fritz.1

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Bonzo Bash NAMM 2014 / Drumtacs Sponsorship

*Proud to announce that Drumtacs will be one of the Sponsors for the BONZO BASH at the NAMM Convention in California January 23rd – 26th in Anaheim ! 

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Natal Drums and Marshall Amplification present:


BONZO BASH NAMM JAMM 2014
The Ultimate Celebration to the Ultimate Drummer
John Henry Bonham of Led Zeppelin

Powered by Jagermeister and Monster Energy Drink
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
A Tichy/ Sutton Production

Official BONZO BASH INVITE

“You can have a bash, or you can bash something. When you put that together you have the ultimate celebration to the ultimate drummer: John Henry Bonham!!!!” ~ Brian Thomas Tichy

Who’s performing?? 29 drummers so far!

Seven Antonopolous (Opiate For The Masses)
Carmine Appice (Cactus / Vanilla Fudge / Drum Legend)
Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty / Smashing Pumpkins)
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Will Calhoun (Living Colour)
Michael Cartellone (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Fred Coury (Cinderella)
Jimmy D’Anda
John Hummel
Brandon Kachel (Barbarian Overlords)
James Kottak (Scorpions)
Ray Luzier (Korn)
Khurt Maier (Salty Dog)
Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry)
A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister)
Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction)
Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs / Dream Theater)
Van Romaine (Steve Morse)
Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow / Black Sabbath)
Rikki Rockett (Poison)
Chris Slade (The Firm / AC/DC)
Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper)
Jason Sutter (Marilyin Manson / Chris Cornell)
Matt Starr (Ace Frehley)
Chad Szeliga (Black Label Society)
Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Billy Idol / S.U.N.)
Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa)
Steven Wolf (Avril Lavigne / Britney Spears)
Simon Wright (AC/DC / Dio / Queensryche)

The Moby Dicks are: Brent Woods (gtr), Chas West (voxs),
Dorian Heartsong (bass) Stephen LeBlanc (keys), Brian Tichy (gtr)

When: Thursday, Janaury 23rd, 2014 Doors at 6pm.
Where: The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, Ca
Tickets: http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/the-bonzo-bash
Please visit for all things Bonzo Bash: www.facebook.com/BonzoBash
For all muti-pass VIP combinations go to: http://californiamusicfest.com/

Press and photo interest also contact:

Noelle Kim: ProducerNoelle@gmail.com 310.849.3444

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Nick Ruffini / Independent ~ www.DrummersResource.com

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NYC Drummer Nick Ruffini (Philadelphia, PA native), began playing drums at age 15 and never stopped. Nick attended Villanova and Kutztown University, graduating in 2005 with a B.S. in Business Management and Music Performance. He served as treasurer of the Kutztown University Percussion Department 2002-2003 as well as President from 2003-2005.
Even while earning his degree Nick pushed his drumming career to new heights, playing with anyone, anytime, anywhere. During college Nick played in a Salsa Band, a 17-piece Big-Band, a Jazz Band, a Percussion Ensemble, and an African Percussion Group along with local and regional bands up and down the East Coast.
In 2011, Nick launched his solo career, recording a record under his own name. The album includes Johnny Defrancesco (Defranceso Brothers) on guitar, Paul Klinefelter (Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra) on bass, Rich Budesa (Budesa Brothers) on organ and was engineered/mixed/mastered by 2011 Grammy Nominee, Glenn Ferracone. Following a nation wide radio campaign, Nick’s first solo release “Pressin’ On” peaked at #54 on the US Jazz Charts..
Currently, Nick is the drummer for the regional touring group Monacy and The Nick Ruffini Band and can often be seen performing with Jeff Washington (Melba Moore, Mica Paris, Freddie Jackson, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater and others) Johnny Defrancesco, Pat Bianchi and the Budesa Brothers– totalling over 100 shows per year. In addition, Nick teaches private lessons, works on various studio projects and runs Drummer’s Resource (www.DrummersResource.com) a resource for drummers to get education, information, and motivation for drumming and beyond.
Nick has performed/shared the stage with: Phish’s Page McConnell, Everlast, The Greyboy Allstars, Dave Grippo (Trey Anastasio Band), Johnny Defrancesco, DJ Q-Ball (DJ for the Multi-platinum artists The Bloodhound Gang), Jazz Legend Melvin Sparks and Badfish, just to name a few.
With his diverse background and performance experience in Funk, Rock, Jazz, Latin, or any other style of music, Nick’s unique sound and energy are undeniable, making him one of the most sought-after drummers on the scene.
Endorsements:  
Aquarian Drumheads
Boso Drumsticks
Bosphorus Cymbals
Cypmad USA
Drumtacs
Kickport International
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A.J. Merlino / Kutztown University

A.J. Merlino’s intense and versatile performing style has made him a highly sought after percussionist for the
past decade. His playing has taken him around the world including Scotland, Croatia, Greece, Thailand,
Australia, and Argentina. A resident of Las Vegas, he has been seen performing on the Las Vegas strip with
such artists as Jay-Z, Redfoo of LMFAO, Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers, Eric Marienthal, and Cee Lo Green
for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. He has also collaborated with famed percussionists Michito Sanchez, Pepe
Jimenez, Christian Tamburr, Bernie Dresel, and Kurt Rasmussen.
Merlino has worked as music director, composer and performer for many projects held at The Venetian,
Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, and Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas as well as the production show Resurrecting Sin
City, which premiered in Las Vegas and traveled to Adelaide, Australia. As a clinician, he has presented to
numerous colleges, high schools, festivals and has worked for the International House of Blues with Kurt
Rasmussen.
One of the few cimbalom soloists in the country, Merlino has performed as a soloist on this instrument with
various college and professional ensembles, such as Moravian Wind Symphony, Reading Symphony Orchestra,
and Vox Ama Deus Ensemble. He can be heard on several recordings including Lost Vegas (principle
percussionist, UNLV Wind Orchestra), Rebels in Paris (soloist/percussionist, Vox Ama Deus Ensemble), and
Just Play (percussionist, The Colt Kayser Band).
A strong supporter of new music, Merlino uses his diverse skills on
dozens of percussion instruments to commission new works from up
and coming composers, such as a work for six-mallet marimba and
choir by Los Angeles composer Justin Raines and a new work for
marimba by Casey Cangelosi. His work with new music also extends
to numerous premieres utilizing various instrumentations by
David T. Little, Virko Bailey, Jim Barnes, Scott Steele, Eric Whitacre,
and Michael Daugherty.
Merlino holds percussion performance degrees from Kutztown
University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he is
pursuing his DMA. His instructors include Frank Kumor, Willis Rapp,
Kurt Rasmussen, Timothy Jones, and Dean Gronemeier.
A.J. Merlino is currently on faculty at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania

 

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Bryan Keeling / Eric Sardinas and Big Motor

Bryan Keeling (USA) is an international/touring and recording artist. He is currently touring/recording with Eric Sardinas and Big Motor (www.ericsardinas.co.uk), as well as other artists. Bryan is endorsed with Gretsch Drums, Gibralter Hardware, Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks, Remo Drumheads , Drumtacs and QuikStix.

Bryan Keeling, originally born in Albuquerque, NM, grew up in Dallas, TX. He began playing drums at age 11. From there it was jazz bands, rock/progressive rock, marching band, and eventually graduating from Arts Magnet High School in downtown Dallas, Tx. He attended Beklee College of Music in Boston, MA on scholarship with a major in performance! A year later Bryan moved to Austin, TX for awhile before settling on Los Angeles in 2003. In L.A., Bryan quickly established himself in the studio scene by recording with Pink, Dionne Warwick, Macy Gray, Lucy Woodard, Jessie Colter, Damon Elliot, “Son of the Mask 2” movie soundtrack ,as well as “First Daughter” soundtrack (in which he also appears), a Waylon Jennings record called “Waylon Forever”, and all of Shooter Jenning’s records/videos/tv appearances up till 2010 (7 records in all)! Bryan has appeared on Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Carson Daly, David Letterman and even played on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” Season 8, entitled, “Bull”, in which they used a song he wrote (and recorded with Shooter Jennings on the CD, “The Wolf”) called, “Higher”! “Growing up, I started listening to everything my mom and brother listened to…which encompassed everything from The Carpenters to Elvis, Foghat, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Judas Priest, etc. By the time I hit 7th grade I was in the top Wind Ensemble on percussion in school, and in the jazz band in mid school. I started memorizing Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures from Rush after school, and learning Zeppelin. It was when I got to Dallas, mid 9th grade, that I got my musical landscape broadened significantly. I got into Frank Zappa,Jeff Beck, Gino Vanelli, Missing Persons, The Brecker Brothers (especially the album Heavy Metal Be-Bop with Terry Bozzio on drums), Tower of Power, Stanley Clark, Chick Corea, Allan Holdsworth, etc. I pretty much became obsessed with anything Vinnie Colaiuta, Terry Bozzio and Chad Wackerman played on. That led me all over the spectrum of music. In any case, I began transcribing the drum charts from albums like Joe’s Garage I, II and III as well as Allan Holdsworth, KIng Crimson and Tower of Power. I was fascinated with odd time signatures and polyrhythms as well. By the time I was in 10th grade I already knew I wanted to go to Berklee College of Music up in Boston, and went ahead and left my main highschool in 11th grade to audition for the Arts Magnet school in downtown Dallas. I got in and gradated high school from there and ended up getting a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. To make a long story short, I went to Boston for a year, moved to Austin, Tx. and played and recorded with about ten million bands before I finally moved to L.A. in 2002. From there my career took off.”
Eric Sardinas Official Site
www.ericsardinas.co.uk

 

 

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