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Leroy "Boogie" Greer
Leroy "Boogie" Greer is a Washington D.C. based percussionist who has built a massive resume over the last 20 years.
Boogie is a versatile percussionist playing all styles of music from traditional all natural drumming to cutting edge electronic percussion gear. Simple set ups such as a cajon, snare, cymbal and aux percussion. Full set ups will including but not limited to timbales, 3 Conga, blocks, bells, cymbals and aux percussion. He is a respected and sought after percussionist for many local, national and international artist.
Boogie takes pride in being fluid to work in many musical situations and also conducting himself in excellence in musicianship and as a person. Always on time and ready work !!
Boogie in 2015 is officially endorsed with Tycoon Percussion and Domain Cymbals.
Jamale Hopkins is an American Queens born music producer and drummer who is slowly gaining recognition worldwide. Music has always been Jamale's passion. He grew up influenced by Dave Weckl, Calvin Rodgers, and Phil Collins.
Over the years, Jamale has studied drums at The Drummers Collective with teacher Guy Lacata, as well as studied with Jazz Drummer, Alvestor Garnett. Currently, Jamale is the studio drummer for Grammy Award winning Jerry Wonda, working with Platinum Sounds Studio. Nevertheless, in the last eight years Jamale has been taking things to a whole new level, traveling all over the world - Israel, Turkey, Argentina, Paris, England, London, and Australia, just to name a few.
Jamale has had the pleasure of working with Jennifer Hudson, Tank, Melissa Ethridege, Wess Morgan, and Mali Music. Jamale gives all thanks to his Lord and Savior, who is the head of his life as he continues to not only play drums, but worship and study the word of God in his church home every Sunday, Great Redeemer Church, under the teaching of his Pastor, Dr. Zavette D. Smallwood. Since a very young age, Jamale has been mindful that his talent is truly a gift from God that he has taken full advantage of and is not ashamed to give all thanks to his Lord and Savior! Jamale aspires to one day open up a drumming school to teach not just drums, but music business, which is his true passion!
There are no limits to a child growing up in the house of accomplished parents and musical icons. Tim Steele began his journey playing drums at the tender age of 2 along side his father, Gospel Legend Bass Player, Tim Linzy and mother, Debbie-Steele-Hall. Tim’s father established his trademark performing with Richard Smallwood, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Yolanda Adams and host of others while Tim’s mother was a successful solo artist, performing alongside the likes of Richard Smallwood, Charlie Daniels, and Aretha Franklin.
In the past years, professional drummer, Tim Steele, has been privileged to record and perform a myriad of genres. With well over a decade of experience, Tim’s approach to drumming incorporates technique, consistency, and tireless dedication to his well-cultivated art of drumming.
Out of the world of Gospel, Tim’s growth expanded to Jazz, R&B, Classical and Opera and by the age of 14 he was active in the Washington DC music scene. His skills awarded him the opportunity to work with Stellar Award winning artist, John P Kee and his Workshop Choir.
Tim Steele’s odyssey only continued to skyrocket and with hard work, creativity, and expertise his horizons expanded to recording sessions and an national and international reach beyond the US and on World stages in Russia, Africa, London and Vienna to name a few. He shared the stage with a host of mainstream artists including, but not limited to, Prince, Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Rick Braun, Phil Perry, Rachel Ferrell, Raheem Davaughn, Mya, and Lalah Hathaway.
Versatility and the ability to hone his sound have led Tim Steele to his current position as the drummer for 8x Grammy Nominated R&B Sensation, Ledisi. In addition to staggering national and international concerts, they have had the distinct honor of performing at the White House for the 50th Birthday Celebration of President Barack Obama’s.
Tim's main drumming influences are Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckyl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Aaron Spears, Chris Dave and a wealth of talented time-keepers. One goal has remained a constant throughout Tim’s career is to continue to re-invent and improve his art.
Born in Fort Campbell, KY, to two military service members, Twan was born into the community of brotherhood and comradarie. Traveling to different instilations all over the world he seemed to have an ear for music and comedy. After his parents separated from the military they settled down in the home of Smuckers Jelly. Orrville, OH is where Twan realized that comedy and music were his gifts and began playing drums at church, in class, and everywhere else he could. After college it was time for the military. Several years spent with 4th Brigade 2nd ID and a deployment later his time had come and gone. Twan went back to the music and started playing drums professionally.
He has performed with Mike Pinera (Alice Cooper), Rocky Sandoval, Mary Lambert (Macklemores "Same Love"), Jeff Kashiwa (Grammy Nominated Jazz saxophonist), and many more. Currently the drummer for the Charles Mack Band and musical director for One Fam Music Group, a division of Universal Records.
His show schedule can be found at: www.onefammmusicgroup.com
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Paul "Buggy" Edwards
Paul "Buggy" Edwards was born and raised in S.E. Washington DC. He started playing drums at the age of 2 years which soon turned into him playing drums and singing in his mothers gospel group. Paul's love for Go-Go music was established when he was 6 years old at Anacostia Park with his older brother where he saw the late Rick "Sugar Foot" Wellman playing drums with the band E.U. (Experience Unlimited). It was in that moment in which he decided that Go-Go was the music that he wanted to play.
Paul's parents enrolled him in school for music at the age of 9, which is where it was truly discovered that his gift and skills were well beyond his years. From there he really began to play more in church and on the local music scene; developing into a serious drummer and industry professional.
At the age of 19 Paul was called by the late Chuck Brown to record drums on one of his many hit songs called: "Can't No Body Do Me Like Jesus."
Paul then joined forces with the Backyard Band and has been innovating with them for the last 27 years. Playing over 250 shows a year, Paul has truly earned his place as a legend in the DC Go-go community.
Paul stated that his top 6 musical influences are Jeff Lo Davis, Yogi Horton, Jeff Cobb, James Cunningham Sr., Blues Webb and Jimmy Russell. He attributes a lot of what he knows to their positive guidance which has afforded him the opportunity to share the stage with Ginuine, Dru Hill, Raheem DeVaughn, Emily King, Citizen Cope, Richard Smallwood, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Dorinda Clark, Paul Morton, Dave Holister and Donnie McKlurkin to name a few.
Chris "Biscuit" Bynum
The name Biscuit Bynum rings out not just in his hometown of Washington, DC, but amongst
many giants in the music industry. In his earlier years he wanted nothing more than to play
percussion. As a small child, he would beat on any and everything, keeping perfect time, to his
mother’s surprise. As he got older, Bynum began cultivating his talents by playing drums for his
home church. After majoring in Music Performance at Bowie State University, he decided to
turn his love of music into a life-long journey. Not only has he been a professional drummer for
over 20 years, Biscuit is lead drummer, and one of the co-founders and musical director for The
Sound of the City band.
In early 2000, he started Big Boy Beats Productions, a duo production team where he worked alongside Vohn “Mr. Higgs” Higginbotham, co-founder and keyboardist. In 2010 Bynum teamed up with Singer/Songwriter Precious Joubert, and formed Sound of the City Music Group, Inc., a music production company, which house multi-talented musicians and singers from the Washington, DC area; in 2016 changing the entity to Sound of the City ENT, LLC. The company’s production credit can be found on the 2010 Grammy nominated R&B album, “The Love & War MasterPeace” (Raheem DeVaugh), where Sound of the City produced cross-over hit, “Super Hero”.
Best known for his skills on the drums, Biscuit’s talent far exceeds just being a drummer. He’s directed for R&B soul artist Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Raheem DeVaughn, Jill Scott, Hip Hop Pansula in South Africa, Marsha Ambrosius, Dwele, Marcus Johnson, Walter Beasley, various gospel artists, and too many others to mention. In 2016, Sound of the City became house band for the Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show.
The Sound of the City band has released 2 mix tapes, Appi-Teazer (2008), and Spring-Teazer (2009). In 2010, the band released a live CD entitled, “Live @ The Boiler Room”, which has credited them with a 2011 “Wammie Award” nomination by the Washington Area Music Association for “Best Urban Contemporary Group”. In 2015, SOTC released their highly anticipated EP, entitled, “Chasin’ My Dreams”. 2016 brought the soulful single, “Run”; a refreshing mix of Latin, R&B, and Hip Hop.
Biscuit is dedicated to making what he simply puts as “good music” that lasts the test of time. He has been blessed to have accomplished more than some men of twice his age, and plans to continue to make his mark as a talented drummer, producer, music director, and business man within the music industry.
Hasmon "Haze Amaze" Abraham II
Born and raised in Washington D.C for the first few years of his life, Hasmon Abraham II moved to the state of Maryland with his parents, brother, and two sisters. He comes from a talented family where his father and brother are guitarists, cousin plays multiple instruments, and whole family sings.
Hasmon began playing drums at the age of 3. He grew up playing in the church and later branched off to play genres other than gospel. At the age of 10, he had the honor to play behind singer/songwriter Roberta Flack. In 2015 he graduated from Suitland High School where he was accepted into the school’s Center of Visual and Performing Arts program. There he studied under orchestral/chamber percussionist, Dane Krich. While in high school Hasmon learned to read music, and outside of school, broadened his versatility. After high school he decided to pursue music full-time.
Hasmon has had the opportunity to accompany jazz bassist Christian McBride and American pop and jazz vocalist Jane Monheit. He has recently been called to play for gospel singer Geoffrey Golden, who was one of the first-place winners on BET Gospel show “Sunday’s Best” and has also had the honor to perform on stage with R&B artist, Chante Moore. He has traveled to New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Atlanta to do gigs. He is currentlyplaying for an R&B/Pop band by the name of Top 5 DC and a gospel group called Renewed Favor, while he makes sure he is in church every Sunday.
Hasmon loves to give back and does so through supplying drum equipment to the less fortunate and teaching drum lessons to aspiring drummers at no cost. Over the last several years, he has built close relationships with two of his favorite drummers, Aaron Spears and Jamal Moore. They have gained enough trust in him to ask him to fill in for them on gigs and be comfortable with knowing that he will rise to the occasion.
On his down time, he consistently practices different genres of music, patterns, grooves, and also sheds with inspiring musicians, aspiring to be the best he can be. His musical rangestretches through R&B, Jazz, Rock, Fusion, Pop, and Gospel. People know him by “Haze” or “Haze Amaze” which stuck with him after being given to him by a couple of his childhood friends who recognized his talents early.
Wendell "2WO" Lowe, II
Wendell was born and raised in Chicago, IL where he discovered his talent. Wendell’s parents recognized his love for drumming at the very early age of 2-years old where he’d bang on pots and pans with spoons and forks. Eventually, his father bought him his first drum set, in which Wendell used to play his first eight-song concert at the age of 3. As he grew, so did his passion for music and his love for drums.
Like any other Gospel musician, Wendell began playing around Chicago with his father professional Pianist/Organist, Wendell H. Lowe Sr., where he than began to get recognition. Later on, Wendell attended Thornton Fractional High school in Lansing, IL where he then began to learn music notation and also music theory. Soon after, with teachings from school music director, Mike Madonia, Wendell was placed in the marching, jazz, concert, and symphonic bands further honing his technical music abilities.
With practice and progression, Wendell began picking up local jazz gigs around Illinois. In late 2015, Wendell auditioned for a new, up and coming soul band called “The Alex Legrand Band.” Within three years of gigging with the band, Wendell strenthened his ability with pocket and feel. Soon after, he was recognized by two progressive rock bands in the city of Chicago: “The Gabriel Construct” and “Pavlov3” where he was given the opportunity to play a different genre of music from what he was accustomed to.
Currently, Wendell backs up and coming pop artist, LYRX. Having a heavy gospel background and experience playing progressive rock, Wendell has managed to become one of the youngest and most versatile drummers from Chicago.
Wendell’s main influences include: Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, Mike Mitchell, Ronald Bruner Jr., Calvin Rodgers, Clemons Poindexter, Dwayne Bradford, Dana Thompson, Tavarius “Varo” Johnson to name a few.
Wendell has also had the privilege to perform with artists such as: Pastor Smokie Norful, Dorinda Clark Cole, Phillip Patterson, The Alex Legrand Band, The Gabriel Construct, Pavlov3, Pastor Tim Bailey and Judah Camp, Donald Buster Woods and G3 and many more!
Washington D.C. native, Dominique Austin, is one of the most talented upcoming drummers, who is taking the music industry by force! He usually finds himself assisting drummers with technique and skill, as well as consistently learning from other professional drummers to increase the use of his God-given talent.
Through his growth and current experience, Dominique will soon become a household name in the music industry as not only a notable drummer, but an experienced teacher, clinician, and music producer. Dominique has had the opportunity to utilize his gifts by playing many different genres of music. His most extensive experience comes from playing and touring with internationally known artists, such as Gospel legend and 11-time Grammy Award winner Shirley Caesar, Stellar Award winner Kurt Carr, and Geammy nominee Anita Wilson. He attributes his growth to playing with various artists and groups nationwide. Dominique has found that on several occasions his drumming abilities have opened doors that have allowed him to play on national television networks such as, Black Entertainment Television (BET) and VH1, and other local news stations.
In his quest to progress himself through exposure, you can find Dominique on several social media outlets, including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram playing several cover songs that not only expose his versatility and creativity, but also to criticism that he uses to foster his technique.
Dominique currently resides in The Washington D.C. (DMV) area, and is a featured artist on the Drum Talk TV website. He currently performs spot dates with several artists, and can be seen performing at diverse events nationwide. Dominique endorses Hendrix snare drums and 64Audio in-ear monitors. He stays motivated by continuing his contributions to changing the face of music...one beat at a time.
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Matthew Beecher, a 27-year old drummer from Brooklyn, NY, now residing in Woodbridge, VA, began his drumming career at the age of 5 playing in church. Matthew played in the jazz band in high school, which opened the door for him to expand his musical foundation and versatile musician.
Matthew is one of the founding members of the band, Relentless, which has released their debut album entitled, “The Resistance." While continuing to play for Relentless, he also currently tours with gospel recording artist Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music. This has also afforded Matthew an opportunity to play for other top gospel artists such as Myron Butler, Tré Thomas, Kirk Franklin, Todd Dulaney and Kathy Taylor, as well as many others in the Washington, D.C. and Florida areas. His playing style is heavily influenced by Calvin Rogers, George “Spanky” McCurdy, Devon “Stixx” Taylor, Greg Clark Jr., Chris Coleman and Tony Royster Jr. to name a few.
Matthew has made it his mission to build up the next generation of musicians, so he and a close high school friend give drum lessons to all ages. They both provide each student with the basics and fundamentals of drumming such as timing, rudiments and knowing their way around the drum set. Matthew also uses this time to stay sharp and remember his roots.
Using his talents as a drummer, he has had the opportunity to travel the U.S. and other countries doing what he loves. He has played for award shows, including the gospel Stellar Awards. He has also recorded at many different studios around the country. With his gift, Matthew gives people a first hand look at music from the drummer’s perspective and feel.
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Argel Robles is a professional drummer/percussionist originally from Mexico, currently residing in Hamburg, Germany. With more than 17 years of experience, Argel has played and toured internationally, including Mexico, Europe, Russia and Latin America (Venezula and Chile). He has played at many international festivals and venues, including Fusion Fest (Germany), Trutnov Festival (Czech Republic), Vive Latino (Mexico), Wild Mint (Russia), and many more.
Argel lends his talents to several bands, including Sexto Sol and Taste of Greed and plays latin-ska, reggae, punk rock, underground electronic and alternative genres. He has had the distinct opportunity to share the stage with many renowned international bands and artists, including The Chemical Brothers, Bomba Estéreo, Sepultura, Calle Trece, Children of Bodom, Arch Enemy, La Raíz, John Mayal, Bersuit Vergarabat and the list goes on. A few of Argel’s musical influences are Dennis Chambers, Frank Zappa, and Mike Portney.
In addition to maintaining a steady schedule playing with several artists/bands, recording and collaborating on various projects, Argel is a highly sought-after live studio/session musician and music teacher. Check out Argel’s official website for more information about his projects, upcoming events and videos.
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Christian "Jabba" Jenkins
Christian "Jabba" Jenkins is the Co-Founder of the band, Soulful Experience. As a versatile percussionist with an extensive background in performing and teaching. Jabba prides himself on being a poised, charismatic solo and ensemble performer that can quickly master new repertoires in a broad range of musical styles. Jabba has been performing since childhood, and he loves using music to put a smile on the face of others. Jabba has been the lead drummer with Soulful Experience since 2013, and is also the Music Director for Michon Young, an international soul and R&B singer.
Christian has performed with Blues Legends Fernando Jones, Bobby Rush, BB King, Nellie " Tiger"Travis, Gospel Legend Keith Pringle, R&B great Kelly Price, neo soul artist Michon Young and legends Tito and Jermaine Jackson. Christian is also currently working on two projects, including his band's self-titled album debut, Soulful Experience Volume 1, and a gospel album entitled, "Jazz for Jesus." Some of his musical influences inlcude Aaron spears, chris Coleman, Calvin Napper, and Larnell Lewis.
Check out Soul Experience’s website for more information about his projects, upcoming events and videos.
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Jasmine "Jazz" Kelly
Jasmine "Jazz" Kelly was born and raised in Compton, CA. She began playing drums at 8 years old and landed her first professional, recurring gig at the tender age of 10! Throughout her childhood and teen years, while juggling school work. By the age of 18, Jazz was performing locally, nationally and internationally. After graduating high school, she attended Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA to further hone her gift and craft by advancing her musical knowledge and career.
After college, Jazz immersed herself in music. In addition to her rigorous performance schedule, Jasmine manages the Drums Department for a local Guitar Center, teaches a weekly youth bible group, conducts weekly praise & worship rehearsals and operates as "band leader" of her 2,000+ member church.
Jasmine has performed with and shared the stage with artists such as Ray J, Keith Robinson (actor), Michel'le, The Temptations, J'Yon Gray (gospel artist), Takim (gospel artist), and Jaden Gray (ABC's "BoyBand") just to name a few.
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Christopher O’Neal was born February 3, 1983 in Roanoke, Virginia. His parents, the late Elder Dock O’Neal and Elder Della O’Neal, raised he and his siblings in the church. Both of his parents sang in the choir. Chris began playing the drums at the young age of 3. His first showcase was at Grandin Court Elementary which amazed not only his school, but his family as well. In his pre-teen years he became the drummer for the J.C. English Ensemble in his home church, Emmanuel Tabernacle Baptist Church Apostolic Faith.
Chris attended William Fleming High School where he played in the marching and jazz bands. He was also captain of the drumline for 2 years. After graduation, he later returned to his alma mater where he served as Assistant Drumline instructor.
Chris has been blessed to share the stage with many gospel artists such as LeAndria Johnson, Duranice Pace, Joshua Rodgers, and Kefia Rollerson. He also had the opportunity to play drums on the gospel track entitled, A Chosen Vessel, featured on the album by Ricardo D. Gill & The Shekinah Project.
Gifted and anointed by God to play the drums, Chris is known in the Roanoke Valley and abroad for his drumming talent and abilities. He grew up studying Maurice Mitchell, Samuel English Jr. and John Mitchell, but also influenced by drummers/musicians/songwriters such as Calvin Rodgers, Brent Easton, and George “Spanky” McCurdy.
Chris currently plays for New Harvest Family Worship Center, Spirit of Life International, Domino Band, Melissa and The Growlers, Nicholson Brothers, and UBU Band.
Chris currently resides in Roanoke Valley with his wife and number one supporter, Linetty.