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 musically gifted family where his father and brother are guitarists, a 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 other genres. 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 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 currently plays for an R&B/Pop band by the name of Top 5 DC and a gospel group, Renewed Favor, while making 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.
Malik Adams is a musician from Alabama who is steadily gaining recognition worldwide. At a very young age, Malik began playing drums in his hometown church of Monroe, LA. It was during this time, he knew that this was his calling. Early on, Malik studied jazz and by the time he reached his senior year at Pueblo Centennial High, he was able to showcase just how much he'd learned. While performing with his high school band at the Mile High Jazz Festival in Greeley, CO, he won two awards, one for "Best Soloist" and the other for "Outstanding Musicianship." Malik also received two scholarships -- one to study jazz music at Fort Lewis College in Fort Lewis, CO and another to play football. He believed God had a different plans and opted to attend the University of North Alabama where he'd further cultivate his craft. He has had the honor of performing with a plethora of artists and events including Alabama A&M University’s The Black Tie Scholarship Gala, a premier annual fundraising event designed to close the financial gap of students aspiring toward higher education and a host of events locally and nationally. The event is known for featuring Grammy nominated and national recording artists such as Alvin Garrett and Carl Thomas. Malik currently works with D. Pride (Dante Pride), Thad & Co., Davian Talley, and UNA Ascending Voices. He has had the esteemed opportunity to collaborate with gospel recording artist, Joshua Rodgers who was the first male and youngest winner of BET's Sunday Best during the show's fifth season. A few of his influences include Aaron Smith, Josh Mayfield, and Aaron Spears. He gives all thanks and honor to God while he continues to minister through his gift of music every Sunday at Living Word Community and New Birth Ministries churches. Under the teachings and leadership of Pastors Shane D. Rainer and Robert Turner, they guide Malik along both his spiritual and musical journies. Malik hopes to inspire others to do what they love through his love of music and playing drums. He aspires to one day meet and collaborate with several of his musical influences and idols.
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.
ATLANTA-raised drummer Christopher “Chris Drumz” Belcher is considered the “complete package” of a true percussionist, infiltrating the music scene in his hometown by playing gospel/soul/hip-hop/jazz & Big Band shows. He has played for artist such as R. Kelly, Rocko, Bangladesh, Pastor Troy, J Holiday, Silk, Majee, Kim Burrell, Lacreisa Campbell, Kathleen Bertrand, Kenny Garrett, Phil Davis and among many others. Chris's diverse musicality allowed him to open up shows for big stars such as Terrence Blanchard, Fantasia, Branford Marsalis, Rachelle Ferrell, Freddie Jackson, Jo Sample, Patty Austin, Ramsey Louis Trio, Barbra Morrison, Howard Hewett, and a host of others. Chris has made worldwide television appearances, performing in a McDonalds commercial featuring Clark Atlanta University’s Drumline and Fox 5 Atlanta Morning Show performing with the world renowned CAU Jazz Tet. READ MORE >>
Daraile Cunningham aka "Munchy" was born & raised in Washington DC area. He comes from rich lineage of drummers which molded him into the musician that he is today. He sat and studied under his uncle James Cunningham, Sr. since the age of 6 which exposed him to a lot of good music, discipline and professionalism. Daraile serves as the drummer for The First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Landover, MD. He has had the privilege of playing with such artist as Marvin Sapp, Kevin Ross, Byron Cage, Tasha Lockhart and many more.
Starting at the early age of four Ronald Darden knew he would become a musician. One of musicians that inspired him and helped set the foundation for his love of music is his mother Monica Darden. Fast forward to the age of Thirty two and Darden Boy was born. Darden Boy began his professional career and has not slowed down. What sets Darden Boy apart from other drummers? A hard work ethic and keeping it about the music. In 2008 He started his first Gig with Heart Language Music this motivated Darden Boy to continue on to pursue a professional career as a musician. He is thankful most of all for his God given talent and his two sons as his inspiration to continue a career he loves. Other inspirations include; Chris Coleman, Nathaniel Townsend, Eric Moore, and Dennis Chambers and many more. Darden Boy had performed at venues such as churches, arenas, festivals, bars and many more. He has been the Drummer for The Cold Sol Band for the past two years. Darden Boy plays from the heart expressing it through his music. He currently plays for Jazz, Blues, R&B, and Neo soul genres but is looking to expand his skills to other genres in the future. In addition to adding his versatile musical style to the Bay Area Darden Boy is a music teacher at Notes Music Academy in Oakland.
Paul "Buggy" Edwards was born and raised in S.E. Washington DC. He started playing drums at the age of 2, which soon evolved into Buggy playing drums and singing in his mother's 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.
Derek "Redfootz" Freeman has broken his way beyond the forefront of the local circuit of his hometown Washington D.C, and is on the verge of breaking into the mainstream at a steady rapid pace. Redfootz, a name given to him early in his professional career, exhibited a genuine interest in music at the age of 4 and he has not stopped since. He is a force to be reckoned with on the drums but has mastered the technical side of music production that could match any with national notoriety. Gaining his start, he began by playing for family members at weddings and local clubs. Soon after, in 1993 he was co-founder, arranger, and drummer of the Jazz/R&B group “Citilites”. His association climaxed with the production and release of their CD entitled "Who's Up Next". As he continued to grow in the music industry; in 1999 he became the drummer for DC’s hottest band “Suttle Thoughts” performing Jazz, R&B, & Go-Go for almost a decade. READ MORE >>
While some develop talent, others are simply born gifted. Jaleacia, a young, fresh, electrifying 19 year old musician prone to be observed by the world, is proving herself to belong with the stars. Born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama, a small town focused solely on one sound and in dire need of change, Jaleacia spent most of her years mastering drums since the age of two in private school or at home while her peers played outside. Better known by her stage name, Queen Drums, Jaleacia Harris spent every year playing in churches, showcases, charitable organizations, workshops, revivals, concerts, drum clinics, conferences, and school events. These events helped to fuel her natural desire to explore new opportunities to study a wide range of moguls that eventually nourished her will to utilize her broad spectrum of skills. Huge names such as Sheila E, Queen Cora, Calvin Rodgers, George Spank McCurdy, and Chris Coleman are just a few that were amongst Jaleacia's heaviest influences. This led to her becoming an asset to major artists such as Byron Cage. Having performed in front of thousands of people throughout the United States and around the world, Jaleacia has already made a name for herself through her everlasting impression, playing alongside some of the biggest names in every genre. With her unique sound, versatility, and infectious personality, Queen Drums is catching the eye of up and coming artists and musicians who are simply captivated by her magnetic performance. After graduating from private school, Jaleacia spent some time in Port Elizabeth, South Africa playing for the students at Nelson Mandela University. She's also played in Tennessee, Macon and Atlanta, Georgia, California, Dothan, Clanton, Troy, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Orlando, Florida, and her hometown, Montgomery, Alabama. Now based in Orlando, Florida, Jaleacia is working diligently to make her mark at Full Sail University by shaping and perfecting her craft. Her prodigious artistry continues to transcend into an extraordinary capacity captivating her followers to thirst for more, an awakening sight that this generation is lucky to bare witness of as she catapultes to success.
De'Rick began playing drums around 3 years old in the church. When he began playing drums, he knew he was destined for success. During middle and high school, De'Rick won many awards and accolades for his unique drumming style. While in college he played his first BET Awards show after-party with his band, "Mojoe". The opportunity afforded De'Rick with many networking opportunities which led to his playing and touring with many artists Throughout the years he studied to perfect his craft by making drumming his number one priority. He continued to play at churches, musicals, and conferences. Under the management of Matthew Knowles with Music World, "Mojoe" released their album "Ghetto Classic Soul". While working as a music director at Music World, De'Rick toured with Sunshine Anderson and Brian McKnight and Joe on the VH-1 Soul Tour. Catch De'Rick when not touring at Christian World Worship Center every week where he also serves as Worship Pastor. De'Rick also has a production company, "Drum Music", where he provides services for live productions and concerts. De'Rick currently attends Full Sail University working toward a BA in audio production.
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!
David Benjamin Hutson Jr., Percussionist, was born on September 2, 1989 in Houston, Texas to Rev. & Sis David Benjamin Hutson Sr. Born and raised in Houston, Texas I found my passion for drumming at the tender age of three. I would beat on any and everything I could find around the house, from pots and pans to magazines and boxes. It didn’t matter to me as long as I could do what I had a passion for naturally. My talent was far more advanced than most nine year olds and my parents were well aware of this. They enrolled me in many drum lessons, camps and programs. By the age of twelve I was living my dream as I became the drummer of my home church, the First Missionary Baptist Church of Anahuac, Texas. By the time I reached middle school, I was an advanced percussionist. I continued to drum throughout my middle school years as the Percussion section leader and was a member of the M.B. Smiley High School drumline. After graduating high school in 2008, I decided to continue doing what I loved and accepted a percussion scholarship to march with the great Prairie View A&M University Marching Strom drum line formerly known as “The Box.” I also have the honor of playing for many other groups and organizations including: Faith Temple Church if God In Christ Houston, Texas, Gospel Group “Serenity Psalms: 147”, Gospel Group “ Michael Dixon & Viszion”, Company Band “Live Out Loud Band”, Rock Band “10000 Chiefs”, and the Percussion Group “Lone Star Choppaz” to name a few. I’ve also had the pleasure and privilege of working/living in Seoul, South Korea for 3 months and Bangkok, Thailand for 6 months as independent musician with a Live Entertainment Company entitled “El-live Production. But my greatest pleasure comes from working as an independent contractor in Houston Independent School District instructing Percussion classes for enrichment programs. Although most of my time is spent with a pair of Vater 7A drum sticks in my hand, I’m your everyday average Joe who enjoys family time, supporting my two younger siblings, hanging/living life with my significant other, helping others, and fishing trips with my father & also promoting health, happiness, & prosperity to each and every individual that I come in contact with. I consider this talent I have a gift that God has blessed me with, I’m cherishing every minute of it, Iserve with it, and Iplan to share it with the world.