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I've been a drummer since 1969 and a professional player since my early teens. I've spent decades on the instrument, and taught thousands of lessons. I've been appearing on Guitar Legend Paul Gilbert's albums since 2016, and played on a grammy winning album in 2006.

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Drums, Livestreaming
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Lake City, Online
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I found my father’s drums at 15 months old and was immediately drawn to the power of a backbeat and how it made me feel. My then-four year-old self discovered my dream, nee’ purpose when the local “drum guru”, a man by the name of George Lawrence (who is still a friend to this day) performed a drum solo at my parents’ photography studio in Jackson, MS during a band photoshoot.

During my teen years, I was on the road with various bands throughout the South, playing Blues, Rock, Country and Top-40 music. In 1989 I departed Mississippi for California and began taking any and all gigs that came my way. In 1991 I went with a group to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE and Iraq to perform for the troops “In-Theater”.

In 2001, Ike Turner offered me the “chair of a lifetime” and said many times “Billy Ray is the drummer of my soul”. We went on to create the 2006 Grammy Award-winning album “Risin’ With The Blues”. 

From 2004-2014 I was “house drummer” for Kitsch-n-Sync Productions with Sven-Erik Seaholm in his home studio in San Diego, CA and played on upwards of 150 albums by various artists in all styles of music from Rock to Jazz, Country, R&B, Funk, and Eclectic “experimental” styles.

In 2015 a move to Seattle began a new chapter in my life. Prior to the pandemic, I was touring/recording with guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert; I've played drums on his last three albums and the toured the world with him, 34 countries and 60+ cities.

I'm also teaching a course in Livestreaming; how to get set up, choosing the proper equipment, lighting, color choices, etc.

Currently at SDSM I've built a media suite that includes video capture, the ability to record and email the lesson directly to a student or guardian. Not only are the recorded lessons references to the material covered that day, they'll become treasured keepsakes forever.

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