About Me

My journey in rhythm began as most do: banging on pots and pans and anything else I could get a hold of that would make a racket.  Some of my earliest memories involve watching drummers on tv and being fascinated with the sound and the physicality of the instrument.  After experiencing my first Rush video and witnessing the pure genius that is Neil Peart, I knew my fate was sealed!

 

I began studying drums and percussion at the age of 13 and joined every school band available to me. Playing in concert bands, jazz bands, and string orchestras gave me a solid musical foundation that exposed me to theory and music notation.  Knowing how to read music has proved to be an invaluable skill and I’m so glad I took the time to learn.

I joined my first real band at 15.  We were a metal band called ‘Lunge’ that quickly gained renown in the Saint John, NB area.  At the age of 16 I had my first studio session, which resulted in Lunge’s full-length album ‘Catalyst’.  Around the same time, I was performing with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and Symphony New Brunswick and was even winning national awards with school jazz ensembles!  I also worked in the community, performing with local theatre groups during the summer.

I was developing a passion for jazz in high school and decided to study it in university.  I attended St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish where I witnessed and got to be part of some truly amazing music.  During my time at X, I got to perform with trumpet legend Lew Soloff and trombone master Conrad Herwig, took lessons from drummers Adam Nussbaum, John Riley, Bill Stewart, and John Hollenbeck to name a few, and did some touring with various school groups.  I also joined a funk rock band named RangeLife.

When our tenure at X was over, RangeLife relocated to Halifax and recorded an ECMA nominated album with Juno winning producer Lloyd Hanson entitled ’47 Minutes in a Lifetime’.  I also did some tracks for an artist named Vetch that ended up on the ECMA nominated ‘Life is Not That Hard’.  I joined a Beatles tribute band (yes, singing duty) called Abbey Road that toured extensively across Canada and opened for The Beach Boys.  After several years together, we still play as our schedules permit.

 

The opportunity of a lifetime came in 2005 when I was asked to travel to Niger with New Brunswick singer/songwriter/ECMA award winner Jessica Rhaye to participate in the Francophone Games.  I also got to perform with Jessica at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  The trips to Niger and the Olympics are major highlights of my career, perhaps topped only by the Beach Boys concert.

 

Around the same time I became the drummer for Jessica’s band, I joined the Annapolis Valley based Hupman Brothers Band. To date, we have an ECMA for Blues Album of the Year 2010, a Music Nova Scotia award for Blues Recording 2011, and several nominations including a Maple Blues Awards nom for Best New Artist in 2011.  The Hupman Brothers Band is also noted for backing up blues icon Matt Andersen for his ECMA winning album ‘Something in Between‘ and for countless shows across Canada. In addition, the Hupman Brothers Band has supported Folk artist Kim Matheson on her album ‘Never Enough‘ as well as the Dungaree Brothers for their 2010 Music Nova Scotia Award and 2011 ECMA nominated album ‘The South Mountain Swamp Rock Opera‘.  The Hups have played several shows with east coast stalwarts Bruce Guthro, Lennie Gallant, Ian Sherwood, Ross Neilsen, Sam Moon,  Matt Minglewood, and many others.

My reading skills came into play when I was asked to fill in for popular drummer Tom Roach on select gigs for multi-award-winning instrumentalist and composer Scott MacMillan and his little big band Scott and the Rocks.  I have also done extensive work with award-winning singer/songwriter Carmel Mikol, renowned bassist and singer John Chaisson, Canadian Idol alum Lindsay Barr, and Juno nominated Jazz singer Jeri Brown.

 

Late in 2010, I joined ECMA-nominated and constantly touring Celtic Rock band POGEY. We have played some huge festival shows all across Canada and the US. There are plans for a brand new album of originals in the near future. In between tours with POGEY, I have recorded albums with blues rocker Dan Doiron, (nominated for a MNS award) and fellow St. FX alum Mark Bezanson.

 

 

 

A few things you might not know about me:

Newfoundlander through and through
I have type 1 diabetes
I know the sound of one hand clapping
I have never had coffee
I have never done drugs
I was an audience member for a taping of The Price is Right
I played for Prince Charles


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