LOU SANTIAGO JR.
Lou Santiago Jr. has already had a remarkable musical career that is the stuff urban legends are made of. Born in New York City Lou has had some amazing career highlights including: winning the 2001 Guitar Center South East Regional Drum-Off, placing him 7th in the nation. Two years later, in 2003, he won the over 18 age division of Modern Drummer's world-wide "Undiscovered Drummer" contest and soon after toured with legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson in his Big Bop Nouveau Band.
Since then, Lou has gone on to work with some of the industry's finest artists, such as John Benitez, Adam Nitti, Alex Acuñ a, Luis Conte and more. Latin and English CCM artists such as Marco Barrientos, Raul Sanchez, Christine D’clario, Lamar Boschman, Jeff Deyo, Natalie Grant, Anthony Evans, Seventh Day Slumber, and many more.
In addition to performance, Lou has a passion for teaching. He has been a successful masterclass clinician, inspiring and influencing drummers of all ages both in Europe and the United States. Highlighted in Modern Drummer Magazine, Lou says his goal is, "To become a better person and drummer than I was yesterday. I sincerely believe that music both inspires and speaks to people. I pray that my drumming does the same.”
In 2008, Lou launched 99centdrumlessons.com which was the first of its kind. The site consisted of online drumming lessons which averaged between 15-20 minutes in length being sold for $0.99. Despite its instantaneous success, Lou would later take the site down as a sacriHice in hopes to reintroduce it upon completion of a larger vision despite knowing he would lose primary online “real-estate”. The bigger vision was to incorporate medicine with drumming. Despite not being taken seriously, Lou believed in his vision and began the journey to become a health care provider.
In 2010, Lou began his undergraduate studies in Biomedical Sciences. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2013. While awaiting acceptance to a program in Physician Associate Studies, Lou was called to a seven-month tour with Seventh Day Slumber. Lou was accepted and attended CUNY School of Medicine and graduated Magna Cum Laude in January 2019.
Currently, Lou is a business owner, educator, and provider in several areas with the foundations being in both music and medicine. Lou practices rural medicine in the remote villages of Alaska providing medical care to the Native tribes. Prior to this Lou practiced Emergency and Urgent Care Medicine in NYC and was on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lou currently endorses the following companies: Odery Custom Drums, Toca Percussion, RED Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, AudioTechnica mics, Alclair in-ears.
Check out the 99 Cent Drum Lessons Website
Brian is the touring drummer for We Are Messengers. He is New Jersey raised / currently residing in Nashville TN. Brian offers remote drum tracking, & engineering services for artists demo's records etc... He has been playing for the last 15 years: he eats, sleep & breathe drums. To chat or request Brian's services, please go follow his IG @brianclancydrums & feel free to DM to chat further. Brian says: "I am extremely blessed to be a part of the Red Cymbals family & look forward to what the future has in store."
Kendall Williams is a gifted drummer born and raised in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas. With many years experience as a drummer under his belt, Kendall is leaving his mark on the music industry. He has used the superfluous amount of support from family and friends, to motivate him to grow and strengthen his craft. His passion for drumming manifests through his music and is apparent with the grin that is stamped on his face every time he picks up a set of drumsticks. Hoping to impact community and the world around him with his music, Kendall Williams is using his gift to bring the people closer Christ. Kendall Williams is the current drummer for Motown gospel and capital CMG artist Jonathan Traylor and is currently on his second tour.
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There’s no one out there passionately pounding the drum kit as beautifully as Lis Viegas. The multi-talented artist has been a highly-sought after drummer since 2007. Often performing at concerts and festivals all around the US, she is known for her electrifying performances that always get the crowd going. Her infectious stage presence, improvisational skills and innate musical ability are second to none. She picked up the drums after healing from a knee injury as an athlete and has poured all her passion into the instrument ever since. Her skills have taken her all around the world performing in various groups — fusing her passion for travel with music. She plays with a wide range of acts and is currently working on her first original album. When she’s not busy beating a drum she’s surfing, hiking, snowboarding and practicing yoga. She hopes for her music to provide positive experiences for her listeners and appreciates the craft for its therapeutic and healing qualities.
Lis is currently drumming with Balkan Bump https://www.balkanbump.com.
Josh, from Oregon, is the CEO of Vertical Drum Co./drum builder/photographer/drummer and all round great guy. He started collaborating with Dylan from Red Cymbals to create the Vertical and Vertical Raw series of Red Cymbals. He has played the drums for many years in a plethora of musical settings including playing at his home church of Ekklesia Eugene in Oregon.
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JACOB NEWCOMB - OHIO
Jacob Newcomb is an Drummer from Ohio, United States. He records drum covers on youtube, and posts clips to Instagram. He has played the drums since he was 6 years old, and very quickly fell in love with the instrument.
Jacob describes his playing as “Playing with pure passion, creativity, and emotion, where others see, and hear the passion when watching”. Jacob plays all kinds of genres, but his main choices consist of EDM, Metal, Rap, and Pop genres.
Jacob’s biggest dream is to one day gain the privilege to do what he loves full time, and go on world tour to show his passion to the world. Jacob says his biggest inspiration for drumming is his Father, which is where it all started.
His advice for others is “If you really love doing something, no matter what on earth it may be, never, ever give up on that dream. If you want something, and you are passionate about it, you can go out there and prove everyone wrong, and achieve it”. Check out Jacob's INSTAGRAM and YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Michael was born in New Orleans LA but raised in Tulsa ok. He has played the drums since he was 12 years old totaling 23 years of experience thus far. He started at school in Bixby Oklahoma and continued on to playing at his local church youth group. His background consists of jazz to rock. His passion to play really started when his youth group opened for a major Christian heavy metal group called Disciple. His major influences are Benny Cothren (old friend), Chad Szeliga (Breaking Benjamin) and Gabe Helguera (IPrevail). He now plays for a rock band called CloZure out of southern Alabama. They are inline to release their album in April/May 2022. They are scheduled to start touring in May-June and again in August-September. He loves his new Red Cymbals because of the versatility they have. The dark undertones are something he is passionate about for his particular style and sound. Red has delivered on that and fits him perfectly.
BRANDON PETTIFORD - OHIO
Brandon has been playing drums for over 12 years. He began playing drums at his Church at the young age of only 7. He credits his Praise team for encouraging his love of drumming and helping him to pursue his dreams. At the age of 11, he and 2 friends formed a young Blues band, which performed over the next 3 years at over 200 festivals and events across the Ohio area and surrounding region. His love of the Blues stands out today, as he plays with several local Blues musicians. He just recently returned from his 2nd European tour, playing in over 13 countries backing Shaun Booker, and most recently Guitarist/Vocalist, Dany Franchi (Italy) and The Dany Franchi Band.
He is currently a member of several bands, performing, touring, and recording, and loves playing a wide variety of music genres. There is no limit to what style he will play, and he is always looking for new challenges.
Red Cymbals made Brandon a custom set of cymbals based on his specifications: “I’m thrilled with my new Red Cymbals and excited to share them with y’all! When I reached out to Red Cymbals, looking for a specific sound, they were able to deliver! Thank you Red Cymbals, I got exactly what I was looking for.”
CALEB FRANKLIN - FRAMING THE RED (USA)
Caleb Franklin is the official touring/ recording drummer for the southern rock n roll group “Framing the Red” based out of Jackson, Mississippi USA. “Framing the Red” is signed to the legendary Malaco/Old Trace Record label in Mississippi known for producing hits such as “old time rock n roll” and artists such as James Brown.
Caleb has been playing and studying drums and percussion for 13+ years so far and has even studied and majored in music on the college level before joining “FTR” full time in late 2017. Since joining he has played 400+ shows in his first year and a half and just recently released a new recording, “Mississippi Heat”, via Old Trace Records available on all streaming platforms for your listening pleasure!
DMITRIY VELGAS - SEATTLE Washington
Dmitriy lives in the Seattle Area and is drummer/assistant to the worship director at Overcomer Covenant Church. He has been drumming for nearly 16 years and judging by his Instagram content, he's had an enormous amount of fun doing so. Dmitriy's “never enough” mindset helps advance his skills as well as having a great support system from other drummers and of course his mentors! Currently, Dmitriy's focus is to progress in producing music and put together live events with Overcomer Music.
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CHRIS SPARROW - 19TILDAWN
Chris played in his first band at the age of 11. Although his father insisted he play guitar, the allure of drums was too strong and he and his father joined a classic rock band in the early 80s called the Brent Creek Band.
A self-taught drummer, Chris started an originals band called The Condemned around 1990 at the age of 19 and began building a strong presence on the local metal scene. In May 2013, Chris joined 19TilDawn with his former Condemned bandmate and has since played shows with SOiL, Ded, Shallow Side, Texas Hippie Coalition, and many others. 19TilDawn were just signed with Rock Avenue Records USA and just released a new CD called The Human Race.
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Jonathan Thomazin (or JT) has been playing drums for 16 years and started taking lessons from Red Cymbal Artist, Krystal Lindsey. He was also raised in the church, Harvest Christian Fellowship, in Riverside CA. Where his father was part of the worship and praise team there. JT started playing on worship teams shortly after starting drum lessons and instantly found a place where he felt like he belonged. He is also a multi-instrumentalist and music producer from his studio in Riverside California. JT says that "I fell like I am the closest to God that I can possibly be when I am worshiping Him. There's nothing else like it on earth!". He has played in all sorts of styles over the years, from Big Bands style genre, to Heavy Metal. He loves to take all the styles he has played and incorporate them into the worship songs he plays. JT is so excited to be a part of Red Cymbals, where He feels like he can continue to grow as an artist.
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JOSH GARCIA -Within The Pyre & Hed Change
KRYSTAL LINDSEY - SOMETHING REAL / OV CHURCH / JOHNNY ON THE SPOT
Music has always been a major part of Krystal’s life, starting on guitar but nothing compared to her first moment on the drums. Krystal was 10 years old and her dad was having a band practice and were jamming, she noticed there was an open kit and grabbed the sticks and sat down and within a few seconds fell head over heels with the drums.
Krystal has played in a variety of band over the years and currently serves also in her local church as well as regularly gigging with original project ‘Something Real’ and cover band ‘Johnny on the Spot.
KYLE MCDONALD - TEXAS
Kyle earned his BA in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2009. While at UNC Kyle performed with the Jazz Bands, Jazz Combos, Percussion Ensembles, and the Wind Ensemble. After graduating, Kyle accepted a job as the Assistant Band Director in Childress, TX. After 1 year Kyle became the Head Director where the band earned just the 2nd sweepstakes in school history. While in Childress Kyle joined the band Atteberry Station and began playing all over the Panhandle of Texas and Oklahoma. Kyle is now the Head Band Director at Caprock High School in Amarillo, TX. He still performs with Atteberry Station and as a freelance drummer. He performs regularly with his jazz trio Bomb City Rhythm and other local jazz ensembles. Kyle lives in Amarillo with his wife Heather, and his 4 Children, Jaxon, Ryder, Miles and Brynn. Kyle is an endorser of Treehouse Drums, Red Cymbals, Innovative percussion and RTom.
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Born in the heart of Newark, New Jersey was a child who was blessed with a true musical gift. God allowed this gift to flourish within Lawrence ‘L-Mo’ Moses at the age of 6 in which one day Lawrence would share his drumming passion with the world. Just as all artists have to begin to show their works somewhere, Lawrence began to play the drums for his home church at the young age of 8. While in middle school, Lawrence learned the difference in just playing the drums, and having a great knowledge of what one is playing. Through dedicated rudimental practice, which also consisted of studying and playing the drums, Lawrence grew strongly and skillfully as a musician.
Staying both humble and faithful to his gift, Lawrence has played for a few local artists in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey and also with some of the best musicians in the tri-state area. Currently, Lawrence teaches drums and is the drummer for his up and coming Christian band The remnants of Levi.
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LYNN BROWN - NASHVILLE - FREELANCE
Rock, Metal, Punk &……COUNTRY? What can’t Mr. Ryan do? Michael has grown a steady following via his YouTube Channel doing drum covers and play-throughs. He is currently the drummer for “Angelo Walker” as well as “The Lich”.
Hailing from SE Michigan, his blood runs thick with Motown soul and punk rock bombast! Michael has been playing drums over 20+ years and his craft has taken him on several tours and in countless studios. He’s a session drummer as well as a mental health advocate & survivor.
A father of two boys and an avid outdoorsman and gamer there is always something he’s up but rest assured that when it comes to making catchy, tasty drum parts….he’s never going to disappoint!
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MICHAEL WESTRICH - SMCC ST. GEORGE UTAH
Michael is a worship drummer from St George Utah and has been playing drums since 2012.
He has played with multiple different churches along with performing live outside of church and recording tracks.
Aside from drumming Michael works as an intern doing worship production: building tracks and organizing Sunday night services.
SAM WEST - BROOKLYN NY
At the age of 3, Sam started playing drums, well, banging on pots. He would listen to his mum play music, take out pots and cooking sticks and start banging on the pots which led to his family buying him his first drum kit.
Sam then started playing drums more at church and improved by playing a lot, watching other drummers and replicating their chops and licks. A few years ago, Sam joined “The Dissidents”. He has traveled to Eastern Europe and Canada and recorded with them.
STACY NORRIS - CHICAGO
Stacy "Groove Girl" Norris is a Chicago-based drummer. Stacy has been influenced by the unique heritage and continued evolution of the Chicago blues and jazz sounds and plays in 2 blues-inspired bands. She started drumming at an early age encouraged by her father and has not looked back! Her love for the blues was consolidated when she had the opportunity to participate at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Since then, she has played at major venues and festivals throughout the U.S. in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Ohio, and internationally in other projects. She has received both a Chicago Music Award (with the Instinct in 2018) and an Intercontinental Music Award (with MudCity Blu in 2020). Now, in college at the University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL.), she is pursuing a degree in Digital Audio and Recording Arts, but continues to perform and spread her love for the blues which she considers her family and city heritage. As a Blues drummer, she loves the stories the blues tells and tries to enhance the story with her playing. Stacy enjoys working with Red Cymbals because in addition to the quality products the company carries, its mission fits her life vision. She believes in the power of music to eliminate barriers of any kind and as a tool for inclusion and healing.
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TONY RUNCO - LAS VEGAS
Tony is a session drummer and private instructor based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He’s an honors graduate from the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media, where he was mentored by Grammy winning drummer for TLC, Tom Knight. After college, he toured with various artists throughout the east coast, before packing everything up and moving across the country to Sin City, Las Vegas. Tony has played with various cover bands in every casino on the strip, but the majority of his drumming career is occupied by teaching students of every age group and skill level. After more than 5 years of private instruction, he’s helped over a thousand students progress and enhance their drumming abilities, including various Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, and other large show performers throughout the city. Tony believes in promoting positive mental health through music and arts, and is elated to start his journey with Red Cymbals. Be sure to check out his Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube pages for video lessons and cover songs.
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Wilson Asencio is a multi instrumentalist based in the Southern California. Wilson currently plays at Water of Life Community Church in Fontana, CA and Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA. He has played on many records and has played for many different artists such as Phil Wickham, Matthew West, Mack Brock, Martin Smith (from Delirious) and Brennley Brown (from the Voice).
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