Meet the artists playing our cymbals
From corner hotels to stadiums, Morgan has hit the stage with artists of all styles and genres. Working as a session drummer for over 20 years, Morgan was formally trained from the age of 12, also joinning Australian ska band 'The Frugals', leading him into a heavy touring schedule throughout Australia and New Zealand all before the age of 17.
In 2001, Morgan began a Bachelor of Contemporary Music (studying under Australian jazz legend Dave Sanders) and started playing professionally as a session musician for many local and international artists.
In recent years, Morgan has performed, toured and recorded with some of Australia's top artists and musicians including Stan Walker (Australian Idol winner), Rick Fenn (10cc), Russ Walker (Brisbane singing sensation) and has performed in countless bands, ensembles and duos for companies such as Coca-Cola, Bundaberg Rum and Levis Jeans group. Morgan is also a member of hugely successful corporate band 'Jukebox Dynamite' who have recently performed at functions for Toyota, Crown Casino, O’Brien Group Arena and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
You can also find Morgan playing at Stairway Church with Stairway Music most Sundays. From playing to over 15,000 people in Marvel Stadium to hotel poolside recordings in Cambodia, Morgan and Stairway Music make music with purpose and a message of hope.
After moving to Melbourne in 2014, Morgan quickly established himself as a 'first call' session drummer and has cemented his place in the Melbourne music scene with a busy gigging and recording schedule.
Visit Morgan’s Website and follow him on Instagram @morgsondrums
Carolyn Oates - Freelance - Melbourne Australia
Multi-instrumentalist Carolyn is busy making incredible music as a session drummer, as ‘Alpha Loopy’ and as a singer/songwriter with impressive list of collaborations and performances throughout her career. Carolyn plays as a guitarist for Vika & Linda Bull’s band and has played for Deborah Conway, Paul Kelly, Rebecca Barnard, Ali Barter, Emily Lubitz (Tin Pan Orange), Clare Bowditch, Matt Thomas and Casey Bennetto.
Oates has wowed theatre audiences across Europe. Touring extensively, she has shared the stage with Naked Raven (Germany), The Mae Trio, Lloyd Spiegel, Daniel Champagne, Greg Arnold, David Ross Macdonald (The Waifs), Steve Lane, Paul Greene, Liz Frencham and Dave Gunning (Canada)
Brandon Pettiford - OHIO, USA
BRANDON, while just 19 years old, 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 The Beautiful 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 Cymbal 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.”
Daniel Jesse - Metal Edge Assassin Team (MEAT) UTAH, USA.
Daniel Jesse, the hard-hitting drummer for the rock band, Metal Edge Assassin Team (MEAT), began playing when he was 12 years old. He studied the drums for several years and joined his first band (Midnight Rose) when he was 17 years old in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Throughout the years Daniel played in a couple different band projects throughout the 80’s and 90’s and in 1994, Daniel and a high school friend created a rock band ‘Struck by Lightning’. They were successful in actively playing the local Salt Lake City club scene through the mid-nineties.
After a hiatus for several years the members of the band got back together in a band that the vocalist had worked on over the prior decade, Metal Edge Assassin Team (MEAT). They have recorded a 5 song EP: A Double Shot of Whiskey which was released in 2018, A full-length documentary on Amazon Prime was also filmed to support their new EP. The band is very active in playing the Utah club scene. They have opened for Babylon AD, and are opening for LA Guns in Salt Lake City.
Daniel Jesse and MEAT are currently working on their second 5-song EP.
Find out more about Daniel Jesse:
Drumming and music is in Tristan’s blood with a family laden with a world champ beatboxer, composer and conductor, multi instrumentalast, a producer and composer and a British popstar.
Tristan is the self-appointed Chopless Drummer (see his Instagram!), an ‘old soul’ musically who loves to lay down a solid groove and sit in a rock and blues pocket for Ultimate Distraction as well as sitting in with the band RedJam.
Chris Sparrow - 19TilDawn - USA
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.
Check out the 19TilDawn Facebook Page
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!
Jamie Sharp - AZ IZ Band UTAH, USA
Self-taught drummer, Jamie Sharp, was 11 when he first began playing and immediately found his niche. At age 15, he helped start his first band and progressed from there to Scar Strangled Banger, where he was finally old enough to begin playing the bar scene. He joined Az-Iz as an original member in 1993 opening for such acts as Quite Riot, Vince Neil and Wild Side, in 1998 the band dissolved. He joined Cartoon Criminals shortly thereafter and they opened for the artist, Kid Rock. He was a member of nationally touring band, Sig 9 and played several shows across America with artists such as Five Foot Thick and Dope.
In 2016, Az-Iz reformed and Jamie took up his sticks again. The band released a 5 song EP in 2018 and has toured throughout Utah, Wyoming, and Nevada. They are currently working on new material and setting new tour dates.
Check out AZ-IZ’s FACEBOOK PAGE
Dave Revelli - Seattle USA
Dave grew up in San Francisco and studied classical percussion at San Francisco State while developing his skills, playing in various bands in the Bay Area. In addition to playing in bands, he started getting calls to do session work in a few of the local studios. It was in the studio where he made some great connections that led to the opportunity to record with Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sun Kil Moon, Mark Kozelek, and Jewel.
Dave was also a member of the Polygram/Verve band, The Grassy Knoll, recording three records with The Knoll, and touring internationally. Recording sessions with Jewel also led to a year on the road drumming with her touring band.
While currently living in Seattle, Dave continues to record with local singer/songwriters and works on various band projects. A recent project Dave has worked on is with the group Tendril on the album Quaternion.
Other recordings that Dave has played on (do yourself a favour and have a listen!):
Dave’s Social Media: Instagram Facebook: David Revelli
Sam the Artist - Brooklyn NY, USA
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 with them and recorded with them. There are great things ahead for Sam and Red Cymbals is proud to have him as a Red Artist.
Jayden Friend - Freelance - Sydney Australia
Jayden’s drumming story started in 2006. The first time he ever saw the drums was on TV watching Jonathan Moffett playing live at the O2 arena, Jayden instantly knew that he wanted to play the drums. After begging his parents to buy him a drum kit, Christmas morning came around and he saw his first drum kit, Jayden jumped straight on and was instantly hooked. Initially self taught, in 2013 Jayden started getting lessons from Bradie Webb, the drummer from Australian band Short Stack and learned many things that made him the drummer he is today. Jayden started to see drum cover videos on YouTube and knew that was going to be his thing but he needed a platform. In 2015 Jayden started his instagram page to post drum covers and has built a nice following. He loves posting quality content which has given him great opportunities, such as recording drums for Joel Legget (The Voice), performing in multiple music videos and has helped form a new band called Super Super Serpent and we are working on some new material to be released soon.
Check out Jayden’s Instagram
Luke Kenney - South by night - Melbourne Australia
The drummer for South by Night, Luke has been playing the drums since he first picked up sticks in high school. Listening to a wide range of music inspired him to start learning the drums. He sought out lessons from drum legends such as Peter Blick, working on his skills consistently while also taking advantage of any opportunity to play live.
Luke’s brother, being an accomplished song writer, helped him develop his playing while jamming and writing original songs which eventually developed into the current band project, South by Night, with his brother on guitar and vocals. He also plays in church and with other artists and is working on producing a solo EP project Land and See, due for release in the near future.
Nick Martin - Anthem Church/Selaphonic
Nick is a Sunshine Coast based drummer who plays regularly in church at Anthem Church and was the drummer for Selaphonic. Nick also write his own original worship songs and leads worship.
Check out his videos on his INSTAGRAM
Stuart Anderson - Amnesia blues Band
"After a brief and ultimately fruitless dalliance with the bagpipes, Stuart started playing drums at age 12. The first decade of his playing career was spent playing confrontational punky blues and overly dramatic hard rock. After a 10 year break from live performance in which he 'got a real job,' Stuart returned to playing live with Amnesia Blues Band. With two albums released (the most recent, Hailstone, in June 2019) and the honour of being awarded "Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society Vic/Tas Band Of The Year 2016," Amnesia Blues Band are arguably the most successful blues band to come out of Gippsland in decades.
Stuart's other projects include an original pop-rock songwriting collaboration called "202" and two cover bands made up of GPs from across Australia who go by "The Euthymics" for the 7-piece version and "The Cheeky Docs" as a 14-piece band.
Stuart can be recognised by his selection of paisley shirts, gigging hats and home made drums.
Stuart can be found at: www.stuartanderson.com.au
Amnesia Blues Band: www.amnesiabluesband.com