This is more than just a drum. It’s art. Simply put, Jeff’s creation is a joy to play and I have been approached by several drummers after a show who are intrigued to ask me what it is and if they can get a closer look. I love pulling the snare drum off the stage, hand it to them and watch them gaze at it from all angles like kids watching a Christmas tree light up for the first time.
I feel lucky to have such a beautiful instrument to play and all future snare drums now have a new benchmark to live up to.
Chris started life like most humans, covered in placenta and with minimal motor skills. It was not long before he learned how to use both hands and feet as a groove-oriented drummer in a variety of bands across the Boston music scene. With over 40 years of experience, Chris has been playing drums longer than doing anything else.
Chris is a veteran of the Boston music scene since the early ‘90s with an original power trio that went by the name Amongus. Their music was an eclectic mix of influences ranging from Primus to King Crimson to The Red Hot Chili Peppers. They enjoyed a wild run headlining major rock club venues from Boston to New York City.
Chris was also the drummer for the house band at a popular blues club called Harper’s Ferry now known as The Brighton Music Hall. One evening Chris was on stage breaking down his drums after a show and was approached by a stranger who offered him a cash tip. “You guys blew me away. I insist you take this” he said. Turned out to be $600 from Darius Rucker.ays there early and the last to leave and continues to love every minute of it.
Chris’s journey continues with the very popular cover band, The Boston Naturals. A collection of 5 talented musicians who've hurled their worn and battered musical carcasses into the abyss of the Boston music scene for the pleasure of those who flock to see them. With upwards of 100 shows per year throughout New England, the Boston Naturals enjoy playing to audiences of all shapes and sizes.
Another cover band project is called Maddie & The Daddies featuring lead vocalist Madeleine Fontaine and songs from artists such as The Cranberries, Audioslave, Alanis Morrisette, Pink and No Doubt to name a few.
Chris often gets the call to play for various artists and bands as a hired gun. Sometimes these calls come last minute without even a set list. But Chris is always there early and the last to leave and continues to love every minute of it.
about Drums," says Nick. "There is always something new to learn and incorporate into your own playing. Part of what it means to be a drummer is tto the willingness to keep learning and keep evolving so you can incorporate any style into your own playing." You can find Nick gigging around New England with the rightous punk ensemble, Red Ledger.
Finding your perfect sound comes down to customization. That is what Exeter Drum Works does. It's not just getting a drum the right size and making it look how you want. You get a drum that is the exact sound you are looking for. It is an attention to detail that allows EDW to create a drum to your sound specifications.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Nick started playing drum when he was eight. His first influences were the great John Henry Bonham, Bill Ward, and Peter Chris. It was when he started exploring different musical genres and different playing styles that he began to latch onto guys like Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and modern legends like Ash Sloan. He's still absorbing all the information he can about different styles and piecing together his personal style and that niche signature that immediately lets you know from whom a piece of playing came from. That is something that I love
Chris was our first customer, so it is safe to say he's got a special place in our heart. We were able to take the historic copper beech from his childhood home and turn it into a snare he and his family can cherish forever. Chris is a life-long student of percussion and we are happy we could add to his collection and that we get to call him one of our artists.
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We were lucky enough to see Felipe's last stateside show before he returned to his home in Brasil. We are sad to see him go but we know he's going to kill the jazz scene down there.