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Brad Boal

Brad Boal

Brad picked up his first pair of sticks at age ten and hasn’t stopped playing since! After much dedicated study of snare drum and drumset throughout middle and high school, he received a Jazz Studies Drumset Scholarship to The University of North Texas. During his four years at North Texas, Brad worked his way through the ranks playing for ensembles such as: The 2 O’Clock Lab Band, The UNT Jazz Singers, The Jazz Repertory Ensemble, Zebras and other individualized faculty led small groups.

While at UNT and throughout his years of playing, Brad has received invaluable private drumset instruction from: Johnny Vidacovich, Jeff Hamilton, Ed Soph, Clyde Stubblefield, Ignacio Berroa, John Riley, Steve Davis, Gary Chaffee, Steve Houghton, Sean McCurley, Mitch Marine, Mark Ivester and Chris Monroe. In addition to his drumset instruction, he has studied both in ensembles and privately with: Gideon Alorwoyie (West African perc.), Poorvalur Srinivasan (South Indian perc.), Jose’ Aponte (Latin hand perc.) and Paul Rennick (Orchestral Snare).

Brad has performed, recorded or toured with: The Count Basie Big Band, Benny Green, Bob Brookmeyer, Sam Rivers, Bernard Wright, Nate Evans (The Temptations), Anne Hampton Callaway, Nancy King, Vincent Herring, Lynn Seaton, Stephan Karllsson, Bobby Shew, Jamey Aebersold, Dan Haerle, Anthony Cole, Steve Gilmore, Tommy Walker, Othello & The Hipknotics, Blake Lewis, Tim Noah and Paris Rutherford.

Brad has been teaching private lessons since 1995 to students ranging from ages 8 to 55. He has also worked on staff or as a clinician at several music workshops and colleges throughout the country. They include: Cornish College of Arts and Day Jams Rock Music Camps.

Brad also keeps a busy schedule as a versatile freelance drummer based out of the greater Seattle area. Through his drumming, Brad has also gigged and traveled internationally as well as throughout the US. His superb musicianship and steadfast professionalism have made him one of the Northwest’s most in demand musicians.

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