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Chuck started his Drumming endeavor at 5 years old listening to Beatle Records and beating on anything that sounded like a drum. At age 7, his Father gave him a snare drum for Christmas. It was understood that Chuck would learn his basics on the snare drum before his parents gave him a full set of drums at age 8. He continued practicing and listening to recordings of The Beatles, Blue Cheer, Vanilla Fudge, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, Herb Alpert, Pete Fountain and Buddy Rich. Eventually his influences became Drummers such as Billy Cobham, Tony Williams, David Garibaldi, John Bonham and Steve Gadd. At age 15 his Professional career began playing with Country and Top 40 Groups in Colorado and Wyoming. During High School, Chuck played in Jazz Band and Marching Band, his weekend gigs and the opportunity to perform with the legendary “Thumbs” Carlisle. For the next 2 years Chuck toured Colorado and the Midwest with various Top 40 Groups. In 1978, Chuck moved to Flagstaff Arizona and studied Classical Percussion, Big Band and Jazz Ensemble at Northern Arizona University. He then joined The Seattle Rhythm Band playing the styles of Latin Jazz, Brazilian, Reggae and Straight-Ahead Jazz. In 1983 Chuck moved to Denver, Colorado and worked with several Top 40 Groups and performed/recorded with local Recording Artists, Vic Cionetti and Jill Sobule. In 1990 Chuck continued his studies in Advanced Jazz Techniques with Ronnie Bedford for 2 years then moved on to Anchorage, Alaska and enjoyed 12 years living there performing /recording with Long John Hunter, Smokey Wilson, Bruce Conte, Colleen Coadic, Medicine Dream, The Anchorage Civic Orchestra, Dennis Lind, Will Triplett, John Damberg and many others. Chuck’s style of drumming can be described as, Powerful, Dynamic, Emotional, and Sensitive and ALWAYS in the Groove. With over 38 years of Professional Experience, Chuck can provide the Rhythm Essentials for your project.

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