25 years drumming experience and a degree with a minor in music performance- percussion. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, I relocated to Southern California in 2001 to continue my pursuit of being a career musician. I am a friendly, intelligent, articulate, passionate, complex, dynamic, hyperbolic, creative and artistic individual. My favorite thing on the planet is love and the thing I love most is playing drums. As a child I was a classically trained pianist. In 1988 I made the transition to drums, began taking drum lessons and never looked back. My dad dropped me off with my drums for my first audition in 1989 and have been in a band ever since. I was awarded a music scholarship in 1991 to attend Northern Arizona University where I combined my piano background within my percussion studies while honing my rudimental chops on the drumline and applying them on the drumkit in various bands. During my time in college, I was a member in dozens of percussion ensembles and continued my band experiences by playing countless shows around the bubbling, small college town. One band was good enough to win recording studio time in a battle of the bands. Armed with tons of original material, we ended-up recording two full-length albums as I discovered my fondness for the recording process. Since then, every band I’ve been in has done a recording of some kind. I treasure, and have learned from, each recording. Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of playing almost every style of music. My most recent endeavor is working with The Elizabeth Kill an LA-based, female-fronted quartet. In late 2013 we began recording our third full-length album due to be released in April 2014. The band has been described as: dynamic rock with rare musical skill, theatrical bravado, and a genuine emotional frankness which serves up a thrilling hybrid of a dark carnival ride and quiet, intensely personal storytelling that is hard to resist. Prior to that, I spent six years as the drummer for pop/rock trio 7k. That experience yielded 3 CDs, 1 DVD, 2 West Coast tours, 1 SXSW performance, 3 television appearances, various product endorsements and 2 U.S. tours. I have had an absolute blast on my journey so far and I always look forward to whatever is around the next corner.
My heroes include (but are not limited to): Neil Peart (Rush), David Garibaldi (Tower of Power), Chad Sexton (311), Dominic Howard (Muse), Liberty DeVitto (ex-Billy Joel), Dino Campanella (Dredg), Darren King (Mute Math) and Brad Hargreaves (Third Eye Blind).
I would classify my drumming style as a blend of power, finesse and groove. A recent live performance review printed this: "Corey's cartoonishly engaging facial expressions hover above a sweat-slicked blur of machine-like precision and monster-like pounding as he relentlessly cranks out the bands heartbeat." I guess I can live with that. :)
10" FXO 5 Splash
10" Custom Signature Splash
14" Custom Brilliant Hi-Hats
18" Custom Brilliant RA Crash
TOP: inverted Heavy Hammered China
BOTTOM: FXO B6 Effect Crash
19" Custom Series Crash
20" Natural Prototype Crash
21" Extreme Ride