My name is Ty Blokzyl, I am 22 years old and I have a passion for playing drums. I am a full time student at Mansfield University. I graduated from Towanda High School in 2012. My freshmen year I started playing drums (2009). I received my first drum set from my father. I knew I wanted to be a drummer after playing the game Rock Band & seeing drummers such as Travis Barker & Jimmy The Rev Sullivan.
I was introduced to marching band the following year (2010) where I played quads with my best friend throughout the rest of high school. My senior year I won the Mr. Towanda award that has been held at our high school for many years. Seniors enter to perform an act in front of the entire school as the homecoming court votes on the winner. My best friend Aaron Howard & I had played a performance on our quads together. In 2011, I received an Orange County drum set from my mother. I have played Orange County Drums ever since.
In 2012, I met some friends from a nearby local town. We got together to form what is now known as Light the Skylines. We have toured anywhere from local shows to Stroudsburg, PA to Middletown, NY. Due to the departure of our guitarist/vocalist & bass player in Colorado, we are currently on hiatus.
Throughout the years I have played many different cymbals trying to find a set that fits me and how I play. One day I came across an artist by the name of Matt McGuire. After watching Matt play, I could finally say I had found the sound that I have been always looking for in cymbals. During 2015, I was working with a good friend of mine by the name of Dylan Willoughby. I have been featured on 7 different tracks from his first self-made album Tread Lightly. The album will be released under his band name Endless Holiday. I am currently recording my first self-made album under the band name – Skyline Boulevard. The album will be titled Midnight Revival. The release date is set for late 2016.
Light the Skylines
18" Extreme Crash
20" Custom Brilliant Crash/Ride
16" Extreme China
18" Custom Crash
14" Custom Brilliant Top Extreme Bottom
12" Custom Splash