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I have interest in:
* Rock, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Socca, Afro, Brazilian, Gospel, CCM, Blues, Progressive Rock, Fusion....
* Anything from Duos, Trios to Large bands any genre
* Substitute drumming
* Shows,Pit Band/Production Music
* Wedding/Event/General Business Work
* Resort or Theme Park
* House Drummer
* Teaching

I am travel ready and may be available to tour or relocate for the right band or situation.

My drum study started at age nine in Lunenburg MA public schools under the direction of Donald Loud and Rick Lowe. I purchased my first "Norma" brand drum set with paper route money in 1969 at age ten and by ninth grade was playing alongside the orchestra in "Guys and Dolls" and other high school musicals and by age 16 with the Worcester District Orchestra Mechanics Hall. During school I was awarded by the National Association of Jazz Educators and the Boston Jazz Society for outstanding musicianship and achievement.

Adult private study has been with several drum instructors including Carolyn Chaplin, Vinny Damaio in Nashua NH and the late Alan Dawson privately in his home of Lexington MA. Alan was a Master known to many of the greats including the late David Brubeck (Take Five) Alan was an influence on many great drummers including the legendary Tony Williams of Boston.
Recently worked Mike Johnston's linear drumming materials.

Drummers that have influenced me the most growing up were naturally Ringo Starr, then Drummer John Densmore of the Doors and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys and many drummers of the 1970's. During my adult years of drumming development I have paid much attention to Dave Weckl- Jazz Fusion, Rick Latham-Funk RnB, Todd Sucherman progressive rock drummer for Styx. I have been very recently using a library of teaching books forwarded to me from Joel Rothman out of New Jersey.

I have experience drumming in Jazz, Rock n Roll, Rock, Pop, Rock-Tribute, R&B, Fusion, Concert, Marching, Brazilian, CCM and Gospel RnB. I am currently working with a Caribbean Steel Band while summering in ST John USVI.

I love to play and look for local opportunities to drum as much as I can just for fun and relationships with other players. When I'm home, I play with the Hudson and Nashua NH American Legion Marching, Concert and small group Jazz bands. I am the Ensemble leader of Karner Blue Music, a Jazz Standards Trio working gigs in New England.

#1.) 26 February 2015, Mike McAdam founder and school director at North Main Music in Nashua, New Hampshire said this about my role as drumming instructor at his school: "Brian is a very trustworthy, reliable guy. He did a great job working for us!

#2.) Clif Banner 10/18/2013
Subj: Drummer par excellence
I want to introduce you to Brian Donaldson, a percussionist with me in the Hudson, NH, American Legion Band.
Brian is, in my humble opinion, one of the best drummers I have witnessed in my past 20 years playing in the New England area. He exhibits outstanding facility in many genres, and I hope you'll speak with him and visit his web site at

Screen name:
Drummer Donaldson
Member since:
May 10 2011
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week


Brian drumed in marching and concert bands from grade five through twelve. Competing in High School Jazz Band Competitions held in Boxboro MA received awards from the National Association of Jazz Educators and the Boston Jazz Society for outstanding musicianship and achievement. Auditioned for Central Massachusetts District Orchestra and performed at Mechanics Hall Worcester. Brian studied privately after school in Nashua NH with Carolyn Chaplin and Vinny Damaio and with the late Alan Dawson of Lexington MA.

I work at being a versatile drummer. I have experience playing Jazz, Classic Rock, Tribute, R&B, Fusion, Latin, Brazilian, Classical Concert, Marching Band, Gospel R&B and CCM Music. I read drum music and have taught drumming lessons.

Instrument experience:

Electronic Music:
Other Percussion:


Brian uses acoustic and electronic drum equipment. Sonor S-Class Fusion drums with a DW Dark Brass Snare, Gretch Bop/Jazz Drums and Roland V Drums (TD12) Zildjian K and A Cymbals, Audix Mics and Bose L1 Sound.

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Contact me:
Phone 978.822.9985
I love to drum.
Thanks for looking,