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Craig R. Buckner is a freelance drummer who thrives on playing many different styles of music. He has professional experience in performing jazz, rock, funk, blues, and orchestral music. He is from a south suburb of Chicago called Mount Greenwood where he spent four years in the high school band program. After his four years in the high school band program he went on to pursue a college education and received his Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) where he studied with percussion instructor Doug Bratt. While attending MVCC, Craig performed in many academic ensembles such as the Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and the Concert Band. He was also the drummer for Indigo Five, a Chicago based jazz quintet and was a substitute drummer for the Chico Big Band, a Chicago based sight-reading big band. After graduating from MVCC in 2015, Craig went on to Eastern Illinois University (EIU) to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in jazz studies while studying with jazz faculty members Jamie V. Ryan, Dr. Sam Fagaly, and Paul Johnston. While at EIU, he performed in the top Jazz Ensemble, top Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, and The Eastern Symphony Orchestra. Performing in the Jazz Ensemble gave him opportunities to play with professional musicians Jason Marsalis, Vanessa Rubin, and Andy Martin. He also performed with jazz combos both inside and outside the university setting. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in 2018, Craig is now looking forward to pursuing music as his career and meeting more great people along the way.

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Member since:
Jul 11 2018
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
50 to 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week


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Peter Erskine
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Jeff Hamilton
Jojo Mayer

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Other Percussion:


1) 6 piece DW Collector's Series maple drum set in gold galaxy finish
-Zildjian 14" a custom hihats
-Meinl 16" medium thin crash
-Meinl 17" medium thin crash
-Meinl 18" medium thin jazz crash
-Meinl 18" trash crash
-Meinl 21" dark ride w/ custom lathing on the bottom
-Meinl 12" extra dry splash stacked on top of Zildian 15" a hihats
-DW 9000 double bass pedal
-assortment of Gibraltar hardware

2) 4 piece Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz in natural birch finish
-Bosphorus 14" masters hihats
-Meinl 20" foundry proof (prototype) extra dry medium ride w/ 3 rivets
-Meinl 22" medium thin jazz ride w/ 1 rivet
-Meinl 18" medium thin jazz crash
-DW 9000 bass pedal
-assortment of Gibraltar, Tama, and DW hardware