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After starting out playing drums in my middle school jazz band, I was quickly bitten by the heavy metal bug. Playing my first gig at age 14, the 80's and 90's were spent playing and recording with metal, rock and funk bands throughout the LA area.

Following college, kids and a construction management career (and a haircut!), drumming was relegated to the occasional jam with friends and some stints in rock and blues bands. In 2015, through a work friend, I joined a classic rock cover band called The Pot Belly Stoves. Through various lineup changes, that band morphed into the current cover band I am in, Retrospect.

I enjoy virtually all types of music and have played several styles including thrash metal, speed metal, classic metal, hard rock, classic rock, funk, blues, r&b, pop, dance and some jazz and country.

I enjoy collaborating with musicians that take their craft, preparation and work ethic seriously but are doing music for the love of it, not for the business of it.

My current musical commitment is with my band, Retrospect although I am open to potential jams and other collaborations. Please contact me at my "g" mail - rjcruz1970

Screen name:
Member since:
Jun 03 2020
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
50 to 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:


Like my varied musical tastes, my drum influences vary greatly:
- Dave Lombardo, Tim "Herb" Alexander, Steve Gadd, Jean Paul Gaster, Benny Greb, Vinny Appice, Nicko McBrain, Stewart Copeland, Eric Moore II and many others.

Instrument experience:



ddrum electric/acoustic hybrid drumset, DW snare, Pearl free-floating snare, Roland V-Drums, Zildjian heavy rock cymbal set up, Paiste medium cymbal set up, Roland SPD - SX, SPD-1 Wave