The Groovesmith


Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Background Singer, Bagpipes, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Cello, Clarinet, DJ, Dobro, Drums, Electronic Music, Fiddle, Flute, Harmonica, Harp, Keyboard, Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Other, Other Percussion, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Steel guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Upright bass, Violin, Vocalist, Vocalist - Alto, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Soprano, Vocalist - Tenor.


I have loved the drums since “I was old enough to know what a drum was” (quote from my mom) I got my first drum set at age 4, Thanks Grandma Spychalski!, and have been playing ever since. Was in school band and took private lessons from Russ Hunt and Ron Hall. Played my first ‘real gig’ at 19, I have recorded promo songs for/ and was part of the U93fm band in the early 90’s. I have also shared the stage with Duke Tomato and Lil’ Frank with The Buzzombs, played Mishawaka Summerfest with the band Vehikle opening for the 60’s band The Cryan’ Shames. Have played all over SW Michigan with LD Swygg Band and around Michiana with IntaDa Bluez as well as hosting The Groovesmith Show on WNIT’s PAM channel… I like to keep the music hoppin’, I love it when people are gettin’ down to my groove!

Screen name:
The Groovesmith
Member since:
Feb 03 2007
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:


Into all kinds of music Blues, Rock, Jazz. The Allman Bros., Steely Dan, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Freddy Jones Band, Mighty Blue Kings, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Bob Marley,Any Motown(Detroit Era) The Beatles, The Stones, The Grateful Dead, Led Zepplin, Doobie Bros. where does it end? I just like groovy music. Even hip hop and disco can be fun to play. My Drumming idols are #1 Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith and of course the best to ever touch sticks Buddy Rich.

Instrument experience:



I have a Pacific Drums Mapel 5pc Set and a Vintage Mahogany Rogers 5pc(usually play as a 4pc)Set, Ludwig Hammered Bronze Snare Drum and Zildjian Cymbals. All very nice equipment!



Past Events

Carol St. Block Party at FoodBank

IntaDa Bluez at the Fire Rock Cafe on Western Ave, South Bend

FOP Blues Fest, Crumstown Conservation Club

IntaDa Bluez at Gino's Pizza in Herritage Square SR23 Granger