Tom McCarthy Drummer


Band to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Harmonica, Upright bass.


Experienced, working drummer who plays in the pocket with "feel". I have performed an extensive list of popular covers ranging from rock, tribute, dance/party, funk, jazz, and country. I can play in a range of scenarios from Cajon in an acoustic environment, but also have the electronics and effects to work with a dance/variety/wedding band arrangement. I also can sing, and have sung lead (mostly country), with prior bands. Also support with backing vocals / Harmonys. My objective to make those around me, (the band), sound better, not to demonstrate chops on every track. I prefer to play covers exactly the way the original artist did but can fill space appropriately and musically in a small band setting. (like a trio)

Screen name:
Tom McCarthy Drummer
Member since:
May 13 2019
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:
4-5 nights a week
Most available:


My drumming influences range from the jazz / fusion realm. From Joe Morrello to Billy Cobham, I am a perpetual student of the instrument. I would say my inspiration in the working band environment is to be the "Steve Gadd / Jeff Porcaro" type drummer who is totally in the pocket, plays dynamically and can adapt to the genre and musicians around me.

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I use any one of three drumkit types depending on the genre and room I'm working. I have a 1969 Legacy Maple Ludwig set, as well as 2020 Limited Edition Ludwig Classic Maple kit. A Yamaha Stage Custom Hip kit for small rooms and jams. For electronics I use a Roland TM-2 Trigger Module, BT-1 Trigger Bar, as well as RT-30K kick trigger and RT-30HR. I use Zildjian A and Zildjian K Custom Session cymbals. I also have a Meinl Artisan Collection Cajon with Mic jack for acoustic gigs.