Gary has been playing drums professionally for 22
years. In that time he has toured successfully the Mid-Atlantic
region with several bands. His first full time band was called Roxidy(77-81),
in which he spent three years on the road traveling from South Carolina
to New Jersey and stops in between. In 1985 he was a founding member
of a band called Idle Hands(85-91) which became a very successful
and bankable act. They became the Bayou House band for two years
and even the President of Cellar Door Entertainment used to come
see them play. During that time he opened for artists such as Edgar
and Johnny Winter, Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Judas
Priest and toured the Southeast with Baltimore's own Crack the Sky.
From 92-94 he concentrated on doing commercial work for several
studios. He has recorded commercials for car dealers and furniture
stores and a host of other work.
Then in 1995 he became the drummer for young and up-coming
Nashville artist Kim Sigler and Desert Wind. He traveled again all
over the Mid-Atlantic states playing everything from Moose Lodges
to opening for such Nashville artists as the legendary Gene Watson,
Faith Hill, Tanya Tucker. They also played the Virginia Sate Fair
and the West Virginia State Fair. They recorded two albums during
that time. In 1997 he was asked to become a member of the Jack Diamond/Jim
Steed band. Since the inception of the Diamond & Steed band,
they have opened for such artists as: Elton John, Michael McDonald,
Moody Blues, Kansas, The Little River Band, the Rembrandts, The
Spinners and Ducan Sheik. The band played in front of sold out shows
of 15,000 to 40,000 on a consistent basis and has sold out shows
of their own at various clubs they play.
Gary's philosophy has always been: Be on time, always
have your music prepared, be professional and give 110% when you
hit that stage. Gary's influences are Larrie Londin, Steve Gadd,
Dave Weckl, John Bonham, Vinne Colaiuta and the legend Mr. Buddy
Rich. Gary plays Yamaha drums, Zildjian cymbals, Evans heads, Vater
sticks exclusively and of course, the Drumat.