GRAMMY®️ Award-Winning Percussionist, Composer and Band Leader, Javier Cabanillas is “one of the most busiest and most respected congueros of the San Francisco Bay Area.” - DRUM! Magazine.
With his recent international chart-climbing debut album INFRASONIC by Cabanijazz Project this last May 2018; of which all 10 tracks are composed by Cabanillas, received a 4 star rating in Downbeat Magazine for one of his tunes, “Esto Puede Ser eso” describing his bluesy-cha cha cha as “slinky.”
Cabanillas has performed with many artists including Poncho Sanchez, Arturo Sandoval, Tito Nieves, Sheila E., Tito Puente Jr., amongst other influential artists including the famed Pacific Mambo Orchestra.
Originally from Minneapolis, Lance Comer was a member of The New Congress (awarded Best R&B Band in Minnesota), Dove Award-nominated artists Jason Gray and Sara Groves, and Minneapolis reggae icons Ipso Facto, Les Exodus, and Prince Jabba.
Upon moving to New York City in 2006, Lance began working with many high-profile artists including Tony-nominated Kacie Sheik, 6-time Toronto Music Award winner Clara Lofaro, and Billboard-charting Cassandra Kubinski.
Lance is currently recording and touring with Billboard’s 2016 and 2017 Contemporary Jazz Artist of the Year, Lindsey Webster.
“We’re excited to have Lance as a member of the Doc Sweeney Drums family,” said Steve Stecher, founder of Doc Sweeney Drums. “We look forward to providing drums that will enhance the sound of his extraordinary playing skills. The man can play!!”
Learn more about Lance Comer at www.lancecomerdrums.com and on Instagram @lancecomerdrums.
Rick Dior has an extensive background in percussion. He has served as the Professor of Percussion at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte since 2001. Rick is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with renowned timpanist Fred Hinger and jazz composer Bob Mintzer. He also studied extensively with famed jazz drummer Joe Morello.
Rick has performed as a percussionist with some of the greatest artists in the music industry, including James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Ray Charles, Bobby McFerrin, and Al Jarreau. He has added his jazz drum set talents to performances with many great jazz artists, including Marvin Stamm, Bill Watrous, Clark Terry, Red Rodney, Chris Potter, Russell Malone and Lionel Hampton. Some of these performances have taken place with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, which he has performed with since 1990 as principal percussionist, section percussionist and timpanist.
He is the author of several percussion books and DVD’s, including the acclaimed, “Advanced Coordination for Drum Set and Hand Percussion.” His compositions are published by Tapspace.
Australian-born Jared Kneale relocated to Nashville in 2010 and quickly became a highly sought after drummer. Jared has performed and recorded with Grammy Award-winning artists: Kacey Musgraves, Rebecca St. James, and Audio Adrenalin; as well as critically acclaimed artists: Ben Rector, Mikky Ekko, Dave Barnes, Matt Wertz, Brett Eldredge, Paul Brandt (CAN), Sugar & the Hi-Lows, Gabe Dixon, Amy Stroup, Trent Dabbs, and Jessie Baylin. Jared is currently touring worldwide with Grammy-nominated, Atlantic recording artist, Hunter Hayes.
His creative explorations have resulted in a diverse range of productions, including performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Show with David Letterman, CMA Awards, and the Grammy’s.
“We’re excited to have Jared as a member of the Doc Sweeney Drums family,” said Steve Stecher, founder of Doc Sweeney Drums. “We look forward to providing drums that will enhance the sound of his extraordinary playing skills. The man has chops!”
Learn more about Jared at www.jaredkneale.com.