Bobby Earl Hamilton
Tenor Backing Vocals
In the ever-unfolding and expanding image of a musician comes Bobby Earl Hamilton. Bobby has spent his life loving music and everything about it. His dreams of being a drummer began as a small child. At the ripe age of 2, Bobby acquired his first drumset through strategic negotiations with his parents.He agreed to stop beating on the furniture and Mom and Dad agreed to pick up the expense for his first pair of drum sticks and first set of drums. This simple agreement set the wheels in motion.
Over the next decade He beat and played his way through drum competition after competition, awing and amazing those in his path. Growing up in Orange County California opened doors unavailable in any other part of the country. Bobby showcased his talents as a member of the famed Velvet Knights Drum Corp. He then took advantage of his Southern California roots and spent his free time training under the best touring and recording musicians of the time. He learned the insides and outsides of the music industry. It was only natural when one if his first professional gigs landed him on the road in a project produced by the famous Rob Halford of Judas Priest. .
Bobby Earl was Born and raised in Orange County ,California(The Original OC),Newport Beach and Tustin to be exact. He also spent many years in Tennessee and Georgia, as the South hails from his mothers side. Growing up in a family of,teachers,musicians and producers, the path had already been chosen for him and the journey was on. Bobby is a drummer and a teacher of the Percussive Arts now, and has played the drums for many well known and not so well known groups. He’s active as a studio player and is very comfortable on stage in front of thousands as well. Bobby was the drummer for, The Nathan Finfrock Band and has been a studio session player in Los Angeles and Nashville as well.Currently,you can catch him playing with what he calls,” The BIGGEST future success of his career, a six piece Country-Rock group called, South Of Somewhere. I feel truly blessed to be apart of the lives of so many wonderfully talented musicians and friends. It is an honor. Thank you for stopping by and checking out my profile. Hope to see you in your town
Throughout his career Bobby has shared the stage with many famous musicians including the likes of Adema, Depswa, Firehouse,Dierks Bentley,Toby Keith,Sugarland,Emerson Drive,Warrant, Korn, Zakk Wylde, Staind, and many more. He has played as a session drummer in Los Angeles,Nashville and his current home of Phoenix, AZ , recording under famed engineers/producers Aaron Carey (Gin Blossoms, Megadeth, Phunk Junkeez and Sheryl Crow) Larry Elyea (Jimmy Eat World, Authority Zero, and Beastie Boys)and Ken Mary(Ever Stays Red,Fifth Angel,Kendall Gaveck,The Beach Boys,Megadeth,Larue and Alice Cooper)
Bobby endorses and plays, Spaun Drums,,Sabian Cymbals,Vater Drumsticks and Audix microphones.
Objective: To continue my career in percussive instruction and performance.
Experience: Drum Instructor
2000 to present
Instruct drum set, all styles (beginner to advanced)
Earth and World percussion (djembe, conga, doumbek, etc…)
Marketing and advertising for new students
2006 to present Rockpoint Church Gilbert, AZ
Rehearse and perform for two services, weekly
Febuary 2008-Present South of Somewhere
May 2007-December 2007 Harry Luge
2006 to 2008 The Nathan Finfrock Project
2004 to 2006 Prime 8 Picnic
2002 to 2004 Arvins Garden
Drums / multi-percussion/ writing music for performance
Coordinate and perform live shows
Education: Music Institute/PIT Los Angeles, CA(1989-1990)Certificate in drum set/percussion and University of Southern California:
1. His studies at Musicians Institute and USC also included: Four levels of performance Drum Labs including chart reading in styles of Funk, Rock, New Orleans, R&B, Country and Jazz. Advanced Rudiments, West African Drumming, Indian drum studies, Harmony, Ear Training, Music Technology, Arranging, Songwriting, Music Business, Film Scoring, Piano and Principles of Music Production.
Independent: Study-Private instructors
Chad Wackerman, Frank Zappa
Gregg Bissonette, David Lee Roth
Myron Grombacher, Pat Benetar
Steve Smith, Journey
Bob Black, USC Percussion Coordinator
Jonathan Schearer, Iron Butterfly
Bill Ward, Black Sabbath
I meant the "lime green kit" with the "pearl-colored circles"! : ) That's REALLY different! : )
Absolutley, my friend! Thanks so much for the compliment and would appreciate you letting folks know I'm available! : )