Every since he can remember Dan's life has consistently revolved around music. It's been his passion, his dream, and his life. It's really everything that keeps him who he is. From early on, Dan knew he wanted to learn how to play the drums. Although his family couldn't afford to buy him a drum kit, they still tried to keep his interest in music by getting him a more affordable acoustic guitar. After playing guitar for a few months, learning chords, and a few songs. He decided that the interest wasn't there for him; He was dead set on being a drummer. At age 12, after completing most of his elementary years in school, the young aspiring musician finally gets his chance with the school band. Learning the fundamentals of drumming from Dan Meeks; a renowned music instructor of the Cincinnati Tri-State.
After asking for a kit for so long, on the Christmas of circa 2000, Durrant gets his first drum set. From that point on, Dan hasn’t stopped playing. He’s been in several bands throughout his 14 years of playing. Honing in his skills as a drummer. While playing drums for Farehaven, Durrant opened up for several national acts such as, Seven Mary Three, Days of the New, Adema, Taddy Porter, Seven Circle Sunrise, The Toadies ect. As well as getting all kinds of press attention from local and national magazines and papers, such as, CityBeat, MetroMix, The Aquarian Weekly, WaxWire Magazine, Indieshark.com, TOPICALISE, Evor.com. He’s even been hired by, Blessid Union of Soul’s Singer, Elliot Sloan. The gig lead him to the Hartford Convention Center in Connecticut, for the NACA. Playing for 4,000 screaming fans.
In the summer of 2012, Dan was given the opportunity to move to the ‘Mile High State’; Denver, Colorado. After accepting the offer and leaving everything behind, he had to start fresh on the music scene. After looking avidly on Craigslist for a couple of months, he found what would be the start of his next project; Blue Mesa. Since his projects' launch in September, 2012 the band has made great headway, by building a strong fan base, as well as writing several originals. In August, 2013, the band consulted with, Chase Thompson sound engineer for KMG Studios, about recording their upcoming album. Chase, also known for recording professional artists like, Hailey Williams, B.O.B., Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Trapt, Faith Hill, Three6Mafia, ect. Durrant knew he had come to the right place. In late September, 2013 Blue Mesa released their three song EP. Dan and his Band are currently gearing up to head back in the studio for their late 2014 release of their full length album; "Providence".
Korian T. Hannah is a native of Miami, Florida. Music has been a passion of his since birth. A talented drummer that graced public schools with his skill as a percussionist. He has been playing for over fifteen years. Korian was introduced to percussion in church. That is where he obtained his soulful style as a drummer.
Throughout his musical career Korian has competed in a various drum competitions such as Guitar Center’s Drum off and V-Drums’ Competition where he landed in one of the top three spots. In addition to competitions, Korian has had the opportunity to air on NBC’s Today in South Florida with a local band, BluDaze. Although he began his career in church, he has had the opportunity to gain knowledge from other local musicians to expand his musical diversity.
Through experience and mentoring, he has been able to add different styles of music such as Latin, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Classic Rock, Ballad, Gospel, and Reggae. Korian participates in countless strenuous hours of rehearsal in order to insure that his artists are satisfied with his sound. Korian’s passion for drumming has landed him to play for some of the best such as Stellar Award gospel artist, Dorothy Norwood and ballad artist McCoury singers. He has traveled United States with several musical groups and has the experience of recording studio and live music. In addition to being a drummer, Korian is also a musical producer, sound engineer, singer and songwriter.
Michael Andrews has been playing drums for over 15 years. He started playing at his family church and begin to take the drums more serious after college. Michael has played in all genres of music but is known in the gospel and pop genre. Through the years Michael has had a chance to play for artist such as Brooke Hogan, William Morris, Amanda Webster, Tracy Clark, Lolita Rowe & the Melodic Phunk, and Justin Felton. He is now on tour with a top 40 band called Razor. Michael also had a chance to be a music director for Ty Hickson, a well known rapper and photographer in New York.
A native of Baltimore, MD- from a young age I studied rudimental snare drumming and drum set with local greats John Crocken and Paul Genovese. I have been playing, practicing, studying drum history- performing, recording and touring for 30 years. I still wake up every morning eager to practice harder, improve my skills, to become a better performer- a better teacher. The discipline involved in becoming a top performer is universal - it requires total commitment and concentration. *Currently drumming for Gilad Atzmon, winner of the Jazz Album of The Year 2013 (Jazz Journal Critic’s Poll) & The BBC Jazz Album of the Year 2004 (Exile). I spent time (2009-2011) as the drummer for The Paul Jackson Trio (Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters) and Japanese pianist Takako Asahina (2005-2007). Applauded as a versatile and dynamic drum set & percussion player. With many years of touring, recording and instructional experience, Eric is required to play routinely in all genres. Eric currently resides in Osaka, Japan working as an independent artist, session drummer and drum teacher. In addition to Queen City Drums, Eric endorses Evans drumheads, Promark drumsticks, Puresound snare wires, Vruk Drum Master pedals, and Amedia Cymbals.
Being raised in a musical family Tim started drumming at the age of 5. Growing up in every type of band imaginable in school from jazz, to marching and orchestra Tim's palate became more and more refined. Styles of each are still in his playing today with his Rock band " Phantom Capitol" www.phantomcapitol.com, and his country trio Argo Lynn. Appearing on numerous TV appearances, and supporting National Recording Acts, Tim is well versed in any situation presented to him.
Jeremy "Pops" Bradsher is a High Energy Musician who has took on many roles from Guitarist, Bassist but most notable is Drumming! Pops has had the pleasure of playing and touring with bands such as "Sock Party" & "HellBeast". Other projects he has or currently is involved in are "A restless Tongue", "SwampDonkey" & "a place of solace". An extensive collection of his work as a Independent Artist is listed at the link below. (Soundcloud, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) Artist Card: http://artistecard.com/pops
Kevin Hogle has been a working professional drummer/percussionist for over 15 years and has recorded, toured and played with several Nationally / Internationally known recording artists including Shooter Jennings, Lydia Loveless, Kasey Musgraves, David Rhodes Brown, Kelly Thomas, Kelly Rickey, V-Mob, Foxy Shazam, Moth, and Acumen among others. Kevin currently is a full time member of 500 Miles To Memphis hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Fifth On The Floor from Lexington, Kentucky.
Some of my favorite drummers that I have listened to and studied over the years, and who have helped me shape my own musical style, are Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, John Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Josh Freese, and Dennis Chambers. Disciplined practice of their styles has allowed me to form my own style and approach to drumming, and that has allowed me to perform, tour, and record with artists in several different genres.
Kevin has teamed up with Tim at Queen City drums as a co-owner/artist relations/endorser. Tim and Kevin’s vision is to provide a sound relationship with each individual artist along with building the best drums in the world.
500 Miles to Memphis - http://500mtm.com
Fifth On The Floor - http://fifthonthefloor.com
Sean Friling is an independent drummer born and raised from Cincinnati, Oh. Sean started playing drums at the age of 5 and has been in several types of bands all his life. Rock, Alternative/Rock, Pop-Punk, Metal and Hip-Hop are his main influences. Sean joined Queen City Drums in 2014. In Sean's own words "I love working and representing Queen City Drums. I have a personal friendship with them as well as a business friendship. The treatment that I receive and the quality & sound of their drums are excellent and will always refer people to buy from them. I am so proud and honored to be part of the Queen City Drums family."
Brian Kitzmiller is a Rock Drummer with Jazz influence and has played with Rays Music Exchange, The Trojan Rabbit, The Stapletons, The Emeralds, Sparrow Bellows and Black Owls.
Brian is self taught and has been in the Cincinnati and Regional Music Scene with a few National Tours under his belt since 1995.
Brian plays a Maple QCD Maple 24" Kick, 12" Rack, 16" Floor with wood hoops and Evan's 360 Heads.