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Kelli Rae Tubbs

Drums/Percussion  |  Author  |  Composer  |  Bandleader  |  Vocals

Singing drummers aren't made every day -- but I've been one since high school.  A perpetual optimist, I'm always looking for my next adventure in music.  I love making music people love to move to.  I'm inspired by artists like The Beatles, The Police and Prince, and drummers Stewart Copeland, Chris Layton, and Daniel Glass.

I've known since age 3 that I wanted to be a musician. Music was my passion through grade school and what I pursued in college. I never lost that passion; I found the best way to apply it is as a drummer/vocalist who enjoys performing pop and jazz just as much as orchestral music.

I have several drum sets and each one serves a different purpose, whether it's performing Dixieland, Swing Era jazz, or funky dance tunes.  The drum sets, both vintage and new, are balanced by a full complement of keyboard percussion and a wild collection of percussion "toys" that bring sparkle to the music I play.

Never satisfied with being simply "good enough for the gig," I currently study drums with the world-renown drummer, author, educator, and historian Daniel Glass and dances of the 1920s/1930s with Lance Benishek.

Ever since I was a kid growing up in Chicago, I've wanted to go for a ride in the Wienermobile.
I'm not sure how that's going to happen just yet, but believe me, it will!

My most recent article, "When Counting Time is Critical," can be found in the January 2016 issue of Tom Tom Magazine.


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