Barry Kerch

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Barry Alan Kerch
Barry Kerch 2012.jpg
Kerch performing with Shinedown in 2012
Background information
Born (1976-08-07) August 7, 1976 (age 38)
Origin Jacksonville, Florida
Genres Hard rock, Alternative Metal, Southern Rock
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Shinedown

Barry Alan Kerch is a professional musician who plays the drums (and other percussion instruments) in the hard rock band Shinedown. Along with lead vocalist Brent Smith, he is the only remaining original member of the band.

Personal life[edit]

Kerch is married (his wife's name is Lori), and he holds a Bachelors degree in anthropology from the University of Central Florida. He was part of the band program at the University of Central Florida where he was on the Marching Knights drum line. He is a member of the Eta Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the Mu Eta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and was a founder of the local anthropology fraternity at the University of Central Florida.[1] While attending UCF, he worked in the drum department of MARS Music. He also is a 1994 graduate of Rutherford High School in Panama City, Florida, where he was drum major of the band "The Pride". He is also an avid cook, and posts recipes on the Shinedown website.[2] Kerch and Lori had their first child, Stella, in January 2011.[citation needed]

Drum kit[edit]

Kerch now plays DDrum. Barry is using a Paladin Maple 7 piece kit in Inca Gold Sparkle with Nickel Plated Hardware. He also uses Pearl Hardware, Evans drumheads, Meinl Cymbals and Promark sticks. Kerch's drum sizes are:

  • 22x14 bass drum
  • 26x15 bass drum
  • 13x8 tom
  • 18x16 floor tom
  • 16x16 floor tom
  • 14x14 floor tom (left of hi-hat stand)
  • 14x7 Vintone Nickel Over Brass Snare

Kerch uses Meinl cymbals, in order from left to right as of 2013:

  • 20" Byzance Traditional Med Crash
  • 20" Soundcaster Fusion Power Crash
  • 15" Byzance Dark Hihats
  • 22" Byzance Stadium Ride
  • 20" Soundcaster Fusion Power Crash
  • 20" Byzance Traditional Med Crash

Kerch uses Pearl 1000 and 2000 series hardware stands, a Tama speedking reissue single pedal with a modified by his drum-tech Pearl demon drive double pedal slaved for his auxiliary bass drum, Pro-Mark 747 American Hickory Wood Tip Sticks, Evans Level 360 drumheads Power Center Coated on snare batter, Clear thin 300 hazy on snare reso, Coated G2 on tom batters, Coated G1 on tom resos, EQ4 Clear on bass batters and Evans Onyx on bass front resos, Ddrum chrome triggers, DrumKat module, Motu interface, Reason software, Westone ES-5 custom fitted in-ear monitors, MD Sound subwoofers, Butt Kicker concert thumpers on throne, Shure microphones.

Practice Room: Dixon Jungle kit (Europe-only) with Pintech Acoustech conversion and Pintech snare, HänsenFütz practice pedals, HQ practice pad, and Samson Expedition portable P.A.


Kerch was the seventh drummer to try out for Shinedown.


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  2. ^ "Barry Kerch's Posts on". 2010-04-28. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 

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