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Doane Ethredge Perry (born June 16, 1954 in Mt. Kisco, Westchester County, New York) is an American musician, composer and author. He worked from 1984 to 2011 as drummer and percussionist with the Grammy-award-winning band Jethro Tull.
From New York City, Perry began playing the piano at age seven and then took up drums at eleven. After hearing The Beatles, he decided to take up drums, because of what he describes as "the possibility, however unlikely that might have been, of young girls chasing me down the street, if I took up the drums." By the time he was 14, he was working with his own band on weekends, and continued to do so until he graduated high school at the age of 17.
He attended Browning, St. Bernard's and Collegiate Schools in New York City. Later he briefly attended New York University and extension programs at The New School, Rutgers, and Juilliard, followed by extensive private musical study in Jazz and Orchestral Percussion.
By the time Perry was 18, he turned professional while simultaneously attempting to attend college. This led to a serious conflict, finally resolved, when he opted to pursue music full-time. He began gaining a broader musical background, in a wide variety of styles, which included genres such as Rock, Pop, Jazz, Fusion, R&B, Classical, World and Folk. He has appeared on over 100 successful records within his musical career in various musical capacities as a performer, composer and producer, that have achieved gold to multi-platinum status.
Member of the faculty of the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, Ca. from 1988-1996. He continues to perform solo clinics at Drum Festivals and Music Colleges around the world. In 1992, released a critically acclaimed instructional video entitled “Creative Listening”, still widely used in the curriculum of music schools in the USA and abroad.
In 1984 Perry joined Jethro Tull as drummer and percussionist to replace Gerry Conway. He is the second member of Jethro Tull to have been born in the United States; (the first was drummer Mark Craney). He continues to record and tour with the band today and is the third longest standing member of Jethro Tull, and has played on numerous Jethro Tull albums and DVDs.
Doane Perry has used a wide variety of equipment over the years. He will use different drum kits depending on several factors, such as whether he is performing live or recording in the studio. On recent Tull tours and records, he has been using Premier's Artist Series maple drums, but will occasionally use birch Genistas or maple Signia Series drums, Paiste cymbals, DW Pedals & Hardware, Pro Mark Drumsticks, Remo Drum Heads, Rhythm Tech Percussion, LP Percussion.
In 1990 he married actress Heather Woodruff. They currently reside in Woodland Hills, California.
- Biography at the Official jethro Tull Website
- Jethro Tull official website
- Doane Perry Interview on NotableInterviews.com