Doane Perry

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Doane Perry
Doane Perry performing with Jethro Tull in Oakland, California, USA.
Background information
Birth name Doane Ethredge Perry
Born (1954-06-16) 16 June 1954 (age 60)
Mt. Kisco, Westchester County, New York
Genres Progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1968–present
Associated acts Jethro Tull, Lou Reed, Ian Anderson, Martin Barre

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 intermittently as drummer and percussionist with the Grammy-award-winning band Jethro Tull.

Early life[edit]

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."[1] 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.

Musical career[edit]

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.

Jethro Tull[edit]

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 continued to record and tour until the band's demise, and was its third longest standing member. Perry played on numerous Jethro Tull albums and DVDs. Nevertheless, with Ian Anderson and Martin Barre being the only stable members of the band since the 1980s, Perry was substituted through the years by several different drummers, including Gerry Conway, Dave Mattacks, James Duncan Anderson, Mark Mondesir and Scott Hammond, among others.


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.

Personal life[edit]

In 1990 he married actress Heather Woodruff. They currently reside in Woodland Hills, California.


With Lou Reed[edit]

With Jethro Tull[edit]

With Magellan[edit]

With Ian Anderson[edit]

With Martin Barre[edit]

  • The Meeting (1998)
  • Martin Barre (2012)

With Michelle Young[edit]

  • Marked for Madness (2001)

With Dave Pegg[edit]

  • A Box of Pegg's (2007)


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