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|Birth name||Jeremy Ronald John Taggart|
|Born||April 7, 1975|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Associated acts||Our Lady Peace|
|Website||Jeremy Taggart on Myspace|
Jeremy Ronald John Taggart (born April 7, 1975) is a Canadian drummer, best known for playing with Our Lady Peace since 1993.
Taggart was born in Toronto, Ontario, later growing up in Mansfield, Ontario  and has two brothers and one sister. Music was a central part of his youth, as his parents were also musicians, and Taggart learned to play drums at an early age. He auditioned for the then up-and-coming Our Lady Peace in April 1993.
Our Lady Peace
In 1993, Jim Newell, Our Lady Peace's previous drummer, left the band due to commitment issues. The remaining members and their management held open auditions for his replacement. They auditioned over a hundred drummers, and none of them thought a seventeen-year-old high school senior could possibly come out on top.
"About twenty seconds go by, and I run out of the control room into the recording area, and yell, 'I know I'm not supposed to do this, but this is the kid right here. If you let this guy go, you're a bunch of idiots.'" —Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace's former producer)
The band offered him the drumming position which Taggart accepted. Our Lady Peace had also recently been given a record deal with Sony Music Canada and were playing some small club shows. Taggart's age created a legal issue for the band; he was only seventeen and performers have to be legal drinking age, nineteen in Ontario, to perform in bars and clubs.
Taggart began recording Naveed with Our Lady Peace after graduating.
In addition to drumming for Our Lady Peace, Taggart has worked on various side projects, including providing the drums on Chantal Kreviazuk's song "Blue", Geddy Lee's song "Home On The Strange", and The Beautiful Unknown's song "Riot in the House of Ruin". He also appears in the music video for Chad Kroeger and Josey Scott's song, "Hero", off the Spider-Man soundtrack, although he did not perform on the actual recording.
He ran a radio/podcast show called Taggarts Take, which mixes interviews of bands and politicians with Taggart's personal remarks.
In 2013, Taggart, who grew up in nearby Mansfield, emceed an event in Melanchton, Ontario celebrating the decision by The Highland Companies to withdraw its license to start mining in the area for limestone . He became involved in stopping the mine when a childhood friend alerted him about the issue.
|Our Lady Peace percussionist