Tony Royster, Jr.

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Tony Royster, Jr.
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Background information
Birth name Tony Royster Jr.
Born (1984-10-09) October 9, 1984 (age 29)
Origin Hinesville, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Pop, gospel, experimental, fusion, hip hop, funk, trip hop, rock
Occupations Drummer
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Jay-Z, Big Sean, Awolnation

Tony Royster, Jr (born October 9, 1984) is an American drummer.[1] He was raised in Hinesville, Georgia and is a 2002 graduate of Liberty County High School. His father began to teach him how to play the drums at the age of three. He is the son of Tony Sr. and Gayle Royster, and has one brother, Calvin Royster. All still reside in Hinesville, GA.

Biography[edit]

He excels at Funk, R&B, Latin, Rock, and Jazz. He has endorsement deals with DW Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Remo drumheads, LP percussion, Drumframe, Shure microphones, and Warner Bros. Publications. Some of his influences are Dennis Chambers, Jim Chapin and Billy Cobham.

Royster Jr. has played with Imajin, Lazyeye, New Flava, and En Vogue. He performed on the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards show at the age of 15, and an international tour in 2001 backing #1 selling Japanese artist Hikaru Utada as well as performing with Paul Shaffer (of Late Show with David Letterman) in the Nickelodeon House Band. In addition, he is also currently playing with Francisco Fattoruso, Jay-Z, Joe Jonas, Joss Stone and his own band. Royster Jr. released the videos "Pure Energy" (2007), and The Evolution of Tony Royster (2009), which are both more inspirational than instructional.

Other high points of his career include playing the Glastonbury Festival and President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball with Jay-Z in 2009. He has received the “Louis Armstrong Jazz Award”,[2] a prestigious award that recognizes a musician’s level of musicianship, character, and individual creativity. Tony has also received a “Senior Award” for his accomplishments in the world of drumming. In 2006, Tony Royster Jr. teamed up with Hidden Beach Recordings to produce Unwrapped Vol. 6: Give the Drummer Some!, debuting at #1 on the jazz charts.

Most recently, Royster Jr. joined Joe Jonas' band on tour in the United Kingdom in Fall 2011. On August 22, 2011, he was the featured artist on Late Show with David Letterman, performing a drum solo for Drum Solo Week II. Royster Jr. was also featured The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on November 3, 2011, and on Conan on November 7, 2011, alongside Joe Jonas.

Equipment[edit]

His solo kit configuration with groups like Imajin include:

  • DW Drums Collectors Maple
  • 18"x22" [x2] Bass drums with 8"x22" [x2] Bass drum woofers
  • 5"x13" Collectors Maple snare
  • 7"x8" tom
  • 8"x10" tom
  • 9"x12" tom
  • 11"x14" tom
  • 13"x15" tom
  • 14"x18" tom

His Kit while on tour with Jay-Z consists of:

  • DW Drums Collectors Maple
  • 18"x22" Bass drum
  • 5"x13" Collectors Maple snare
  • 8"x10" tom
  • 9"x12" tom
  • 13"x15" tom
  • 14"x18" tom

Tony uses DW 9000 pedals, DW 9000 hardware, Remo Drumheads, & Vic Firth Sticks

Tony uses Sabian cymbals:

  • HHX Evolution 13" high hats
  • HH Splash 12"
  • HHX Xtreme crash 19"
  • V Crash 18"
  • HH Rock ride 20"
  • HHX Xplosion crash 20"
  • HHX Groove hats 15"
  • HHX Evolution O-Zone crash 18"
  • AA Fast Chinese 18"
  • AAXtreme Chinese 17"
  • HH Duo splash 10"
  • AA OMNI ride 22"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Besseling, Wilfried. "December 12 the Muncks live in Midland Fm.". veenendaalsekrant.nl. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tony Royster Jr.". Drummer World. Drummer World. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 

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