Tris Imboden in 2013
|Birth name||Gregory Tristan Imboden|
|Born||July 27, 1951|
|Genres||Rock, adult contemporary, jazz|
|Website||Official Chicago website|
Tris Imboden (born Gregory Tristan Imboden on July 27, 1951) is a multi-platinum American rock drummer. As an educator, he has been a drum clinician and author of tutorial materials.[v 1] As a performer, he has been in studio sessions and on tour with some of the most notable and highest-selling musicians of all time. He is now best known as the lead drummer with the multi-platinum band, Chicago.
Imboden's most notable studio session work has included Neil Diamond, Kenny Loggins, Firefall, Richard Marx, Steve Vai, Roger Daltrey and Crosby, Stills & Nash. As a touring drummer, he has been with Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Firefall, Cock Robin, Michael McDonald, Los Lobotomys, and other notable groups.
As a full-time band member, Imboden's career has included Honk, The Kenny Loggins Band (including "Who's Right, Who's Wrong" featuring Michael Jackson,[d 1] the Number One hit "Footloose", and "I'm Alright" from Caddyshack), and Chicago. His career with Chicago has seen the release of thirteen albums, several of them certified as platinum.
As a primarily self-taught, lifetime career musician, his musical interests were stirred by seeing a parade when he was three to five years old.
"I still remember the day my dad took me to a Fourth of July parade in Huntington Beach. This marching band from Compton came down the street and the cadence that they were playing almost made me hysterical. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry." "... the drum section was just smoking ... I was so deeply moved. But I knew at that moment that was what I was going to have to do." "So from that point on I was always drawn toward drums."
— Tris Imboden
His formal training began from grade school; and until there was an available position in the percussion section of the school band, he drummed at home on a practice pad and studied basic music theory on the trumpet at school. He ultimately reached the position of second chair trumpeter before switching to the then-available percussion section in junior high school.
Tris Imboden began his adolescent career in various surf bands, and then achieved professional status in a high school band called The Other Half. The band performed at venues ranging from sock hops to Hollywood's venerable Teenage Fair, where Imboden said their popularity "clogged the whole entrance".:21
Out of high school, Imboden was a founding member of Honk in 1970.[d 2] After recording some demo songs, the band's first album was the soundtrack for the surf movie Five Summer Stories,[v 2] crediting Imboden as composer, producer, drummer, harmonica player, and vocalist. Imboden established a career trend, ultimately lasting through to Chicago, of occasionally being featured on harmonica. The song "Pipeline Sequence" reached No. 1 on Hawai'i radio.[d 3] Being a member of Honk provided Imboden with formative future career experience as the band built their studio recording skills, their touring skills, and innumerable industry contacts. They worked with bands which would eventually serve as Imboden's future professional base, by touring with Loggins and Messina, Jackson Browne, and The Beach Boys, and by opening Chicago's concerts. Honk went on hiatus from 1976 to 1986 , when they established a tradition of periodic reunion concerts in their original home area of Southern California, as schedules permit.
From the end of his full-time duration with Kenny Loggins in 1986 , until 1989 , Imboden's career became a full-time composite of various part-time session recordings and live performances with various groups. His consistent work throughout that entire duration included the following: part-time work with Kenny Loggins; stage support for Grammy Award winning jazz singer, Al Jarreau; and "Queen of Funk-Soul", Chaka Khan. In 1986, he performed drum set overdub sessions for Neil Diamond's Headed for the Future album. This album provided a venue for Imboden's studio session collaboration with a then-member of Chicago, Bill Champlin.[d 4] In 1988, he was a studio session player with co-founder and former member of Chicago, Peter Cetera, on Cetera's solo album titled One More Story.[d 5]
As of 1990[update], his career reshaped by joining the multi-platinum Chicago. The departure of founding drummer, Danny Seraphine, allowed Imboden to join the band as the full-time drummer in time for the band's 1991 release titled Twenty 1.[d 6] As an integral part of Chicago for the latter half of the band's 47-year total career, Imboden would contribute to twelve Chicago records, and to tours alongside The Beach Boys, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and The Doobie Brothers. As of 2012[update], his drum set is accompanied by Chicago's newest full-time member, veteran auxiliary percussionist Walfredo Reyes, Jr.
The select Tris Imboden discography
|1972||Honk||The Original Sound Track
from Five Summer Stories
Drums, Vocals[d 7][d 8][d 3]
|1979||Kenny Loggins||Keep the Fire||Harmonica, Drums[d 1]|
|1984||[Original Soundtrack]||Footloose [Original Soundtrack]||Drums||Billboard #1
6x platinum[d 9]
|1986||Neil Diamond||Headed for the Future||Drums, Background Vocals[d 4]||Billboard 200 #20|
|1987||Richard Marx||Richard Marx||Drums||Billboard #1 single[d 10][d 11]
Billboard 200 #8 album
3x platinum[d 12]
|1987||[Original Soundtrack]||St. Elmo's Fire||Drums[d 13]||Billboard Hot 100 #1
|1990||Steve Vai||Passion and Warfare||Drums (Tracks 7, 9)|
|1991||Chicago||Twenty 1||Drums[d 6]|
|1994||Crosby, Stills & Nash||After the Storm||Drums|
|1995||Chicago||Night & Day: Big Band||Harmonica, Drums|
|1997||Chicago||The Heart of Chicago 1967–1997||Drums[d 14] (Tracks 7, 10)||"Here in My Heart": AC #1
"The Only One": AC Top 20
Billboard 200 #55[d 15]
|1998||Chicago||The Heart of Chicago 1967–1998 Volume II||[d 16]|
|1998||Chicago||Chicago's First Christmas||Drums|
|1998||Chicago||Chicago 25: The Christmas Album||Drums|
|1999||Chicago||Chicago XXVI - The Live Album|
|2000||Steve Vai||7th Song:
Enchanting Guitar Melodies - Archive
|2002||Chicago||Very Best of Chicago:
Only the Beginning
The Complete Greatest Hits
|2003||Chicago||Chicago: The Box [Bonus DVD]||Harmonica, Drums|
|2003||Chicago||Christmas: What's It Gonna Be Santa||Arranger, Drums|
|2008||Chicago||Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus||Harmonica, Drums|
|2011||Chicago||O Christmas Three||Arranger, Drums|
|2013||Chicago||The Nashville Sessions||Drums|
|2014||Chicago||Chicago XXXVI: Now||Drums|
|The complete Tris Imboden discography|
|1972||Honk||Five Summer Stories
Drums, Vocals[d 7][d 8][d 3]
|1980||Kenny Loggins||Kenny Loggins Alive||Drums[v 3]|
|1989||Tris Imboden||Latin Rock for Gringos||Drums, instruction[v 1]|
|2012||Kenny Loggins||Keep the Fire
|2002||Chicago||A&E Live by Request: Chicago||Drums[v 5]|
|2004||Chicago||Soundstage Presents Chicago Live||Drums[v 6]|
|2005||Chicago||Chicago & Earth, Wind & Fire –
Live at the Greek Theatre
Tris Imboden currently endorses and uses the following products:
- Groove Juice Cymbal Cleaner
- DW drums, hardware and pedals
- Gibraltar drum racks
- Remo drum heads
- Paiste cymbals
- Vic Firth drumsticks
- Beato Bags
- Toca Percussion
- "Vic Firth Artist: Tris Imboden". Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- "Tris Imboden: Gigs". Tris Imboden. Archived from the original on December 10, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
- "Chicago Lineup". Chicago. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- Almond, Cliff (January 10, 2013). Interview W/Tris Imboden- Cliffalmondlessons.com (A/V stream). Cliff Almond. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- Imboden, Tris (June 1984). "Tris Imboden: Positive Drumming". Modern Drummer. Interview with Robyn Flans (Clifton, New Jersey: Modern Drummer Publications). ISSN 0194-4533. OCLC 4660723. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
- "Chicago official history: Chapter XII". Chicago, Inc. Archived from the original on June 9, 2007. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
- "Tris Imboden: About". Tris Imboden. Archived from the original on December 10, 2013. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
- Imboden, Tris (December 1995). "Chicago's Tris Imboden". Modern Drummer. Interview with Robyn Flans (Clifton, New Jersey: Modern Drummer Publications). ISSN 0194-4533. OCLC 4660723. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
- "Walfredo Reyes, Jr.". Chicago. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
- Holden, Stephen (February 7, 1980). "Album reviews: Keep the Fire". Rolling Stone (Rolling Stone). Archived from the original on June 30, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
- "Groove Juice: Endorsers". Groove Juice. Retrieved April 25, 2013. "I am proud to endorse Groove Juice... It is a great product!!"
- Edge Magazine (PDF) (7.1). Drum Workshop. 2006. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- "Gibraltar Hardware: Artists: Tris Imboden". Gibraltar Hardware. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- Barnett, Brent (September 4, 2009). Tris Imboden: New custom drum rack set up (A/V stream). Gibraltar Hardware. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- "Paiste: Tris Imboden". Paiste. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
- Discography sources
- Keep the Fire, credits at Allmusic at AllMusic. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- Honk, summary at AllMusic at AllMusic. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- Five Summer Stories soundtrack, credits at Allmusic at AllMusic. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- Headed for the Future, credits at Allmusic at AllMusic. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
- One More Story, credits at Allmusic at AllMusic. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
- Twenty 1 personnel credits at AllMusic. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- Honk (1972). The Original Sound Track from Five Summer Stories (Music LP) (in English). Granite. OCLC 32445211. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- Honk (1992). The Original Sound Track from Five Summer Stories (Music CD) (in English). Hollywood, California: GNP Crescendo Records. OCLC 26590578. Retrieved June 19, 2013. Lay summary – Amazon.com (April 24, 2000).
- "RIAA Gold & Platinum: Footloose soundtrack". RIAA. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
- "Music Albums, Albums & Music Charts: Billboard.com". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
- Warwick, Neil; Jon Kutner; Tony Brown (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts: Singles and Albums. Omnibus Press. p. 705. ISBN 1-84449-058-0. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
- "RIAA Gold & Platinum: Richard Marx". RIAA. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
- St. Elmo's Fire soundtrack, credits at Allmusic at AllMusic. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
- The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997, credits at Allmusic at AllMusic. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- Tris Imboden at AllMusic. Retrieved July 4, 2013.
- The Heart of Chicago Vol 2, credits at Allmusic at AllMusic. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- "You Don't Know What You're in For, credits at Discogs". 1976. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- Kenny Loggins Alive, audio tracklist at Allmusic at AllMusic. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- "The Secret of My Success: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack credits". October 17, 1990 . Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- The Secret of My Success: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Billboard 200 at AllMusic. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- Videography sources
- Tris Imboden, Cecilia Noël. Latin Rock for Gringos (DVD) (in English). OCLC 310746149. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- Five Summer Stories (DVD video) (in English). Laguna Beach, California: MacGillivray Freeman Films. 1994 . OCLC 82292272. Retrieved June 19, 2013. Lay summary – Amazon.com (July 29, 2010).
- Kenny Loggins Alive, audio tracklist at Allmusic at AllMusic. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
- Rice, Jake. Keep the Fire (A/V stream). Retrieved June 28, 2013.
- Live by Request: Chicago, overview at Allmusic at AllMusic. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Soundstage Presents Chicago Live, overview at Allmusic at AllMusic. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire: Live at the Greek Theatre at AllMusic. Retrieved July 3, 2013.