Riley Breckenridge

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Riley Breckenridge
Born (1975-01-05) January 5, 1975 (age 42)
Origin Orange County, California
Genres Post-hardcore, Alternative rock, Experimental rock
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1998 - present
Associated acts Thrice, Puig Destroyer

James Riley Breckenridge (born January 5, 1975) is the drummer for Post-hardcore band Thrice. He plays C & C Custom Drums, and uses Vic Firth drumsticks, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, with Drum Workshop hardware and pedals.


The older brother of Thrice bassist Eddie Breckenridge, Riley joined Thrice during the early days of the band on the recommendation of Eddie. He is also the co-host of one of the highest rated baseball podcasts on iTunes, The PRODcast.

Personal life[edit]

It kind of dawned on me that being 5-foot-9 and having a surgically repaired knee and not being out-of-this-world talented, the cards were stacked against me...I was better off getting a degree and focusing my time on music.

Breckenridge, in 2008, on his experience as a baseball player.[1]

Breckenridge, along with Morningwood lead singer Chantal Claret, wrote a monthly advice column called "Battle of the Sexes" in Alternative Press magazine for nearly 3 years; which was discontinued in the Winter of 2007.[2]

Breckenridge originally had aspirations of becoming a professional baseball player. He played two years as a walk-on at Pepperdine before his athletic career was unexpectedly cut short due to injuries he sustained playing football.[3]

On August 18th, 2015 Jennifer Shaw, wife of Breckenridge, gave birth to their firstborn child named, Jacob Miles Breckenridge.


2011 Major/Minor Fall Headline Tour[4][edit]

C&C Drums
Maple with Tobacco Stain

  • 16x24" bass drum
  • 9x14" rack tom
  • 14x18" floor tom
  • 6.5x14" Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum with Trick throw-off

Zildjian Cymbals

  • 15" A New Beat Hi-Hats
  • 21" K Crash Ride or 21" A. Sweet Ride (Left crash)
  • 24" A Medium Ride
  • 24" K Light Ride (Right crash)

Hardware & Pedals

  • DW 9000 double bass drum pedals with PureSound Speedball beaters
  • DW 9000 hi-hat stand
  • DW 9000 straight cymbal stands
  • Hybrid Yamaha/PDP snare stand


  • Bass drum: Clear Remo Powerstroke 3
  • Toms: Coated Remo Emperors
  • Snare drum: Aquarian Hi-Energy

Vic Firth Sticks

  • HD9

Roland Electronics

  • SPD-S sampling pad


  1. ^ MLB [1] Rocker prays for Angels Thrice drummer lives and dies with Halos
  2. ^ CoreMusik. Thrice.
  3. ^ ESPN. [2]
  4. ^ "Riley Breckenridge of Thrice [Artist Setup]". Kick/Snare/Hat. Retrieved on 2011-11-16