Chad Jackson Drums
Born in northern Virginia, raised in Florida, Chad spent his high school years in
St. Augustine and Naples. He studied concert snare drumming and tympani under
James Perronto at St. Augustine High, and marching drumming under Oliver Phipps at Barron Collier High. He attended Florida State University where he refined his marching drumming chops with the FSU Marching Chiefs, played drumset with the FSU Chiefly Brass Basketball Band in front of thousands at the Leon County Civic Center, and learned R&B and Blues-based drumming from Blues piano legend Charles Atkins. While at FSU, Chad sang and drummed with many original and cover groups playing rock, blues, jazz-fusion, and improv rock in the vibrant Tallahassee music scene in the 90’s. While performing most nights of the week and gaining valuable live experience, he honed other parts of his craft including writing, recording, engineering, and producing for his bands and other groups.
In 2000, Chad relocated to Atlanta with some friends for more teaching, playing, and recording opportunities. After leading a few original projects, he joined the band Ancient Harmony and toured with them in 2002 playing clubs, theatres, and festivals across the country. With Ancient Harmony and other groups, Chad has performed over 1500 times and got to share the stage with the likes of Jeff Coffin, Randall Bramblett, Chuck Leavell, Jimmy Hall and Kofi Burbridge. He has also played on many studio sessions over the years and can be heard on Tommy Talton’s “Live Notes From Athens”, Mark Michaelson’s “In This World But Not Of It” and Lingo’s “Someday”.
In 2003, Chad began teaching lessons at Classic Winds, Strings, and Percussion, a music store in the East Cobb area of Marietta, GA. There he taught elementary school students, middle school students from Mabry, Simpson, Hightower Trail, and McCleskey and high school students from Lassiter, Sprayberry, Walton, and Wheeler. In the summers of 2005, 2006, and 2007, Chad organized and ran three successful Rock 'n Roll Band Camps for middle and high school students with the help of Classic Winds owner, Bob Haley, and some choice fellow instructors. After 10 plus years, he continues teaching in the North Metro Atlanta area sharing his passion and love for music with students of all ages.
Currently, Chad's recording a solo album in his new studio, Mind's Eye Sound, and looking forward to recording other friends and bands. He's also playing and singing with his acoustic trio DallasJacksonUssery. His other musical interests include playing guitar, writing music, mentoring young artists, and singing.
My current and former students and their parents, Bob Haley,
Matthew Cohen - photography, Shell Stamps, Byron and Sara Fullmer, Moma and Family