Doane Perry

Doane Perry
Doane Perry performing with Jethro Tull in Oakland, California, USA.

Doane Ethredge Perry (born June 16, 1954 in Mt. Kisco, Westchester County, New York) is an American musician, composer and author. He has been working since 1984 as drummer and percussionist with Grammy award winning band Jethro Tull.


Early life

From New York City, Perry began playing the piano at age seven and then took up drums at eleven. After hearing The Beatles, he decided to take up drums because of what he describes as "the possibility, however unlikely that might have been, of young girls chasing me down the street if I took up the drums."[1] By the time he was 14, he was working with his own band on weekends, and continued to do so until he graduated high school at the age of 17.

He attended Browning, St. Bernard's and Collegiate Schools in New York City. Later he briefly attended New York University and extension programs at The New School, Rutgers, and Juilliard, followed by extensive private musical study in Jazz and Orchestral Percussion.

Musical career

By the time Perry was 18, he turned professional while simultaneously attempting to attend college. This led to a serious conflict, finally resolved when he opted to pursue music full time. He began gaining a broader musical background, in a wide variety of styles, which included genres such as Rock, Pop, Jazz, Fusion, R&B, Classical, World and Folk. He has appeared on over 100 successful records within his musical career in various musical capacities as a performer, composer and producer, that have achieved gold to multi-platinum status. He has worked with Lou Reed, Pat Benatar, Bette Midler, Todd Rundgren, Teo Macero Big Band, Stan Getz, Michael Brecker, Anouska Shankar, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Peter Cetera, Dweezil Zappa, David Foster, Michael Omartian, Marc Shaiman, Snuffy Walden, Diane Warren, Bernie Taupin, Kitaro, Jon Anderson, Greg Lake, Dionne Warwick, Phyllis Hyman, Michel Colombier, Liza Minnelli, Peter Allen, Laura Branigan, Dragon (a.k.a. Hunter), Tommy Emmanuel, Vince DiCola, Thread, Maxus, Jess Roden, Bobby Kimball, Gary Brooker, Fairport Convention, The Chieftains, Dave Mason, Bill Champlin, Brenda Russell, Jim Messina, Katey Sagal, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Charles Aznavour, Jimmy Giuffre Big Band, Baird Hersey and the Year of the Ear, Spencer Davis, Martha and The Vandellas, amongst dozens of others, in addition to the many other accolades that fill his resume. He has worked extensively on television and film scores, TV commercials and Broadway shows, in addition to many records, DVD's and tours with internationally renowned artists, having been a highly sought after drummer for years before landing a spot in Jethro Tull, one of the most acclaimed, ground breaking, unique and intricate of progressive rock bands.

Member of the faculty of the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, Ca. from 1988-1996. He continues to perform solo clinics at Drum Festivals and Music Colleges around the world. In 1992, released a critically acclaimed instructional video entitled “Creative Listening”, still widely used in the curriculum of music schools in the USA and abroad.

Jethro Tull

In 1984 Perry joined Jethro Tull as drummer and percussionist to replace Gerry Conway. He is the second member of Jethro Tull to have been born in the United States; (the first was drummer Mark Craney). He continues to record and tour with the band today and is the third longest standing member of Jethro Tull.

He has played on the following Jethro Tull albums and DVD's:

Live at Hammersmith 1984

20 Years of Jethro Tull (Boxed Set) - CD & Video

Crest of a Knave (Grammy award winner-1989)

25th Anniversary Box Set - CD & Video

A New Day Yesterday - DVD

Rock Island

Jethro Tull - In Concert

Catfish Rising

Roots to Branches

J-Tull Dot Com

Through The Years


The Very Best of Jethro Tull

Live at Montreux 2003 - CD & DVD

Living With The Past - CD & DVD

The Best of Acoustic Jethro Tull

The Jethro Tull Christmas Album

Aqualung Live

Jack in The Green-Live in Germany - DVD

Jethro Tull - Classic Artists - 40th Anniversary-Fully Authorised Story - DVD

Live at AVO Sessions 2008 - CD & DVD

Jethro Tull members - solo recordings:

With Ian Anderson - Divinities - 12 Dances With God

With Martin Barre - The Meeting

With Dave Pegg - Box of Peggs


Doane Perry has used a wide variety of equipment over the years. He will use different drum kits depending on several factors, such as whether he is performing live or recording in the studio. On recent Tull tours and records, he has been using Premier's Artist Series maple drums, but will occasionally use birch Genistas or maple Signia Series drums, Paiste cymbals, DW Pedals & Hardware, Pro Mark Drumsticks, Remo Drum Heads, Rhythm Tech Percussion, LP Percussion.

Personal life

In 1990 he married actress Heather Woodruff. They currently reside in Woodland Hills, California.


External links

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