- Carter Beauford
Infobox musical artist
Name = Carter Beauford
Img_capt = Carter Beauford behind his drum kit.
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Carter Anthony Beauford
Born = Birth date and age|1957|11|2|mf=y
Origin = Charlottesville,
Instrument = Percussion
Drum Kit =
Genre = Rock,
Years_active = 1991-present
Label = RCA
Dave Matthews Band
URL = [http://www.davematthewsband.com davematthewsband.com]
DW Drum Pedals
Carter Anthony Beauford (born
November 2, 1957in Charlottesville, Virginia) is a drummer, percussionist, and founding member of the Dave Matthews Band(DMB). He is known for his ability to mix together countless percussion styles, his ambidextrous approach to playing, and is highly regarded for his open hand drummingstyle, where his left hand leads on the hi-hatand ride cymbalin a conventional right-handed drumset set-up.
Beauford was exposed to drumming at the age of three. At the time, his father had bought tickets to a
Buddy Richconcert and could not find someone to watch his son, so he took young Carter along to the show. Carter was mesmerized by Buddy Rich on stage. After that show, Carter's father bought his son a tin drum set with paper heads since Carter showed much interest in learning the instrument. Carter began playing his first professional gigs when he was nine. He earned a degree in music from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.
Secrets, Dave Matthews Band
Eventually, he joined Secrets, a Richmond-based
jazz fusionband. Other members included saxophonist LeRoi Moore, trumpeter John D'earth, vocalistDawn Thompson, keyboardist Butch Taylor, and guitarist Tim Reynolds. Secrets would perform throughout Virginia, often at "Miller's", the bar in Charlottesville where Dave Matthewsworked as a bartender. Carter also played in Blue Indigo with LeRoi Moore, Sal Soghoian, and George Melvin. A driving Jazz band, [http://eyeoncville.com/blindigo/default.htm Blue Indigo] performed regularly at Tokyo Rose and Miller's, and was featured at the Delaware Water Gap Jazz Festival. Eventually, Dave approached both Carter and LeRoi regarding some music he had written that he wished to record. Upon listening, Beauford agreed, thus establishing his permanent status as DMB drummer.
Has a daughter named Breana Symone from his first marriage.
With his second wife, Karen, he has two children: a daughter, Nadja Angelique Beauford born October 5th 2001 and a son Marcus Carrington Beauford born in December 2004.
Beauford has also contributed to other artists on side projects including work with
Vertical Horizon, Carlos Santana, John Popper( Blues Traveler), and Victor Wooten( Bela Fleck and the Flecktones).
*Carter Beauford is a student pilot. He discusses this briefly on The Gorge DVD in the special features section, during which the band flies in a helicopter over the Gorge Amphitheater.
*Carter explains his unusual playing style in his instructional video "Under The Table & Drumming", attributing his use of left-hand-lead on a right-handed kit to playing his own kit in front of a mirror as a child in an attempt to emulate his favorite drummers like
Buddy Rich. Young Carter unknowingly set up his drums in reverse of whichever performer & set he had in mind in an attempt to make the mirrored image of himself match that of the audience perspective, as he had seen it on stage and TV. This helped him to become completely ambidextrous at a very early age, albeit by accident.
*During Dave Matthews Band's 2008 Summer Tour, Carter has worn Footjoy golf gloves to play the drums.
Beauford uses a
Yamaha Drums drum set, Zildjiancymbals, Remodrumheads, Promarksticks and mallets, Yamahaand Drum Workshophardware, and various Latin Percussioncowbells, woodblocksand other assorted percussionequipment.
* [http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Carter_Beauford.html Carter Beauford at Drummerworld]
* [http://www.beaufordbuddy.com/cb_drum_kit.htm Carter's drum kit and equipment list]
* [http://www.dmband.com Official Dave Matthews Band website]
* [http://www.vdrums.es/?p=26 Carter Beauford Kit for Roland Vdrums TD12]
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