Carter Beauford

Carter Beauford

Infobox musical artist
Name = Carter Beauford

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Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Carter Anthony Beauford
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Born = Birth date and age|1957|11|2|mf=y
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
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Origin = Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Instrument = Percussion
Drum Kit = Yamaha
Genre = Rock, jazz
Occupation = Musician
Years_active = 1991-present
Label = RCA
Associated_acts = Dave Matthews Band
URL = []
Notable_instruments = Yamaha Drums
Zildjian Cymbals
Evans Drumheads
Pro-Mark Drumsticks
DW Drum Pedals
Latin Percussion

Carter Anthony Beauford (born November 2, 1957 in 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 drumming style, where his left hand leads on the hi-hat and ride cymbal in 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 Rich concert 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 fusion band. Other members included saxophonist LeRoi Moore, trumpeter John D'earth, vocalist Dawn Thompson, keyboardist Butch Taylor, and guitarist Tim Reynolds. Secrets would perform throughout Virginia, often at "Miller's", the bar in Charlottesville where Dave Matthews worked as a bartender. Carter also played in Blue Indigo with LeRoi Moore, Sal Soghoian, and George Melvin. A driving Jazz band, [ 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.

Personal life

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.

Other collaboration

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, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, Promark sticks and mallets, Yamaha and Drum Workshop hardware, and various Latin Percussion cowbells, woodblocks and other assorted percussion equipment.

External links

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* [ Carter Beauford at Drummerworld]
* [ Carter's drum kit and equipment list]
* [ Official Dave Matthews Band website]
* [ Carter Beauford Kit for Roland Vdrums TD12]

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