Corey Fonville, an influential drummer on today's music scene, has dedicated his life to learning the craft and its history in order to be one of the best drummers of his time. As an artist, and music-enthusiast, he has studied a variety of genres, mostly his father’s collection, which generally consisted of jazz, R&B, alternative, and funk. His skills are rooted in an eclectic background and call attention to the fact that music is hard to typify.

Originally from Virginia Beach, VA, Corey has had the opportunity to play with recognized musicians whom have not only helped him develop as a drummer but also introduced him to the life of a touring artist. Since the age of 2, Corey hasn’t been able to put down the sticks and music was always his passion. He first started creating buzz after high school when he attended New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. While he lived in New York City, he played almost every night with prominent artists from the city and quickly made close connections with influential musicians. He eventually left New School to study at the Dave Brubeck Institute in Stockton, CA where he received a full scholarship to play drums. The Brubeck Institute gave Corey the opportunity to network with many artists that he aspired to be and listened to when he was a child.


Corey Chooses:
American Jazz® 2
A 5A shaft for a light touch.
L = 16" | Dia. = .565"
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Almost immediately after completing The Brubeck Institute, he began traveling the world with notable artists such as Nicholas Payton, Jacky Terrasson, and Christian Scott. Now at the age of 23, Corey is currently touring with the Nicholas Payton Trio and is a member of the Christian Scott Quintet. He is set to tour with Christian Scott in Europe throughout the month of October 2013 and is recording a new record with him in 2014. Additionally, Corey has his own band, Butcher Brown, and completed a West Coast tour with them in 2012. He plans to continue recording with them and hopes to keep building a national fan base.

Corey has proved that his skills make him one of the most recognizable and accomplished contemporary drummers. Through his touring experiences, he wants to continue to develop his technique and sharpen the skills he already possesses in order to continue playing for an audience that truly appreciates the art.