VIC FIRTH SIGNATURE ARTIST
JOEY HEREDIA

Joey Heredia is a remarkable drummer who blends a multitude of styles, timing, and unbelievable skill to achieve a unique level of playing making him one of the best in the business. His credits include luminaries like Stevie Wonder, Sheila E, Sergio Mendez, Herb Alpert, Tania Maria, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, and Dianne Reeves.

It's not surprising that Joey became a musician. His mother was a famous singer throughout Mexico, Central and South America in the 1940's and 1950's, and his father, a drummer, was a session player in Los Angeles. Although this appears the perfect recipe for creating a great musician, it wasn't. Joey's mother retired when he was born, and when Joey was only 4 his father had a stroke ending his father's drumming. Growing up in East Los Angeles was definitely rough, and his mother was extremely cautious of Joey's desire to become a musician. She knew exactly how tough the business was and wasn't sure about her son following that path. Joey was persistent, and they struck a bargain. He could follow his musical path - if he kept his grades up. On his 16th birthday Joe's tenacity paid off and his parents relented and finally bought his a Slingerland drumset.

Joey enrolled in East Los Angeles Junior College, and then went onto Los Angeles City College, studying theory, reading, and the art of the big band. At one point he was playing in 5 different big bands a week. After college Joey was an extremely well rounded player with both the education, chops, and experience to tackle any gig. His talent, time, and education paid off when he was chosen by Billy Childs to be part of Dianne Reeves band. This generated considerable interest in the music community and led to the now 22 year old, Joey Heredia, being hired to replace one of his idols, the unavailable Alex Acuna, in Tania Maria's touring band. His fast growing reputation, both with Tania Maria and his session work, quickly led to other remarkable gigs with artist like Sergio Mendez, Brazil 88, Scott Henderson, and Frank Gambale. Firmly establishing Joey at the top of his chosen profession. Not one to rest on his past accomplishments, Joey continually expands his horizons including: Musical Director for Jennifer Page; producing select projects at his studio - Joey's Studio; and co-founding a new record label - "Groove Gallery Records."

PERFORMANCE SPOTLIGHT:



VIDEO SPOTLIGHT:

 Video Interview
  Joey discusses his unique approach to the drumset, his long history in the music scene at home and abroad, and his new signature stick!


Joey's signature stick:
Joey Heredia (SJH)
Joey's signature stick is made of maple and features an extended tip. This very unique tip shape can produce a range of sound depending on the angle from which it is played -- capable of achieving both bright and dark cymbal sounds. The overall length and diameter coupled with the smooth‚ blended taper create a stick that can be played at high powered and super soft dynamic levels.
L = 16 3/16" | Dia. = .580"
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Visit Joey online:
www.joeyheredia.com



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