Often referred to as a "prodigy" by his fans, Tony Royster Jr. participated in numerous drummer events and contests worldwide from a very young age -- including the 1995 Guitar Center National Drum-Off competition in Hollywood, CA which he won at the ripe old age of 11!
Today, Tony plays drums for Jay-Z among other top artists. Tony's career has included many high-profile performances such as TV's Nickelodeon House Band (lead by Paul Shaffer of the David Letterman show), the Jenny Jones show, the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards show, and an international tour in 2001 backing #1 selling Asian artist, Hikaru Utada. Additionally, he is regularly invited to perform at prestigious events worldwide such as PASIC, Modern Drummer Festival, and Montreal Drumfest.
Proficient in numerous styles, Tony excels at Funk, R&B, Latin, Rock, and Jazz. He has performed alongside such notable drummers as Billy Cobham, Steve Smith, Sheila E., and veteran drummer Chester Thompson. He has also graced the stage with legendary musician's Branford Marsalis, Paul Shaffer, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, among others.
|Tony's sticks of choice:|
|Tony Royster Jr. (STR)
Barrel tip for sensitive drum and cymbal sounds. A great choice for jazz‚ rock‚ latin and funk.
L = 16 1/8" | Dia. = .547" [enlarge photo]
|American Classic® Extreme 5A
For the 5A player who wants more power and reach.
L = 16 1/2" | Dia. = .565" [enlarge photo]
For a complete bio, discography, tour and clinic information, visit Tony online!