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David Northrup

Band or Affiliations: 
Boz Scaggs, Travis Tritt, The Oak Ridge Boys

Drumming Influences: Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Carlos Vega, Dave Weckl, David Garibaldi, Stewart Copeland, John Bonham, Phil Collins, Manu Katche, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jim Keltner, Omar Hakim, Peter Erskine, Bernard Purdie, Rick Marotta, Jerry Marotta, Dennis Chambers, Zigaboo, Grady Tate, Buddy Rich, Neal Peart, Steve Jordan, Matt Chamberlin, Tony Williams, Ed Greene, Frank Briggs, Wilby Fletcher and on and on…….

Influences: Jesus Christ, The Music of Peter Gabriel, Sting, The Police, Marcus Miller, Tower Of Power, The Meters, The Beatles, The Yellow Jackets, Weather Report, Motown, The Wrecking Crew, Led Zeppelin, Chick Corea, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Genesis, 805 and so many other

We asked...Why Gretsch?: 

“Over the years you just find out some of your heros, although they happily endorsed various other drum companies for their live performance their recorded sound, the sound that drew you in and connected with you was, in fact GRETSCH Drums. (Jeff Porcaro, Vinne Colaiuta, John JR Robinson, Carlos Vega, Curt Bisquera, etc.) That Great Gretsch Sound. Probably the most recorded drum sound ever! It defines my sound.”

Advice to Aspiring Musicians: 

"I don't consider myself so much as a religious person but more of a spiritual person. I'd like people to know I acknowledge God and credit Him for where I'm at in my life and career. It's all Him, not me. I'm just the proud recipient of his blessings. Working hard, making sacrifices is all a part of it. But being still and listening and praying for guidance, that's when things begin to fall into your lap, out of nowhere. I have an incredible wife and two beautiful children, and I play drums for a living. It's amazing and crazy! That's been my dream from a very early age, almost my entire life, and I'm in the middle of that dream everyday. I truly believe this was and continues to be something God had always intended for my life. It's been a matter of being patient. staying out of my own way, trusting and letting Him open and close the doors. Never stop wishing and never stop dreaming…. never!” - Modern Drummer Interview June 2008