Romey's Ramblings

Random musings of Jeromey Balderrama

Drumming

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Drumming is a great passion of mine. I have been playing for over 20 years, starting in middle school. I have vast experience in many different aspects of drumming, from concert percussion to drum corp style marching band. However my main focus is as a drum set player.

Throughout my career, I have played in various genres: primary focused in Modern and Classic Rock, but I have also have experience in Jazz, Ska, Funk, Christian Contemporary & Praise, Hard Rock/Metal, Reggae and Country. I’m always up for new challenges and appreciate the opportunities to expand my musical knowledge.

Skills & Areas of Focus

Before I was drumming I played piano, which gave me the ability to play mallet instruments, but most importantly understand music theory.  I can read charts and am an effective sight-reader.  I can pick up on songs very quickly, and always am willing to put in the practice on my own time to make sure that I’m not letting the group down.

My biggest gift is my ability to blend in tastefully with virtually any music scenario.  I use my kit to add rich textures and colors to music, but without detracting too much from the focus of the song.  My ability to maintain the tempo and keep “in the pocket” – a must for any drummer – is precise.  I have no problems playing with a click track, but oftentimes don’t need one.

Influences

Among my biggest musical influences is Carter Beauford of Dave Matthews Band. I have grown to admire his approach to drumming.  Other great influences are Stewart Copeland (the Police), Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa, Sting), Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), Danny Carey (Tool) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

I love all genres of music, from modern rock to pop, to rap & hip-hop, to jazz, to country and even classical music. Check out my Last.FM Profile to see who are among my favorite artists.

Additional Abilities

I am also energized by the promotional aspect of a band/project. I have an extensive background in web/graphic design and enjoy applying it to my projects.  I am also very experienced in social media technologies and how to  promote a band and interact with fans.  I also have experience in booking shows along the Front Range, as well as creating EPK’s and press kits.  I have began dabbling with video production as well, learning through recording drum covers.  I also own an Audio Interface and drum mics, and have the ability to record.

Current Status

I am currently looking to get involved with a project. I am very flexible, but some ideal traits for me would include:

  • An already-established project/band that is looking for a replacement drummer, or needs drummer to step in to enable a band to play out as soon as possible – if many songs are already written, that would be awesome
  • A band that’s is looking for help terms of promotion. I would love to help where I can with promotional materials and social media marketing
  • A band that is looking for a rehearsal pattern of 1-2x per week. I’d be happy to do 2x per week out the gate, but a continuing schedule of 1x per week would be helpful (I’ll commit to putting in the time in between).
  • A band that is looking to play out 2-4 times per month, with shows mainly located around Denver and Colorado. I would be open to some weekend tours (as well as the occasional roadie)
  • A band that has a rehearsal space, but I can provide one if necessary at my house in Windsor

I would be open to any genre, but I believe I could fit into including modern/alternative rock, hard rock, hip-hop, funk and jazz.

I am based out of Windsor/Fort Collins, but am willing to commute for rehearsals and shows. For the last six years I commuted to Boulder and Thornton, and am willing to do the same for a project I believe in.

If you’re looking for a drummer, I would love to get in touch! I can be reached at romeyinfc [at] gmail [dot] com

Audio

Videos

Drum Cover of #41 by Dave Matthews Band

Drum Cover of Blood On The Leaves by Kanye West

Check out more of my drum covers on my YouTube Channel


Entangled with Greenfoot
Temptation with Greenfoot


Sing Sing Sing with the WiseAcres Jazz Band (taken from my phone)

Pictures

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Projects/Activities

Name Genre Details/Involvement
WiseAcres Jazz Band
(2008-Present)
Jazz, Big-Band Drummer for 14-piece band. Currently rehearse 2x per month, play 1 show per month. Re-designed web site
Remington Street Jazz
(2013-Present)
Jazz Sit-in drummer for shows, playing jazz standards.
The Pamlico Sound
(2013)
Funk Long-term sub drummer for 7-piece funk band playing originals and covers.
Ken and the Action Figures / Ken Stevens Trio (2010-2012) Rock Drummer for singer/songwriter-based trio, performing originals and covers. Designed web site.
Greenfoot
(2006-2010)
Classic-Infused Rock Drummer for 3-piece band that has played over 50 shows over the 4-year span.  Rehearsed 1x per week, played 1-2 shows per month. In addition, built web site and designed promotional materials.
“Barn Yard Band”
(Sporadic)
Classic Country Drumming for an annual volunteer school event in May.
Raymond Strikes Back
(2003-2004)
Covers Drummed for cover band during various events.
Greenmont Doctors
(2002)
Funk, Dancehall
The Croutones
(2000-2002)
Ska Please get in touch with me if you’d like to hear recordings.