I am a professional drummer based in the DC area and I am available for performances and sessions. I am extremely versatile and professional, with experience in many genres!
Andrew is very professional and not hard to deal with. He follows simple instruction and accommodated all my requests. I will definitely use his service again and will refer to my friends. He has an amazing talent, very nice and on time! Thank you so much for being part of performance!
I asked for Andrew's expertise to drum for my pageant. He is very professional and easy to deal with. He did not give me a hard time at all and even reached out to me when I got so busy. Book him!
Response from Andrew Toy:
Thanks so much Ed! You're a fantastic performer and it was an honor to support you. I hope to work with you again!
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I began playing the drums at age 9 and since then I have been honing and applying those skills to musical groups of all types, from rock and pop to big band to world music to orchestral to small combos and everything in between.
Some career highlights so far:
In 2007, I embarked on a two and a half year gig with Princess Cruises as a show band drummer, and travelled the world on some of the world’s most modern ships while performing on stage over 1000 times.
In 2011, I joined renowned Celtic/Gypsy/Americana band Scythian, a band which tours extensively and is known for their energetic live show.
In 2013, I joined The Royal Noise, an exciting band that “forges an ebullient fusion of sinewy funk, gritty jazz, psychedelic rock and live hip-hop elements”.
In 2014, I toured the USA from coast to coast (Maryland to California and back) with Virginia-based rock ‘n’ roller Zach Bellas.
I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to share the stage with many great musicians, such as: Chris Amott of Arch Enemy, Grammy Award winner Jim Lauderdale, Johnny Thunder of The Drifters, Jim Yester of The Association, Jeff Coffin of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Liberace protege Linda Gentille, Billy Richards of The Coasters, Jamila Ajibade of The Fifth Dimension, Australian rocker Roland Storm, Bob Denver protege Trevor Knight, Bob Allen of Sister Sledge, and many others. Other musicians have consistently commented on my solid feel, adaptability, and professionalism.
Musically and personally, I strongly feel that diversity and openness are key in a person’s development. As a performer, I feel that performing with musicians of different backgrounds is a constant source of inspiration and engaging music. As an educator, I emphasize
the role of music as a form of expression and its parallel to verbal language. I encourage students to enjoy the music-making (and learning) process and to view mechanics as a means to their own creativity and expression.
In terms of drumming, I love anything that grooves, regardless of genre. Drummers that make odd rhythms sound comfortable and who are creative while serving the song are the types of drummers that excite me. Some of my all-time favorite drummers are Jean-Paul Gaster, Stephen Perkins, Matt Cameron, and Benny Greb.
Besides drumming, I am an avid traveller and have visited over 70 countries (on all 7 continents!). I also enjoy photography, hiking, fishing, and reading.
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