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Bryan TaylorBiography

Bryan Taylor was born in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in a very musical family. His father is a school music director and a percussionist in his own right. As a child, Bryan and his dad spent hours discussing, not only how to play drums, but how to play them musically. Bryan began playing instrumental music at the age of nine. He studied trombone in the school band and drums on the side. Throughout his grade school education he performed on both instruments in many different types of groups. At fifteen Bryan began studying guitar as well. Upon graduating from high school, Bryan focused his studies strictly on percussion. He attended Citrus College in Southern California, where he was instructed by percussionists John Magnussen and Alan Waddington. He performed with several of the performing groups there including, The Blue Note Swing Orchestra, which toured throughout the United States and Japan. After completing three years, Bryan transferred to Azusa Pacific University to continue studying percussion with Bill Schlitt. He performed with several of the ensemble groups on campus, which spanned the genres of classical, fusion, jazz and contemporary styles. Bryan graduated with a B.A. in percussion performance. A few years later he graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a M.M. in drumset performance, studying with Jeff Hamilton and Mike Packer.

Today Bryan records and performs music full time. He is also a faculty percussion instructor at Citrus College. He has traveled and played with many different musical artists across the United States and around the world. Bryan has had the opportunity to play, record and or perform with such artists as Gwen Stefani, Eric Hutchinson, Tommy Walker, Bill Champlin (of Chicago), Crystal Lewis, Ed Cash, Tyrone Wells, Lee Ritenour, Justo Almario, Mac Powell, Tristan Prettyman, Laura Story, Dale Kristien, Linda McCrary, Lee Sklar, Bill Cantos, Chuck Gerard, Bear McCreary, CeCe & Bebe Winans, Tom Brooks, Bill Gaither, John Pena and Abraham Laboriel to name a few.  Recently he has had the opportunity to play for the hit TV show, “The Walking Dead,” “Defiance” and “Eureka.”  Bryan resides in Los Angeles, California.