About Sam

Sam WardMost importantly, I love to play drums. The feeling that I’ve come to realize I can achieve through rhythm is unlike any other. A transcendental and indescribable feeling.

I started playing seriously at age twelve after I’d been bangin’ on tables and such for much of my childhood (Corny? Yes, but true… There seems to be a pattern with kids who bang on kitchenware becoming drummers, huh?). Due to all the table banging, I was given a lil’ junior kit for Christmas at age five and starting taking private lessons. Although I knew from the get go that there was a certain level of intimacy between me and the drum set, the private lessons only lasted a few weeks. My five year old mind was a bit too scattered to maintain focus, although I continued to mess around on the kit sporadically over the course of the following seven years.

When I returned to the drums at age twelve, the grooves and rhythms that had been developing in my subconscious took little time to translate to my limbs, and I knew from that point on that this was my thing – this was something that I would never be able to get enough of. Looking back on the initial stages of my drumming career, it’s wild to think about just how quickly music and the drums consumed my thoughts. When I was not at home playing or jamming with friends, I was sitting in class tapping out rhythms on my legs to the point that teachers would become irritated with me. I just couldn’t stop. I knew I had ideas within me that needed to be expressed, so I worked tirelessly to develop the vocabulary that I would need in order to express them. Just about two months later, I found myself sitting in with a reggae band while vacationing with my family on the British Virgin Island, Anguilla. I distinctly remember playing “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley with these guys, a tune I had dreamt about playing for as long as I could remember. I was in heaven. Although my facility on the drums was quite limited at the time, I could definitely groove. I remember sitting there with these older musicians, lost in the feeling and movement of the music as though I had transcended this plane of existence. In the following four months or so,  I joined two bands and began playing live at every possible opportunity: Teen centers, town halls, art spaces, motorcycle rides, homecoming festivals, you name it.

The ride that began over a decade ago continues to this day, and the roller coaster just seems to be climbing higher and higher all the time. I can foresee that this ride will never end – there may be ups and downs but it’s all part of the ride, and I have learned that the most crucial skill to have as a musician is to be able to enjoy every minute of it, to be in the moment, and to just do it. Nowadays, I still spend almost every waking moment either playing, studying, teaching or simply just thinking about what I could do to be a better musician. I have had the opportunity to share the stage with many incredible artists such as Livingston Taylor, James Montgomery, Turkuaz, Spiritual Rez, Goosepimp Orchestra, the New Mastersounds, Tauk, Naughty Octopus, the New Review, Nicole Alexandra, Goodwill and Them Apples Band, Liz Longley, Ayla Brown, Jake Pardee, Steven Feifke, Melissa Fielding, Rachel Gambiza and Derek Teichert, among many others. The only difference now is that there are no teachers left to tell me to stop tapping.

Check out some recordings of mine and feel free to contact me if you need a drummer/percussionist for whatever kind of project you’ve got. I vow to always bring my immense passion for what I do to the table.

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Performance Experience

Drummer – The New Review, September 2013 – Present

  • Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA
  • The Phoenix Landing, Cambridge, MA
  • The Plough and Stars, Cambridge, MA
  • Club Church, Boston, MA
  • Copperfield’s, Boston, MA
  • Inner Sanctum, Sanctum Sound Studios, Boston, MA

Drummer – Goodwill and Them Apples Band, January 2014 – January 2015

  • 200 Weddings/Corporate Functions/Clubs during 2014

Drummer – Goosepimp Orchestra, May 2012 – June 2013

  • Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA
  • The Spot Underground, Providence, RI
  • The Beach House, Falmouth, MA
  • Follyfest, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Bella Terra Festival, Stephentown, NY
  • Rock and Roll Resort, Kerhonksen, NY\
  • Bishop’s Lounge, Northampton, MA
  • Tammany Hall, Worcester, MA
  • Stella Blues, New Haven, CT
  • Some Kind of Jam 8, Schuylkill Haven, PA
  • Mill St. Brews, Southbridge, MA
  • Black Oak Tavern, Oneonta, NY
  • Nectar’s, Burlington, VT

Drummer – Berklee Parliament Funkadelic Ensemble, Spring 2012 – Spring 2013

  • Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA
  • The Phoenix Landing, Cambridge, MA

Drummer/founding member – Naughty Octopus, April 2012 – present

  • Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge MA
  • Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA
  • Cafe 939, Boston, MA
  • The Phoenix Landing, Cambridge, MA

Drummer – Experimental Roots band Jake Pardee Trio/Band June, 2010-present

  • Harbor Loop Concert Series, Gloucester, MA
  • Landing Pub, Marblehead, MA
  • Wingaersheek Beach Party, Gloucester, MA
  • Rockport Acoustic Festival
  • The Farm Bar and Grille, Essex, MA
  • Rhumbline, Gloucester, MA
  • Shalin Liu Performance Center – opened for Livingston Taylor, September, 2010
  • Also performed as backing band for special guest, Ayla Brown
  • Guest performance by Berklee alum, Liz Longley
  • Phoenix Landing, Cambridge, MA,
  • Ipswich Festival of Lights, Ipswich, MA
  • Café Luna, Cambridge, MA
  • Expresso Café, Gloucester, MA
  • Harvest Festival, Rockport, MA
  • Rockport High School Fundraiser, Rockport, MA
  • Pickled Onion, Beverly, MA
  • Self Promoted “Holiday Homecoming 2010” Fundraiser for Kiva Microfinance, Hamilton, MA
  • Club Church of Boston
  • All Asia Bar, Cambridge, MA
  • Parker House Bar and Grille, Dracut, MA
  • The Dogbar, Gloucester, MA

Berklee Performance Center, November 2010

  • Performed “Killer Crackles” at the Singer/Songwriter Showcase, a tune written by Berklee student Tim Phillips

Drummer – Rock/Theatre band Gambiza, June, 2010-present

  • All Asia Bar
  • Lucky Dog Music Hall, Worcester, MA
  • The Precinct, Somerville, MA

Drummer – Neo-Country band Los Bandoleros, March, 2010-present

  • PA’s Lounge, Somerville, MA
  • Berklee Cafeteria Show
  • EP recording underway

Drummer – Funk/Rock band Derek Teichert Band, April, 2009 – January, 2010

  • House Band at the Parrot Bar & Grille, Cataumet, MA – Summer ‘09
  • Grumpy’s Pub, Falmouth, MA
  • All Asia Bar

Drummer – Transparent Four (Folk Rock Band), 2008-present

  • Pingree High School – 2008-2009 – series of fundraisers and auctions
  • Summer 2009
  • Farmers Market – Newburyport, MA
  • Yankee Homecoming Festival, Newburyport, MA
  • “Dirty” Duathlon at Maudslay State Park, Newburyport, MA
  • Powwow Triathlon, Amesbury, MA
  • Newburyport Skate Fest 2009
  • Summer 2010
  • B.Good Lounge in Boston, MA
  • All Asia Bar
  • PHS fundraisers and events

Drummer – Pingree High School (PHS), South Hamilton, MA

  • Pit Orchestra 2005-2009
  • 2009 performance of Zombie Prom nominated for Best Orchestra by the North Shore Theatre Spotlight Awards
  • 2010 – Post High School – Hired as drummer for winter musical pit band
  • Jazz Band 2005-2009
  • January, 2009 – Selected as drummer for the Massachusetts North-East District Jazz Ensemble

Drummer – Pop/punk trio Mission for a Minor 2004-2007

2004-2005 – Recreation center/north shore teen music venues: Fishtown Artspace, Gloucester, MA; Ipswich Recreation Center, Ipswich, MA; Gloucester Teen Center, Sad Café, Plaistow, NH; Danvers Rock Festival, Danvers, MA, Yankee Homecoming Festival, Newburyport, MA, Opening for James Montgomery Blues Band, Landry Stadium, Amesbury, MA, Nelson’s Ride ‘05 Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield, MA

Recordings

  • Recorded EP with Naughty Octopus at Studio 9B in Milford, MA
  • Recording drums at Sanctum Sound Studios in Boston for Melissa Fielding’s soon to be released debut album
  • Recorded drums for “Milton’s Revenge” and “Royals on Display”, two tracks on Gambiza’s soon to be released album, “Mr. Shiny Pants”
  • “Hide & Seek Me” by Melissa Fielding, Cybersound Productions, Spring 2010
  • Single released on Interrobang Records, available for download on Itunes
  • Recording of Los Bandoleros’ first EP, currently underway
  • Recording of Jake Pardee Trio’s first EP, currently underway at Gloucester engineer Bradley Royds’ home studio
  • Recorded full length disc (Mission for a Minor), Jet Recording in 2004
  • Recorded EP “Dropdead” in 2005 at Dream on Studios in Essex, MA with Berklee alumnus James Murphy and Jack Tomaiolo
  • Recorded EP “Bag” in 2006 at Dream on Studios

Education

  • Pingree High School class of 2009Winner of Performing Arts Award Graduation Class of 2009 Winner of Jeswald Performing Arts Award 2008 Winner of French award, 2005-2008 Graduated with Academic Distinction
  • Graduated Berklee College of Music Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Drum Performance in May, 2013Accepted Early Action with scholarship Maintained a GPA of 3.3+ Invited to National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Studied drum set privately with James Murphy, 2005-2010 (Berklee alumni, Blue Man Group house band, Elephant House drummer)While at Berklee – Studied drums with Casey Scheuerell (Chaka Khan), Bob Tamagni, Neal Smith, Mark Walker (Paquito D’Rivera, Grammy award winner), Kenwood Dennard (Sting, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Dizzy Gillespie, among others), Alberto Netto, Mike Mangini (Steve Vai, Dream Theatre), Joe Galeota, Dave DiCenso (Duran Duran, Hiromi, John Petrucci, among others), Kim Plainfield and Tony ‘Thunder’ Smith (Santana, Jan Hammer Group, Lou Reed)

Teaching Experience

  • Private drum set lessons since 2008, 25 total students

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