Born in Seneca Falls, New York, July 16th 1968, Loraine Faina began playing drums around the age of nine. During her early years of band through high school, she received numerous outstanding musicianship and performance awards, many of which were from the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE). In 1986 Loraine attended Oswego State University where she performed in the college big band as well as in town with small groups. Soon into her freshman year she was approached by the director of Jazz Studies and asked to join his group “Freefall”. Throughout the next 3 1/2 years, Loraine worked extensively in the upstate New York region as well as performing in local operas, musicals and dinner theater. She also traveled to the island of Montserrat, BWI to record in “Air Studios.”
In 1990, after graduation from Oswego, Loraine moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There she had opportunities to perform with Dr, Lonnie Smith, Ira Sullivan, Pete Minger, Randy Bernsen, Gary Campbell, Dennis Noday, Melton Mustafa, and many other great musicians. In 1995 she was awarded a full scholarship to Florida International University and obtained a Masters in Music Education in 1998. Throughout those academic years, Loraine performed extensively with Arturo Sandoval, in addition to Dr. Billy Taylor, Antonio Hart, Nat Adderly, Clark Terry, Nestor Torres, Don Menza and the Four Freshman. She also traveled to Brazil to perform at the Maceio Jazz Festival and Quito, Ecuador, where she performed with Arturo Sandoval. Loraine also performed at the Mid- West Band and Orchestra Clinic as well as an IAJE conference with Arturo Sandoval.
Throughout her years living in Florida, Loraine has spent time in the studio, recording for various local artists. She completed her own project in 1997 with Mike Orta on piano and his brother Nicky on bass, which was engineered by Kevin Kaufman.
In January of 1998, Loraine was one of five musicians selected in a worldwide collegiate competition. The five finalists were to be the first “Sisters in Jazz” group to perform at the IAJE convention in New York City. Immediately after graduation from FIU, Lorraine joined Grammy Award winning artist, Peabo Bryson. She recorded a Japanese version of the song “A Whole New World” with Peabo later that year in Osaka, Japan while on tour. In early 1999 she performed a live taping with Peabo for BET. Windham Hilt released this video later that year. Over the four years and counting with Peabo, she has been back to Japan many times playing at the Blue Note Cafe in Osaka, Fukuoka and Tokyo. Loraine has also been a part of many festivals both in and out of the country while performing with Peabo. During this time she has also performed with Regina Belle and Roberta Flack.
In January of 2001, Loraine was invited to perform at the NAMM show as a special guest. This was the second year of “Groove Night” where a handful of players performed at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, California. She shared the stage with such greats as Peter Erskine, Sonny Emory, Alex Acuna, Chris Parker, Rick Marotta and other top players. She was also selected to be on the cover of the NAMM magazine with a live shot of that performance.
In late summer 2001, Loraine moved to New York City, falling in love with the musical/cultural diversity and endless opportunities.