Drummer and Composer Louie Fitzgerald has been considered by many as one of the best drummers in the world. He started off at the age of five playing on percussion instruments such as tamborines, pots and pans, pianos, and anything else he could bang on. He learned to play in church playing with the church choirs growing up in a pastor’s home. He watched and studied every drummer that came through his dad’s church with any singing group and quickly picked up on it. His first influence on the drums was a drummer by the name of Mike Sinn with the Sinn Family Singers. They were a southern gospel group back in the 1970’s that toured the churches around the country.
Louie received a four piece Slingerland drum set as his first drum set without a snare drum and later talked his parents into purchasing him a snare drum for about $50.00. It was a natural talent from birth to play the drums and passion to play. He was influenced by all of the music on the radio along with all the songs he learned to play with in church. By eight years old he was kieeping very good time and Nashville musicians was amazed at his ability to keep good time at such a young age. As he grew up he eventually got into band in school in the seventh grade and learned to read drum charts and classical percussion music. He became a very proficient sight reader by high school and went on to play with the high school jazz band, marching band and symphonic orchestra. He joined a group called the Peacemakers in the summer of his eighth grade year and toured through Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Michigan and Canada.
He went on a graduated from Astronaut High School and went to Lee University in Cleveland Tennessee where he played in every group on campus. His second year of College was when he won first place in a nation drum championship in Kansas City, MO and was awarded full tuition scholarships acrossed the country. He was selected to travel with the Continental Orchestra and Singers in 1984 and 1985. And went on to be the IN HOUSE Drummer for the Christian Artist Music Seminar in the Rockies . He played with Michael W. Smith, Sandi Patti, Larnell Harris, Phil Driscoll, Shiela Walsh, Scott Wesley Brown, along with being selected to play on the Richard Robert’s TV Show in the house band at ORU. He also recorded on the Richard Roberts Live album which can be purchased through ORU Television Department.
By the age of 20 he had toured around the world amd performed in the QPR soccer stadium in London, England. Louie listened to many jazz drummers and other type of drummers also, but jazz was a major influence on hos playing. He listened a lot to Elvin Jones, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckle, Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Larry London, Steve Smith, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, and even Gene Crupa. He has a lot of the ol jazz albums. He was also influenced by any top 40 drumming on the radio. He went on to tour with The Spurrlows playing for major conventions throughout the country including THE WORLD GAS CONFERENCE in Washington DC, CHRYSLER, IBM, and more. Along with playing the drums he also plays piano and keyboards and composes original music for Tropical Breeze Record Label. The style of music is SMOOTH JAZZ. He recorded an album entitled “Fire, Wind, and Rain” which can be purchased by sending a check or money order for $12.00 + $3.00 S&H ($15.00) to Tropical Breeze Records, P.O. Box 2584, Lake Placid, Florida 33862.
Louie Fitzgerald is working on a new Smooth Jazz Album which will be released sometime in 2006. His “Fire, Wind, And Rain” album has been receiving air play in Florida on Sarasota’s 88.1 nightlight Jazz and it’s sister stations on Sunday nights between 9:00 PM & 11:00 PM. You can call a request in Toll Free: (800)456-8910 and request one of the songs off of Louie Fitzgerald’s Fire, Wind and Rain album or click on http://www.thejoyfm.com/Home.aspx?program_id=62 to email a request in from 88.1 website. Of course the title cut is Fire, Wind, and Rain. We are working on Louie Fitzgerald’s New Website and it should be in all of the engine searches before long. Thank you and enjoy listening to Louie Fitzgerald. A drummer and composer like none you’ve heard in Smooth Jazz.
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