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Tim Keeley

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Although growing up replacing my home lights with colored bulbs and air guitaring to Bon Jovi imagining the crowd which consisted of my mom and dad was an audience of thousands, it was my 8th grade year in school that I realized I wanted to spend my life behind the drum kit. Starting out on an old used kit my dad got me playing in my church and the schools jazz band eventually turned into my grandma getting me my first real kit. With my new kit came hours of me playing along to Born to be Wild and Smoke on the Water annoying everyone in the house. When I got into high school came marching band which for me was a whole new world of drumming that instantly puled me in. At this time I also started taking drum lessons from a local instructor named Todd Eggar. His teaching were mainly in the big band and swing genres of music. Also at this time I met up with current band mate and incredible singer/songwriter Tony Reed. We would spend hours together with me on the drums and him on the bass guitar trying our hardest to learn some of our favorite songs. Eventually we met guitarist Kent Lloyd and formed the punk rock trio Typical Youth and started playing every weekend anywhere we could. We were 17 years old and playing weekend tours out of state was the life we were dreaming of, that is until we got home from our third show of the weekend at 3:00 monday morning and had to be at school by 8:00am. We didn’t care though, music is what we lived for. My main influence as a drummer is what I learned in my four years of high school marching band. With instuctors from DCA lines such as the Reading Buccaneers and the Empire Statesmen and DCI lines such as the Glassmen and the one and only Blue Devils, it was more of a drum corps oriented line than a high school line. Through out my four years of high school marching band, we competed in the group four level at the Atlantic Coast Championships all four years finishing in the top 5. Words can’t begin to describe how much I learned in those four year. I owe credit to Patsy Vankirk and the rest of the drum staff for what I do today. After graduating from high school came me teaming up with bassist Hoy Reigle and Guitarist Pat Seiberling creating the band Battle Plan. This was my first taste of really traveling and spending countless hours in the studio. Battle Plan’s mixture of funk with the driving force of classic rock took them all over the east coast. While playing with this group I was taking lessons under Jack Lawton. His teachings taught me to sit behind the kit and play fluently in all kinds of jazz and latin music. Currently I am touring with the pop/punk trio known as I Dare You. After four albums, sponsorships from instrument and clothing companies, and our music featured on several compilation cd’s and on daily rotation at radio stations through Pennsylvania we continue to batter the east coast and middle eastern states with tour dates. When I’m not playing with I Dare You, I’m performing with the hard hitting, in your face, heavy rock band known as Faith Until Falling who is rapidly becoming one of the most popular rock bands in Central Pennsylvania. Aside from my bands I am also giving lessons to drummers ranging from beginner to advanced and doing studio work for bands from all over the state and also building custom kits to order. Now as a full time musician at age 21 and hundreds of shows under my belt, working hard trying to become the best drummer I could be has given me the foundation to turn what I love into more than just a past time. To find out more visit my web site at www.timkeeley.com


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