Born: January 8, 1972 Primary Instrument: Drums
Eric Starr is well known as a drummer, and drummers are meticulous. There are rules in drumming that go beyond the obvious. Keeping a beat is not everything. Yet Eric is also a composer, and what truly distinguishes his music is its inventiveness - he's not limited by any kind of convention. While that may seem like a paradox, it's not: Eric's training and experience as a drummer have allowed him a freedom and an ability to compose in a way that's uniquely his own.
Eric started playing the drums at the age of six; his father, a trumpeter, toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. I remember watching the drummer really swing, and that changed my life. His first taste of live performance was when he and his brother Nelson climbed on stage to jam after a Dorsey concert . The audience, still in the ballroom, started cheering. We just ate it up. I even signed an autograph that night; a guy who worked at the hotel came over to me with this thick book and said 'See this? This is Buddy Rich's signature. I want you to sign right next to his name.' I don't know if I deserved that - but I sure had fun that night....