Born: August 29, 1980 Primary Instrument: Drums
Stockton Helbing is one of the most diverse drummers in the world. He is not only a drummer, but a composer, arranger, producer, band leader, educator, music director, author, and entrepreneur. All at the age of 31!
Stockton leads his own band, the Stockton Helbing Quintet , with whom he tours and performs regularly. In September of 2011, Stockton released his third album with this group entitled Battlestions & Escape Plans . The album not only showcases Stockton's robust drumming and creative composing skills, but also his writing skills as it is based on an original short story of his that is included with the album.
Stockton maintains a busy schedule of performing, recording, and teaching around North America. He is a frequent guest artist at colleges and high schools around the United States largely due to his hefty resume of past performances ranging from jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson to Hip-hop artist Erika Badu to the big band jazz of the University of North Texas One O'clock Lab Band to jazz pianist David Braid to Broadway diva Jennifer Holiday.
Stockton is an Artist in Residence at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Ft. Worth, TX, an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of North Texas, in Denton, TX, and music director at Grace Fellowship Church, in Paradise, TX. Stockton also owns and operates his own independent records label, Armored Records, which focuses on releases by up and coming jazz artists.
Stockton lives in Dallas, TX, with his wife Denise, Jack the dog, and Aquarius the turtle.
- Modern Drummer
When the grade is entered, it‘s no Secret that Helbing has passed this latest test with room to spare and continues to show promise as a drummer and leader.
- All About Jazz
He’s still more about taste and dynamics than flash and razzle dazzle.
- Jazziz Magazine
This young man promises to make a mark in the drummer’s world. He has found a way to express his own voice and has made the achievement to be one of the best drummers that visionary “Boss” Maynard Ferguson has ever hired.
- Jazz Review
I thought Helbing might spontaneously decombust right along with the drum set, either that or reveal he's really a robot. While the next minute he caressed the cymbals as if seducing a lover. He was truly awesome.
- Vail Daily
For Nothing is Secret
Tracks: A Certain Amount of Indescretions; System Theory: Reloaded; If You Could See; For Nothing is Secret; The Bad in Good; PWNED!; Shifty; Say a Silent Prayer; Sco-ing; Emihl's Ghost.
Personnel: Ken Edwards: trumpet/flugelhorn. Steve Wiest: trombone. Chip McNeill: tenor/soprano saxophones. David Braid: piano/fender rodes. Noel Johnston: guitar. Brian Mulholland: bass. Stockton Helbing: drums/cymbals.
Tracks: Sign of the Times; Hey Kid, I'm a Computer; What Could Be, What Has Been; In Orion; Stocktorb; Departure; In the Next; Harrell's Herald; Sell Out; Until Then.
Personnel: Ken Edwards: trumpet/flugelhorn. Tom Luer: tenor saxophone. Noel Johnston: guitar. Brian Mulholland: bass. Stockton Helbing: drums/cymbals.
As A Side Musician
The One and Only
Personnel: Maynard Ferguson, Wayne Bergeron, Ken Edwards, Serafin Aguilar, Patrick Hession: trumpets; Steve Wiest: trombone; Mike Dubaniewicz, Chip McNeill, Denis DiBlasio: saxophones; Jeff Lashway, Christian Jacobs: piano; Brian Mulholland: bass; Stockton Helbing: drums/cymbals/music director.
MF Horn VI
Tracks: Blue Birdland (Opener) ; The Girl From Ipanema; A Frame for the Blues; But Beautiful; Milestones; I'm Old Fashioned; Blues from Around Here; MF Hot Medley; Blue Birdland (Closer).
Personnel: Maynard Ferguson, Patrick Hession, Erne Hammis, Peter Ferguson: trumpets; Julio Montery, Matt Parker, Denis DiBlasio: saxophones; Reggie Watkins: trombone; Jeff Lashway: piano; Craig Butterfield: bass; Stockton Helbing: drums/cymbals.
Tracks: Antipopes; McKinley; They Make Them Like They Used To; Deco; Energon; Running Riot; Stoplight Won't Change; Buy Marvin's Gardens; Bric-a-brac; The Shortest Way; Second Helping.
Personnel: Brian Muholland: bass; Ken Edwards: trumpet/flugelhorn; Tom Luer: tenor saxophone; Noel Johnston: guitar; Stockton Helbing: drums/cymbals.
The Random Puller
Tracks: The Random Puller; Agora; Falez; Lost Child; Luna Bella; Midway Road; Blue Clay; Yeah, Yeah, Yeah; The Cirle Song
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.