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I was born in the prairie town of Knoxville, Illinois September 27th 1964. I was lucky to have cool parents who encouraged me in my creative pursuits where it was music, theater, writing or weird art. I became interested in playing the drums in the third grade after seeing Buddy Rich on the Lucy Show. He was judging a local drum contest featuring Ricky Jr. a fine drummer. Inspired, I pooled together some capital and purchased some Ludwig 9a sticks at the local Byerly Music store. With sticks in hand I began exploring a wide range of suitable cookware and five gallon buckets as sound sources. Soon my parents made in investment in a used of brand snare drum drum and cymbal. My middle brother played the saxophone and we immersed in the local PTA and 4H concert circuit at a very young age. It was quite a duo, Mark with his Beuscher tenor and me with my minimalist set up of orange sparkle snare drum and 10” sheet metal cymbal. We had a book that explored all of the hits of the 60’s and 70’s. (We were serious Herb Alpert afficiandos). We even had some cool schtick: I guess times have not really changed.

I played in all of the groups in school and finally learned how to read music.I had a cool high school band director who started hiring me to play drums in his weekend dance band. I t was fun and I made some cash which was nice for an eighth grader. Soon I was playing in local groups of all kinds. A big band, very creative rock band called Common Denominator, country bands, Dixieland bands anything I could play. I was also extremely fortunate to study with a great local drummer who taught me music not just how to play fast. He was very inspirational and was very helpful in my pre paring for college.

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Album Hypocrisy Democracy

Hypocrisy Democracy

Self Produced
2020

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Album Live at Mezzrow by Denny Zeitlin

Live at Mezzrow

Sunnyside Records
2020

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Album Ode to the Road by Dena DeRose

Ode to the Road

HighNote Records
2020

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Album Night at the Movies by Svetlana Shmulyian

Night at the Movies

Starr Records
2019

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Album Honey And Salt by Matt Wilson

Honey And Salt

Palmetto Records
2017

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Album Beginning of A Memory by Matt Wilson

Beginning of A Memory

Palmetto Records
2016

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Bringers

Bringers

Matt Wilson
Honey And Salt

Beginning of a Memory

Beginning of a Memory

Matt Wilson
Beginning of A Memory

No Outerwear

No Outerwear

Matt Wilson
An Attitude For Gratitude

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O

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