Roger Friend’s musical career spans over 4 decades of diverse experience. Touring in more than 100 countries, with elements of all origins has given him vast international musical experience. He is a high level, multi-faceted drummer and percussionist.
As an educator and percussion facilitator Roger is always motivated to inspire and encourage aspiring drummers to grow and achieve on their own paths. Both private and classroom lessons are available.
Performing clinics in stores and other facilities to promote a product, while working with many leading manufacturers in marketing and design is yet another outlet for his deep passion for drums and the drumming community.
Performing shows at the famed Spaghettini's in Seal Beach, La Palapa in Long Beach and performing at festivals including LA's 94.7 The Wave's Jazzfest and opening for the legendary Dionne Warwick in Orange County. Roger is currently performing weekly with various artists at the prestigious Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad with many artists such as: Heather Nation, Bill Fleming, Joe Rathburn, Robby Breen, Larry Morgan, DeBlois Milledge, Rob Gironda, Jon Harford, David Beldock, Scott Carter, Ed Graves and many others. He performs and also books the entertainment Wed-Thur on the Bluefire Grill patio, Fridays and Saturdays down on the Courtyard Sage, 6-10 PM.
Go to the Calendar Page to see the current performance schedule.
Roger Resided in Austin from Dec 2008 until The Fall of 2010 working and collaborating with several artists and bands in the Central Texas area including; Project MOSS, tours and recordings with Andy Macintyre's Primal Groove, Wink Keziah, J J Usher and 2 Big Bands: NAJO & The Austin Jazz Band. The highlight of the Austin experience was working with Billy Crockett and the wonderful folks at Blue Rock Studios... an amazing place! bluerocktexas.com
Past accomplishments include:
Tours & Recordings w/Steve Oliver, voted number one Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year 2010 & 2011; Performing locally and throughout the US. Recorded on First View, 3D & Positive Energy. Numerous tours & recordings w/Steve Reid’s Bamboo Forest (members of The Rippingtons), Signed with Universal Records Worldwide Distribution; Extensive touring throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, International Jazz Festivals, Arenas and Premier Jazz Clubs; Recorded on: Watersign, Mysteries & Passion in Paradise.
Various tracking sessions for major films with Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. Recordings with Accidental Tribe 'First Rain' & Mango Reality 'Hoka Hey'. Recording and Tours with Tony MacLaren’s 'Big Bang' & 'Tall Tales and Short Stories'. Recording and Tours with Bill MacPherson, Native Vibe, Blistering Blues and extensive tours w/Jazzatopia Featuring Mark Antoine, Everett Harp & Slim Man. Various other Concert Dates and recording projects w/national & international artists throughout the US & Europe. While residing in Europe (England, France and Sweden) he toured, performed and recorded with many top European based bands and artists in many musical genres.
Roger is always seeking other musician's with a similar global awareness and musical diversity...
He would love to hear from you! He currently has availability for producing your project or participating in recording sessions, live performances, etc.
To contact Roger send an email: email@example.com or text/call: 818-606-0303.
See the Performance Calendar page for current shows.