Chris is appearing in association with Meinl and Vic Firth
Chris Coleman has been playing drums since the ripe old age of two, sitting on his uncle’s knee in church. He traveled with his father and uncles who performed together in a gospel ensemble. He took top honors in his hometown “Music Appreciation Awards” at the age of 14, and began traveling throughout the country with several gospel groups including Marvin Winans, Edwin Hawkins, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong – as well as performing with five jazz/variety/show bands.
In 1999, Chris graduated with honors from the Drummer’s Collective. He was offered a scholarship to Berklee School of Music, was accepted into Manhattan School of Music, and received a recommendation from Ed Soph to attend North Texas State. He opted instead to return to his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan to start full-time ministry and ATW Global. He moved briefly to Cleveland to join the instructional staff at Christian Music Academy.
On December 8, 2001, Chris was honored to win 1st place in the National Drum Competition sponsored by Guitar Center, which hosted 30,000+ drummers. He then came to Atlanta to study Bass guitar at AIM, where he was pleased to accept a position teaching drums.
Since that time, Chris has had a non-stop schedule of work, with highlights that include studio work with Prince, touring and recording with Israel Houghton and the New Breed, touring with Stanly Clarke, Chaka Khan, Rachelle Ferrell, Lee Ritenour, NKOTB and many more. In addition, Chris keeps an extremely busy teaching schedule between Los Angeles and NYC where he teaches at the Drummers Collective.
Chris has also appeared at many of the world’s top drum festivals, including the Meinl Drum Festival, PASIC, and the Modern Drummer Festival.
21” Dark Ride
15” Thin Crash-Brill
18” Medium Thin Crash Traditional
20” Med Crash-Brill
12” SC Piccolo Trash China
16” XDry China
10” Dark Splash
13” BYZ Dark Hats
SQ1 Series (Birch Shells)
20” Bass Drum
8”, 10”, 12” Tom Toms
14”, 16” Floor Toms
14” Snare Drum
12” Snare Drum (Artist Series Birch)
Hardware: 600 & 4000 Series, Giant Step Pedal
Evans EC2 Clear (Toms Batter) (8”,10”,12”,14”,16”)
Evans G14 Clear (Toms Resonant) (8”,10”,12”,14”,16”)
Evans ST DRY (14” Snare Batter)
Evans ECS (12” Snare Batter)
Evans Hazy 300 (Snare Resonant) (12” and 14”)
Evans EQ4 (Bass Drum Batter) (20”)
EQ Pads (x2)
AF Bass Drum Patch (x1)
Chris Coleman Signature sticks