ABOUT BRAD DAVIS
Brad Davis has an extensive background as a drummer in the Washington DC metropolitan area, and has been teaching drums for 30 years in Northern Virginia. Mr. Davis attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and has enjoyed performing in a wide variety of musical venues ranging from rock and roll, to musical theatre and opera.
While at VA Tech, Mr. Davis wrote drum parts, coached and played in the drum line. Mr. Davis was both the drummer, and a vocalist in the DC area band, “The Mode” for 10 years. He has also played with Baby Face Nelson, The Brent Buckley Band, Collage de Vie, and is currently the drummer and a vocalist with the Virginia based band “Accidental Charm” which recently released their 3rd CD.
Students of Mr. Davis have attended Carnegie Mellon, Berklee, Virginia Tech, VCU, University of Virginia, West Virginia University, Florida State University and more. Many students are also drummers with area bands in local venues.
Your Brain on Drums:
Intelligence, Stress Relief, ADHT treatment
Many studies explore the benefit of music of all kinds for physical and mental health and drumming has been explored extensively. Much has been written on the subject including Dr. Christiane Northrup's article Your Brain on Drums.
Numerous studies show drumming to be useful in improving the symptoms of ADHT. Research has also provided support for the positive effect of drumming experiences on social behaviors, grief, self-expression, self-esteem, group cohesion, depression, behavioral issues, bimanual coordination, and learning for children and adults both with and without disabilities.
Check out Drum Corps International
Drum Corp is a phenomenon you must experience to understand. As a drummer, if you choose to spend your summers touring with one of these corps, your playing will undergo a transformation.
Songwriter Resources (drum set):
The Songwriters Association of Washington DC
Connect with other musicians. via open mikes. Good resources are http://openmikes.org/calendar/DC and
Virginia clubs that support local artists performing original music:
Jammin’ Java in Vienna
Jaxx’s Nightclub in Springfield; Find contact and calendar information at http://jaxxroxx.com/
An additional source for area venues is MusicDC. http://musicdc.com/
There are many wonderful band and percussion programs at universities in Virginia as well as out of state. I am happy to advise students who are planning to pursue music in college.
Accidental Charm is a local rock band that does both originals and covers. CDs of our originals are available on itunes. Check out this video of our rendition of Badfinger's "Baby Blue."