Above: Photograph of drummer and percussionist Doane Perry of Jethro Tull performing a concert in Oakland, CA.

Doane Perry

Birth name Doane Ethredge Perry
Born June 16, 1954
Mt. Kisco, Westchester County, New York, U.S.
Genres Progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal, Pop, R&B, Jazz, Classical
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Drums, Percussion

Doane Ethredge Perry (born June 16, 1954) is an American musician, composer and author. Widely known for his work from 1984 to 2011 as drummer and percussionist with the band Jethro Tull, he has also appeared on hundreds of recordings spanning multiple genres on records, film and television.

From New York City, Perry began playing the piano at age seven and then took up drums at eleven. After hearing The Beatles, he decided to take up drums, because of what he describes as “the possibility, however unlikely that might have been, of young girls chasing me down the street, if I took up the drums.” By the time he was 14, he was working with his own band on weekends, and continued to do so until he graduated high school at the age of 17.

He attended Browning, St. Bernard’s and Collegiate Schools in New York City. Later he briefly attended New York University and extension programs at The New School, Rutgers, and Juilliard, followed by extensive private musical study in jazz and orchestral percussion.

He has appeared on over 100 successful records within his musical career in various musical capacities as a performer, composer and producer, that have achieved gold to multi-platinum status.

In 1984 Perry joined Grammy Award winning band Jethro Tull as drummer and percussionist to replace Gerry Conway. He is the second member of Jethro Tull to have been born in the United States; (the first was drummer Mark Craney). He continued to record and tour until the band’s demise, and was its third longest standing member of 27 years. Perry played on numerous Jethro Tull albums and DVDs from 1984 – 2011.

Personal life

In 1990 he married actress Heather Woodruff. They currently reside in Woodland Hills, California.

Selected Discography

With Lou Reed
The Blue Mask (1982)

With Jethro Tull[edit]
Crest of a Knave (1987)
Rock Island (1989)
Catfish Rising (1991)
Roots to Branches (1995)
J-Tull Dot Com (1999)
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album (2003)

With Magellan
Impending Ascension (1993)

With Ian Anderson
Divinities: Twelve Dances with God (1995)
Rupi’s Dance (2003)

With Martin Barre
The Meeting (1998)
Martin Barre (2012)

With Michelle Young
Marked for Madness (2001)

With Dave Pegg
A Box of Pegg’s (2007)

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