Rudy Royston has been a professional teacher, drummer, and percussionist for almost twenty years. He studied classical percussion at University of Denver where he earned undergraduate degrees in Music and English. He also earned his teacher certification credentials from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Royston grew up playing drums in church, and found his voice while studying with Colorado’s celebrated trumpeter Ron Miles, whom Royston deems his greatest influence, and with whom he has played since 1991. He has taught, recorded, and performed all styles of music from jazz to marching percussion.
Since moving to Piscataway, New Jersey in 2006, Mr. Royston has completed a Masters in Music degree from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and performed with many of today’s finest Jazz musicians—Javon Jackson, Bill Frisell, Les McCann, David Gilmore, Andy Milne, Shane Endsley, JD Allen, Sean Jones, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Edward Simone, Jennifer Holiday, Mark Gross, Ralph Bowen, Bruce Barth, George Colligan, Don Byron, Stanley Cowell, Jonathan Kreisberg, Jenny Scheinmenn, and Craig Handy, to name a few. A lover of all genres of music, he continues to expand his musical horizons.