Christopher Romano is a percussionist from Connecticut. He grew up playing drums in the Norwalk public school system and also took jazz lessons from the great John Cutrone. Chris marched snare drum in the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps for four years. During that time he returned to his high school to be the Percussion Caption Head for The Brien McMahon H.S. Marching Senators for seven seasons. Chris holds a B.A. in music performance with emphasis in Jazz drums from Western CT State University.
Currently he plays drums in the New Rochelle, NY based instrumental progressive rock band, Valence. They have shared the stage with many bands including Clutch, The Sword, Angel Vivaldi, Consider the Source, Andrew WK, Deafheaven, 3, and Moon Tooth.They have toured all over the North East and were chosen to play the music festival North By North East in Toronto in 2015. Valence were also awarded the best Metal/Hardcore song for the 14th annual competition for The Independent Music Awards based on artist and fan voting. They will be putting out their third album sometime in the near future.
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Check out the below interview with Chris!
Where in Connecticut did you grow up and when did you start playing the drums?
I grew up in Norwalk, CT. I started playing drum set around age 12. Luckily I was fortunate to have a basement and parents who understood that drumming wasn't just a phase.
Break down your current kit set up and what is your favorite part about playing in a band?
My favorite part of playing in a band is that I get to meet other people who are passionate about their craft and who are willing to share it with the world. My current set up is a 5 piece Yamaha Stage Custom with two Yamaha snare drums. One of which is an Elvin Jones Signature model. For my cymbals I use Zildjian and below is a breakdown.
- 12" A Series Special Recording Hi-Hats
- 14.25" K Custom Hybrid Hi-Hats
- 17" A Custom Crash
- 18" A Custom Crash
- 19" A Series Heavy Crash
- 19" K Custom Hybrid China
- 20" K Ride
- 21" K Custom Hybrid Ride
- I also have some custom cut bells from old Zildjians.
What advice do you have to any upcoming drummer?
1. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.
2. Try new styles of music.
3. Real practice includes a metronome.
4. Drumming is a community. Join the family!
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