RALPH HUMPHREY – L.A. Music Academy Drum Department Chair


Ralph Humphrey was born in Berkeley, CA in 1944. He has been involved in a variety of sessions for television, motion pictures, and record albums.

He is popular for his work that can be heard on the soundtracks of "Deep Space Nine", "Voyager" and "Dawsons Creek". He has also done work for Warner Brothers on many popular shows. Ralph teaches at the Los Angeles Music Academy. Ralph also plays in a band with Mike Miller and Jimmy Johnson and writes for Modern Drummer Magazine occasionally. Ralph Humphrey is one of Los Angeles' most demanded studio drummers. His most recent projects include Dancing with the Stars and American Idol. His past touring and recording experience includes the Don Ellis Big Band, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Akiyoshi-Tabackin Big Band, Al Jarreau, Manhattan Transfer, Seals and Crofts and Free Flight.

Ralph is now the co-head of the drum department at the LA Music Academy College of Music. He teaches Playing Techniques, Rhythm Studies and Ensemble Reading Techniques.