Basic Background Info
Zoro learned faith, resilience, and honor from his mother, who raised her six children Compton, California. Zoro’s mother continues to prove to have been a tremendously powerful influence on his life—Zoro has taken her lessons and transformed them into a drumming style. After Zoro bought a souvenir hat, his mother suggested he wear it during performances. Zoro's mother even helped to choose his nickname, "The Minister of Groove." All told, Zoro rightly attributes much of his success to his mother.
As a performer, Zoro is one of the most well-known and respected drummers playing today. Zoro has been called tenacious, dedicated, and passionate. Zoro's expertise ranges from rock and R&B to hip hop. His live performances are fan-pleasers, and his clinics are as entertaining as they are informative. Zoro has performed with Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, New Edition, Jody Watley, Vanessa Paradis, Sean Lennon, Philip Bailey, Throttle Body Motorcycle Club, and Lisa Marie Presley.
Both Zoro's performance and clinics are renowned for hiss feel, drive, syncopation, and inspirational philosophy. Zoro plays with his heel down in order to achieve a “fatter sound” by striking and releasing quickly.
Modern Drummer magazine has repeatedly hailed Zoro as #1 R&B drummer and clinician. Zoro’s book, Commandments of R&B Drumming, was voted Modern Drummers readers’ #1 educational text. Zoro is also a motivational Christian speaker. Zoro appears at festivals and churches around the world. Recently, Zoro relocated to Nashville, Tennessee.
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