Darryl Johnson, playing and teaching drums, in Winter Haven, FL with Carlton Music Company, endorser of Vic Firth Drums, Stingray Drums and Aquarian USA.
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According to my Mom, I started pounding on everything I could at a very young age, and haven't stopped since. My first official gig was at age 10 as the solo snare, marching in a parade with a group of baton twirlers!

I was thoroughly involved in Band during my Junior and Senior High School years and loved every minute of it. During this time, I participated in Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Stage Band, went to Solo & Ensemble Contests (District and State levels), and played in the Florida All-Star Senior High Marching Band for 2 years in Gainesville.

I also played in the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra and was in the pit for the Lakeland Little Theatre and Florida Southern College musicals. When I wasn't performing, I could be found in our garage practicing on my drumset for hours at a time.

Like most musicians, I've played with a variety of groups, some more successful than others, and have learned from every one. Early groups included Randy Green & the Legends II, a show band from Polk County. The Mack Willis Group was from my FSU days in Tallahassee. MsTreat was a heavy metal band that toured from here to New Mexico!

1975 The Mack Willis Group Rock
1976-1977 Randy Green & The Legends II Show Band
1978-1980 Nickelodeon Country/Rock
1980 The Joe Spann Band Bluegrass
1980-present Michael True Band Session Band
1980-1982 MsTreat Heavy Metal
1984-present Walter Ego Session Band
1985-1986 The Miller Brothers Gospel
1987-1988 Tom Cats R&B Trio
1987-1990 Pro Jazz Band Big Band
1988-1990 Tony Faro Orchestra Big Band
1991-present Rogues Gallery - Octet Swing Band
2001-present O-55 Show Band Big Band
2002-2005 FMEA Director's Reading Jazz Band
a.k.a "The FMEA Hang"
Jazz Band
2007-2009 Late Night Brass Horn Band
2010 -present BandHaven Classic Rock

Darryl Johnson with fellow drummer Tommy Aldridge.
Meeting my hero, drummer Tommy Aldridge (L)

I joined the staff at Carlton Music Center in 1990. Along with managing the Percussion Department and teaching private students, I also engineered in the sound studio.

Currently, Carltons keeps me busy during the week and my students are a pleasure. Performing with the classic rock band, BandHaven, out of Winter Haven keeps me sharp and the O-55 Show Band in Polk County is a blast!

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