BIO

Alex Shumaker was born May 16, 2006, he resides in Punxsutawney, PA.

Alex was interested in Classic Rock bands such as Journey, Foreigner, Reo Speed Wagon and Styx since age 4.

While most 5 years were headed to the Toy section at Walmart Alex would ask to go to “look” at the CD’s. On February 10, 2012 while browsing the CD’s Alex found a DVD of the band Journey with their new lead singer Arnel. Alex became fixated on drummer Deen Castronovo, he went and got an exercise ball and put it in front of the TV and grabbed some kitchen utensils for his make shift drum set. He watched the video over and over again and broke every kitchen utensil his parents had so when his dad came home from work he cut a pair of plastic coat hangers for him to use.

That evening Alex’s mom posted a picture of his drum “kit” on Facebook with the heading “you gotta do what you gotta do when your parents won’t buy you a drum set!” The phone soon rang and it was Alex’s Nana wanting to speak with him. His parents weren’t all that thrilled when he started screaming “Nana and Papa are buying me a real drum set on Saturday”. Alex received that little drum kit and played it for hours on end, at least 3-4 hours a day watching the Journey DVD over and over trying copy Deen’s every move.

Every time Alex went to Walmart he got a CD. One day another DVD appeared, this time it was the band Foreigner with then drummer Brian Tichy. Alex became obsessed with Tichy’s theatrics of stick throwing/bouncing.

After a few months of playing Alex’s parents enrolled him in drum lessons once a week with teacher Brian Rowan with whom he is still under the instruction of.

To date along with Castronovo and Tichy the most influential drummers for Alex have been: Todd Sucherman of Styx, Brian Hitt of Reo Speedwagon, Chris Fraizer of Foreigner, Peter Criss of Kiss, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, Neil Peart of Rush, Sean Fuller of Florida Georgia Line and Rich Redmond of Jason Aldean to mention a few.

17 thoughts on “BIO”

  1. Hello Ale y muchas felicidades y exitos por siempre desde Venezuela, hoy en una reunion familiar vimos tus videos y realmente eres increible
    Muchos abrazos desde esta parte del munco

  2. Alex, you are phantastic! I just came along and saw you performing. Simply great!
    Congratulations from Munich, Germany

  3. You are amazingly talented! Keep it up… you have a gift that cannot be taught! I have a 12 year old son that wants to learn to play guitar this year… I plan to show him your videos tomorrow for inspiration 🙂 Send my warmest regards to punxsutawney phil… tell him he is going to have to share the spotlight because you are going to be big kiddo!

  4. Alex, what a star you are !, I love your drumming, your gonna be a big big name drummer someday and in massive demand. Keep up the good work, and I agree that Simon Philips would be a great influence for you 🙂

  5. You are an amazingly talented little guy .. I am a great music lover of the same era as you and I enjoy watching you kick some ass on the drums…!! You have a bright future… in Rock n Roll my friend…. look forward to seeing you in the future…

  6. yes check Simon Phillips one of the best ! and check also the old cessions from Mr Jeff Porcaro, and good luck xxx

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