Who Is Bryan Cooper?

Bryan Cooper is a versatile musician, and highly sought-after drummer, cajonero, and percussionist in the South Jersey/Philadelphia market. Often described as being a solid "in-the-pocket" drummer, who appreciates the dynamics of the music he is playing, "Coop" has performed with many rock, blues, folk and jazz ensembles, acoustic artists, marching corps, orchestras, and theatrical workshops. Bryan has also performed on rhythm guitar, electric bass, dabbles on keyboard and baritone horn, can provide background vocals, and has even penned a few original songs. He is also experienced in live audio, sound-cueing, recording, and stage lighting.

He is currently appearing with several area artists including grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tim Gleeson and his band Luck Brothers, Rusty & Jan (Rock and Folk)Three Cat Clem (peel-the-paint-off-the-walls blues), George O'Brien (acoustic rock), the Scotty-L Band and The Jersey Peaches (Rock), and is a regular on the South Jersey/Philadelphia Open Mic circuit.  

Previously, Coop has performed with the classic rock band Friends, and members of several bands from the legendary South Street scene of Philadelphia, including Larry Saklad (Alan Mann Band), Paul Kurrey (Jamison Smoothdog), and David Rowan (ExisDance/Wet Pet).  He has also performed extensively with local icon, Marc Lancaster, and as a guest and fill-in drummer/percussionist with several musical notables including Kenn Kweder, Fran Smith Jr, Valkyrians, Adam Rivera, Terry Rivel, and BB Jackson.  He just wrapped up a 3-year stint as house drummer for the BCH MusiCafe Wide Open Mic, where he performed alongside bassist extraordinaire, Al Weinstock.

Bryan and "El Cajon" can also be heard on Shawn Would's CD, including the title track, Rise Up To The Sky. 

Where Is He Performing?

w/RUSTY & JAN: Staten Island Meets Philly

Shamrock Pub, 1400 S. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA


Several friends from the Staten Island Acoustic Music Society (SIAMS) will be coming down to this area for a "Staten Island Meets Philly" show. We will also include Philadelphia Area musicians. Performers to be announced.



Connie's Ric Rac, 1132 S 9th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Made Men, Original music from the Philadelphia music scene. Daniel Collins hosts longtime collaborators Ryan Olah and the Kintala Band, Scott Michels, and George Obrien at the legendary Connie's Ric Rac.

Age limit: 21+




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