Who Is Bryan Cooper?
Bryan Cooper is a versatile musician, primarily playing drums, cajon, and percussion 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 also dabbles on rhythm guitar, electric bass, and keyboard, 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.
Bryan's current collaborations include grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tim Gleeson and his band The Luck Brothers (Blues and Soul), and The McLain Conspiracy (a new, for NJ at least, classic rock band). He also supports occasional acoustic performances with Lost Art, and Rusty & Jan (Rock and Folk), and makes frequent open mic appearances with Three Cat Clem ("Deconstruction Blues").
He is a long-time regular on the South Jersey/Philadelphia Open Mic circuit, playing with anyone who needs drums and percussion.
Although he has been playing since the age of 12, Bryan started his professional career with the classic rock band Friends in 2006 at the age of 50, going out on his own in 2010. Since then, in addition to his current collaborations, he has performed with many artists, including George O'Brien (Indie Rock), Marc Lancaster (Indie Rock), the otherwise all-girl lineup of The Jersey Peaches (Rock/Pop), the The Scotty-L Band, and members of several bands from the legendary South Street scene of Philadelphia, including Larry Saklad (Alan Mann & The Free Arts Band, Robert Hazard, Exisdance), Paul Kurrey (Jamison Smoothdog), and David Rowan (Exisdance/Wet Pet). He has also performed as a guest and fill-in drummer/percussionist with several local musical notables including Rear View Mirror, Kenn Kweder, Fran Smith Jr, Valkyrians, Crossfire, Elise Moureau, Terry Rivel and the Ghost Riders, The Where?Abouts, Debbie Scott, BB Jackson (Jack Jeckot), Shawn Would, and many others. He served a 3-year stint as the house drummer for the legendary Barrington Coffeehouse MusiCafe Wide Open Mic, where he performed alongside Scott "Trif" Trifeletti and bassist extraordinaire, Al Weinstock.
And for "something completely different", Coop has performed with the Cinnaminson High School orchestra, and several community theater groups, including the Burlington County Footlighters, and The Village Playbox.
For nearly 20 years, Bryan volunteered with the Mount Laurel (NJ) Schools' Performing Arts program, under the direction of Jack Jeckot (Wilmont Mews with Walter Trout, BB Jackson, and now touring with The Richie Furay Band), where he learned and performed set construction, stage lighting and both live and recorded audio, working alongside the lighting and sound professionals from Starlight Productions of South Jersey.
In high school, under the direction of Donald "Uncle Don" Newell, Bryan served as the drumline captain of the marching band, first chair snare in the concert band, played bass guitar in the contemporary band, rhythm guitar in the jazz band (without all those fancy jazz chords), and was a featured baritone horn in the brass ensemble. Prior to moving to South Jersey from Staten Island NY, he played with a local classic rock band known as Pariah, alongside now-published composer, Tom Uttaro, and was drumline captain and first chair snare in the Holy Child Marching 100 and concert band, under the direction of Larry "Mr. C" Christiansen. Bryan began his drum studies under Staten Island's drumming legend, Dan Kish, at the Rostetter Studios in Great Kills. Bryan recently learned that "Mr C" also studied under Dan Kish.
Bryan and "El Cajon" can be heard on Shawn Would's CD, including the title track, Rise Up To The Sky.
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Bryan is available for short-term, long-term and fill-in engagements in the Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia metropolitan areas..
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