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), The McLain Conspiracy (a new, for NJ at least classic rock band), acoustic performances with Lost Art, frequent open mic appearances with Three Cat Clem ("Deconstruction Blues") There are also occasional performances with Rusty & Jan (Rock and Folk), George O'Brien (Indie Rock), Marc Lancaster (Indie Rock), and supporting the otherwise all-girl lineup of The Jersey Peaches (Rock/Pop),
Bryan has recently been named "The Honorary 6th Member" of the South Jersey classic rock band Rear View Mirror, doing fill-in work and frequently sitting in as a guest drummer with the band.
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, going out on his own in 2010. Since then, in addition to his current collaborations, he has performed 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 musical notables including Kenn Kweder, Fran Smith Jr, Valkyrians, Elise Moureau, Adam Rivera, Terry Rivel, The Where?Abouts, Debbie Scott, and BB Jackson. He served a 3-year stint as 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 several community theater groups, including the Burlington County Footlighters, and The Village Playbox.
In high school Bryan served as the drumline captain of his high school 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.
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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