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 The Scotty-L Band (Country Trio and Johnny Cash Tribute), Rusty & Jan (Rock and Folk),
Marc Lancaster (high-powered acoustic funk rock), George O'Brien (acoustic rock), Three Cat Clem (peel-the-paint-off-the-walls blues), and The Jersey Peaches (Rock), and is a regular on the South Jersey/Philadelphia Open Mic circuit.  

Bryan has just begun a collaboration with high-school classmate, Tim Gleeson, a grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  Tim has toured internationally, won several awards, and has several of his original songs placed in movies.  Plans call for Tim and Bryan to perform in duo and trio format with Tim's long-time collaborater, Arthur Austin.  Tim and Arthur co-founded the highly successful band The Luck Brothers more than 25 years ago, and Bryan will taking on the drumming for that as well.

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).  He has also performed 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.


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