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Anthony King

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Anthony King was born in Monterey, California. He comes from a musical family and is the youngest of six children. Anthony's father Jesse Sr. was a drummer in New York in his youth and his mother, a New York native as well, was a vocalist and piano player. She was the director of the choir in the local C.O.G.I.C church in Seaside, California where Anthony grew up. As early as 3 years old, Anthony would sit on the piano bench in church as his mother would play and sing. His older brothers and sisters also played instruments, with his older brother David being the first influence in his life. What made this special is that David is vision impaired and would often be led to the drums with both eyes patched. David had many funk bands in the mid 70's and would let Anthony watch as he controlled the rehearsals with his groove.

Listening to the horn bands of that era; James Brown, CunFunkshun, Brass Construction, Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower of Power and the Average White Band, molded Anthony into listening to arrangement, dynamics and pocket. In the mid 70s, Anthony's father would take the family to the city parades where in 1979, the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps changed his life. A few years later, Anthony found himself auditioning for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps Drum Line. However, due to falling grades in school, his mother made the right decision to pull him away from that activity.l

After high school, jazz fusion was a influence and two very important recordings would change everything for Anthony. Road Games by Alan Holdsworth and Slow Motion by Andy Narrell. Both drummers on those records, Chad Wackerman and now great friend, William Kennedy, opened his approach to music and drumming.

Anthony has worked for Motown Records & Polygram International Records. He's toured with Rosie Gaines, John Cortes Sextet and Edwin Hawkins. Also, he's the two time Drummer of the Year at the Gospel Emmy Awards. In 1994, Anthony was voted the Best Unsigned Drummer in Northern California by BAM magazine readers.

Today, Anthony is performing with Grammy Award winning vocalist Tony Lindsay(Santana, Dancing with the Stars) as well as, Ms. Monet(Celine Dion, Dancing with the Stars). He also has his own band that tours and performs in Brazil once a year, where Anthony also gives his time to teach, mentor and encourage young children sponsored by the American Embassy and Bourbon Street Productions.


  • Jerry Shanahan Quartet - Matter Of Time
  • The Kenoly Brothers - Who's There God's There
  • The Kenoly Brothers - All The Way
  • Mello Jr. - Plugged
  • Celso Pixinga - A Gig
  • James Robinson - James Robinson
  • Aaron Arinita - East Bound

Drumhead Setup

Snare - coated Focus-X
Toms - clear Studio-X on top, Classic Clears on bottom
Bass Drum - Superkick I on the batter, Regulator w/small hole on the resonant

Artist Quote

I once used a set of Aquarian Texture Coated on my drums for 2 years of studio sessions, shows and workshops and the only reason I changed them was that I wanted to try the Studio X series and I've not looked back since.

Artist Media

"Still Got The Rock" Mello Jr.

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Anthony King Band in Brazil
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