Chad Gravitt

Band: NP Presley

"Finally I've found drum heads that are as versatile as they are reliable. The Modern Vintage II's are the coolest heads on the market. They give me some of that vintage sound with killer tone and they hold up forever. Where has Aquarian been all of my life?"


Chad Gravitt (The Beard) is a professional drummer and percussionist with over twenty-five years of experience as a band member with some of the most renowned bands in the Midwest. He has managed, booked and promoted numerous bands, as well as participating as a guest musician on many studio recording sessions and albums.


‘The Beard’s’ career began long before he was able to grow a beard. He began drumming before he started walking and by age two, he had put together his own drum set from coffee cans, Tupperware and any household object that made the sound he was seeking, including the family’s coffee table.  His burgeoning talent was undeniable, so at age eight, he enrolled in the school’s music program, which he continued through high school in the drumline of the Henry Clay High School Marching Blue Devils.

Throughout school, he also took private lessons from local musicians. By age fifteen, he was told by a professor at the University of Kentucky that he should audition for the Central Kentucky Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was accepted into the Orchestra as percussionist and performed with the group until graduation.  At age sixteen, Chad recorded an audition tape for The Julliard School @ Lincoln Center in New York and was invited to come to the school for a tour. Because of his age, he was not able to move to New York; however, his skill set and talent were noted by the audition board at Julliard as ‘extremely talented’.


  • Floraburn
  • Tithes
  • Best Selling Authors
  • Groovezilla(BMG/MMS)
  • Beautiful and To My Enemy(featuring members of Primer 55,Soulfly)
  • The G-Funk Allstars
  • H.R.(bADbRAINS lead vocalist)
  • Face the Day
  • TheRudies
  • Dougie Simpson(intl.reggae artist)
  • DEA reggae band(REN)
  • DUBLOVE reggae band
  • KMAintl.reggae artists,
  • Rob Dread intl. reggae artist(REN)
  • King Street(featuring members of Soulfly,Skrape/Nothingface )
  • Crone
  • Cut Love Kill(Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael
  • Albert Oberst III

…. and has been featured on many recordings both as a session player and/or writer.


Drumheads Preferences

Snare Batter:

Triple Threat or Hi-Velocity

Snare Resonant:

Classic Clear Snare Bottom

Tom Batter

Modern Vintage II

Tom Resonant

Classic Clear

Kick Drum Batter

Superkick II

Kick Drum Resonant



  • Groovezilla-Search for Neverland (B&D)
  • Groovezilla-Groovezilla (MMS/BMG)
  • Best Selling Authors-The Exchange of Pleasantries
  • KMA-self titled (Roaring Lion)
  • Floraburn-Dirt Singles (Sneak Attack)
  • Floraburn-Cover up the Sky (Sneak Attack)
  • Tithes-Tithes
  • Albert Oberst III-Footsteps (Sneak Attack)
  • Albert Oberst III-Box Thoughts (Sneak Attack)
  • Carissa Laurel-War Stories
  • Chad has recorded countless jingles, singles and ep’s for artists as a session musician since 1990.

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