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Ray was born and raised outside
of Pittsburgh, PA. He started playing drums and got his first set at
age 8. Basically a self taught player, Ray would play along to
records and the radio for years until joining high school jazz,
concert and marching bands. He was the leader of the high school
drum line and wrote the cadences for it.
At 15, he joined a local rock band that frequently gigged in Pittsburgh and at 17, started giving drum lessons at a local music store. After graduating from high school in 1988, Ray relocated to Hollywood, CA to attend PIT at the world famous Musicians Institute to further his education and to check out the LA scene. There he met alot of musicians and began playing with several acts including a band called "9.0" in which Ray got his first independent record deal. They played the LA scene, selling out the clubs on the Sunset Strip and all over Los Angeles.
Ray's talents were quickly
recognized and he went on to tour and record with many artists such
as Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne), John Lowery (Marilyn Manson), Tony
Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind), Tracy G (Dio, WWIII), Ricky Wolking (Nixons,
Jennifer Batten), James Lomenzo (White Lion, Zakk Wylde), Arcade
(with Stephen Pearcy), Michael Lee Firkins, Darren Housholder,
MCA/Koch recording artists the Nixons and has been a touring and
recording member of the David Lee Roth Band since 1998. Ray has been
a PIT instructor at Musicians Institute since 1992 where he teaches
a variety of rock style based classes and private lessons.
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