Kris Gustofson


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Kris was born in Las Vegas Nevada, and was heavily influenced by his father Gus Gustofson who was a Jazz drummer and Rogerʼs drum endorser that played in many famous bandʼs, Kris grew up in the San Francisco bay area. He practiced with all the kitchen potʼs and panʼs and played along to Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Woody Herman, and many other great Jazz bands because they all had the best drummerʼs playing in them. Music played nonstop at home. After his dad thought he had practiced enough, Kris got his 1st set of Ludwig drumʼs as a gift at age 8. He would go and sit in sometimes at some of his Dadʼs gigʼs. This was sometimes a practice of the nerves since some of Gusʼs friendʼs came from bandʼs like Duke Ellingtonʼs, Woody Hermanʼs, Benny Goodmanʼs and so on.

Kris was told at a young age to “Learn it All” and donʼt limit yourself. Kris studied with bay area drummer Bill Nawrocki who was a known drummer for playing all the showʼs that required heavy reading of drum charts and also some timeʼs with drummer John Markham, Sinatraʼs 1st call drummer when Sinatra performed in San Francisco. Kris really likeʼs listening and studying all typeʼs of music and drumming styles. Genreʼs Kris has played include, New Wave, Punk Rock, Blues, Country, Funk, Bluegrass, Electronic, Metal, Hard Rock. Kris has toured the world with many bands and continues to do so. He has played drums on many charting records as well. Some of the artists/bandʼs he has worked for include: Trauma, Mike Onesco, Phil Sauson, John Dunmore, Frank Hannon, Moon Dog Mane, Krokus, Mark Kohler, Jon Handy, THREAT , Don Prell, Claude Williamson, St Elmoʼs Fire, Dito Godwin, Mark Needham, Bruce Kaphan, Mike Varney, Josh Ramoʼs, Jeff Jones, Mechanizm, Richard Grieco and many otherʼs. Kris has shared the stage with Slayer, Y&T, Pat Travers, Elvin Bishop, Dio, Linda Perry, Third Eye Blind, Exodus, Anvil, Loudness, Motley Crue, Dokken, The Outlaws, Ratt, George Clinton, Tygerʼs of Pan Tang, Grand Magus, Riot and many otherʼs. Kris has been mentioned many timeʼs in major music publications from around the world.

Kris currently endorses the following brandʼs of drum equipment: Sonor Drums, Aquarian Drumheads, Paiste Cymbals, Axis Percussion products, May Drum Micʼs, Beato Bags, Danmar percussion products and is currently touring /recording with heavy metal band TRAUMA, and also stays busy working with other artists in different styles of music. 

Kris Gustofson