Rodrick "Rod P" Pleasants


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Little Rock Arkansas native, Rodrick "Rod P" Pleasants, began his career in percussion at the early age of twelve. He began playing for his local church, gospel groups and school marching bands. After achieving several marching band awards and performing with local gospel talent, Rodrick was heard by Minister of Music Carl Hawkins. Hawkins was over the music program at Fellowship Missionary Baptist church, one of the cities prominent churches at the time. He employed Rodrick as the drummer of the church and gave an opportunity to perform with National Recording artist Angela Spivey.

Determined to maximize his knowledge about playing music and to insure future playing opportunities he enrolled at the University at Arkansas Pine Bluff majoring in Music Education. It was there that he was exposed to and fell in love with jazz music. He became a part of UAPB's jazz ensemble as both a drummer/pianist under the direction of Dr. Robert Walker. Playing multiple instruments has allowed Rodrick the opportunity to open for national artists, such as Monica, K. Michelle, Silk, H-Town, Tony Joe White, Anthony Gomes and Avant, as well as play for other noted artist such as Jamal "Gravy" Woolard, Ment 2B, J. White, and Jonathan Karrant.

Rodrick is currently the music director and performing house drummer for Sweet Grass Jazz and Blues café, The Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Co., which is a regional dueling piano bar, Steve Hester and Dejavoodoo blues and rock band, The Sensational Crowns of Joy gospel singers, Jazz artist Louis Heard and the N8, rap artist Lil P Da Keepa, Achewater Country and Indie Rock band and his own band, Acoustix with Rod P! With the passion of giving back and educating the youth, Rodrick’s private instructions has become well known in the community and has currently enrolled 21 students ranging from ages 3 to 24. He has been featured in several regional drum clinics and is continuing to make an impression on the drum community. 

Other Endorsements: 


Sabian Cymbals (Special deal)

Kickport International LLC 

Tru Tuner


Steve Hester and DeJa Voo Doo - DeJa Voo Doo 

Achewater – After the Flood 

Louis Heard EP – Louis Heard 

The Sensational Crowns of Joy - Willing