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Eric Byous
Anita Baker - United States


Eric Byous Sr. born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio is a. gifted and well respected musician that has been playing drums since the age of  2. Starting in Church he was able to gain a great ear & feel for music, his Mom who’s a talented and very well respected minister & singer was the major source of  Eric’s exposure in Ohio and abroad.

By the age of 10 Eric had become very popular in Ohio by playing for many of it‘s top Gospel, R&B, & Jazz artists. He has also played for many elite R&B, Gospel, and Jazz artist in the United States and abroad..... The late R&B sensation Gerald Levert/ The O’Jays / The Eddie Levert “Tobacco Road” Project / Will Downing / Johnny Gill / The Eddie & Gerald Levert Father & Son Project / Debbie Allen / The Dazz Band / Levert / Avant and many many more. Although he has had no formal training from any musical institution, he was heavily influenced by many key people in his professional and private life.

While holding his position as the in-house studio drummer for Dave & Mary Ann Applebee’s Scorpio Productions Studio Eric held a weekly Master Class Clinic that was very popular in the city of Cleveland, OH. This series of clinics also had a talent search portion that undoubtedly nurtured many of the newest and brightest musicians of tomorrow.

He has a powerful quote that he uses while holding his clinics that states “You will never possess what you are unwilling to pursue!" Eric is constantly & consistently pushing his limits to always be a musical raise the bar of thinking and approach to all music. As he states in his clinics “Moving from mediocre to major!“.

Eric’s solid vision, creative technique, impressive chops, and strong groove playing will continue to be the forefront his life and career.


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Equipment Configuration

BRX Masters Series
Black Sparkle
22x18 bass drum w/ mount
10x8 tom
12x9 tom
14x11 floor tom
16x13 floor tom

B1000 boom stand x 8
TH2000 tom holder x 2
D2000 throne
H2000 hi-hat stand
S2000 snare stand
P2002C double pedal
AX20 adapter x 2