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Rodney Howard
Avril Lavigne - United States


A veteran of the New York City musical landscape, Rodney's reputation is sterling. His wildly varying experiences in many musical worlds have brought him to arenas, recording studios and television worldwide. His love and genuine passion shines through in his dynamic live performances, and his versatility has sparked demand from today's recording artists.

After recording and touring with J Records artist Gavin Degraw on the platinum-selling album "Chariot", he went on to record and tour with the critically acclaimed Regina Spektor. 2007 saw him joining the Pop Punk princess Avril Lavigne for a world tour (over 120 shows and 55 television shows in 29 countries) supporting her multi-platinum release "The Best Damn Thing", recording "Control Room Live" EP and live concert DVD, "Live In Toronto", released in late 2008.

Currently on tour supporting the next Gavin DeGraw release, "Free", look for Rodney in the U.S. and Europe with Gavin in beginning in early 2009.

Other diverse credits include Joan Jett, Sebastian Bach, Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Ben E. King, Oz Noy, The New York Horns, Carson Daly Show,V John Patitucci and Micheal Pope (Chick Corea), Chris Botti & Jeffery Lee Campbell (Sting), Lenny Pickett (Tower of Power), Jeff Kazee (Bon Jovi) , G.E. Smith (Saturday Night Live), Tom Barney, Ted Baker & Cornelius Bumpus (Steely Dan), Steve Augeri (Journey), Lorenza Ponce (Sheryl Crow), (David Bowie Producer) Tony Visconti, Mark Rivera, Tommy Burns & Crystal Talifero (Billy Joel), as well as New York City Broadway shows The Lion King, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, Little Shop of Horrors, Saturday Night Fever & The Rocky Horror Show. 

Rodney LOVES (and endorses) PEARL drums, SABIAN cymbals and sounds, VIC FIRTH drumsticks/brushes/rods & mallets, Factory Metal Percussion,  and REMO drumheads.

When not touring and reading Daredevil, Powers, or Captain America, Rodney records in New York & L.A.



Equipment Configuration

Avril Lavigne 2018
Music City Custom
Masters Maple Reserve shell specs
Blue Satin Moire
22x18 bass drum
10x7 tom
12x8 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
14x6.5 snare drum
14x6.5 Free Floating Phosphor Bronze snare

H1050 hi-hat stand
B1030 cymbal boom x2
S150S snare stand
TC1030B tom/cymbal holder x2
CH1030B cymbal holder x3
CH930S cymbal holder
P3002C Eliminator Pedal
CH70 cymbal holder
PTT13 TechTool
UX80 universal clamp
ADP30 adapter
CA130 hoop mount
BW100 adjustable beater weight


Gavin DeGraw Free '09 Tour Kit
Masters Series
Red Glass
20x16 bass drum - maple
12x8 tom - birch
16x16 floor tom - birch
14x5.5 snare drum - maple
12x7 snare drum - 8 ply maple


Avril Lavigne 2008 Tour Kit
Masterworks Series - Reference Specs
White Micro Flake
24x18 bass drum
20x18 bass drum
13x9 bass drum (JG-16 adapter)
10x8 tom
12x8 tom
16x14 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
14x6.5 snare drum
12x7 snare drum
10x6 snare drum