Eric Kalver /  Los Angeles, CA Drummer and Percussionist
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Eric Kalver

Drummer and Percussionist
Los Angeles, CA

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A versatile drummer that is an experienced composer, arranger, songwriter, and music director

Latest Win

Drummer for the Los Angeles Podcast Festival After Party — 09/25/2016

Eric played the Los Angeles Podcast Festival After Party with The Moon Units

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Business Time West...

Business Time West

Eric Kalver performing with Business Time West

Eric Kalver Drum Solo...

Eric Kalver Drum Solo

With Josh Tatum at the Viper Room, September 2012

"Locked Out Of Heaven" with Downtown Fever...

"Locked Out Of Heaven" with Downtown Fever

Eric performs with Downtown Fever at his wedding

Aubrey Logan - Can't Hold Us (Macklemore)...

Aubrey Logan - Can't Hold Us (Macklemore)

Aubrey Logan at Republic of Pie, North Hollywood, CA

Eric Kalver - cajon
Carey Frank - piano

The Draw - Someone Else...

The Draw - Someone Else

Take a look behind the scenes at Encore Studios in Burbank, CA where we recorded our new EP "Heart for a Heart." For more info on the band and upcoming shows, visit http://www.thedrawmusic.com

The Draw - Newsman...

The Draw - Newsman

Our latest song "Newsman" from our Heart for a Heart EP release party at Hotel Cafe on 6/26/14. Visit http://thedrawmusic.com for upcoming shows and more info!

The Draw performing "A Heart For A Heart"...

The Draw performing "A Heart For A Heart"

The Draw performing "A Heart For A Heart" at Bar Lubitsch 2/26/14

Spencer Broschard - Vocals/Acoustic Guitar
Julie Lavery - Vocals
Vito Gutilla - Violin
Paul Jones - Upright Bass
Eric Kalver - Drums

Aubrey Logan - Gossip...

Aubrey Logan - Gossip

Aubrey Logan at Republic of Pie, North Hollywood, CA

Eric Kalver - cajon
Carey Frank - piano

Lara Wilson - Breath With Me ...

Lara Wilson - Breath With Me

Performing with Lara Wilson

You Know I'm No Good...

You Know I'm No Good

Amy Winehouse cover by Leigh Schindler

Hot Damn Got a Woman...

Hot Damn Got a Woman

Performing with Stoddy Blackall at Berklee College of Music

Performing with Endozo, Boston, MA | Eric Kalver
Performing with Endozo, Boston, MA
Performing in Hollywood, CA | Eric Kalver
Performing in Hollywood, CA
Performing in Cranston, RI | Eric Kalver
Performing in Cranston, RI
Upright Citizens Brigade - Los Angeles, CA | Eric Kalver
Upright Citizens Brigade - Los Angeles, CA
You Know I'm No Good | Eric Kalver
You Know I'm No Good
West Coast Soul with Coolio | Eric Kalver
West Coast Soul with Coolio
Wedding | Eric Kalver
Wedding
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Eric Kalver /  Los Angeles, CA Drummer and Percussionist

Eric was born to be in entertainment. Literally. With a history of family entertainers involved in magic, musical theater, movies, and radio, Eric has been involved in the entertainment industry since the age of 4. He was filming his own television segment with his father on New England's "Bozo's Kids Club" and recording commercials for his father's radio show. By the time he started taking drum lessons at age 11, he already had a vast knowledge of music from musical theatre, classic rock, and pop.

After winning many soloist awards in high school and ranking 2nd in the Rhode Island All-State Jazz Combo, Eric attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a scholarship from the Berklee World Tour Scholarship Committee. He became a Staff Drum Set Accompanist for the Voice Department, playing for many voice classes, ensembles, and showcases. Eric's arranging skills were very helpful in teaching students how to communicate with a band and how to create good looking lead sheets. You could see Eric performing with several ensembles at venues all across the Boston area and the Berklee campus, ranging from a South Park musical theatre performance to a singer-songwriter showcase. During his summers off, Eric worked as a drumline instructor for his high school marching band and was a member of the orchestra pit for the Rhode Island Youth Theatre Group for 4 years. He graduated from Berklee in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music Dual Major in Drum Set Performance and Contemporary Writing & Production.

After graduating, Eric drove across the country (in 2.5 days!) to the entertainment capital of the US, Los Angeles, CA. Eric is very active in the music scene of LA, playing with folk band The Draw, Cassie Lynn Griffith, Lara Wilson, as well as the comedy world. He has drummed for Upright Citizens Brigade, Second City Hollywood, Lost Moon Radio, comedian Todd Glass, Cupcake Theater, and 30 Minute Musicals, Eric also teaches private lessons and co-writes/arranges music with songwriters. With over 18 years of professional teaching and playing experience, Eric is the ideal choice for your drumming and teaching needs!

"He has an innate ability to anticipate the needs of the music, which makes his playing sensitive and vibrant-alive. This kind of mature drummer is hard to find." - Gwen Leathers, Professional Vocalist

PERFORMANCE SKILLS
• Versatile in all genres of music but specializes in Pop, Rock, Funk, Swing, and Musical Theatre
• Excellent sight reader
• Capable of playing percussion, singing background vocals, and piano/keyboard

DIRECTORIAL/TEACHING SKILLS
• Experienced in music directing, arranging, producing, and composition/songwriting
• Fast worker, organized, capable of multi-tasking, positive attitude, eager to learn
• Experienced in working with kids of all ages in an ensemble setting and one-on-one private lessons

Sep 25, 2016

appearance

Drummer for the Los Angeles Podcast Festival After Party

Eric played the Los Angeles Podcast Festival After Party with The Moon Units

Sep 25, 2016

appearance

Drummer for The Todd Glass Show

Eric played for the Todd Glass Show at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival. Todd Glass is a well known comedian who has appeared on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, and is the opening act for Louis C.K.

Sep 25, 2016

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Percussionist for Sylvie Simhon

Eric is the drummer and percussionist for kids entertainer and singer Sylvie Simhon, most recently at the Abbott Kinney Festival in Venice, CA

Jun 17, 2016

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Drummer for "Avenue Q"

Eric was the drummer for Cupcake Theater's production of "Avenue Q"

May 15, 2016

appearance

Drummer for "Urinetown" at AMDA

Eric was the drummer for the student production of "Urinetown" at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Mar 11, 2016

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Drummer for Business Time West

Eric has joined the award winning west coast version of Business Time, a corporate, wedding, and special event pop band that plays over 200 songs.

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Dec 15, 2015

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Drummer for "Sparkle" at Rockwell

Eric was the house drummer for SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert To Benefit The Actors Fund hosted by Scott Nevins of the Bravo Network.

Oct 09, 2015

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Co-Composer, Music Director, and Drummer of "30 Minute Musicals: Back To The Future"

Eric co-wrote with Brenton Kossak, as well as music directed and played drums for a comedic adaption of the Back To The Future trilogy as a musical

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Sep 27, 2015

appearance

Drummer for The Todd Glass Show

Eric played for the Todd Glass Show at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival. Todd Glass is a well known comedian who has appeared on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, and is the opening act for Louis C.K.

Sep 27, 2015

appearance

Drummer for the Los Angeles Podcast Festival After Party

Eric played the Los Angeles Podcast Festival After Party with The Moon Units

Sep 12, 2015

appearance

Drummer for American Idol's David Hernandez

Eric drummed for American Idol Finalist David Hernandez at the Copacabana in Palm Springs, CA

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Jun 26, 2015

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Drummer for the Hollywood Fringe Festival Afterparty

Eric played the Hollywood Fringe Festival After Party with The Moon Units

May 21, 2015

appearance

Drummer for "Dreamgirls" at AMDA

Eric was the drummer for the student production of "Dreamgirls" at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Apr 23, 2015

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Drummer for Stupid Songs

Eric was the house drummer for STUPID SONGS!, which consists of a troupe of funny folks who can sing their faces off. Its members are working professionsals in theatre, television and film, many of whom met while studying at The Groundlings Comedy School. Stupid Songs was founded in 2013 by Keri Safran, who serves as both Director and performer.

Mar 07, 2015

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Drummer for "Avenue Q"

Eric was the drummer for Cupcake Theater's production of "Avenue Q"

Jan 27, 2015

appearance

Drummer for "Les Miserables" at AMDA

Eric was the drummer for the student production of "Les Miserables" at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Jan 09, 2015

appearance

Drummer for "Rent"

Eric was the drummer for Cupcake Theater's production of "Rent"

Dec 11, 2014

appearance

Drummer for "Sparkle" at Rockwell

Eric was the house drummer for SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert To Benefit The Actors Fund hosted by Scott Nevins of the Bravo Network.

Oct 15, 2014

appearance

Drummer for "Little Shop of Horrors"

Eric was the drummer for Cupcake Theater's production of "Little Shop of Horrors"

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Sep 28, 2014

appearance

Drummer for The Todd Glass Show

Eric played for the Todd Glass Show at the Los Angeles Podcast Festival. Todd Glass is a well known comedian who has appeared on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, and is the opening act for Louis C.K.

Jun 27, 2014

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Drummer for The Moon Units

Eric has joined The Moon Units, a live band karaoke group that plays over 300 songs for corporate events, weddings, parties, and more. The Moon Units have been playing the Los Angeles Podcast Festival after party for many years.

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Mar 16, 2014

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Drummer for BABY WANTS CANDY at Upright Citizens Brigade

Eric is the drummer for BABY WANTS CANDY, an improv musical show that performs around the USA and Europe. He currently is the house drummer for the show at Upright Citizens Brigade in Hollywood, CA.

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Mar 08, 2014

appearance

Drummer for 30 MINUTE MUSICALS: TRANS4MERS

Eric is the drummer for 30 Minute Musicals: TRANS4MERS. 30 Minute Musicals creates parodies of the films you love and love to laugh at, parodying such films as Showgirls, Jurassic Park, Top Gun, Teen Witch, Ghostbusters, Home Alone, Roadhouse, and Hook.

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Jan 31, 2014

premiere

Composer of MILEY MONTANA: THE MUSICAL at Second City Hollywood

Eric co-composed with Dan Wessels and performed drums for Miley Montana the Musical at Second City Hollywood. Second City is the famed comedy company launched in Chicago in 1959 where many Saturday Night Live members and comedy legends got their start (Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and more!)

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Jan 29, 2014

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Drummer for DREAM ROLE at Upright Citizens Brigade

Eric was the drummer for UCB's DREAM ROLE by Glennis McCarthy. Upright Citizens Brigade is an improvisational comedy company started in New York City and was created by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. UCB opened their Los Angeles branch in 2004 and is home to many popular improv shows.

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Dec 14, 2013

appearance

Drummer for 30 MINUTE MUSICALS: HOME ALONE

Eric was the drummer for 30 Minute Musicals: Home Alone, starring Chaz Bono. 30 Minute Musicals creates parodies of the films you love and love to laugh at, parodying such films as Showgirls, Jurassic Park, Top Gun, Teen Witch, Ghostbusters, Home Alone, Roadhouse, and Hook.

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Nov 07, 2013

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Drummer for LOST MOON RADIO

Eric was asked to play drums for the award-winning comedy ensemble, Lost Moon Radio. Their run at the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival earned the “Top of the Fringe” and “Best of Comedy” at the festival.

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Jul 10, 2013

appearance

Drummer for THE DRAW

Eric joined folk/Americana band THE DRAW as their drummer. They have gigged around the Los Angeles music scene, as well as auditioned for the 2014 season of America's Got Talent

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Feb 20, 2013

milestone

Percussion Arrangement Published by Alfred Music Publishing

Eric arranged a percussion ensemble piece called "Star Wars Medley" for Alfred Music Publishing. He used pieces from the Star Wars films composed by John Williams to create an epic and exciting medley for 9 players in a percussion ensemble.

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Sep 21, 2012

appearance

Performed at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, TN

Eric performed an acoustic set with country singer Mathis Ameen at a Nashville Music Networking Event at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, TN.

Nov 12, 2011

milestone

Arranger, Drummer, and Co-Writer of Mathis Ameen EP

Eric played, arranged, and co-wrote the music for the debut EP of country singer Mathis Ameen. The EP was recorded at Motley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee's Atrium Studios and produced and engineered by Tommy Lee's engineer, Chris Baseford. You can purchase the EP on iTunes by visiting https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mathis-ep/id507242425

Apr 19, 2010

milestone

Drum Set Teacher and Chart Writer for Join the Band Music School

Eric has been a drum set teacher at the popular Join the Band Music School since 2010. Many of his students play in the student bands that perform at The Mint, The Roxy, The Federal, and other famous LA venues. Eric teaches multiple genres from pop, rock, punk, blues, jazz, and R&B. He also creates many of the guitar, bass, and piano charts that the students use in their ensembles.

May 09, 2009

milestone

Graduated from Berklee College of Music

Eric graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with degrees in Drum Set Performance and Contemporary Writing & Production. He studied privately with drummers such as Rod Morgenstein (Winger, The Dixie Dreggs), Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), Larry FInn (1st National Tour of "Rent," Al Kooper), and Kenwood Dennard (Sting, Chick Corea, Vanessa Williams).

Apr 22, 2007

milestone

Drummer for the Musical Theatre Club at Berklee College of Music

Eric was frequently called upon to play drum set for many of the productions by the Musical Theatre Club. He performed in the "Jason Robert Brown Revue," the "Stephen Schwartz Revue," the "South Park Revue," and "Light in the Piazza."

Jan 24, 2006

milestone

Drum Set Accompanist for the Voice Department

Eric was a frequently used drum set accompanist for the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music. You could see Eric performing in various performance classes, ensembles, and showcases throughout the school year.

May 09, 2005

award

Recipeient of the 2005 Berklee World Scholarship Tour

Eric a receieved a scholarship from the 2005 Berklee World Scholarship Tour for Drum Set Performance.

Jan 04, 2005

milestone

Ranked 2nd in the Rhode Island All-State Jazz Combo

Eric was ranked 2nd in the state of Rhode Island for the All-State Jazz Drummer auditions. He was placed in the All-State Jazz combo under the direction of former assistant chair of the Berklee College of Music Voice Department, Bob Stoloff.

Eric Kalver

Drummer and Percussionist
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