This musical journey started in Philadelphia with fellow schoolmate Stanley Clarke who introduces him on stage as "the first musician I ever played with, master drummer, Gerry Brown.” Together they crafted the revolutionary "School Days" recording that perennially inspires drummers and bassists worldwide. Since those early days, Gerry’s reputation has only expanded as the “groove master” while playing with legendary artists including Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Ritchie, Chick Corea, George Benson, Larry Coryell, and many others.
"Well, believe it or not I have four granddaughters now, really...four!"
"I recently met a young student in New York City. She attends a prestigious performing arts high school and she's a drummer. I asked her how many other girls were playing traps at the school and she said 'A few, but boys hog all the good equipment and it can be daunting at times. So a lot of girls look elsewhere for rhythm chairs, mallets and stuff and that's cool, but it’s hard sometimes when we have to compete for gear. I wish there were more girls and not just for more girls hanging out. I think girls have their own musical perspective to offer.'
...and that struck a nerve. I began to talk to people in the business and everyone was enthusiastic in discussions about the topic. I then saw a video on YouTube, an interview with a prominent female CEO in the music industry talking about the gender gap in the drum world."
“Well, believe it or not I have four granddaughters now, really...four! And it occurred to me if they wanted to play the drums I'd want them to have the best possible opportunities. No one has focused on that initiative, and working with female drummers, drummers who can play, I believe young women like my granddaughters who feel inspired by the music all around them can be empowered and motivated.”
"I have since spoken to several artists who also want to advocate for stronger support for female drum instruction and each has their own circles that are drawn to these ideas. It seems a foregone conclusion that this growing contingency can increase the quality of female drum education, and the numbers will take care of themselves. Music always renews itself, and this feels like it’s happening in a very special way".
Gerry's next gig is to foster DrumHER programs in schools and on concert stages around the world spotlighting great female players to erase the line between the genders and watch the growth in female drummers and all their musical counterparts.