For most of the last four decades Grammy Award-winning drummer Billy Kilson has set a standard all his own. Constantly evolving his craft, philosophy, and approach, Mr. Kilson is one of his generation's hardest hitting, most lyrical drummers. As a side man with Chris Botti for the last decade, and prior to that with Dave Holland, Billy has shared the stage with some of the most prolific superstars of today including Sting, Andrea Bocelli, Steven Tyler, and John Mayer, just to name a few. With Botti, Mr. Kilson has toured the world and entertained millions with his infectionous grooves, standing ovation drum solos and charismatic charm. As a leader of his own group, BK Groove, Mr. Kilson has released three highly acclaimed albums, with a new one to be released later in 2015, and elevated what it means to be a drummer in the post modern music industry.
When not touring Mr. Kilson is educating the next generation of drummers in master classes and clinics around the world, passing down the timeless wisdom and knowledge handed to him by his friend and mentor Alan Dawson. Starting in the Fall of 2015, Mr. Kilson will be an associate professor at his alma mater, the Berklee College of Music. We are offering Mr. Kilson's master classes, workshops, and drum clinics to conservatories, college-level jazz programs, festivals, conferences, and other educational institutions.
"The ultimate goal is the simple proverbial thing that you hear everyone say: I want to play better today than I played yesterday. Music is life to me. Bird [Charlie Parker] said, 'What you live comes through your horn.' To me, what I live comes through that performance that day. However I function that day, whatever happened to me that day, or what has happened to me in life up until that point, is going to influence everything I have to say when I sit down behind the drums."
Click here to watch Mr. Kilson in action, leading a drum clinic at the 2014 PASIC conference.