DONNIE MARPLE

COUNTRY United States      
GROUP LEE BRICE      

Biography

Donnie started playing drums at three years old. Never having a lesson, he was considered a prodigy because of the way he instantly matured when he sat behind a kit. After winning several awards in his high school and college jazz bands, he entered the Guitar Center Drum Off where he was crowned champion on January 4, 2008. After winning the Drum Off, he moved to Nashville, TN where started making headway in the industry. After four years of playing with local musicians and doing demo sessions, he got a gig playing with CMA nominated Lee Brice. Donnie brings solid feel, soul, and drive to this powerhouse act, while maintaining a unique musical flow in live and studio settings. Residing in Nashville, TN, Donnie continues to inspire drummers worldwide.

BORN IN:
Keyser, WV

LIVES IN:
Nashville, TN

DRUMMING SINCE:
1990

CURRENT BAND/PROJECT(S):
Lee Brice

BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S):
Buddy Rich, Dave Weckl, Chris McHugh

FAVORITE ALBUM YOU DIDN'T PLAY ON:
"Live and Very Plugged In", Dave Weckl

CAREER HIGHLIGHT:
Playing a drum solo at the 2008 Buddy Rich Memorial

FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL:
21" HHX Groove Ride