Raymond Brooks' rhythms add a distinct flavor to the Storytellers' sound like a special spice in good home cooking. Though he co-founded The Storytellers Band in 2009 as the group's drummer, in 2013 he has returned to his passion for percussion in the group's current formation.
Ray began playing drums at the age of five while growing up in Charlottesville, VA. It was during the 90's while living in the Washington, DC area that he nourished his rhythmical roots in the rich soil of cultural and musical diversity that the city provided. Exposed to Latin, Afro Cuban, West African, jazz, gospel and DC's original go-go sound, Ray developed his unique percussive style while performing for audiences in venues such as poetry readings, churches, musicals, concerts, nightspots and community drum circles. Ray was the percussionist for a Maryland-based smooth jazz band (The Eye in We) which afforded him the opportunity to perform in venues with acclaimed smooth jazz artists and performed as the percussionist with several other DC area R&B and smooth jazz bands.
Living by the words "keep the rhythm strong," Ray spends time giving back to youth and his community. While living in the Washington, DC area, he was the drum instructor at the Laurel School of Music in Laurel, MD. In Ray's leisure time he gives instruction to young, aspiring percussionists and leads community drum circles for musical, professional and academic audiences throughout the Triad area of NC.