Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Holloway, Greg, drummer, percussionist; b. Washington, DC, 9 October 1957. He started playing at the age of 10. Began playing professionally with local cabaret band. Father was/is a musician. He still plays Bass three nights a week at 80 years of age.
He received an undergraduate degree in Music Education and Percussion Performance from Howard University (1980). He also participated in the Jazz Studies summer program at Eastman School of Music. Greg later pursued Masters in Education with an emphasis in Jazz Drumming/Percussion Methodology and Masters in Science (Counseling Psychology) from University of LaVerne in Southern California.
Greg has returned to the Metropolitan area after completing a career in various prestigious Air Force Field Bands. While in the Air Force, Greg advanced to percussion section leader, Musical Director and leader of Jazz Ensembles, Rock Bands and various trios. These groups have backed major performers that appeared on national television and radio shows. Before transitioning to the civilian sector, Greg was instrumental in developing the percussion-training standard for Air Force Field Band Percussion..
As a civilian, Greg has performed with Freda Payne, Carl Fontanna, Rob McConnell, Chuck Israel, Jim Pugh, Gene Bertincinni, Maguire Sisters, Blackstone the Magician, Sheri Lewis, Bruce Conti, Rich Little and sista Monica Parker. He has also played various shows in Palm Springs and served as Tympanist with the Anchorage Symphony 1995 season. His professional endorsement is currently with Istanbul Cymbals which he uses exclusively in all performances and recordings. Greg recently joined the Istanbul Cymbal endorsement team. He also uses Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets exclusively and recently joined the Vic Firth Education and endorsement team. In addition, Greg plays REMO drumheads exclusively.
Greg is currently performing at various venues in the Metro area and is Director of Percussion at Flint High School. Greg is also available for lessons "Pyramid Percussion Studio" and performances.
Pins and Needles; The Commitment; Play Therapy; Full Circle; Turns
US Air Force Band: Midnight Sun; Melissa Fischer: Jazz Mom, Jazz Mom Returns; Ruby Hayes: Ruby's Blues; Joe Fender: Lost in The Shuffle: Anchorage-based musicians: Jazz Fighting Hunger; Lamont Johnson: Burn by The Passion; various studio commercial and sessions.
G. Holloway, Jazz Drumming One on One (book)