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Tod Ellyson

drums, vocals

Tod started playing drums at the age of 9 when his parents gave him his first drum set. He was self taught, playing along to his collection of 8-tracks through a cheap pair of earphones to the likes of The Beatles, The Doobie Brothers, Chicago, ELP and others. He joined his first band as a synthesizer player, so the band could do the intro to Fly Like an Eagle. Soon the others in the group figured out he was better suited to get on the kit.

 

Not long after he got in with some better players and joined forces with Bill Mudrick, and the two of them were an inseparable rhythm section for the next 8 years. They continued to play together in the New York area and then on up to Boston.

 

While studying music at Berklee, he and Bill formed The Crime with fellow Berklee alum Jim Melanson. After settling in on Boston’s North Shore, more opportunities arose to branch out and explore playing blues and cajun music with Low Downtown’s Root Sauce, The Barking Sharks, The Go Cats, and Two Bones and a Pick.

 

Never losing touch with the rock scene of the time, he also did stints with Points North, Headhunter, The Orville Giddings Band, and did a regional tour from CBGB’s to NXNE in Toronto with Geoff Abraham of Black Number Nine.

 

Today, Tod is happily reunited with his old mate Bill in Whiskey Horse, taking up classical piano and building his recording studio, Hope Chest Records.  Tod plays RMV drums, PI 3:14 Snares, Zildjian and Paiste Cymbals.