Billy Ward


Grammy awarded drummer, music educator, recording engineer and producer. 

Recorded and / or toured with; B. B. King (Grammy award winner!) / Robbie Robertson / Bill Champlin / Carly Simon / Richard Marx/ The Knack / Yoko Ono / Joan Osborne / Bill Evans Supergroup / Jim Beard / Hubert Laws / Joe Sample / Leni Stern / Teri Nunn (Berlin) / Rick Springfield / The Time Jumpers / Chris Whitley / George Russell / Cy Curnin (The Fixx) / Amy Sky / Marc Jordan / King Of Hearts /Ace Frehley (Comet) / Glen Cambell / Art Garfunkel / David Crosby / Jimmy Webb / The Sons of Champlin.                                                                                        Feature Film soundtracks that Billy played drums on and still enjoys hearing (out of more than 50 films) are That Thing You Do!, where Billy taught actor Tom Everett Scott to play the drums and was on the set consultant, Under Siege and Sister Act.

Billy has been engineering in his private studio, DrumPike, since 1990.

Billy has 2 DVD ‘s,  Big Time (Modern Drummers Readers Poll Award winner) and Voices In My Head have won raves from critics while drummers are grateful for his offering of real world skills, that being a professional drummer requires, as well as an exciting new approach to practicing and remaining creative.                                                                                                                                                 Ward has taught drums and music concepts at Universities, Drum Festivals and Camps in USA, Canada, Australia, Nova Scotia, Japan, Holland, Germany and England.  Additionally, thanks to Modern Drummer Magazine, Billy contributed articles almost monthly for several years that revived the still current Concepts format in the magazine originated by Roy Burns.                                                          

“Inside Out – The Mental Aspects of Drumming”, Billy Ward’s book, has further demonstrated his ability to clearly explain the difficult challenges that working musicians face.  An enthusiastic, high-energy clinician, Ward has performed Clinics and Master Classes literally all over the world in Universities, Drum Festivals and Camps.