Sakae Artist: Bryan Carter

With a confidence reflecting an instrumental and compositional maturity that both belie his age and announce the arrival of a remarkable talent, Bryan Carter exudes what promises a highly successful career.

Shortly after completing his training at The Juilliard School in New York City and still at the very outset of his career, Carter has already played and/or recorded with many notable artists including Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Mulgrew Miller, Jon Faddis, Ted Nash, Terell Stafford, Bobby Watson, Lew Tabackin, Kenny Barron, Cyrus Chestnut and currently tours with vocalists Michael Feinstein and Kurt Elling.

Carter’s profound respect for the jazz tradition and his ability to create new music that reflects a deep connection to the rich this heritage is not surprising given his background. Beginning drums at the age of three, Carter quickly developed a strong passion for music—especially jazz. By the age of eleven he had already studied with legendary drummers Louie Bellson, Harold Jones, and Ed Thigpen.

Carter attended The Juilliard School as a Jazz Studies major and studied with Carl Allen and Kenny Washington. He was the recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship as well as the Samuel L Jackson Scholarship. While at Juilliard, Carter took a strong interest in composition, orchestration and interdivisional cross-collaborative performance.

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Bryan's Small Group Set-Up

Trilogy Series

Proprietary Maple/Poplar/Maple 3-ply shells with 4-ply North American Maple reinforcement rings.

  • 18 x 14 Bass drum
  • 12 x 8 Tom
  • 14 x 14 Floor tom
  • 16 x 14 Floor tom
  • 14 x 5.5 snare

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Bryan's Big Band Set-Up

Trilogy Series

Proprietary Maple/Poplar/Maple 3-ply shells with 4-ply North American Maple reinforcement rings.

  • 20 x 14 Bass drum
  • 12 x 8 Tom
  • 14 x 14 Floor tom
  • 16 x 14 Floor tom
  • 14 x 5.5 snare

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Bryan's Pop/Funk Set-Up

Celestial Series

Featuring North American Maple and exotic African Bubinga wood. The Celestial kit features Sakae’s new Chamber Specific Technology (CST) -- a ground-breaking process where each drum size receives a specific treatment to produce the most desired sound for that size shell. With the CST process, Sakae has successfully "Pre-Eq'd" each drum so that each speaks with it's ultimate musical tone.

  • 22 x 16 Bass drum
  • 13 x 8 Tom
  • 16 x 16 Floor tom
  • 18 x 16 Floor tom
  • 14 x 5.5 snare
  • 13 x 5.5 snare

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As a new artist, Carter’s access to extensive outlets lead to performances at iconic and globally recognized venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Staples Center and the Chicago Symphony Center. He also continues to travel and perform at clubs, festivals and concert halls around the world.

The Bryan Carter Quintet released its first CD entitled “Enchantment” in May 2011. “Enchantment” peaked in the top 15 of the Jazz Week Radio Charts and CMJ Jazz Charts.

Aside from performing Carter has conducted clinics, masterclasses and workshops at schools, colleges and universities around the world. Currently Carter serves as a teaching artist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center, “Jazz for Young People” program in New York City and endorses Sakae Drums, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals and 1964-Ears Monitors.