Sakae Artist: Russell Gilbrook

Russell is currently the drummer for the legendary rock band Uriah Heep, who have sold over 40 million records and have two European Grammy awards to their name. They tour an average of 25 countries a year throughout the world and are in the process of writing a new album with a world tour to follow.

It is a great honour for me to play Sakae Drums as I immediately loved the sound. This sound is what I’d been searching for, for many years. I feel it reflects my playing completely and is exactly the sound required for a classic rock band like Uriah Heep.

Russell Gilbrook

Russell has toured all over Europe and recorded with Alan Price (The Animals), and is a successful session musician. Russell has also worked with Toni Iommi (Black Sabbath) and Avantasia from Germany who had a no. 2 album ‘The Mystery Of Time’, which included singers Eric Martin (Mr Big) and Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow).

He has toured and recorded with Europe’s number one Jazz & Blues band, The Chris Barbers Jazz & Blues Band, along with Harold Ashby (one of Duke Ellington's saxophonists) and has been performing clinics for many years throughout Europe, including Frankfurt Musikmesse and The London Drum Show.


Russell's Set-Up

Trilogy Series

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

  • Vintage Club Oyster Finish
  • 22 x 16 Bass drum (2)
  • 20 x 16 Bass drum
  • 13 x 10 Tom
  • 14 x 14 Floor Tom
  • 16 x 16 Floor tom
  • 14 x 6.5 snare
  • 14 x 6.5 Bubinga snare

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