Sakae Artist: Lloyd Ryan

Lloyd Ryan is regarded as one of the U.K.'s most prolific drum educators with many of his students having gone on to achieve international success. In total, Lloyd's students have recorded 33 Top 10 U.K. singles and 32 Top 10 U.K. albums. These include Phil Collins, Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai), Graham Broad (Roger Waters, Tina Turner), Ralph Salmins (Robbie Williams, Van Morrison, Björk), John Coghlan (Status Quo) and Nick Simms (Cornershop).

Lloyd has also had his own exciting career spanning four decades. He is widely recognised as an expert of the big band style of drumming, having worked extensively with the Ken Mackintosh, Ray Ellington, Bob Miller and Edmundo Ros Big Bands, as well as major recording artists like Matt Munro, Tony Christie, PJ Proby, Cilla Black, Brotherhood Of Man and The Platters.

Lloyd is one of the few U.K. drummers to have worked alongside the legendary Buddy Rich, as his support act at the Lewisham Jazz Festival in 1986.

My reputation is on the line with any kit I play, so the quality of the product has to match the quality of my playing. I’ve got to have a fast Snare drum for live and I find Sakae’s product very, very responsive. I could not put my name with a company that isn’t top quality and I find Sakae’s thin-shelled drums excellent. This is the brand for me.

Lloyd Ryan.

Lloyd's Set-Up

Trilogy Series

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

  • Black Oyster Pearl
  • 22 x 16 Bass drum
  • 12 x 8 Tom
  • 13 x 9 Tom
  • 14 x 14 Floor Tom
  • 16 x 16 Floor tom
  • 14 x 6.5 snare

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