Wil Cameron - Percussionist

 A native of Indianapolis, IN, Wil started playing music around age eight under the dynamic instruction of Saxophonist Larry Liggett, studying classical snare drum and percussion. With much practice and support from his musical mentors, Wil quickly evolved into one of the most proficient young concert and jazz band drummers in the Indianapolis area. He grew up listening to and being influenced by just about every type of music he could get his ears on - and had tons of music from the 70s and 80s to hold his interest.

After relocating to the DC area (known to us as the DMV) Wil began to land gigs with local artists, churches and other non-profits, to provide drums and percussion services for a variety of clientele.

Wil is best known for his super tight "pocket" and clean grooves. As more of a studio/session drummer and perfectionist, Wil gets accused of holding back sometimes during recording sessions but he rises to the occasion when the lights come on at live gigs. Wil is a master of "odd-time" and polyrhythmic patterns. However, he also appreciates the simplicity of a straight 2/4 or 4/4 groove on the kit or just about any pattern on the Djembe.

Wil is a current member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and in 2020 he was selected as a member of the PAS Music Technology Committee. Wil is also an active member of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild and he is a trained Remo HealthRHYTHMS (c) facilitator, wherein he facilitates Group Empowerment Drumming. As for practice and instruction, Wil believes "Preparation is the key to feeling good when we play, but if you're too rehearsed to swing or groove you can't help others to swing or groove...," noted about his own rehearsal and playing technique. "The goal is to have fun and exchange the best musical interactions you're capable of sharing!"

Musical influences include: Billy Cobham, Tony Williams, Narada Michael Walden, Buddy Rich, Jeff Porcaro, Cindy Blackman, Steve Jordan, Will Kennedy, Leon Ndugu Chancler, Dennis Chambers, Neal Peart, Dave Weckl and tons of local drummers everywhere.