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ALEX SIMPSON

OWNER/OPERATOR

Alex was born with a pair of sticks in one hand and a Rupp's gift card in the other! Alex has enjoyed a diverse career in the drum industry as a Drum Corps International Finalist, a passionate drum salesman and a professional drummer in Colorado and NYC. Alex brings a wealth of experience to bear in his mission to strengthen and embolden the Colorado drum community!

CURRENT DRUM SETUP

Tama Starclassic Bubinga Omni-Tune - Yellow Lacquer

Yamaha Akira Jimbo Signature Snare

Paiste 602 Modern Essentials Cymbals & Cup Chimes 

Yamaha Pedals/Hardware

FAVORITE BAND/ALBUM

Rush - Counterparts

 

 

               

EVAN MILLER

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Evan has been playing drums for the last 16 years and performing with bands around the Denver area for the last 11. He draws from his vast experience with marching, jazz, orchestral, punk, and hip hop styles to assist drummers from all backgrounds. With one ear to the record player and one ear to the community, Evan serves both the music and the people that create it.

CURRENT DRUM SETUP

Vintage 1960s Slingerland Kit - Silver Sparkle

Ludwig 70's Acrolite Snare

Zildjian Constantinople/Avedis Cymbals

DW Ultra-Lite Hardware

FAVORITE BAND/ALBUM

Chon - Grow

 

 

               

JOSH NIETZEL

MARKETING MANAGER

Josh first picked up the sticks at age four and immediately joined his own family band! With influences from Led Zeppelin to Count Basie, he diversified his playing early on before attending the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Josh also produces world-class photography and visual content for the Rupp's Drums social media channels. 
 

CURRENT DRUM SETUP

1980s Ludwig Rocker Kit

1976 Ludwig Super Sensitive Snare Drum

Zildjian K Custom Dark Cymbals & Sabian HH Vintage Ride

FAVORITE BAND/ALBUM

Good Kid, M.a.a.d City - Kendrick Lamar

 

 

               

DEREK SWINK

SALES ASSOCIATE

Recently relocated from NYC, Derek has played around the world for audiences including Elon Musk, President Obama and a Saudi Prince. When Derek isn't recording in his home studio or performing in jazz clubs and in the pits of musicals, he spends his time studying philosophy and playing disc golf.

CURRENT DRUM SETUP

Vintage Early 70's Slingerland Kit - Chrome Wrap

Vintage 60's Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum

Paiste Masters Dark Cymbals

FAVORITE BAND/ALBUM

Brian Blade Fellowship - Perceptual

 

 

               

ADRIANA PEREZ

SALES ASSOCIATE

Drummer, audio engineer, producer, icon. When she’s not at the drum shop or the studio, Adriana gigs with Amazing Adventures, KANDIN, and Jackson Harkness Trio. With over a decade of experience as a working drummer and a passion for producing, she's known as the provider of Wheat Thins and sick beats.

CURRENT DRUM SETUP

Gretsch Renown Maple (12, 16, 22)

Gretsch Taylor Hawkins Signature Snare

A Zildjian Cymbals

Steve Gadd Signature Drumsticks

FAVORITE BAND/ALBUM

The Internet - Ego Death

 

 

               

CHRIS DOWIS

DRUM SPECIALIST

Chris Dowis has worked as a touring drum tech for artists such as Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Heart, Carrie Underwood, Babyface, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, and Seal for over 20 years. When he's not on the road setting up kits for the world's best drummers, he's lending his drum expertise to the rest of us!

CURRENT DRUM SETUP

Tama STAR Bubinga 6pc Kit - Dark Cordia Green

Tama STAR Walnut 14x8" Snare Drum - Indigo Sen Burst

Sabian Cymbals & DW Hardware

Remo Drumheads

FAVORITE BAND/ALBUM

Pink Floyd - Pulse

 

 

               

COLLIN SITGREAVES

TEACHING FACULTY

Collin has a BM in Music Performance and has been teaching private lessons in Colorado since 2008. A verified musical chameleon, Collin performs with various pop/rock, jazz, funk, blues & musical theater ensembles. He also performs with the Denver Nuggets SKYLINE Drumline and is a Sabian Education Network artist.

CURRENT DRUM SETUP

Pearl Reference Pure kit - Purple Craze II

(10, 12, 14, 18, 20, snare)

Sabian Cymbals

FAVORITE BAND/ALBUM

Porcupine Tree - In Absentia

 

 

               

NIKKI SAIZ

TEACHING FACULTY

Nikki received her degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Denver and was one of the first women to play drum set in Drum Corps International. When she's not gigging with her four local bands, she is teaching music programs around Denver. Nikki hopes to inspire the next generation and foster their love for drums!

CURRENT DRUM SETUP

Gretsch Brooklyn kit - Satin Cherry Red

Sabian Cymbals

Vic Firth Sticks

FAVORITE BAND/ALBUM

Red Pill Blues (Deluxe) - Maroon 5

 

 

               

DEVON ROGERS

TEACHING FACULTY

Devon has enjoyed performing, teaching and recording drums for 30 years. With decades of experience in drum retail, he offers a rare level of product knowledge when working with customers. Devon also enjoys giving his many drum students the tools they need to develop their skills and find their voice on the drums!

CURRENT DRUM SETUP

Hybrid Roland TD-50 & DW Drums Kit

70s Ludwig Supraphonic Snare

DW & Tama Pedals & Hardware

FAVORITE BAND/ALBUM

DJ Shadow - Endtroducing

 

 

               

JIMMIE DEAN

ECOMMERCE SPECIALIST

For the past 30 years Jimmie has been involved with music performance, retail, distribution, education, and non-profits. He plays drums with a variety of artists and owns Denver Music Group, a pro audio distribution and sales company. Jimmie is an outspoken advocate for the arts and works to empower drummers in Colorado!

CURRENT DRUM SETUP

DW Collectors  Kit (10,12,14,16,20)

Sonor 1960s Teardrop Kit (13,16,20)

Soultone Cymbals

FAVORITE BAND/ALBUM

Prince - Sign O' The Times