The Biography

Gary Moffatt grew up in a musical family in sunny Central Florida. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, the oldest of three boys, Gary found the love for drums in the second grade when the Beatles invaded the US.

Gary was taught rudimentally and participated in concert, marching, orchestra and jazz bands throughout junior high and high school. During this time, Gary won numerous superior medals for district and State solo and ensembles. Shortly thereafter, he attended Berklee College of Music, where he was in great company with the likes of Vinnie Colaiuta and Steve Smith.

Upon returning home to Florida, Gary toured with Floyd Radford of Edgar Winter’s White Trash Band and the band Cactus before lead singer Rusty Day was brutally murdered.

From there he played with various cover bands until he formed CBS recording artists, Sons of Doctors. The band became a regional success and went on to open up for numerous headline acts. Shortly thereafter, Gary formed the hard hitting sounds of the band, Fade to Black, which took the region by storm with their strong alternative sound that landed them an independent deal.

Later Gary joined one of his favorite singers, Brian Howe. This was Brian’s first solo tour after leaving the band, Bad Company. In 1997, Gary received a call from Don Barnes of 38 Special saying that Gary’s reputation “preceded him” but he called him anyway to offer Gary the gig. Gary has enjoyed more than 12 years with the band. He considers his bandmates his “warrior brothers on the road”. He says the band and crew are a fine tuned, well oiled musical machine that is a force to be reckoned with at any given show. They kick ass over a hundred dates a year!

Rule of 7 Gary has an original project, Rule of 7, that has recorded two CDs and won Best Unsigned Band from the Florida Grammy Association in 2006. The band, however, is currently in a holding pattern due to scheduling restraints. Stay tuned

Gary has logged countless studio hours including demos and jingles for the YellowPages, Warner Bros, FoxNews, Chick-Fil-A, Budweiser, Walt Disney World and Sea World, etc.

Gary continues to enjoy teaching a handful of up and coming drummers of all ages.

In his spare time, Gary is an avid Harley enthusiast. He rides his custom rigid chopper throughout Florida. Being gone for such long periods of time touring, Gary is inundated with an endless “honey do-list” provided by his lovely wife, Mary. Once his chores are completed, together they enjoy spending time with their furry children, walking, jogging, working out and riding bikes. Smoking a good cigar and drinking a cold one (or three) ends most evenings while at home for Gary.

Gary’s musical influences include:

  • Beatles
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Mountain
  • Grand Funk Railroad
  • Led Zepplin
  • Chicago
  • Yes
  • Edgar Winter
  • Earth Wind and Fire
  • Tower of Power (my favorite)
  • Take Six
  • Level 42
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra (changed my world)
  • Weather Report
  • Return to Forever
  • The Police
  • Santana
  • Pat Metheny

Gary’s second instrument is the piano and his keyboard influences are:

  • Herbie Hancock
  • George Duke
  • Jan Hammer
  • Lyle Mays
  • Chick Corea
  • Brian Auger