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!
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: