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January 2022

Ralph Humphrey – drummer on Dancing With The Stars

Ralph Humphrey has consistently been one of Los Angeles' most in-demand studio drummers, working in TV, motion pictures as well as regular album and jingle session work. Honing his skills with the likes of the Don Ellis big band and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention has given Ralph the knowledge and expertise not only to play in such a wide variety of settings but also to speak, teach and write on the subject of rhythm and its application in modern drumming.

Ralph Humphrey's playing and sound on the 2012 season of Dancing With The Stars has been second to none. Ralph was tasked with being able to play every style of music that was thrown his way–and he played them perfectly down to every detail and nuance.

In addition to his work with Dancing With The Stars, Ralph has worked on American Idol, Charmed, Piglet's Big Movie, Star Trek Enterprise, The Simpson's, ABC's 50th Anniversary Special, Far From Heaven, Coca-Cola and Ping golf clubs. His past touring and recording experience include: The Don Ellis Big Band, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Akiyoshi-Tabackin Big Band, Al Jarreau, Manhattan Transfer, Seals and Crofts and Free Flight. Ralph can also be heard on album projects by Wayne Shorter, Tom Rainer, Mike Miller, Jeff Richman, The Outsidemen, and Babaghanoush among many others. Ralph is the author of the drum book Even In The Odds and contributes occasional articles to Modern Drummer Magazine. Ralph is the head of the drum department at the LA Music Academy College of Music. He teaches Playing Techniques, Rhythm Studies and Ensemble Reading Techniques.

'The Man' at work

Ralph Humphrey's Yamaha PHX kit with
DTX electronics on the set of DWTS


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