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Neil LaFortune
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Cell:(647) 291-1321
Teaching Location:Orillia, Ontario, L3V 6N1
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About Neil LaFortune

Neil began playing drums in the mid-80’s and has covered the gamut of gigs and styles throughout the years.

From Classic Rock, Funk, R&B, Country, Latin, Pop, Jazz, and Blues based cover bands, to original acts, from divey bars to TV, studio, Festivals and an occasional arena, Neil has been there.

Studies at Ontario College of Percussion in Toronto and later studies with Jim Blackley helped prepare Neil for professional settings that required reading and versatility.

Career Highlights:

Playing with Abba Revisited in a soft seat theatre tour of Canada’s East Coast in Oct/Nov 2018, performing 19 shows in 24 days and in between tour legs, they flew out to play at the incredible outdoor venue, The Tuacahn Ampitheatre in Ivins Utah to a sold out audience of over 2150 people!

Gigs with Meghan Patrick opening for the likes of Rascal Flatts, Dwight Yoakam and Kiefer Sutherland.

Performing at the Havelock Jamboree and CMT Fest with Kansas Stone in front of a few thousand people.

Playing with Filipino pop stars Morissette, Piolo Pascual, Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez, Vice Ganda in Toronto and at the arena at the Trump Taj Mahal and Epcor Center in Calgary.

Played sold out concerts with Movie, TV and solo recording artist David Pomeranz who wrote hits for Broadway as well as for Barry Manilow and has sold over 35 million records worldwide !

Playing with Ian Thornley at The Orbit Room was a treat and was unlike anything else!
The last several years has been filled with Tribute acts such as Abba Revisited, Police tribute “Message In A Bottle,” as well as many, many other tributes in the U.S. and abroad.

Teaching is another passion and Neil teaches lots of private lessons at home and does clinics and workshops locally and abroad.
Drummers Choice’s Teacher of The Year in 2003.

Neil proudly endorses Gretsch drums/Gibraltar Hardware/Protection Racket cases, Dream Cymbals and Regal Tip products.

Drum Lessons in Orillia.

Neil at the Gretsch factory in Ridgeland SC with Paul Cooper.

Endorsements

Dream
Gibraltar
Gretsch
Protection Racket
Regal Tip

Credits

Marc Ekins "I Stand Alone"