Jerry is an accomplished and professional drummer and singer who has played with music greats like Patrick Moraz (Yes), Vinnie Appice (Beck, Bogart and Appice), and Tito & Johnny Jackson (Jackson Five Tour). Growing up in the seventies, Jerry was infatuated with the progressive and hard rock bands of the late 60's and and seventies. Prog rock bands like YES, GENESIS, ELP, GENTLE GIANT, PINK FLOYD, and HAPPY THE MAN, were among his favorites, as well as classic rock bands like LED ZEPPELIN, DOORS, JIMI HENDRIX, ALICE COOPER, AEROSMITH, etc. Jerry's father generously sacrificed the family garage so that Jerry could turn it into a rehearsal space. Having just moved from the Detroit suburbs to Los Angeles, and having no previous experience playing in a band, Jerry quickly recruited his own band mates from his high school. This was the start of what would be a life-long romance with music. Jerry even played in a BLACK SABBATH cover band at one time.
Jerry began building up his chops by playing after school with his friends or playing alone with headphones to his favorite prog rock bands. But, it wasn't until he was eighteen that Jerry got his first taste of professional musicianship when he was scooped up by the 50's band BIG DADDY DIPSTICK AND THE LUBE JOBS. He was recruited by the leader of the band who heard him playing EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER music on drums with his keyboardist friend who lived next door. Jerry was immediately asked to join the band, and while he was clearly the youngest member, Jerry handily filled out the six piece band nicely. His first professional gig with BIG DADDY was at the Playboy Club in Century City. Although the drinking age was twenty-one at the time, Jerry was smuggled in to play.
Jerry later joined a three-piece mellow rock band which toured the Northwest and Canada playing Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Little River Band, etc. Even though Jerry had previously sang in a reputable jazz choir that performed at the Hollywood Bowl while in college, it was here on the road, that Jerry began to hone his vocal skills by singing back-up harmonies and shared lead vocals as the band's drummer. Who knew that Jerry would return to Canada years later, not only as a working actor, but as a Landed Immigrant, too. He is proud to hold citizenships in both countries.
Music has never left his soul as he continues to play by sitting-in with most every band that he has met on his varied world travels. Jerry is honored to have played with countless rock, blues, and jazz bands, as well as a live karaoke band in Bali, a twenty-something ska band in Thailand, and, his favorite and most prestigious gig ever, was playing blues with Richard Gere on guitar, and Julia Roberts on vocals, at the wrap party for PRETTY WOMAN.
Jerry sits in on drums with "A Bullet For Joey", a Detroit band, playing the Doors' ROADHOUSE BLUES and Van Halens' JUMP.