Jeff Queen has been involved with percussion since the age of 10. At the age of 15, Jeff began his drum corps career with the Canton Bluecoats and continued on to March with the Velvet Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Knights and the University of North Texas. Jeff was the Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble Snare Drum Champion in 1994 and 1995 as well as the Percussive Arts Society Individual Snare Drum Champion in 1994 and 1995. Jeff has taught in the drum corps activity for many years, including being the caption head for the Carolina Crown drum and bugle corps from 2003-2004.
Jeff is an original cast member of the Tony and Emmy award winning Broadway Show "BLAST" where he was a solo performer and battery instructor from 1999 - 2003. Jeff has performed on stages across the country and in Europe, including Broadway and London. In addition Jeff has appeared on numerous Television shows including: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Kennedy Center Honors 2000, NBA All-Star Game 2001, BLAST, and The Making of Blast on PBS DVD and Video.
Queen is the author of “The Next Level: Rudimental Snare Drum Techniques” available through Mark Wessels Publications. More of Jeff’s compositions are available through Drop6 media Inc. and TapSpace Publications. Jeff is a signature artist for Vic Firth Drumsticks and mallets, and a clinician for Pearl Drums, Evans Drumheads and Zildjian cymbals.
Currently, Jeff lives in Indianapolis, Indiana where he is a full time student at Butler University seeking his bachelor’s degree in Music theory and composition. In addition to his studies, Jeff teaches locally with the world champion Avon High School Drum line and travels the country as an active composer, arranger, judge, clinician, and performer.
Jeff is endorsed by Evans Drumheads, Pearl Drums, Heavy Hitter Practice Pads, Zildjian cymbals and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.