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Forrest Young

Forrest became known as “The Emergency Drummer” in the late 90s* while studying jazz at VCU. He’s earned three Emmy Awards for his session work on separate PBS documentaries, along with Frank Coleman and VGO Productions. Forrest's band will be headlining the RVA Jazz Festival this summer with his band, The WWAY. Along with Chris Whiteman (D-Angelo) on guitar, Jonah Kane West on organ, and Dane Alderson (Yellowjackets, Bob Mintzer Big Band) on bass. Forrest is also a visual artist whose Lyric Portraits can be seen at ArtThruZ.com.

When your band’s regular rhythmist is out sick... double-booked... pregnant... whatever... the music must go on! Regardless of your musical dilemma, hire The Emergency Drummer to fill in the missing beats at your next concert or recording session! Over the past 30 years, Forrest Young has covered the drumming duties for more bands, dance companies, theater productions, and recording projects than you can shake a stick at!


Emmy Award - Documentary soundtrack drumming, "The Sailor Bob Story" Emmy Award - Documentary soundtrack drumming, "The Kennedy Half Century" Emmy Award - Documentary soundtrack drumming, "Out Of Order" (All VGO Productions, aired nationally on PBS between 2012 - 2017)


"Forrest Young is an incredibly talented, dexterous, and professional musician that is always a pleasure to play with!" — DJ Williams (guitarist, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Shots Fired)

"His wealth of style and rhythm always brings personality and drive to a project!" — Alex McCallum (guitarist, Jason Mraz)

"Forrest is always rock solid and easy to work with. His versatility and positive attitude are great attributes to bring to your stage or studio!" — John Small (bassist, Pat McGee Band)

"Forrest is a fantastic drummer. One of the few I have seen that has the magic." — Andre Labelle (drumming legend, Vinnie Vincent)

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