Ray's performing and recording credits feature a diverse roster of artists, including Pat Benatar, Joe Cocker, David Lee Roth, Cinderella, Woody Herman, Brian Setzer, Jack Sheldon, Anita O'Day, Diane Schuur, Randy Brecker, Mitch Forman, Chris Walden Big Band, Wayne Bergeron Big Band, Frank Gambale, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Christian Jacob Trio, Tom Kubis Big Band, Veronique Sanson, Ray Charles, and countless others. Recently Ray recorded Ray Charles' 8-time Grammy Award-winning "Genius Loves Company" CD, featuring James Taylor, Norah Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Johnny Mathis, Diana Krall, and others, as well as the soundtrack for the movie "Ray", the Ray Charles story. Other film credits include "Shrek", "Chicken Run", "Dear God", "The Alamo", "Brother Bear", "Lilo & Stitch", "Pluto Nash", "Assault On Precinct 13", and countless TV credits. Ray has performed as a founding member, drummer, and co-arranger for the Tierney Sutton Band for 14 years, including 8 CDs and a Grammy nomination for "I'm With The Band", the band's first live recording, recorded at New York's famous Birdland jazz club. He is a proud endorser of Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, and Vic Firth drumsticks. 



The 16th Annual Central California Day of Percussion at California
State University Fresno on Saturday March 3, 2007.

Featured artists are:
Ray Brinker (drum set credits include Maynard Ferguson, Pat Benatar, Joe Cocker, David Lee Roth, Woody Herman, Brian Setzer, Cinderella, Michel LeGrand, Jack Sheldon and the Christian Jacob Trio)
Daniel Kennedy (Percussion Director, Sacramento State University)

Thom Hannum (Marching Percussion Director, University of Massachusetts)

The Ray Brinker Trio with Christian Jacob and Kevin Axt will perform on the evening concert, which begins at 6:30pm in the Concert Hall in the Music Building at Fresno State.

There will also be special performances by the Fresno State Percussion Ensemble, the
percussion group Propel, and the children's percussion group We Got the Beat.
Intermediate and High School percussion ensemble festival in the morning

Contact Dr. Matthew Darling at Fresno State for information, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 278-2840


8:00am to noon: High School Percussion Ensemble Festival
12:30pm: Registration
1:00pm - 5:00pm: Clinics
6:30pm: Concert featuring all the artists The Ray Brinker Trio with Christian Jacob and Kevin Axt


General Public: Full day pass: Students, $10.00; Adults, $15.00
Concert Only: Students $6.00; Seniors/Faculty/Staff, $8.00; General $10.00