"To say Garrett Dawson is exceptional would be an understatement. His mastery of various styles, combined with his core-level love of music as a form of expression and the ability to perform equally proficient live and in the studio combined with his passion for teaching what he’s learned, place him in a class of his own" 



"Garrett Dawson and I really get along well. He is the first percussionist other than Jaimoe and Marc Quiñones that I've played with where we don’t get in each others way, where we really compliment each other"

BUTCH TRUCKS drummer and founding member of THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND


"Great drums are the backdrop for any great recording. Garrett has been my backdrop time and time again for years"



"Garrett comes in with just a bass drum, snare and a hi hat and he sets it up and I look at him and say where is the rest of your drums? And he says 'this is all I need' and he continued to blow the room away. He is an amazing drummer"




Born to an extremely musical family and raised in the woods of northern New Jersey, Garrett Dawson has been playing drums and percussion since the age of three.  As a young child Garrett became heavily influenced by Rock n Roll, Jazz, Reggae, and Folkloric music from Africa, the Caribbean, and South America.  He began playing drums at local venues and studying with legendary New York City Jazz percussionist Armen Halburian and African drumming icon Babatunde Olatunji before he was 10.  Inspired, he set sail on a life long quest for musical knowledge and began building a career as a hard working drum and percussion artist, session drummer, and music educator with a live performance and studio background that can only be summarized as extremely vast and eclectic.   

Garrett Now resides in southwest Florida with his family and maintains a full schedule of touring, studio work, and teaching. Garrett has been recruited by and worked with many iconic Southern Jam Band rockers such as Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band, Dickey Betts and Great Southern, Dangerous Dan Toler, The Artimus Pyle Band, and The North Mississippi Allstars. He was the first ”outsider” to be accepted by and work with many top Garifuna (African Carib-Arawak native people) artists, playing Reggae, Punta, and Paranda with Rolando ‘Ideal’ Castillo, Gadu Nunez, Dayaan ‘Nuru’ Ellis and Marcony Star. Garrett plays drum set in his own band The Bird Tribe. Their new and unique sound spot lights his soulful and fiery drumming while fusing Rock, Jazz, Sacred Steel, and Soul music. Garrett’s drumming is featured on over 40 studio recordings.

photo credit:   Jskolnickphotography

photo credit-black and white:  Elizabeth E. George Photography