Stan Loomis

Neil Peart

Stan LoomisNeil Peart - Stan Loomis has had a strong passion for drums and music since childhood. Along the way, he discovered many notable drummers and rock musicians that inspired his career in music throughout high school and college. One such drummer is Neil Peart who is best known for his legendary drum solos with the band Rush.

Like Stan Loomis, Neil Peart’s passion for drums began at a young age when he started taking drum lessons at age thirteen. While working at his father’s farm equipment dealership, Neil Peart played the drums part-time for various local bands. During the summer of 1974, he decided to audition for an unknown band from Toronto. At age 21, Neil Peart became a part of the band Rush on the eve of their first American release and tour.

Contributing lyrics and a lively personality, Neil Peart helped Rush rise in popularity, gaining measureable success with their fourth album, 2112. The band continued to build on that success with A Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres, and Permanent Waves. Released in February 1981, Moving Pictures became the band’s best selling album in the United States rising to number 3 on the Billboard charts. It remains the band’s most popular and commercially successful studio recording to date. At this point in their career, Rush had earned a reputation for their elaborate and entertaining live shows including Neil Peart’s unforgettable drum solos. Rush was quickly gaining an enduring status as a popular touring rock band. The band continues to have elevated success in both production and musical value as they embark on their 40th anniversary tour this year.

Along with being the primary lyricist for Rush, Neil Peart is also the author of six published books. His first book, The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa, describes Peart’s travels and experiences on a month-long bicycling tour through Cameroon in November 1988. In 2002, Neil Peart shared a more heart wrenching story in his book, Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road. This memoir demonstrates Neil’s feelings of overwhelming sadness and loss of direction after losing both his 19-year-old daughter and wife in less than a year’s time. He writes about his experiences that led him on a 55,000 mile journey across North America on motorcycle. The trip involved a lot of thinking, reminiscing, grieving, and reuniting with friends and family that allowed him to finally find peace.

After this emotional journey, Neil Peart has been able to recover and regain happiness in his life. He now lives with his wife Carrie, daughter Olivia, and golden retriever Winston. Peart along with his bandmates were inducted into the Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame in 2010, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Ringo Starr

Stan Loomis’ passion for playing the drums is evident in his day to day life.  Much of this passion comes from listening to those that have inspired his career over the years.  One of these inspirations is the legendary Ringo Starr. Ringo Starr began his career with The Beatles in the 1960’s and quickly gained popularity as the band climbed the charts.

Ringo StarrRingo Starr is known for being the drummer for The Beatles; easily one of the most well known bands worldwide.  Not only has Ringo Starr been successful with the band, but he has also maintained a successful career as a solo artist. “In 1971, he began his unprecedented run as the first solo Beatle to score seven consecutive Top 10 singles, starting with ‘It Don’t Come Easy.’  It is easy to see why he is such an inspiration to Stan Loomis.

Much like Stan Loomis, Ringo dreamed of being a drummer from a young age; he then began drumming in his teens.  Although Stan Loomis hasn’t gained the same levels of fame as Ringo Starr, he managed to put himself through college by playing the drums professionally.

The Rolling Stone, the well respected music publication, named Ringo as the fifth greatest drummer of all time.  However, Ringo’s talents don’t end with drumming, as it turns out he is also a very talented actor.  Ringo has has also been featured in a number of documentaries, films, and even hosted television shows.

In addition to a television and music career, Ringo Starr is also an author.  In May of 2014, Ringo published a children’s book; Octopus’s Garden based on the Beatles’s song of the same name.  USA Today writes the “Garden finds children frolicking under the sea amid fish, tortoises, whales, ancient ruins and a treasure chest of gold and jewels.”

Ringo Starr’s success continues to grow and inspire as he spreads his talents into more industries.