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Todd Sucherman

Todd Sucherman is a session drummer and has been recording/touring member of the American rock band, Styx, since 1995.

Born on May 2, 1969 in Chicago, IL, Todd grew up in a musical family and has always been fascinated with the drums. Todd's father, a doctor by day — big band drummer by night, taught him to play the drums and read music by age five. His first paying gig was at the age of six, performing with family band, The Sucherman Brothers, who continued to play together (and with other musicians) for many years.

Todd kept up with his musical studies through school and attended Berklee College of Music for one year. There he studied privately with Gary Chaffee, a world renowned educator with former students such as Steve Smith and Vinnie Colaiuta.

In 1988, Todd returned to Chicago and quickly established himself as a first call session musician and in demand live player, both of which led to his association with the band Styx. Todd was called in to record when Styx’s John Panozzo was ill. After John Panozzo’s untimely death, Todd’s position in the band was solidified. Over twenty years later, Styx continues to play to millions of fans all over the world. Todd has recorded several albums with the band including Big Bang Theory which put the band in the top 50 on Billboard for the fourth straight decade.

In-between his time with Styx, Todd has recorded over 1000 radio and TV spots and worked with diverse artists as Peter Cetera, Brian Culbertson, Spinal Tap, Michael Bolton, The Falling Wallendas, Eric Marienthal, and Brian Wilson (including his 2003 release with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Elton John). He has been an in demand clinician performing at drum festivals around the world, and has released two instructional DVDs, Todd Sucherman Methods & Mechanics I and Todd Sucherman Methods & Mechanics II.