« Belmont home

School of Music

About the School of Music

Degrees & Majors

Admission / Audition

Calendar & Events



Additional Program Information

Community Involvement


Box Office

Summer Programs



Zoro is an Adjunct Instructor of Music (Percussion) at Belmont University School of Music.  He is the consummate definition of the rare man who marches to the beat of a different drum.

Zoro has sat on the drummer’s throne commanding some of the most famous stages in the world of rock and R&B music.  He’s long been in the spotlight—stationed center stage behind some of the most celebrated artists in music history.  Zoro has toured and recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The New Edition, Jody Watley, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vanessa Paradis, Sean Lennon, and Lisa Marie Presley—to name only a few.

Over more than two decades of creating music, Z has displayed a gifting and a personal charisma too unique to remain in anyone’s shadow.  He emerged from behind his drum kit early in his career to establish his own unique celebrity as an often awarded, world acclaimed musician and educator.  Throughout his career, he has consistently been voted #1 R&B drummer and clinician in the world by premier music industry publications such as Modern Drummer, Drum!, and Rhythm magazines. “Zoro wrote the book on dynamics, touch, control, and groove,” says Modern Drummer Magazine of Z’s musical sensitivities.


Often called the “Minister of Groove,” Zoro authored the #1 award winning and best-selling book and DVD package, The Commandments of R&B Drumming, which was awarded industry accolades as the ultimate lesson from the master.

Zoro has achieved more than walls lined with platinum albums for projects that have included his drum artistry—he’s reached the pinnacle of world success and breaks all the “rock star” rules and molds.  He is fueled internally by a dynamic passion to use his platform of fame to reach everyone within the sound of his voice with an articulate, self-lived message of motivation and encouragement to reach for higher ground—to live life with faith, purpose, passion, and a dedication to excellence.

Success has offered him the opportunity to become a magnetic role model and people are drawn to his hip style and contagious passion.  Zoro is a kinetic bundle of human energy and enthusiasm. His heartbeat is in the groove itself and his is “a groove for the generations.”

He dramatically reaches out from that stage—grabbing the hearts of listeners of all ages with a message filled with warmth, humor, and groove.  Z is a sought after player, speaker, motivator, and clinician because he’s real, relevant, relatable, and connects with all people.  He has the heart of a true teacher and is motivated to serve and inspire his audience with all that he has.

Zoro communicates the relevant facts of music and life as seen through the adult eyes of an underprivileged kid from the streets of Los Angeles who achieved his dreams.  Grooving to the beat of a different drum, Zoro has a dynamic yet humble heart…one that has been placed on some of the world’s biggest stages.

To find out more about Zoro go to www.zorothedrummer.com