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Bill Ashbaugh

Bill Ashbaugh

Billy Ashbaugh was born on February 25th, 1964 in Fredrick, Maryland. He began playing drums at the age of 5. By the time he was 18, he was playing professionally.

At age 23, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. After taking lessons from Ronnie Ciago, it didn"t take long before he became an instructor himself. During this time, his reputation grew with local bands, in particular, the group "House Gigs".

In 1992, he was hired to play drums for Arista recording artist Snap. In addition to touring for the next two and a half years, Billy also recorded two solo funk-rock albums for Turbo B (lead singer/rapper for Snap).

In 1997 he received a call from former Snap manager, Johnny Wright, requesting he play drums for a new group he was managing called NSYNC. In the summer of 1999, he met Neil Giraldo, guitarist / producer / songwriter for Pat Benatar. Things clicked between them, and in February of 2000 he recorded 8 tracks for her new album. Later that year, Bob Gatzen and Billy came up with a new concept for Gatzen"s next video in his "Inspiring Drummers" series. The video is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. in the spring of 2001. As a follow up to the video"s release, Warner Bros. will also release an "In Session" play along CD for drums, featuring music from NSYNC"s HBO Live Concert Special.




In addition to promoting his video and play-along CD, Billy is also involved with a "Drum-Loop" CD project, as well as recording more tracks for Pat Benatar, and continuing to tour with *NSYNC. Billy also has backed artists such as Britney Spears, Jordan Knight, Samantha Mumba, and recorded tracks for Jive Record"s new artist, Aaron Carter, brother of Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys.