9 November 2007 — Veteran rock drummer and MI graduate Ray Luzier has just joined multi-platinum, two-time Grammy-winners Korn and will begin touring this January. Joining Luzier on stage with the superstar nu metal act—which has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide-- is fellow MI grad Kalen Chase on guitar and background vocals.
Well known for his longtime associations with David Lee Roth (1997-2005) and Army of Anyone (2005-2007), Luzier graduated from MI’s Percussion Institute of Technology in 1989 and later returned as an instructor at the school, where he taught rock drumming classes and private lessons on and off from 1992-2001.
In 2004, Luzier released an award-winning instructional DVD featuring his approach to double-bass techniques, drum fills, warm-ups and exercises. It is available through Amazon.com and Hal Leonard Publishing Co.
The West Newton, Pennsylvania native has also played with The Hideous Sun Demons, a progressive rock/fusion trio with fellow Roth bandmembers Toshi Hiketa (guitar) and James LoMenzo (bass). Over the years, he has performed, toured or recorded with Billy Sheehan, Slash, Seal, Tracy G, Edgar Winter, Wicked Alliance and The Boston Pops Orchestra.
Since opening its doors in 1977, Musicians Institute has primed over 20,000 musicians, producers, engineers, vocalists and industry professionals for successful careers in every genre of contemporary music. Located just blocks from the Capitol Records tower, MI has an incredible history of innovation dating back to its origins in 1977 as the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), which broke new ground as a performance-based contemporary music school taught by working professionals. Within a few years, GIT was joined by bass and drum programs to form Musicians Institute and the evolution has continued to this day with degree and certificate programs for career-minded guitarists, bassists, drummers, vocalists, keyboardists, recording engineers, independent producers, guitar makers, music business professionals and filmmakers.