Basic Background Info

Birth: June 16, 1954
Location: Mt. Kisco, New York
Band: Thread, Jethro Tull, Maxus, Storming Heaven, Dragon/Hunter
Genres: Rock, Progressive
Instruments: Drums, Bass, Keyboards
Occupation: Musician


Doane Etheredge Perry was born in Mount Kisco, New York, on June 16, 1954. Doane Perry's interest in music was originally on the piano—Doane started playing when he was seven years old. When he was eleven and first heard of the Beatles, Doane Perry decided to try the drums, because of "the possibility, however unlikely that might have been, of young girls chasing me down the street if I took up the drums." After three years on the drums, Doane Perry joined a band and played on weekends all through high school. After high school, Doane Perry played as a professional musician while he attended New York University. Eventually, the strain was too much and “resulted in an either/or decision and I opted for music full time.”

Working to gain experience and versatility, Doane Perry played in an array of live and studio performances that covered the gamut of musical genres, including rock, pop, jazz, orchestra, dance, R&B, folk, television, and film scores. Of the experience he says, “It was a wonderful time to be a young musician.”

Over the years of his career, Doane Perry played with a wide variety of musicians, and he confidently says, “…all of whom I have learned something from or at the very least enjoyed myself.” This variety includes: Lou Reed, Bette Midler, Teo Macero and his big band, Phyllis Hyman, Todd Rundgren, Baird Hersey and the Year of the Ear, Brenda Russell, Dave Mason, Michel Colombier, Peter Allen, Pat Benatar, Jim Messina, Martha & the Vandellas, Peter Cetera, Dweezil Zappa, Stan Getz, Kitaro, Jon Anderson, Fairport Convention, Laura Branigan, Dionne Warwick, Liza Minelli, Patty Scialfa, Vonda Shepard, Charles Aznavour, Jess Roden, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Bill Champlin, Marc Shaiman, Freda Payne, Jeffrey Osbourne, Diane Warren, Elliot Murphy, Gary U.S. Bonds, Maxus, Hunter/Dragon, Tommy Emmanuel, Richard Clapton, Sharon O'Neil, Jenny Morris, Joey Dee & the Starlighters, Tom Pacheco, Pat Alger, Artie Traum, Adrian Gurvitz, Gary Brooker, Katey Sagal, Debra Holland, Magellan, The Rivets, Scout, Michael Ruff, Marc Cohn, Barnes & Barnes, David Schwartz, James McVay, David Foster, Michael Omartian, Stewart Levine, and Paul Rothchild.

In 1984, Doane Perry joined Jethro Tull and replaced Gerry Conway. He was one of only two band members born in the U.S.

Led by frontman/jazz-flutist Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull originally played blues rock, but has experimented through the years with elements of classical, jazz, folk, world music, and art rock. Although Doane Perry loves songwriting and constantly needs it as an outlet, “in the context of Jethro Tull, it’s very easy for me to accept that Ian is such a good writer, and he has such a surplus of material that everything doesn’t even get on the record.” However, Doane Perry is a major songwriting contributor to his band, Thread.

Doane Perry lives in Woodland Hills, California, with his wife Heather. Doane Perry has a stepdaughter, Shilah, and an adopted son, Agus. Doane continues to record and tour with Jethro Tull.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1980 Multiplay Rivits
1982 Blue Mask Lou Reed
1983 Branigan 2 Laura Branigan
1983 One More Mile Jim Messina
1984 New Sensations Lou Reed
1984 Which One of Us Is Me Jay Gruska
1987 Crest of a Knave Jethro Tull
1987 Dreams of Ordinary Men Hunter
1988 20 Years of Jethro Tull: Highlights Jethro Tull
1988 20 Years of Jethro Tull Jethro Tull
1989 Rock Island Jethro Tull
1991 Catfish Rising Jethro Tull
1993 25th Anniversary Boxed Set Jethro Tull
1993 Beacons Bottom Tapes Jethro Tull
1993 Best of Jethro Tull Jethro Tull
1993 Journey Tommy Emmanuel
1994 Nightcap: The Unreleased Masters 1973-1991 Jethro Tull
1995 Divinities: Twelve Dances with God Ian Anderson
1995 Impending Ascension Magellan
1995 Roots to Branches Jethro Tull
1996 Meeting Martin Barre
1997 Il Bacio Paul Ventimiglia
1998 Snake Eyes on the Paradise: Greatest Hits 1976-1989 Dragon
1998 Tales From Dark Side: Greatest Hits Dragon
1999 Encores, Legends & Paradox: A Tribute to ELP Various Artists
1999 J-Tull Dot Com Jethro Tull
2002 Fairport Unconventional Fairport Convention
2002 Living with the Past Jethro Tull
2003 Classic Masters Jethro Tull
2003 Jethro Tull Christmas Album Jethro Tull
2003 Journey/Classical Gas Tommy Emmanuel
2003 Rupi's Dance Ian Anderson
2004 Jethro Tull Christmas Album [Bonus DVD] Jethro Tull
2005 Aqualung Live Jethro Tull
2005 Crest of a Knave [Bonus Track] Jethro Tull
2005 Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson [Collector's Edition] Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson
2005 Then He Kissed Me/Blame It on Love Rachel Sweet
2006 Catfish Rising [Bonus Tracks] Jethro Tull
2006 Extended Versions Jethro Tull
2006 Ian Anderson Collection Ian Anderson
2006 Rock Island [Bonus Tracks] Jethro Tull
2007 Best of Acoustic Jethro Tull Jethro Tull
2007 Live at Montreux 2003 [DVD] Jethro Tull
2007 Live at Montreux 2003 Jethro Tull
2007 Roots Rock and Revolution Emma's Revolution
2008 Led Box: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute Various Artists
2008 Ultimate Tribute to Led Zeppelin Various Artists


  • Doane enjoys reading, swimming, and spicy hot curries.
  • Doane recorded an album with Frank Stallone, Sylvester Stallone’s little brother.
  • "Phil [Collins] has helped to elevate the status of drummers in the public’s consciousness. From back of the bus citizenship, we’re now able to be legitimately respected bandleaders in our own right if we choose." –Doane Perry
  • "To keep yourself healthy during tours is an art-form itself, almost as important as the music." –Doane Perry
  • How did Jethro Tull get its name? Ian Anderson explains it this way: "I was not the author of the Jethro Tull name. The original Jethro Tull was an 18th century agriculturalist...he was also something of an inventor. He invented the seed drill. He built his first prototype seed drill from the foot pedals of his local church organ...when it was suggested as one of our weekly names for our band in its early days by our agent we said 'Ok, we'll be Jethro Tull this week.' The reason for all that was that we were not a terribly good group when we first started, and the only way we could get re-booked into the clubs we played at was to pretend to be somebody different every week...often we didn't know who we were—the agent forgot to tell us—so we would arrive at some club, and we'd look down the list of bands playing...whichever one we'd never heard of before, we knew that must be us. The time we got asked back to the Marquee club we had to stick with the name we had that week, which happened to be Jethro Tull. It's not a name I feel particularly wonderful about. I feel faintly embarrassed about it because it's not an original name. It's somebody else's name."

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Premier
Cymbals: Paiste
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Percussion: Premier Glockenspiel, Wuhan Temple Bells, RhythmTech Tambourine
Sticks: Pro-Mark

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