Basic Background Info
Ed Toth started playing drums as a six-year-old boy and says that he can’t remember life without music. Ed listened to his father’s record collection, creating an eclectic listening experience that ranged from The Ventures and Wes Montgomery to the Beatles and Jimmy Smith.
While in school, Ed seized every musical opportunity he could find. He really learned to listen and play in an ensemble with his marching band and while participating in the drum and bugle corps. Ed attended the University of Miami and graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in music. Ed reflects, “That place was incredible. I learned as much outside of the classroom as I did in it.” That outside experience included Ed’s real original band, Jennifer Culture. Jennifer Culture played funk-rock fusion with a variety of international influences. Ed says of the band, “We were so determined to play music for a living.”
In pursuit of that dream, Ed moved to Boston in 1995 and, soon thereafter, he joined Vertical Horizon. In nine years with the band, Ed achieved a multi-platinum hit, Everything You Want, and won three Billboard awards. Ed valued the time spent with Vertical Horizon. “The VH experience is an amazing one. I got to fulfill a lot of my dreams and travel the world all because of being involved with such great music. It was truly extraordinary.”
Despite his success with Vertical Horizon, Ed left the band in 2005. It wasn’t long before Ed was offered an audition with the Doobie Brothers from his friend Michael Hossack. “The Doobies were my favorite band when I was a kid, so I jumped at the chance.” After his audition, the Ed got the invitation to join. He and Hossack are a two-man team of drummers for the band. Of the opportunity, Ed said, “Surreal is one way to describe it! I’m just fired up to be able to play all of these great tunes with the guys who wrote them. The Doobies are all over the style map, and that really makes it a really fun and interesting gig.” The Doobie Brothers are scheduled to tour throughout the summer of 2008.
When Ed isn’t on the road with the Doobie Brothers, he does session recordings and occasionally works as a producer. In 2006, Ed and friend Tim Bradshaw created the band Cooper. They plan to release their debut album some time in 2008.
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