Basic Background Info

Birth: February 29, 1972
Location: Virginia
Band: Ten Finger Orchestra & Johnny Rabb, U.S.S.A., BioDiesel, SheDaisy, Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams III, Deana Carter, Mindy McCready, Maynard Ferguson
Genres: Rock, Country, Hip Hop
Instruments: Drums, Electronic
Occupation: Musician, Instructor, Author, Inventor


Johnny Rabb is The World’s Fastest Drummer. Guinness World Records documented Rabb’s 1,071 single strokes in one minute during a live broadcast on VH1.

Born in Virginia in 1972, Johnny Rabb began drumming when he was just three years old and hasn’t stopped. When he was four, Johnny Rabb's family moved to Sacramento, California. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and earned dual degrees in Education and Performance. After college, Johnny Rabb returned to California and worked on a successful hip hop project.

Shortly thereafter, Johnny Rabb relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where he performed with Hank Williams III, Billy Yates, and Tanya Tucker. After one year, he was dropped from Tanya Tucker’s tour. Johnny said, “I was new at touring, and I was very timid. I think that played a role in my being let go.” However, being let go ultimately inspired Johnny Rabb to design and develop his own line of drumsticks and company, the Johnny Rabb Drumstick Company. The company now boasts more than 100 models, all based off Johnny Rabb's original design.

Johnny Rabb is also an active clinical instructor and an author of instructional materials. Johnny Rabb offers hundreds of clinics each year. Johnny Rabb's first book, The Official Freehand Technique, is a unique method book that outlines how to play with just one hand.

Currently, Johnny Rabb performs with his original duo, the Ten Finger Orchestra & Johnny Rabb, his rock band U.S.S.A., and BioDiesel. Recently, Johnny experimented with turntables and has added them to many of his performances, calling his setup DrumJockey. He also performs with Japanese artist MASAKing and drum jockey Chris Patterson.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1996 Analysized Analysis
1997 Latest Menace to Human Race Neanderthals
1997 Rover Larry Tagg
1999 Modern Stone-Age Family The Neanderthals
2000 Handmade Mountain Rythym
2000 Handmade Various Artists
2000 On Campus Johnny & the Panty Raiders
2002 Colouring the Time Redtime
2002 Shutdown 2002 B.C. The Neanderthals
2002 Simmer Six Drumsets
2004 That's Showbiz The Lustre Kings
2005 5 Alain Caron
2005 In Space Neanderthals
2007 Spoils USSA


  • Johnny is featured in seven interactive displays at the Guinness World Attractions, including Orlando, Florida; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Hollywood, California; and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Meinl
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Electronics: Roland
Percussion: Roland V-Drums
Sticks: Pro-Mark

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