Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Band: Color Me Bad, All-4-One, Bennie Maupin, Michael Bolton
Genres: Hip Hop, R&B, Ethnic, World, Jazz, Latin, New Age, Rock/Pop
Instruments: Drums, Percussion
Occupation: Musician, Teacher


Tre Balfour was practically born with his fantastic love of drums and percussion. By the age of four, Tre Balfour was sitting behind a drum set in his Oklahoma City home. Balfour’s parents enrolled him in formal lessons after recognizing their son's huge talent. Tre Balfour continued lessons into high school and performed at every available opportunity. In his teens, Tre Balfour found himself under the tutelage of two of the area’s most renowned drum and percussion educators, Paul Bowman and K. Dean Walker.

After graduating from college, Tre Balfour emerged as a professional musician. Tre Balfour was booking many gigs and quickly rising to become the most popular drummers/ percussionists in the Oklahoma City area.

Looking to broaden his horizons, Tre Balfour relocated to California, and in 1993 this move paid off for him. Tre Balfour recorded his first album (Time and Chance) with the band Color Me Bad. Subsequently, Tre Balfour went on to record and tour with All-4-One, Bennie Maupin, Michael Bolton, Disneyland’s “The Lion King,” and several others.

In 1999, Tre Balfour took a hiatus from touring and recording to dedicate himself fulltime to teaching. Tre Balfour began teaching at Little Rock High School in Palmdale, California, where he developed his aphorism: “Life through drumming and drumming through life.” Over the years, Tre Balfour has managed to steadily escalate the reputation of the school’s music program. Both the indoor marching percussion ensemble and the drumline have been awarded multiple medals and trophies for their excellence. 

Continuing his commitment to drumming education, Tre Balfour recorded the album Loopie Loops in 2003. Marketed as an educational album that helps the drummer maintain consistency in timekeeping while playing with the aid of modern technology, the album became popular with drum students. The goal of Loopie Loops is to teach drummers how to play with a click track, whether in the studio or on a stage with a sequencer. There are no written parts for the drummer to play with Loopie Loops. This gives the student creative control over playing and laying the groove, something that Tre Balfour believes in quite strongly.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1993 Time And Chance Color Me Bad
1995 Expression After Five Jazz
1996 Imaginit Craig & Company
1998 I'll Always Love You Joe C. Jones
2003 Loppie Loops, Volume 1 Tre' Balfour
2005 Till The End of Forever Michael Bolton


  • "Life through drumming and drumming through life." -Tre Balfour

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Pacific Drums and Percussion
Cymbals: Paiste
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Vater

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