Carter Beauford (Charlottesville, 2 novembre 1957) è un batterista statunitense.



Carter Anthony Beauford (born November 2, 1958, in Charlottesville, Virginia) is an American drummer, percussionist, and founding member of Dave Matthews Band. He is known for his ability to adapt to a variety of genres, and both his ambidextrous and his open-handed drumming styles. He plays the drums and sings backing vocals in the band. Beauford was ranked number 10 by a Rolling Stone magazine reader's poll in 2010 for greatest drummers of all-time.[1]


Beauford was first exposed to the drums at age three. At the time, his father had bought tickets to a Buddy Rich concert and could not find someone to watch his son, so he took young Beauford along to the show. Beauford was mesmerized by Buddy Rich on stage. After that show, Beauford's father bought his son a tin drum set with paper heads, since Beauford showed so much interest in learning the instrument. Beauford began performing professionally when he was nine.[2]

Beauford explains his unusual playing style in his instructional video "Under The Table & Drumming", attributing his use of left-hand-lead on a right-handed kit to playing his own kit in front of a mirror as a child in an attempt to emulate his favorite drummers, like Buddy Rich. He unknowingly set up his drums in reverse of whichever performer and set that he had in mind, in an attempt to make the mirrored image of himself match that of the audience's perspective, as he had seen it on stage and TV. This helped him to become completely ambidextrous at a very early age, albeit by accident.[citation needed]


Members from Toots & the Maytalsand Dave Matthews Band when performing together in 1998. Paul Douglas (left), Carter Beauford (back), LeRoi Moore (front), Toots Hibbert(right).

Eventually, he joined Secrets, a Richmond-based jazz fusion band. Other members included childhood friend and next-door neighbor saxophonist LeRoi Moore, trumpeter John D'earth, vocalist Dawn Thompson, bassist Keith Horne, keyboardist Butch Taylor, keyboardist Dane Bryant, saxophonist Eddie Williams and virtuoso guitarist Tim Reynolds. Secrets performed throughout Virginia, at places such as The Jewish Mother in Virginia Beach, and at Miller's, the bar in Charlottesville where Dave Matthews worked as a bartender. Beauford also played jazz in Blue Indigo with LeRoi Moore, Sal Soghoian, and George Melvin. Blue Indigo performed regularly at Tokyo Rose and Miller's, and was featured at the Delaware Water Gap Jazz Festival. Eventually, Matthews approached both Beauford and Moore regarding some music he had written that he wished to record. Beauford agreed to perform on a demo, which is how he became involved with the group that was to become the Dave Matthews Band.


Beauford has also worked with other artists on jam projects, including Vertical HorizonCarlos SantanaRashawn RossJohn Popper (of Blues Traveler), Tim ReynoldsBéla Fleck and Victor Wooten; both alone and within Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.[3]


Crash Into Me
Crash · 1996
Where Are You Going
Mr. Deeds · 2002
Ants Marching
Remember Two Things · 1993
The Space Between
Everyday · 2001
Grey Street
Busted Stuff · 2002
Don't Drink The Water
Before These Crowded Streets · 1998
Funny the Way It Is
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King · 2009
Lie in Our Graves
Crash · 1996
Two Step
Crash · 1996
Grace Is Gone
Busted Stuff · 2002
Tripping Billies
Remember Two Things · 1993
What Would You Say
Under the Table and Dreaming · 1994
So Much to Say
Crash · 1996
Here On Out
Come Tomorrow · 2018
Cortez the Killer
The Central Park Concert · 2003
When the World Ends
Everyday · 2001
Crash · 1996
Before These Crowded Streets · 1998
Why I Am
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King · 2009
American Baby
Stand Up · 2005
Stay Or Leave
Some Devil · 2003
Shake Me Like a Monkey
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King · 2009
Dancing Nancies
Recently · 1994
Samurai Cop
Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin) · 2018
The Dreaming Tree
Before These Crowded Streets · 1998
Jimi Thing
Under the Table and Dreaming · 1994
You & Me
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King · 2009
The Best of What's Around
Under the Table and Dreaming · 1994
That Girl Is You
That Girl Is You · 2018
Remember Two Things · 1993
The Idea of You
2006-07-07: DMB Live Trax, Volume 6: Fenway Park, Boston, MA, USA · 2006
Before These Crowded Streets · 1998



Beauford behind his drum kit with the Dave Matthews Band

Beauford uses a Yamaha Drums Recording Custom drum kit, a Ludwig Alex Van Halen Signature Rosewood snare drum, 6.5x14" with a die-cast hoop on the batter side and a triple flanged hoop snare side, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Yamaha and Drum Workshop hardware including a Yamaha Hex-Rack since the 2008 Summer Tour and various Latin Percussion cowbellswoodblocks and other assorted percussion equipment. He also uses FootJoy golf gloves rather than traditional drum gloves. Prior to Vic Firth, Beauford was an endorser of Pro-Mark sticks and even had his own Pro-Mark Carter Beauford signature drumstick.

Beauford has used several Jeff Ocheltree, and Ron Dunnett custom metal snares in the past, the most common being a bright purple with gold hardware he used for the better half of the 2000s. Around the 2006/7 tour season, the Dunnetts were replaced by a prototype silver Yamaha metal snare later to be confirmed by to be Carter's forthcoming Signature Snare. The Yamaha Signature "Carter Beauford" Snare Drum is still a prototype, not in production. As of April 2009, photographs of Beauford live showed him using a Ludwig Black Beauty in place of the Signature Snare. This has raised questions if the Signature snare has been dropped by Yamaha.


Drums: Yamaha Recording Custom: 

  • 22"x18" bass drum
  • 8"x8" rack tom
  • 10"x9" rack tom
  • 12"x10" rack tom
  • 15"x13" rack tom
  • 14"x12" rack tom
  • 16"x14" floor tom
  • 6.5x14 Ludwig Alex Van Halen Signature Rosewood snare
  • 7×10 Pork Pie mahogany snare

Cymbals: Zildjian: 

  • 18″ A Custom EFX crash/10″ FX Spiral Stacker
  • 20″ A Custom Flat Top ride with 6″ A Custom splash
  • 19″ A Ultra-Hammered China
  • 22″ K Custom Medium Ride
  • 14″ A New Beat hi-hats
  • 8″ K splash/6″ Zil-Bel/Custom Bronze Bell
  • 18″ K Dark Medium-Thin crash
  • 10″ A Custom splash
  • 19″ K Dark Thin crash
  • 6″ A Custom splash/8″ K Custom Splash
  • 6″ A splash/8″ A splash
  • 10″ Oriental "Trash" China
  • 21" A ultra hammered china

Heads: Remo: 

  • Snare: Controlled Sound X Coated black dot or Ambassador Black Suede, Ambassador Clear Hazy snare side on bottom
  • Toms: Pinstripe Clear, Ambassador Clear on bottoms
  • Bass: Powerstroke P3 Clear

Percussion: LP:

  • Jam Block (Red)
  • Travis Barker Cowbell
  • Granite Blocks
  • 72-Bar Double Row Chimes
  • 7×13 Dunnett titanium timbale

Sticks: Vic Firth (formerly Promark sticks): 

  • Carter Beauford SBEA signature sticks
  • RUTE606 fiber sticks

[(Best of the Dave Matthews Band for Drums)] [Author: Carter Beauford] published on (March, 2001) (Inglese)

Carter Beauford, world famous drummer for the Dave Matthews Band, performs along with the rhythm tracks from six of the band's best songs, including "Ants Marching" and "Satellite." Carter covers such topics as left-hand lead/open-hand approaches, fills, double bass drums, drumset and cymbal setup, time feel, background and influences, the early days of the Dave Matthews Band, and more. This DVD also features previously unreleased live footage of the Dave Matthews Band. Additional DVD enhancements include a performance only feature and an interactive drumset.

Victor Wooten and Carter Beauford - Making Music (Inglese) DVD – 17 set 2002

Supernatural Live

Under the Table and Drumming DVD with Carter Beauford Spartito

(FAQ). Dave Matthews Band celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2016, a milestone few bands achieve. How did the group build and retain an audience so devoted that they stuck with DMB through more than a quarter century? Dave Matthews Band FAQ answers this question and many more, exploring the group's history in detail from a variety of angles. Natives of the college rock circuit of the southern Atlantic seaboard, DMB became part of a close-knit group of similarly minded jam bands that spread across the USA during the 1990s. Thanks to a grassroots following that eagerly traded tapes of live DMB shows, the band cultivated a dedicated fan base that crossed over into the mainstream. Dave Mathews Band FAQ traces this evolution, documenting the culture of Charlottesville, Virginia, at the dawn of the '90s, detailing the group's peers and examining their catalog, both live and studio, in detail. Collectively, these chapters explain everything there is to know about the most popular jam band in history.