Raymond 'Hitman' brooks is a professional drummer located in north carolina

Raymond L. Brooks, II (Hitman Brooks).: Drummer/Percussionist. Raymond began playing drums at the age of five while growing up in Charlottesville, VA. He remained active in music from elementary school through high school, playing in the marching band. 



It was during the 90's while living in Washington, DC that he nourished his rhythmical roots in the rich culture and musical diversity that the city provided. Exposed to Latin, Afro Cuban, West African, jazz, gospel and DC's original go-go sound, Raymond developed his unique percussive style while performing for audiences in venues such as poetry readings, churches, musicals, concerts, nightspots and community drum circles.


Raymond was the percussionist for a Maryland-based smooth jazz band which afforded him the opportunity to perform in venues with acclaimed smooth jazz artists and performed as the percussionist with several other DC area smooth jazz bands.


Living by the words "keep the rhythm strong," Raymond spends time giving back to youth and his community. He was an drum instructor at the Laurel School of Music in Laurel, MD. In Raymond's  leisure time he gives instruction to young, aspiring percussionists and leads community drum circles for musical, professional and academic audiences throughout the Triad area of NC.