Born into an artistic family in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Vantoine fell in love with music at an early age, and the drums would turn out to be his passion at 3 years old.
Vantoine is a professional drummer currently residing in Atlanta, Ga by way of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Born into an artistic family, Vantoine fell in love with music at an early age, and the drums would turn out to be his passion. Vantoine’s uncle, Victor Lawton, encouraged his nephew's gift and immediately began to pour into him by cultivating his gift by frequently taking young Vantoine to band rehearsals, studio sessions, choir rehearsals, and musicals.
Vantoine would use these opportunities as time to learn and study many of the musicians he admired, and take on his uncle’s mantle. As Vantoine grew, he continued to play in church and whenever his uncle needed him.
Some of his influences are Max Roach, Marvin McQuitty Jr, Teddy Campbell, Dennis Chambers, Omar Hakim, Tony Royster Jr, Aaron Spears, Chris Coleman, Calvin Rodgers, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, Gerald Heyward, Questlove, La Dell Abrams, Buddy Rich, and many more, but most importantly to him his uncle.
Vantoine’s diverse, innovative musical talents can be found in a wide variety of music to include (but not limited to) gospel, R&B, country, fusion, and contemporary jazz just to name a few. Vantoine continues to grow professionally and spiritually, and attributes all of his success to the unwavering support of his family and his Christian rearing.
Rich Sticks (Drumsticks)
And proudly plays:
Pearl Drums, Remo Drum Heads, Zildjian Cymbals, Big Fat Snare Drum, Cympads
His heartfelt desire is to bring the same passion and love for music to other children, and provide them with the same opportunity to discover love and passion for musical arts; he spends 10 hours a week volunteering at summer Youth Camps as a drum teacher.
June 1st – July 3rd, 2015 I’ll be giving free drum lessons at the Paulding County Boys & Girls Club in Paulding, Ga. The Drum Club (which the kids named it) started out as a trial run for the director to see if the kids would like to play music. Day 1 there were only 6 students who signed up, day 2: 16 kids came running into the room talking about they wanted to play the drums, and day 3: they had to close the doors and turn kids away because they packed the room. So I ended up with 17 kids and stopping, they kids are learning everything from singles on the snare drum to playing the drum set. At the end of the camp, I’ll be giving the kids free drumsticks and a gift bag so that they can continue to grow their musical passon.