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Shaun Foist
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Breaking Benjamin
  • Country: United States

Shaun Foist (born August 10, 1983) has been laying down a heavy, meticulous drum groove on the road and in recording studios for numerous Midwest and East Coast rock bands for over 14 years.  Most recently, he received rave reviews as the drummer for the opening act, Picture Me Broken, on the Alice Cooper / Marilyn Manson 'Masters of Madness - Shock Therapy' nationwide tour.

Championed and inspired at a young age by his father, Bill Foist (who played drums in classic rock bands from the 70's up until his untimely passing in 2013), Shaun acquired his core drumming skills from his first and best mentor, while also sitting in on his dad's band rehearsals in the basement of their Middletown, OH home.  

Shortly after turning 10 (and at his father's prodding), Shaun entered his grade school's talent show, playing to the Allman Brothers song, 'In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.'  He received a standing ovation and was invited to join the school band.  It was at that moment Shaun knew being a drummer would become his life's passion and profession.  While still in high school, Shaun received citations from Miami University in Oxford, OH in both 2000 and 2001 for Drums and Percussion, as well as receiving the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in those years.

Shaun garnered the drumming basics from his father, but also acquired practical knowledge from studying DVD's and books. as well as embracing his natural ability and letting his instincts guide the beat. 

Over the years, Shaun's drumming interests have crossed the musical spectrum. Rock, Jazz, Metal, to flavors of R&B.  Though founding several bands with roots in Pop and Hard Rock (Diesel 129, Masonclover, Black Saints Cartel) and with his core skills grounded in Rock and Metal, Shaun still views himself as a multi-dimensional drummer with no creative boundaries. His eclectic skillset behind the drum kit has landed him on numerous tours (Hinder, Warped Tour, 'Seduce and Destroy' with OTEP and One Eyed Doll) and sharing billing on tours with Trapt, Rev Theory, Dope, Shiny Toy Guns and Soil.

Shaun's precision, versatility, high energy showmanship, skill and confidence as a drummer was further bolstered by working in the studio with producers Robert Hannon, Dave Cobb, Shawn Grove and multi-award winning music producer David Bendeth (Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Paramore),forever changing the way he looked at drums and his approach to playing them.  

With early influences ranging from Neil Peart, Tico Torres, Buddy Rich, Tommy Aldridge and John Bonham - to current players, including Chad Szeliga, Glen Sobel, Jason Sutter, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, The Rev and Steve Gadd, Shaun continues to study the work of his contemporaries and considers live performance and touring the best 'teaching / learning' environment toward growth as a professional musician.

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