Originally from Montour Falls/Horseheads, NY Jeff Plate began playing drums at the age of 10. In high school, he took private lessons, played in bands and started playing in bars at the age of 17. Jeff moved to Tampa, FL in 1981, back to NY in '82 and then to Boston in '84. IN '89 Jeff played with Wicked Witch and vocalist Zak Stevens brought Jeff over to Savatage in '94. In '96, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra was founded and since has made 4 CDs, selling millions of copies.