Rod Youngs is a musician, composer and educator of immense talent and refinement. His interest in music began in his youth and has spawned into a career that has spanned over two decades and taken him to over thirty countries. His musical background encompasses many genres from classical, jazz, and R&B to pop, rock, and hip-hop. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Applied percussion from Howard University. He also studied with former principle timpanist of the National Symphony Orchestra, Fred Begun and in 1985 he was chosen to study jazz performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. under the tutelage of Keith Copland. A native of Washington D.C. Rod's consummate musicianship has garnered him a wide variety work from concerts and recordings to sessions for radio, TV and film. Over the years Rod has also performed/recorded with a formidable array of artists including, Ronnie Laws, Hugh Masekala, Jon Hendricks, Gil Scott-Heron, Natalie Cole, Me Shell Ndegeocello, Soweto Kinch, Matthew Herbert, Steve Williamson, Julian Joseph, Jhelisa Anderson, Courtney Pine, Ernest Ranglin, Vanessa Rubin, Don Braden , Horace Andy, Sia, Juliet Roberts, Denys Baptiste, Gary Crosby's Nu Troop and the Jazz Jamaica All Stars amongst others.