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Loyd Warden has lived and performed in cities and countries all around the United States and the world. He grew up in Kansas City, Mo., and started performing on drum set professionally at the age of 15. He went on the road with a touring group at 19 that traveled all over the southeast United States. He settled in Houston, Texas for two years before entering William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J.

At the age of 23, Warden made the decision to move to Memphis, Tenn. where most of his professional life was spent recording and performing with many well-known Blues, Jazz and Rhythm and Blues acts. Buddy Guy, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Ann Peebles, George Coleman, Kevin Paige, Johnny Johnson, and Calvin Owens are just a few of the artists he has performed and recorded with. He spent 13 years in Memphis developing his style and musical prowess. While in Memphis he met and performed with hundreds of artists on Beale Street who would come to visit the famous city. People like Sting, Steve Winwood, Duck Dunn, Steve Cropper, and Wilson Pickett. His favorite performer to work with during this time was Ben Cauley who played trumpet with Otis Redding's Group, and recorded many of the rhythm and blues hits during the early sixties.

Warden now lives in Columbia, Mo. where he still performs regularly with many diverse musical groups including Flotus, Tom Andes, and the Banana Oil Pan Band. He is finishing a Master of Music Education Degree at University of Missouri, where he is the graduate teaching assistant in the jazz department, and is an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Central Methodist University. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of music and his experience in the music business with younger musicians who are aspiring to play professionally.

Warden has studied drum set with Joe Pocaro, Ken Watson, Roger Griffey, John Cushon (Oleta Adams), Todd Strait (Karrin Allyson), Ed Soph, Steve Houghton, Gary Chaffee, Jose Aponte, Dr. Dennis Rogers, Gary Chester, Steve Ferrone and John Riley.