Chris Gravely

Turning a gift into a way of life


Chris Gravely is an experienced Percussionist of 18+ years.  He began his studies with drum-set in the fourth grade under the instruction of John LaMattina.  In high school, Chris directed his studies towards solo and classical studies. He has studied classical/contemporary percussion under the instruction of Michael Cebulski, Caleb Harron, Stuart Gerber, and Charles Settle.  He has played, and continues to play in many local Orchestras such as; Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, Dekalb Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra. As a freelance percussionist in Atlanta, Chris plays in several different groups/projects; such as LONER, Department 88, Red Waters Quartet, Red Waters Music Collective, etc., in which he plays anything from found objects to timpani. As a solo percussionist, Chris has performed Comedians’ Gallop and Concerto for Percussion and Wind band with the Georgia Perimeter Wind Ensemble, and has also premiered contemporary solo percussion pieces from local Atlanta composers Lowell Fuchs, Michael Standard, and the premier of his own piece entitled LIFE, which he premiered in March of 2017. As a composer, Chris has composed and released his first project entitled LIFE, for marimba, looping pedal, and various percussion instruments. Chris also sound designed, composed, and played as a live musician for Dangerous Women, an immersive horror experience, with The Weird Sisters Theatre project. 

Chris strives to be as diverse and versatile as possible in order to put all of his training into every performance with any genre of music. Chris is also an experienced percussion and drum set instructor in the Atlanta area, striving to show others how they too can turn a gift into a way of life.