Daniel Bédard started drumming back when he was 13 years old first inspired by the punk-rock bands of the day. After having played those beats for a while, he then discovered the drumming of rock legends John Bonham and Neil Peart which inspired him to push the limits of his drumming further. After having heard the rhythms of Tony Williams and the Zappa drummers, he then spent the next three years studying at the Cégep de Drummondville with Paul Brochu and Camil Bélisle. He then went on to study at the Université de Montréal where he got a jazz studies degree with Paul Brochu and Gilbert Fradette. Daniel also had a private lesson with Peter Erskine, participated in a masterclass with Horacio « El Negro » Hernandez and studied with Dave Weckl in his “One Day Intensive” camp. He has also been studying with famed drummer John Riley in New City and now studies with another famed drummer, Dom Famularo.
After getting his degrees, Daniel went on to play with several bands. We’ve seen him on stage with bands like Sharcüt, Pawa Up First, Paul Cargnello, Alexandre Désilets, Jérôme Charlebois, Michel Donato, The Johnny Cash Show Tribute, Mahjorbidet, The Vasts, The Wildwood Family, The Preville Big Band and several others. He played at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Francofolies de Montréal, Osheaga, Woodstock en Beauce, the Festijazz de Rimouski, the Festival Franco-Ontarien d’Ottawa and on Musique Plus. On top of that, Daniel just started writing for drumming magazines, Modern Drummer and Drums Etc. His articles are featured in the various sections of the magazines.
Nowadays, Daniel spends his time between playing on stage and in the studio and teaching his students.