Byron Vannoy has become one of the first call drummers in Seattle’s Jazz and creative music scenes. His use of space and ability to integrate the freedom of improvisation with the nuances of various styles of music has kept him in high demand.

Byron has performed and recorded with many internationally known musicians such as Julian Priester, Herbie Hancock, Randy Brecker, Jovino Santos-Neto, Tom Scott, Wayne Horvitz, Ron Carter, Ernestine Anderson, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Vinnie Golia, and Hadley Caliman.

Recently emerging as a bandleader and composer, Byron’s debut recording “Meridian" received national recognition as well as the 2008 Golden Ear Award for “Recording of the Year". Byron has also recorded for nationally broadcast television programs as well as radio spots for the BBC.

He has studied privately with Ian Froman, Mark Ivester, Bob Moses, and Joe LaBarbera. He holds an Associate Certificate in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music, a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from Cornish College of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jazz and African American Music Performance from California Institute of the Arts.