professional drummer,
jazz/fusion artist, clinician,
and music director

A true artist, unique, authentic and creative, Holmes infuses different textures and tones on the drums and cymbals to produce colorful imagery; telling a story his listener inevitably 'gets' and demonstrates agreement with every single head-bob.

Wendell matured his craft by becoming an innovative drummer with versatility in playing various genres of music such as jazz, fusion, gospel, R&B, funk, blues, country, rock, blue grass, and reggae. He has performed alongside music greats such as:

  • Ryan Follese (currently touring with artist)
  • Three-time Grammy and “contemporary male” blues music award winner, Tab Benoit
  • Katie Pruitt and JT Hodges
  • Singer, songwriter and producer Chris Willis and vocalist, Gabbie McGee
  • Grammy award winning artists, Regina Belle and Karen Clark Sheard
  • Billboard music award winning group, Brownstone
  • Two-time Grammy nominated musician, Russel Gunn
  • Ollie Woodson of the Temptations
  • Vivian Green, Shirley Murdock and Vasti Jackson
  • NAACP image award-winning singer, Dottie Peoples
  • David Garfield, Danny Stewart, Tonya Hairston Ware, Keith Dobbins, Bobby Jones and Canton Jones
  • Country star, Kip Moore and renowned vocalist, Julie Dexter
  • Dove and Stellar award nominated songwriter/singer, Darius Paulk
  • Jazz and pop icon, Jean Carnes and many more

A versatile musician, Holmes approaches each genre in its own authentic context, yet intermingles various styles and colors; ingeniously creating a truly innovative sound.




If you are a music lover of jazz and great musicianship then this record is for you. Influences include Dave Weckl, Chick Corea, George Duke, Dennis Chambers, Tony Williams, Yellowjackets, Gary Novack, Vinnie Colaiuta, Stanley Clarke and many more.


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“AS AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST, it’s important to feel secure and supported by the musicians you hire to execute a performance. Whenever I call on Wendell, he delivers. I can trust that no matter how large or small the audience is, he will be prompt, professional and play with passion.” - Gabbie McGee

“Wendell does not just play a groove he PLAYS THE SONG. There is a difference. I appreciate his musicianship.” - Mark Nelson

“I have worked with some of the top drummers and musicians in the music industry and Wendell is definitely on TOP OF MY LIST. Everything from song compositions to the dynamics of his musical chops speaks for itself.” - Anthony Crawford

“Working with Wendell Holmes on his album “Lewis Avenue”, laying down guitar parts and solos for him was a great honor. Wendell is such fine musician and person of character and integrity. He is a whirlwind of energy and BLAZE OF ARTISTRY whose rise on the scene has only just begun.” - Scott Jones

“If you are looking for some great musical entertainment, as well as a selection of some of the best musicians from today’s YOUNGER GENERATION, Wendell’s album “Lewis Ave” is definitely the present you want to invest in.” - Hadrien Feraud

“Lewis Ave” is a great energetic, musical record filled with INCREDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS and exciting concepts. Wendell has shown his growth through his sophomore record through his playing and musical maturity. I’m very proud of Wendell. I am also wishing him many blessings and the best for this record on the next level of his musical journey.” - Jeremy Haynes

“Wendell’s style is one that exemplifies FINESSE and PRECISION.” - Calvin Napper





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