Joel Baer is an active performing and recording drummer in the Chicago area. He gained an interest in drums at an early age after watching his father Jeff play at church on a weekly basis. At the age of 11, he began formal instruction from drum educator Jack Brand in his hometown of Rockford, Illinois. Under Brand’s guidance, Joel developed his love for Jazz. This led to a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies from Elmhurst College and Master’s from DePaul University where he studied with Bob Rummage and Dana Hall. Joel is involved in the Blues scene in Chicago. He spent five years honing his performance skills with singer / guitarist Pistol Pete. He’s currently a member of Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Mama, who were semi-finalists in the International Blues Challenge in 2013. He also performes with the Corey Dennison Band, with whom Joel performed and was interviewed for WYCC’s concert series on PBS in 2014. Over the past five years, Joel has been fortunate to perform with blues legends like Buddy Guy, Eddie Shaw and Sam Lay. He also performs with Indie Rock band Blood Red Boots, whose single “Love Don’t Kill Me” was a finalist for the 2014 International Songwriters Competition. Blood Red Boots’ music has been featured on television shows like 90210 and Survivor.