At the age of 23 Loyd made a decision
to move to Memphis, Tennessee where most of his professional life was
spent recording and performing with many well-known Blues, Jazz and
Rhythm and Blues acts. Buddy Guy, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Ann Peebles,
George Coleman, Kevin Paige, Johnny Johnson, and Calvin Owens are just
a few of the artists Loyd has performed and recorded with. He spent 13
years in Memphis developing his style and musical prowess. While in
Memphis he met and performed with hundreds of artists on Beale Street
who would come to visit the famous city. People like Sting, Steve
Winwood, Duck Dunn, Steve Cropper, and Wilson Pickett. Loyd’s favorite
performer to work with during this time was Ben Cauley who played
trumpet with Otis Redding’s Group, and recorded many of the rhythm and
blues hits during the early sixties.
Loyd now lives in Columbia, Missouri where he still performs regularly with many diverse musical groups. Hilary Scott Band, Tom Andes, and the Banana Oil Pan Band are just a few of the artists he currently works with. He is finishing a Master of Music Education Degree at University of Missouri, where he is the graduate teaching assistant in the jazz department, and is Professor of Percussion at Central Methodist University. Loyd enjoys sharing his knowledge of music and his experience in the music business with younger musicians who are aspiring to play professionally.
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|Loyd has studied drum set with Joe Pocaro, Ken Watson, Roger Griffey, John Cushon (Oleta Adams), Todd Strait (Karrin Allyson), Ed Soph, Steve Houghton, Gary Chaffee, José Aponte, Dr. Dennis Rogers, Gary Chester, Steve Ferrone and John Riley.|