Jason Sutter

Jason Sutter is an American musician and drummer currently based in Los Angeles, California.[1][2][3]

Jason Sutter
Jason Sutter performing live with Smash Mouth, California, U.S., August 2014.
Jason Sutter performing live with Smash Mouth, California, U.S., August 2014.
Background information
Born (1969-07-15) July 15, 1969 (age 50)[citation needed]
Potsdam, New York, U.S.
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • vocals

A well versed drummer, having studied and performed extensively across multiple genres, Sutter is most widely recognized within the rock genre for his associations with bands such as Marilyn Manson, Smash Mouth, New York Dolls, Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave), and Foreigner among others.[1][2][3][4][5]

Early lifeEdit

Originally from Potsdam, New York, Sutter’s interest in playing drums began early as a young child and was supported by his parents thus leading to initial lessons with Jim Petercsak, a musician and instructor having also taught Dave Weckl and Vinnie Colaiuta.[1][2][3][4]

Sutter performed professionally for the first time at age ten and by age thirteen had formed a band with three friends known as Paragon. Performing frequently at local clubs, venues, and events throughout his early teens and high school, Sutter would play up to three gigs per week while also furthering his interest in music scholastically.[1][2][3][4]

After high school graduation Sutter attended the University of North Texas, receiving a bachelor’s degree in music education. In later years he would attend the University of Miami to broaden his scope of learning which included marimba, orchestral, drum corps, and other disciplines, thereby earning a master’s degree in orchestral percussion in 1995. During graduate school in Miami Sutter taught, performed, and recorded with top ensembles including the university’s highly regarded concert jazz band and other professional shows which soon led to his first tour with recording artist Juliana Hatfield.[1][2][3][4][6][7]


Over the next several years Sutter would gain more recognition, recording and playing with a range of artists, bands, and musical acts including Letters to Cleo, Jack Drag, Ben Lee, The Rembrandts, Vertical Horizon, Jason Faulkner, Babyface, Pink, The Campfire Girls, Chantal Kreviazuk, Joe Walsh, Butch Walker, Our Lady Peace, Dean and Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt, and American Hi-Fi in addition to (the aforementioned) Marilyn Manson, Smash Mouth, New York Dolls, Chris Cornell, and Foreigner. [1][3][4]

From 2006 to 2009 Sutter toured and recorded with Chris Cornell. In 2010 Sutter recorded and toured with the bands Vertical Horizon and Foreigner then, later that same year, joined the New York Dolls for two international tours which would continue the following two years. In 2012, soon after returning from the New York Dolls worldwide tour, Sutter joined Marilyn Manson, thereby touring globally again the subsequent two years.[1][2][3][4][8]

In addition to recording and touring Sutter’s performances include feature film and television appearances such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Carson Daly Show, and The Late Show with David Letterman.[3][9]

It was announced in 2014 that Sutter, having previously toured and recorded with Smash Mouth circa 2005 to 2006, had returned, coming on board as drummer for the band’s 20th anniversary worldwide tour titled “Under The Sun.”[10]

Sutter also conducts drum clinics and lectures at various conventions, industry events, and universities throughout the U. S. In 2014, together with Regal Tip, Sutter produced a signature line of drum sticks and brushes which include “Chop Sticks” and “The Sutter,” respectively.[11][12][13][14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Jason Sutter: Rise Of An American Rocker". Drum Magazine. Enter Music Publishing. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Interview with Jason Sutter - Marilyn Manson". Mike Dolbear UK Drum Forum. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Artists - Bios - Jason Sutter". Remo, Inc. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Norwood's Jason Sutter traveling the world with Marilyn Manson". Watertown Daily Times. Johnson Newspapers. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Ludwig Drums - Jason Sutter Exclusive Interview". Ludwig Drums. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Juliana Hatfield - Beautiful Creature - Credits". Discogs. 16 May 2000. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  7. ^ "(Page 24 of) University of Miami School of Music 1996 NASM Study" (PDF). National Association of Schools of Music: 24. 19 June 1995.
  8. ^ "Entertainment and Nightlife". Trump Taj Mahal. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Film Credits". IMDb. 26 June 2001. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Sutter returns to his second home to share secrets of rock 'n' roll drumming". On Milwaukee. 11 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Products - Jason Sutter - Chop Sticks". Regal Tip. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Products - Jason Sutter - Sutter Brush". Regal Tip. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Jason Sutter's new signature sticks and brushes". Music Publishers The Netherlands. 27 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Jason Sutter News..." Music Publishers The Netherlands. 27 July 2014.