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Matthew Flynn (born May 23, 1970) is an American musician. He is the drummer for the pop rock band Maroon 5. In 2006, after being the band's touring drummer for two years, Flynn officially replaced the original drummer of Maroon 5, Ryan Dusick, who left the group due to serious wrist and shoulder injuries sustained from constant touring after the release of their first album, Songs About Jane in 2002.[citation needed]

Matt Flynn
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Background information
Birth nameMatthew Flynn
Born (1970-05-23) May 23, 1970 (age 49)
Woodstock, New York, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1998–present
Associated acts

Prior to joining Maroon 5, Flynn has played drums for The B-52's, Chicago, Gavin DeGraw and Gandhi.


Early lifeEdit

Flynn was born in Woodstock, New York. When Flynn was 14 years old, he picked up his first pair of drumsticks in his father's basement and immediately started drumming the beat to "Jump" by Van Halen, impressing his father greatly. Later that year he came third in his high school talent show, behind stand up comedian Daniel Tosh and a dance crew known as "Tropic Lightning".

Flynn graduated from Gunn High School and briefly attended San Diego State University.

Personal lifeEdit

Flynn is married to Heidi Ford, who has a fraternal twin named Jenny "Jenni" Ford. On June 5, 2007, Flynn's wife gave birth to their second child, named Michael Ford Flynn. His elder daughter is named Ryan.[1]

In 2011, at the TruTv upfronts, where Maroon 5 was performing, Flynn gave his drum sticks to Brian "Q" Quinn of Impractical Jokers fame. On the podcast "Tell 'em Steve Dave", Quinn describes it as his most "homosexual experience".


Over the years, Flynn has played Yamaha and Ludwig drums, as well as Sabian and Zildjian cymbals, among other brands. Currently, he endorses Sugar Percussion (since 2015), Paiste cymbals (since 2014), Remo drumheads and Vater drumsticks.




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