Tris Imboden

Tris Imboden was just five years old when he saw a drumline at a local parade and knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Even though Tris is self-taught he would go to a local music store where he learned the ins and outs of music theory. An early break for him was when his band (Honk) was the soundtrack to the surf movie Five Summer Stories. In a career spanning more than four decades, Tris has performed with many legends including Kenny Loggins, with whom he recorded drums on the hit single “Footloose.” In 1990 Tris joined the multi-platinum band Chicago and recorded thirteen albums with the band in a 28-year stint. He also had a long association with Al Jarreau, playing with the legendary singer for four years.  Tris recalled "Al was technically a Jazz artist as you know even though he crossed over into R&B and the Pop.  That was a special experience for me."

Interview Date:
January 16, 2020
Job Title:
Musician, Drummer

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