Tyrone Steele, “the Educated Drummer,” is a freelance drummer based in the Atlanta area. He proudly endorses Bootleg Drum Company, Soultone Cymbals, and Magic Room Brand drum sticks. Tyrone maintains memberships with BMI and Atlanta chapter of the Grammy Recording Academy.


He has shared the stage with bands of Joe Diffie, Mothers Finest, Jake E. Lee (Red Dragon Cartel), members of Collective Soul and others; and performs as an independent drummer. Tyrone teaches from his home studio in the North of Atlanta area. He is trained in fusion, Latin, be-bop, rock, and metal. Tyrone is a staple in the drumming community and comes highly recommended by many artists, instructors and peers for his attention to detail, timeliness, meter, creativity and ability to drive any band or music style. Tyrone is a multi-instrumental composer and lyricist.


Tyrone is the owner, main composer and founder of the Ty Steele Band, which released its debut album, Double Exposure, in December of 2016, producing and performing progressive metal-fusion. You can learn more about his project at or @tysteeleband on various social platforms.



Tyrone began drumming in 1983. He served in the Marine Corps from 1989-1995. In 2011, upon completing a Master of Divinity and M.A.R. program at Liberty Theological Seminary, he began his musical education at the Atlanta Institute of Music, and consistently received the Merit Scholarship for outstanding performance. He was trained by Tom Knight and Creig Harber, and personally instructed by Dave Weckl.

His main drumming influences are: Tom Knight, Benny Greb, Carter Beauford, Chris Coleman, Dave Weckl, Gary Novak, John Blackwell, Heracio Hernandez, Lee Pearson, David Garibaldi, Marco Minnemann, JoJo Mayer, Steve Gadd, Steve Smith, Vinnie Colaiuta, John Bonham, Neil Peart.