My musical journey began as a child, with the message being that groove comes first. On holidays, my parents would push aside living room furniture and put on Glenn Miller 78s, teaching my brothers and me swing dance steps. I had an uncle, Ruben, who played sax, and my great aunt, Josie, taught piano. My brothers spun The Beatles, Aretha, and James Brown. When I was ten, I joined the school band and started taking snare drum lessons. Soon, I discovered Led Zeppelin and Hendrix. Around the age of eleven, I first experienced the Count Basie Band with Harold Jones on drums. Music then became my mission and purpose. The imprint had been made.
In pursuit of musical knowledge, I have toured the globe as a performer, teacher, and student, performing and recording with a wide range of artists, sharing musical cultures and genres. With my feet firmly planted in the roots of American Jazz and Rhythm and Blues, I grow my musical identity to include whatever makes sense to me musically; trying to listen and not judge, and remaining open minded and spontaneous. The musical riches of the world are out there for all of us to absorb.
Following world tours with: Gino Vannelli (1976-77) and Jean-Luc Ponty (1978-80) Casey worked in the Los Angeles studio scene for the ensuing 13 years. During this time he recorded and performed with many of the top names in the music industry including: Chaka Khan, Melissa Manchester, Andy Gibbs, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Wonder, Robben Ford, Walter Afanasieff, (producer to Whitney Houston, Kenny G, Michael Bolton) Ben Vereen, Suzanne Summers, Russell Ferante, John Scofield, Patrice Rushen, Jimmy Haslip, Melissa Manchester,Gary Willis, Scott Henderson, Bob Sheppard, Jeff Richman, Mason Daring, Abe Laboriel, Nathan East, Steve Khan, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Arif Mardin, Kitaro, Larry Klien, Louis Conte, Pedro Aznar, Charlie Garcia, and Brenda Russell. Scheuerell also did live television and video shoots, appearing on Burt Sugarman’s Midnight Special, in live video shoots with Gino Vannelli, Kitaro and Jimi Behringer, playing in the house bands for the Merve Griffen Show and the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, as well as appearing in the movie No Small Affair. An accomplished session drummer, Casey recorded a number of jingles, including commercial spots for McDonald’s, U-haul and Bay Bank.
In 1993, Casey Scheuerell relocated to Boston and began teaching at Berklee College of Music as an Associate Professor of Percussion. His performing and recording credits continued with: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat with Donny Osmond, Jimmy Haslip (bassist for the Yellow Jackets), Bobby Keys and Lucky Stereo, Vocalist Maeve Spain, Sal Defusco, Stingy Brimm, Matt Glaser and The Wayfaring Strangers, Bob Christopherson, George Garzone and Ayn Anserto, Johnny DeFrancesco, Jimmy Behringer (guitarist for Prince), Gordy Johnson, Cho Yoon Seung, T Lavitz, Prasanna, The Fringe, Muriel Anderson, Mimi Fox, David Hamburger, Bruce Arnold, Jeff McErlain. Ed Harlow’s Gringo Kings, Calypso Hurricane, Suzanna Sifter and Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty, Suzanne Dean, Christine Fawson.
Casey Scheuerell has been active at Berklee College of Music, performing regularly with faculty: Greg Hopkins, Ed Saindon, Maggie Scott, Donna McElroy, Tomo Fujita, Winston Maccow, Jim Kelly, Oscar Stagnaro, Jeff Stout, Tony Lada, Russell Hoffmann, John Damian, Bruce Gertz, Barry Smith, Jeff Galindo, Dino Govoni, Lazlo Gardony, Ross Ramsay, John Lockwood, Jack Pezeneli, Craig Hlady, Dave Limina, Dan Bowden, Norm Zocher, Paul Del Nero, Neil Olmstead, Bill Pierce, Jackie Beard, Shannon LeClaire, Fred Lipsius, Frank Tibiri, Consuelo Candelaria, Equie Castrillo, Ernesto Diaz, Victor Mendoza, Greg Badolato, Larry Monroe, Bill Pierce, Matt Marvuglio, Ron Mahdi, Ken Pulig, Ron Ried, Dave Hollender, Danny Morris, Ron Mahdi, Mike Williams, Bob Doezema, Joe Santerre, Marc Rossi, Joe Santere, John Pierce, Scott DeOgburn, Tiger Okoshi, Phil Wilson, Jim Odgren, Scott Free, Larry Baione, Rick Peckham, Bruce Bartlett, Jerry Gates, Jeannie Gagne and Suzanne Davis.