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Chad Smith will be performing live with Camp Korey campers at the 2014 Grow event! 

Visit our Grow event site to learn more.

Chad Smith began playing drums at the age of 7. As a member of pioneering, award-winning superstars Red Hot Chili Peppers—which he joined in 1988–is widely regarded as one of music’s most accomplished drummers and articulate musicians. With the Chili Peppers, Mr. Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He received six Grammy Awards, while two of the band’s albums—Californication (which has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide) and Blood Sugar Sex Magik—are among Rolling Stone’s 10 Greatest Albums of All Time. Additionally, Spin Magazine voted the nuanced but hard-hitting Smith at #10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music.

Musically prolific—he’s recorded seven studio albums with the Chili Peppers and appears on a total of 22 releases with the band, including 23 top-ten singles—Mr. Smith has drummed for such diverse artists as Johnny Cash, the Avett Brothers, the Dixie Chicks, Kid Rock, John Fogerty, George Clinton, Jake Bugg and dozens more. He has performed on dozens of international tours over the last 25 years and is a founding member of the supergroup Chickenfoot with former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar.

Mr. Smith, born in Minnesota and raised in Michigan, credits his public school education for the opportunity to excel at his chosen instrument. He’s an active supporter of a number of non-profit organizations, including Surfer’s Healing, MusiCares, SeriousFun Children’s Network, Little Kids Rock, Silverlake Conservatory of Music and Bystander Revolution, a group that speaks out against bullying in schools. In 2013, NAMM (National Association Music Merchants) tapped Mr. Smith as advocate for arts in public schools. In Washington, D.C., he spoke to senators and congress people about his passion for music education, noting “it’s proven that graduation rates and attendance are higher when there are music programs. If we don’t have them, there are people like myself who won’t be exposed to the music and arts. The next Bruce Springsteen or Bob Dylan—these important American artists—the next generation might not come up without arts in the schools. I’m living proof of it.”