Carlos Rull is an award-winning drummer and pianist currently performing with several musical projects in the San Diego area, and is often called on to do last minute substitution-work for various musical groups. Carlos is experienced in a variety of musical styles, with an emphasis on Jazz, Big Band, R&B, Soul, Funk, Latin, Flamenco and Popular Standards.
Early Musical Years
Carlos’ formative years began at age 5 with formal piano lessons, performing several piano recitals. At age 9, while staying up late watching Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show, he watching legendary drummer Buddy Rich with the Tonight Show Band. Inspired by the performance, he switched to snare drum studies and soon after acquired a drumset.
Carlos played percussion throughout junior and senior high in the school bands. In high school, Carlos performed in several school bands, from the Pep Band, to Marching and Symphonic Bands. In his senior year he was awarded the John Phillips Sousa Award, Kearny High School’s high music honor. In high school he played orchestral percussion, drumset, all marching percussion, piano, tuba and sousaphone.
During junior high school, Carlos performed with an all-Filipino band called “Island Image”, performing mostly at church events, playing the music of Chicago, Bread, and various rock and pop music of the time.
During high school, Carlos performed with Pleazure, a popular soul and funk band which performed throughout San Diego County, performing many dances on the “high school” circuit, proms and after-proms, as well as special events.
Carlos was “educated” at San Diego State University, studying classical percussion with Danlee Mitchell (professor and disciple of famed avante-garde composer Harry Partch), and performing as primary percussionist for the SDSU Percussion Ensemble, SDSU symphony orchestra and Wind Ensemble I. Carlos also performed with the Mesa College symphonic orchestra, which performed free concerts at Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion.
Throughout The 1980s
During the 1980s, Carlos performed with the variety band, “Sunburst”, which specifically performed Wedding Receptions, Bar Mitzvahs, and Corporate Events. In the late 1980s, Carlos performed in a punk band called “Club of Rome”.
The Big Time Operator Years
Carlos was the drummer for Big Time Operator from December 1996 to May 1999, was best known for his drum solos on Sing, Sing, Sing, and enjoyed much success with the band until his departure.
Notable stints with Big Time Operator included Disneyland, Disney World, Caesar’s Palace, The Rock Rock Hotel Las Vegas, The Viper Room in Hollywood, The Derby in Hollywood, and Croce’s Top Hat.
With Big Time Operator, Carlos was the recipient of three San Diego Music Awards for Best Big Band: 1997, 1998, 1999. Carlos was also awarded the Jim Croce Music Excellence Award, presented by Ingrid Croce.
His last gig with the band was in South Beach, Miami, Florida in which the band was flown from San Diego, all-expenses paid, to perform a 45 minute set for Disney Executives! Carlos left the band amid a hectic touring schedule to concentrate on raising two sons and to focus on work locally.
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Recent Band and Musician Associations
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Musicians Carlos Has Performed With
Rebecca Jade, Gary Wilson, Barry Cohen, Valerie Body, Aubrey Faye, Sacha Boutros, Stellita, Donnie Finnell, Nena Anderson, Anna Dowdell, Peter Pavone, Gary Wilson, Shelle Blue, Warren Lovell, Amelia Browning, Jonathan Karrant, Damion Willis, David Stanger, Irene Greene-Grant
Allan Phillips, Larry Logan, Gary Wilson, Kevin Flournoy, Danny Green, Lynn Willard, Kamau Kenyatta, David Owen, James Forstan, Max Zape, Melonie Sachamatao, Turiya Mareya, Richard James, Johnny G, Patrick Kelly…
Steve Brown, Cecil McBee, Jr., Nathan Brown, Brian Mafi, Harley Magsino, Darryl Williams, Ken Dow, Glen Fisher, Calvin Boyd, Mark Fowler, Gunnar Biggs, Fred Ubaldo, Kevin Cooper, Darrel Plies, Ed Graves, Johnny G, Chris Willis, Nathan Brown, Dwight Stone…
Donald Bowman, Jim Weiss, Gerard Nolan, Reggie Smith, Nathan Mills, Gilbert Castellanos, Daniel Jackson, James Weiss, Bill Shreeve, Reggie Smith, Bob “Mad Dog” Mathes, Chuck Phillips, Chris Klich, Bob Campbell, April West, Trip Sprague, Bill Cabellero, Flip Oakes, Elmer Cabling, Vince Tydingco, Clarence “Teddy” Kyle, Jamie Tobitt, Bob Bartosik
Theme Parks and Landmarks
- Disney World
- Walt Disney Animation Studios
- Sea World San Diego
- The San Diego Zoo
- The Queen Mary
Notable Las Vegas Venues
- Caesars Palace
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Hard Rock Hotel
- The Desert Inn on the Strip
- The Mirage
- MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
- The Freemont Street Experience
Notable Los Angeles Venues
- The Derby ~ Hollywood
- The Viper Room ~ West Hollywood
- The Coconut Club ~ Beverly Hills
- Hollywood Athletic Club
- Santa Monica Pier
- Club Spaceland
- The Roosevelt Hotel ~ Hollywood
- Amoeba Records ~ Hollywood
Notable Concerts and Festivals
- KSDS 88.3 FM Jazz Live
- Street Scene in the Gaslamp Quarter
- Big Sur Jazz Festival
- Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park
- IdyllWild Jazz Festival
- San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival
- The Del Mar Fair
- Carlsbad TGIF Jazz in the Park Series
- Alpine Summer Concert Series
- El Cajon Concerts on the Green
- Rock and Roll Marathon
- Ocean Beach Jazz Fest
- Pacific Beach Street Fest
- Little Italy Festa
- Memory Walk Balboa Park
Notable San Diego Area Venues
- Belly Up Tavern
- Croce’s Jazz Bar
- Croce’s Top Hat
- The Kraken Cardiff
- House of Blues – San Diego
- Jimmy Love’s
- Dizzy’s Gaslamp Quarter
- Hotel Del Coronado
- Humphrey’s By The Bay
- The Midway Aircraft Carrier
- Teo Leo’s
- Arterra Restaurant
- Jack’s in La Jolla
- The Casbah
- The Cannibal Bar in Pacific Beach
- The Juke Joint – Gaslamp Quarter
- Dick’s Last Resort
- Martini Ranch
- Harrah’s Rincon Casino
- Viejas Casino
- Sycuan Casino
- Pala Casino
- Barona Casino
- Golden Acorn Casino
- Bistro 221
- Bistro Sixty
- Ranch Bernardo Winery
- Mount Palomar Winery – Temecula
- Kona Kai Resort – Shelter Island