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Billy Ashbaugh
* February 25, 1964
United States
Billy Ashbaugh played drums with N*Sync, featuring Justin Timberlake, among many others. Ashbaugh was born on February 25th, 1964 in Fredrick, Maryland. He began playing drums at the age of five. Asbaugh:
"When I was young, I used to bang on pots & pans or shoe boxes all the time. My parents saw my interest and encouraged me to play the drums. I guess it was something that was just in my blood. Some of my earlier influences are: Rod Morgenstein, Terry Bozzio, Dave Weckl & Dennis Chambers."
By the time he was 18, he was playing professionally. At age 23, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. After taking lessons from Ronnie Ciago for about two years, it didn't take long before he became an instructor himself. During this time, his reputation grew with local bands, in particular, the group "House Gigs".

In 1992, he was hired to play drums for Arista recording artist Snap. In addition to touring for the next two and a half years, Billy also recorded two solo funk-rock albums for Turbo B (lead singer/rapper for Snap).

In 1997 he received a call from former Snap manager, Johnny Wright, requesting he play drums for a new group he was managing called N*Sync. In the summer of 1999, he met Neil Giraldo, guitarist, producer and songwriter for Pat Benatar. Things clicked between them, and in February of 2000 he recorded 8 tracks for her new album. Later that year, Bob Gatzen and Billy came up with a new concept for Gatzen's next video in his "Inspiring Drummers" series.

As a follow up to the video's release, Warner Bros. also released an "In Session" play along CD for drums, featuring music from N*Sync's HBO Live Concert Special.

In addition to promoting his video and play-along CD, Billy is also involved with a "Drum-Loop" CD project, as well as recording more tracks for Pat Benatar, and continuing to tour with N*Sync. Billy also has backed artists such as Britney Spears, Jordan Knight, Samantha Mumba, and recorded tracks for Jive Record's new artist and Aaron Carter, brother of Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys.

Billy is married tot Jennie Ashbaugh, who plays drums as well.
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