Dwayne Bradford has been involved with music since the tender age of 2. He started off on drums playing at church starting around the age of 5. From 5 to 9 he was a self taught musician until the music school of Muzicnet opened up down the street from his grandmother’s house in Dolton. He started going up there to learn from the drummers such as Deameris Vaughn and Tim Franklin. Deameris was the first drummer that got him introduced to rudiments and understanding notes. Dwayne took this and ran with it.
When Dwayne turned 15, he started to get bit by the keyboard bug. He became fascinated with it through his friends Phillip Patterson, Lennard Razor, as well as Tony Jones and many others. He begin taking Piano lessons at Merit School of music in downtown Chicago. They taught him the beginning of reading. He then started taking lessons and was taken under the wing of Tony Jones whom was the organist at Dwayne’s home church, New Life C.O.G.I.C. Tony showed him different things done in a church setting, passing chords and little tricks that caught Dwayne’s ear. However, the drums were still his primary instrument.
While in high school, Dwayne was the drummer for his Jazz band at Bloom Trail High school. While there, he won best soloist award at South Suburban College’s High School Jazz Festival. He also won the National Band award while being in Jazz band in high school. While all that was going on, Dwayne was still learning the keyboards. He was blessed with his first opportunity to be the Organist of a church in the Fall of 2005. The church was St. Bethel M.B. Church in Chicago Heights where John Rice is pastor. He is forever grateful for that.
Since then, Dwayne has been the musician at 3 churches. He has also recorded as a drummer on smooth Jazz artist Mike Haynes’s album in 2007, attended Columbia College, playing for well known Gospel artist Adrian B. King, Carl Thomas, Kim Burrell, Dwele, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Kelly Price, Cecy Santana, Phil Tarver, Cinque Cullar, The James Sisters, Zo!, and many more. His career and life is still in progress.