Stockton Thomas Helbing is a gifted drummer. Stockton’s passion for jazz seems like one of a southern born. This young man promises to make a mark in the drummer’s world. He has found a way to express his own voice and has made the achievement to be one of the best drummers that visionary "Boss" Ferguson has ever hired.
His playing is clever and speaks effortlessly from him. His sense of timing is perfect. The sound of his cymbals has a peculiar way of holding the whole band all the way through each track. With each beat, the listener can feel the passion for his instrument. When on stage, Stockton is very devoted to his drums and cymbals. He astonishes spectators from every place he plays and has played. Even if jazz amateurs have always a predilection for drummers, Stockon makes a difference between the art of playing and the originality of his voice. He has studied all drum masters and has utilized the best of them.
Brian Mulholland grooves with his chords doing great solos and duos with Helbing. Master of the "double C"- Ferguson, with whom he is touring this month, already detected his technical abilities.
Tom Luer is part of a generation of talented musicians from the very famous North Texas State College of Music. The sound of his saxophone is sweet and is in great tandem with Ken Edward’s trumpet playing. Edwards has already delighted many audiences at the University of Texas.
Stockton Helbing has behind him already, a wealth of experience of drumming with great musicians and with talented fellows, so working with Maynard Ferguson should certainly be "la cerise sur le gateau". Holbing’s gift is in blossom and without a doubt, audiences will hear much more about this bright young drummer.