Hailing originally from Arcata, California, Kevin Coggins powers the groove behind Ruckus with the solid, driving pulse of a veteran roots, rock and blues drummer. His extensive 40 years of experience includes performing and recording with many internationally known artists such as James Cotton, Leon Hughes' Original Coasters, Albert King, Boz Skaggs and many others in a diversity of styles including Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Soul, Gospel and Country music.
Through an active career as a hard working drummer, Kevin has performed in many diverse productions as both a drum set player and percussionist in settings such as live concerts, studio recordings, corporate events and nightclubs. His experience also includes working in live theater, with opera companies, symphony orchestras, performances on television and radio.
With training involving University studies (majoring in both percussion performance and music education), Kevin has been an active music educator both in the public school system and as a private drum instructor for over 30 years; which includes a current faculty position at the School of the Blues in San Jose, CA. As well as producing educational seminars and drum clinics, Kevin has been a clinician in the Blues in the Schools program in Monterey County (underwritten by a grant from the Monterey Bay Blues Festival education division).
Kevin has two instruction books published through Mel Bay Publications, a part of a lesson series developed with the School of the Blues faculty.
A love for drumming is at the root of Kevin’s spirit and soul, which has led him to be involved in all aspects of the art, including the collecting and restoration of vintage drums.
A Bay Area Native, Victor Cozart fronts The Ruckus Band on vocals and harmonica. His vocal style hails from blues, early soul and rock influences, while his harmonica roots favor blues artists such as William Clarke, Little Walter, the Sonny Boy’s and Junior Wells.
Before choosing performing Victor gained firsthand experience as a roadie with Hot Toad, a successful and popular rock act in California and worked on many tours as a sound engineer, most notably with Journey, Barry Manilow and Maria Muldaur in the 80’s where he developed a passion for playing the harmonica.
Years later Victor established a relationship with School of the Blues, a hub of blues education in San Jose, CA. Through studying at the school under the direction of its founder and harmonica expert, David Barrett, Victor met drummer Kevin Coggins, and soon after they bonded and began developing what has become The Ruckus Band.
Apprenticing as a roadie in the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area music scene had given Victor the bug to front a group playing harmonica which then became his dream, and The Ruckus Band has become both the antidote to that bug and the realization of that dream.
Brian Coggins joins The Ruckus Band as he retires from the Air Force Band as an oboeist, saxophonist and vocalist. During nearly 40 years as a professional musician, educator, and arranger, Brian has performance credits with a diversity of talent including Bob Hope, Trisha Yearwood, and Albert King in a variety of genres such as classical, blues, rock and roll, Big Band and Dixieland jazz. Brian is a vocalist and multi-talented instrumentalist playing soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, oboe, clarinet, piano and percussion. Brian proudly served in the U. S. Air Force Band for over 24 years and has performed in all types of venues from large corporate events and historic concert halls, to grassy parade grounds and the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan. Educational credits include attending Cal State Hayward University studying music theory, instrumental performance and music education. Brian offers this quote to those who wonder what type of music he truly enjoys most: “Mozart touches my heart, but rhythm and blues touches my soul.”
Fred comes from a musical family, and originally started out on clarinet. His father played trombone in local jazz bands and his mother is a trained classical pianist. A self-proclaimed “guitar gear junkie”, he has been abusing the guitar for nearly 30 years. At 18 he joined his first band, a top St. Louis jazz/big band outfit called the "Joe Morello combo". Joe taught him invaluable lessons about music theory, chart reading, and ear training, as well as the business of music. Eventually, Fred became more excited about rock music, and less enthusiastic about jazz, and left Joe to play in countless bar bands in the St. Louis area. In 1993 Fred moved to the Chicago area to further his "day job" career and gave up on the local music scene. Prior to joining The Fog City Band Fred played guitar in Bottoms Up, was a member of the 80’s hair band Blaze Daze, the Pop/Rock band Salvation Amy, the hard rockin’ Well Hung Jury, the soulful sounds of Five By Five, and the 70’s Classic Rock band Fonograf.
Frank grew up in Connecticut and started playing music at the age of 7 on the accordion, the traditional instrument of his family’s heritage. Frank’s father, who was a band leader, was his biggest influence and Frank, following in his father’s footsteps, took up the trumpet after 8 years of playing the accordion. Frank played trumpet in his high school band which placed 2nd in the concert competition of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival held in Washington D.C.
Hearing a lot of swing and boogie during his younger years gave him a feel for the bass and growing up in the age of rock and roll made it a natural crossover.
After a sabbatical from music during his early 20s he returned to music and took up the electric bass and within a year was playing rock and blues with local bands. His knowledge of music helped him learn fast but he soon became aware of his shortcomings and decided to audition for entrance to the Berkley College of Music in Boston. Frank quickly made friends with other musicians at the school and before long was playing in some of the top bands from New York to the northern New England ski resorts and in warm-up acts for nationally known bands.
In 1976 Frank migrated to California and soon took a position with a fledgling local music magazine in the San Francisco Bay area called BAM Magazine. (BAM standing for Bay Area Music) Frank quickly got involved with the bay area music scene as both a band leader and performer and was able to jam and play with many of the greats and near greats of the S. F. bay area.
Now, with over 40 years of performance and studio experience in everything from jazz standards to rock, blues, Latin, swing and country,