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Joe Lizama

Joseph Lizama is Johnny’s accomplished percussionist.

When he was in the eighth grade, he purchased the largest drum set pictured in the Ludwig Drum Catalog, paid for it with his own savings. That same drum set would later be used for his first few years touring with Johnny Mathis. When in his last year of college, he had the opportunity to play percussion (not drums) for Johnny Mathis on a five-day California tour. Following several other tours and travel, he moved to Las Vegas to embark on his professional career.

Later, while on the road touring, Joe received an important telephone call offering him the job playing drums for Johnny Mathis. Twenty years later, the job working for Johnny Mathis is one that he still enjoys.