Jared Shavelson was raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a big suburb just outside of Philadelphia. After proving to his parents that he was going to take drumming seriously by taking one year of lessons on a practice pad only, he finally got a drumset at age 7. While playing in all of the local orchestras, marching bands, jazz bands, and theaters in southern New Jersey, he was taking weekly private lessons. During this time he was also starting to play out with his own bands, getting him heavily involved with the Philadelphia punk/hardcore scene. Leaving that area in 1999, he went to New York to attend college at SUNY Purchase studying jazz performance with greats like Ritchie Morales and Kim Plainfield.
Jared completed 2 years at the Music Conservatory and left after his second year to start touring internationally with the Boston hardcore band The Hope Conspiracy. Soon after, he also began playing with the pop punk band None More Black, along with the political punk band Paint It Black. After living in New York City, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia, he now resides in Los Angeles where he started playing with more eclectic acts like the acclaimed electronic duo Digital Daggers and the British rock band Pure Love.
He continues to play internationally as an independent drummer, and for the past year he has been honored to be playing for the rock band Boysetsfire, focusing mainly in Europe, and playing festivals like Open Flair, Southside, and Hurricane in Germany, Greenfield in Switzerland, and Reading and Leeds in England. He has performed in NYC and at the SXSW festival with the British/NYC rock band Drowners. Most recently, he has had the pleasure of playing in Japan with the influential rock band The Rentals, and has more upcoming U.S. dates.
Jared is incredibly honored to have joined the family at Sonor Drums. He is also a very proud endorsee of Remo Drumheads, Vic Firth Drumsticks, and Paiste Cymbals.