Since early highschool, drums and music have been my whole life. I am very fortunate to have spent the last 20 years working as a professional drummer and music teacher.
Cvitan graduated from Lismore's Southern Cross University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Contemporary Music, and has been based on the Gold Coast as a working drummer and percussion teacher since then.
Cvitan's first musical love is performing Rock, Blues, Jazz and Fusion music. He has applied the discipline and precision of those genres to a range of other genres including Funk, Pop, Country, Swing, Big Band, Latin music and working in Musical Theatre.
He has performed at just about every major music festival in South East Queensland including Blues on Broadbeach, Broadbeach Jazz Festival, Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, Gympie Country Music Muster, Mitchell Creek Rock & Blues Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Bayside Blues Festival, Sunshine Coast Blues Festival, Brisbane Blues Festival, Coolangatta Wintersun, Cooly Rocks On and Currumbin Valley Music Festival. A career highlight was supporting Grinspoon at the Tweed Valley Banana Festival in 1996.
Cvitan has worked steadily since graduating including playing at major events and functions all over Queensland and Northern NSW with rock covers band Jabba. One of Brisbane’s leading covers bands. For over 15 years, he's been playing regularly with a number of leading corporate events bands including Trace, Virtuosity, Radio Club Band and Baker Boys playing weddings, funerals, birthdays, corporate functions, public events and regular pub & club gigs.
In a Blues setting, Cvitan has played with a number of South East Queensland’s leading acts, and has enjoyed eleven years with Blind Lemon. Most recently he has been filling the drum chair with BB Factory and The Andrew Baxter Band. Sits in with Warren Earl Band, Phil Barlow and The Wolf, Devils Kiosk and Blues Corp. He has also filled-in for touring Blues artists, Vasti Jackson (USA), Ray Beadle, Ross Ward and Lazy Eye.
When not tearing up the stage and travelling the highways as a live performer, Cvitan gets down to the solid business of teaching and inspiring drum students. See the Drum Lessons section for more information.
Bands and musicians I’ve shared a stage with are;
BLUES; Blind Lemon, Ray Beadle Band, Andrew Baxter Band, BB Factory, Phil Emmanuel, Phil Manning (Chain), Vasti Jackson (USA), Geoff Achison, Lazy Eye, Ross Ward (Wards Express Band Blues Band), Mick Reid Boogie Band, Brodie Graham Band, Wiley Reed Band, Dee Dee Lavell Band, Josh Needs.
COUNTRY; Luke O’Shea and the Medicine Wheel, Warren Earl Band, Rob Black, Touchwood Productions, Col Finley Band, Dizeltown, Kate Cook, Alby Pool and No City Limits, Steve Eales, Sandra Humphries, Mick Martin and the Smokin' Crawdads, Jason Lee and Red Cedar Band, Don Allen, Anthony Classen, Leslie Avril, Michael King, Harley Smith Band, The Kelly Gang.
COVERS BANDS; Trace, Virtuosity, Radio Club Band, Super Mojo, Muchos Gracias, Jabba, Angry Dwarfs, Memories Of Buddy Holly Tribute Show, Super Mojo and Rochelle Lees Band.
JAZZ/SWING; Tonic, Craig Martin Swing Band, Les Wilsons Swing Force Big Band, Peter Parker Big Band, Ashley Lewis Quartet, Paul Murray Quartet. The Well Swung Daddies, The Calibre Cats.
ORIGINAL BANDS; Phil Barlow Band, BB Factory.
MUSICALS; I've played drums in the musicals, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas @ Gold Coast Arts Centre, Venetian Twins @ Spotlight Theatre, The Wedding Singer, Footloose, Grease, Anything Goes, Hairspray and Rock Of Ages for Marymount College @ Gold Coast Arts Centre.