Alvin Nichols

William "Speedy" Truss, Jr.

William "Speedy" Truss, Jr. has been given the gift of drum playing since the age of two. Since then, he has excelled in playing many different styles such as Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Reggae, Blues, and Amharic. He has played professionally in numerous venues to include Constitution Hall, Howard Theatre, The Fillmore, Blues Alley. Internationally, he has performed on The Smooth Jazz Cruise, in Bermuda, Ethiopia, Mexico, and the Grand Caymans. He also performed with numerous mainstream artists such as CeCe Peniston, Everret Harp, Kirk Franklin, Twinkie Clark, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kenny Lattimore, Frank McComb, Kim Burrell and many others.

Speedy is currently the drummer for the Upton Blues Band, Phaze II, Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music and Sound Connection Band, which he currently serves as Music Director. He helps the Upton Blues Band create a unique and distinctive sound, which differentiates them from other blues bands.

Speedy proudly endorses Mapex Drums and Trexist Cymbals!!!