Garrett Henritz was born in Baltimore, MD in 1982. Influenced by his father, Donald Henritz, who was a professional drummer himself, Garrett began playing the drums at the ripe age of 2 years old. Along with continued focused on the drums he also played trumpet and piano for a few years on separate occasions. Continuing on in middle school Garrett began playing in his school bands, performing concerts for the school and traveling here and there locally to perform. Garrett attended a private high school where he focused mainly on music and playing in concert and jazz bands. His school won many awards and traveling competitions. Garrett also started playing and gigging in various bands of all different styles around this time. Styles including rock, ska, gospel, metal, etc.. He couldn’t quite pick one home.
After high school Garrett began study with Baltimore’s own, Grant Menefee. Grant has produced countless successful Baltimore drummers. This is where he began to hone in on his individual skills as a drummer. They went through many styles and theories, perfected subtitles and advanced natural skills. Garrett’s time with Grant is marked as his most growing years as a drummer.
He moved to Los Angeles in the fall of 2006, traveling with his band Martini Henry. A prog rock adventure who when given the great opportunity to live in LA rent free for a year found it a no brainer. As things go, the band didn’t make it in LA very long and soon dispersed. However, Garrett stayed in LA to begin the pursuit of his drumming career.
Shortly after the disbandment of Martini Henry (r.i.p.) Garrett was introduced to Samuel Bing. Bing is the musical mastermind responsible for Garrett’s current project Fol Chen. Fol Chen is an art/pop project under Asthmatic Kitty Records and has produced 2 albums with a 3rd coming soon. Fol Chen tours actively in the states and over seas.
Most recently he has started study with drumming great Chris Coleman and has been becoming more actively sought after for recording and touring gigs. Garrett loves the weather and the crazy people that come along with Los Angeles. “This is home now”!