Will Calhoun

Drummer, Living Colour
Class of 
1986
Other

Will Calhoun '86 is a two-time Grammy Award–winning musician, composer, and producer best known as the drummer of the groundbreaking rock band Living Colour. He has collaborated with Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Sanders, Wayne Shorter, Mick Jagger, McCoy Tyner, Public Enemy, Lauryn Hill, Herb Alpert, and Mos Def, as well as African village masters in his lifelong exploration of the ancient art of drumming.

By the early 1990s, Living Colour had attained worldwide success and earned accolades for their hit song "Cult of Personality," which won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. In addition to drumming for Living Colour, Calhoun continues to explore various musical avenues, including jazz, electronic percussion, and world music.

Calhoun serves on the board of the Bronx Music Heritage Center, which promotes Bronx music and offers free community programs; and The Way of the Rain, a multidisciplinary project that raises awareness about climate change through performance art. Most recently, Calhoun has been experimenting with visual art and photography. View his digital gallery at willcalhounart.com.