Van Romaine

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Born (1962-09-07) September 7, 1962 (age 61)
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Miami
  • Drummer
  • Music producer
  • Musical director
  • Composer

Van Romaine (born September 7, 1962) is an American drummer, music producer, musical director and composer who has worked with many bands and artists, both live and in the studio. He first gained recognition after joining The Steve Morse Band in 1989 with whom he has recorded 8 albums. In 1998, Romaine joined German pop star Nena notably recognized for her 80’s mega hit 99 Luftballons, becoming her musical director and musical liaison from 1999 - 2019. Romaine was hired in 2001 - present to join Spanish pop star Enrique Iglesias touring band, and as his music director in 2010. Romaine has also collaborated extensively with Bernie Worrell, Blood Sweat and Tears, Kansas, The Spin Doctors and many others.

Early life

Romaine was born in Glen Ridge, NJ. At 8 years old, he started taking drum lessons with renowned teacher Carl Wolf , who also taught prolific drummer, Chuck Burgi. Romaine studied at the University of Miami for three years while becoming involved in the Miami music scene performing with Jaco Pastorius, Steve Bailey, Ira Sullivan, and The Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose. He then transferred to William Paterson University (New Jersey) to complete his last year of undergraduate studies. It was during this first year in New York/New Jersey where Romaine joined Stretch, a mostly instrumental rock band with bassist Dave LaRue and guitarist Glenn Alexander. He joined NJ Blues legend Billy Hector and the Fairlanes, replacing Ernest “Boom” Carter who is most famous for recording the title song Born To Run on Bruce Springsteen’s album. Romaine credits Billy Hector as “teaching me more about music than any other person in my life”. Looking to improve his skills, Romaine studied for a year with studio legend Gary Chester whom had a profound influence in his musicality and business skills.


Blood Sweat and Tears (1988-89)

Romaine landed his first touring gig with Blood Sweat and Tears, touring in Australia, Japan Europe and the USA. The band featured legendary singer David Clayton Thomas and a host of great New York session musicians, including Chris Botti and Tim Ries.

The Steve Morse Band (1989-present)

In 1989, Romaine left Blood Sweat and Tears to join The Steve Morse Band, replacing long time Dixie Dregs drummer, Rod Morgenstein Romaine was reunited with his Stretch bandmate Dave LaRue on bass to support Steve Morse’s solo album High Tension Wires. This trio would go on to record 8 Steve Morse Band albums together and 2 Steve Morse solo albums.

Loup Garou (1994–98)

Romaine joined this NYC based Zydeco outfit for club dates and festivals over a four year period with Guns N' Roses guitar player, Richard Fortus, replacing the legendary Bob Dylan drummer, Howie Wyeth.

Enrique Iglesias (2001-present)

Romaine’s long standing career with Enrique Iglesias began in 2001 after auditioning in NYC. Within two days of rehearsal he was asked to perform on the Tribute to the Heroes (telethon for 9/11) put together by the four major networks (Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS). The telethon raised $200 million and featured Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and many others. That same year, Romaine was hired as Iglesias’s full-time drummer following the release of his second English album, Escape. In 2010, Romaine became Iglesias’s musical director/band leader during the same time that I Like It” from Iglesias’s first bilingual studio album, Euphoria, reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Romaine also recorded drums on Cuando Me Enamoro, Iglesias’s highest charted Spanish single of his career, which spent 17 weeks at #1 and featured best selling Dominican singer, Juan Luis Guerra. Enrique Iglesias was honored with the Top Latin Artist of All Time at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards, a journey of which Romaine is proud to have supported.[1][2][3]

Other Projects

Naughty By Nature hired Romaine to record drums and loops for their debut self -titled album. Songs Wickedest Man Alive and O.P.P. later became the rap artists’ first mega pop hits. According to Spin magazine, O.P.P. was one of the 1990’s greatest singles and was featured in VH1’s top 100 hip hop songs.

In 1992, Romaine joined the NYC based funk band Mona Lisa Overdrive(which changed its name to Brave New World due to copyright issues) replacing drummer Kenwood Dennard. The band was fronted by Miles Davis's ex-keyboarder and composer Adam Holzman. The band also featured Steve Logan, Hiram Bullock, Mino Cinélo, Jimi Tunnell, Drew Zingg and Dave Phelps culminating with the release of Adam Holzman’s Overdrive in 1994. Romaine and Holzman would later partner in a non-commercial recording studio in NYC’s lower east side for 20 years that would host many artist including Chaka Khan, Nena, Enrique Iglesias, David Bowie, Wallace Roney, Steve Morse and Vinnie Moore.

In 1993, Romaine was recruited by drummer manager Phil Ehart to assume drumming duties for Kansas, making him the second drummer to play with the legendary group. Romaine would remain with Kansas until Steve Morse Band recording and touring schedule resumed in 1994.

In 1994, Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads, hired Romaine as the drummer and musical director for his first solo touring band, The Woo Warriors, which performed in Japan, Europe and the USA.

Romaine has also played live with Billy Joel, John Entwistle, T.M. Stevens, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Steve Lukather, Jack McDuff, Joan Osborne, Ludacris, Queen Latifah, The Spin Doctors, The London Symphony Orchestra, Deep Purple, Jack Douglas, Kim Wilde, Howard Jones and Pitbull.

Arranged, rehearsed and played on numerous TV show performances including: the American Music Awards; Billboard Awards; MTV Video Music Awards; The David Letterman Show; The Tonight Show; The Today Show; The Dallas Cowboys Half-Time Thanksgiving Show; and more.

Founder: Live-Wire Audio in 2005

Awarded “Up and Coming Drummer of the Year” in Modern Drummer Magazine 1991

Composed and recorded music for television commercials, including clients such as: Canon, Cadillac, Merrell, Lady Footlocker, ESPN, UEFA, and many more.

Personal Life

Romaine and his then wife Lindy have two children.


Year Album Artist Gener
2019 Who Shot John? Eric Schenkmen[4] Drums
2016 The Defiants The Defiants Drums
2014 Sex and Love Enrique Iglesias Drums (Snare)
2010 Euphoria Enrique Iglesias Drums
2010 Angelfire Angelfire Drums, Percussion
2009 To the Core Vinnie Moore Drums
2009 Prime Cuts, Vol. 2 Steve Morse Featured Artist, Drums
2009 Out Standing in Their Field Steve Morse / Steve Morse Band Co -production to Drums
2009 Made in Germany Nena Drums
2008 Overwhelmed Keren Deberg Producer, Keyboards, Drums, Programming, Composer
2006 Never Say Never Kim Wilde Drums
2005 Willst Du Mit Mir Gehn Nena Drums, Composer
2005 Prime Cuts Steve Morse Drums
2005 Live in Baden: Baden Germany March 1990 Steve Morse Drums, Percussion, Group Member
2005 All of My Friends Goat Producer, Drums, Programming
2004 Gone Keren Deberg Producer, Composer
2003 The Best of the Concord Years Jack McDuff Drums
2003 Greatest Hits: Naughty's Nicest Naughty by Nature Drums
2002 Split Decision Steve Morse Drums
2001 Chokmah Nena Drums, Composer
2000 Zero Points for Zeus Ferenzik Drums
2000 Make a Sound Eric Schenkman Drums
2000 Major Impacts Steve Morse Drums
2000 In Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra [DVD] Deep Purple / London Symphony Orchestra Guest Artist, Drums
1998 Great Life Goat Drums, Percussion
1997 Wheel of Nesh Ferenzik Drums
1997 View from Fifth George Small Drums
1997 Black Night: Deep Purple Tribute T.M. Stevens Drums, Primary Artist
1996 Supercop Goat Drums
1996 Stressfest Steve Morse Drums, Percussion
1996 Calling All Angels Loup Garou Drums
1996 Boom T.M. Stevens Drums
1995 Structural Damage Steve Morse / Steve Morse Band Drums, Percussion
1994 Overdrive Adam Holzman Drums, Electronics, Sound Effects
1993 Write On, Capt'n Jack McDuff Drums
1992 Hub City Kid Dave LaRue Featured Artist, Drums, Electronic Percussion
1992 Denaro Denaro Drums, Percussion
1992 Coast to Coast Steve Morse Band Drums
1992 Bring 'Em Back Alive The Dixie Dregs Arranger
1991 Southern Steel Steve Morse / Steve Morse Band Drums
1991 Naughty by Nature Naughty by Nature Drums

In the media



  1. "Van Romaine of Enrique Iglesias". Modern Drummer. April 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2021. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); |archive-date= requires |archive-url= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "On the Beat With Van Romaine of Enrique Iglesias". Modern Drummer. September 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2021. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); |archive-date= requires |archive-url= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Enrique Iglesias Greatest of All Time Latin Artists". Billboard. October 19, 2020. Retrieved January 7, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Van Romaine with Eric Schenkmen: Who Shot John?". Rock and Blues Muse. January 14, 2019. Retrieved January 7, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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