Ray is a good friend of Heartbeat. In 1972, Ray was selling percussion products from his Drums Only store in Vancouver, B.C. In the early 1980s Ray started building his own drum kits under the “Ayotte” brand. In the late 1990’s Ray left the company and joined up with Taye Drums from Taiwan for distribution in Canada and contributing to designing of new products. Then in the 2011 Ray started producing his own drum products under the “Raya” name.
Ray not only plays drums regularly in the Vancouver area, but often handles percussion duties, going back to the ’70s recording with artists such as Heart and Trooper through the years today where you might catch him with The Authentics or other bands.