Toby Scarbrough

Toby Scarbrough started playing drums as a young kid in Sweetwater, Texas paying his dues drumming with various rock and country bands all through school. He furthered his musical skills by attended West Texas A&M University receiving a degree in Music Education / Percussion. While there he worked with various jazz combos, jazz big bands and country bands as well as being a member of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra.

After graduation Toby moved to Los Angeles to attend Musician’s Institute (Percussion Institute of Technology). PIT was a great experience for him, studying with some of the top studio drummers in L.A. (Joe Pocarro, Ralph Humphrey, Steve Houghton, Efrain Toro, Casey Shurrell). Toby graduated with top honors and took to the road with the Tarzan Zerbini Shrine Circus (lions, tigers & bears. Oh my!). Hard work but great experience.

Back in L.A. once again Toby began playing with some amazing musicians, working regularly with Johnny Hawthorn, Michael Duff, and Debby Holiday. He also started to work with producer/songwriter/keyboardist Scott Manahan (Spirit). With Monahan, Toby recorded drum tracks for the long running television show Walker:Texas Ranger and the main title theme for USA Network’s Pacific Blue “Just Another Day In L.A.” written and performed by Christopher Franke of Tangerine Dream fame.

It was also during this time that Chalk FarM was formed. Michael Duff asked Toby to join the band and in 1995 they were signed to Columbia Records. CF recorded their debut album, Notwithstanding, with producer Matt Hyde (Porno for Pyros, Perry Farrell) and it was mixed by Tom Lord Alge (too many credits to list). Chalk FarM toured for over a year co-headlining or opening for some of the top artists in modern rock: Goo Goo Dolls, Better Than Ezra, Tonic, Dishwalla, Matchbox 20, Marcy Playground.

After parting with Chalk FarM Toby moved to New York to pursue other musical adventures. While in N.Y. Toby played in venues from Lincoln Center to Greenwich Village clubs, in all styles of music working with many outstanding original artists and cover bands.

December 2010 brought about a new beginning for Toby, reuniting with Chalk FarM and moving back to Los Angeles. Feeling like they never split , Chalk FarM is writing new material, recording and performing all over Southern Califorina.