Ray Ayotte was born in Millardville Canada where as a youngster he began playing drums for rock bands he formed with schoolmates. Throughout his early playing days, Ray made little adjustments to his kit and learned that other players enjoyed the changes and sounds he could make. He dreamed of one day making his own drum set. After working in the music retail business, Ray finally had his chance when he created the Ayotte Drum Company. After selling the company, he began creating new models for Taye Drums to great success.