Oral History Information
Ray Fransen was born in New Orleans and began playing drums at an early age. He played professionally full-time for years and taught drum lessons until the birth of his first child. At that time, he decided to try to find a full-time job that would allow him to continue to play and teach. Eventually he opened Ray Fransen's Drum Center and continues his passion of teaching and working in music retail. Ray Fransen and his team have taught thousands of drum set and percussion lessons in the New Orleans area. Ray credits his staff for providing excellent customer service and their loyalty to Ray Fransen's Drum Center as a major success to the longevity of the store and their many repeat customers.