Who is Todd Nance? (Founding Widespread Panic’s Drummer Dies) Biography – Todd Nance Wiki
Todd Nance, the founding drummer of Widespread Panic, has died at age 57.
Born in Chattanooga in 1962, Nance had previously played in a band with his longtime pal Michael Houser before joining forces with bassist Dave Schools and guitarist John Bell to form Widespread Panic in 1986, where the jam band gained a huge cult following, in particular in the South.
Todd Nance Age
He was 57 years of age.
The Georgia jam band today confirmed Nance’s death with a post on its Facebook page. It included a message from Nance’s family and a tribute from his former bandmates. Here’s the full text:
“From the Nance Family:
“It is with great sadness that we announce that Todd Nance, a founding member of Widespread Panic, passed away early this morning in Athens, GA from sudden and unexpectedly severe complications of a chronic illness. There are no services being planned at this time, but information will be shared as decisions are made regarding the best way to honor Todd’s extraordinary life and career. The Nance family appreciates the love and support of all and requests that their privacy be honored during this hard time.
“From the Widespread Panic Family:
“With heavy Hearts and Loving memories we say good bye to our Brother Todd Alton Nance. Widespread Panic was born the night of Todd’s first show. He and Mikey had played music together in High school (maybe Junior high) and with a lucky thought, Michael tracked him down and asked him to join us — because we had a gig, but needed a drummer. For thirty years Todd was the engine of the Widespread Panic. He wrote great songs, and was a giving and forgiving collaborator. T Man was the epitome of a ‘team player.’ Drove the Band and drove the van.
“Funny, adventurous, and a very kind Soul, we wish Todd and his Family peace during this sad time after so many happy times. Safe travels, Brother Todd.
“With Love, the Boys and Girls of Widespread Panic”
Todd Nance Education
Nance graduated from high school in 1981, then moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
Todd Nance Career
Nance founded widespread panic in 1986 and spent over 30 years with the band before parting ways in 2016.
The band became well-known in the Georgia area before becoming a more nationally known group. Nance drummed on all of Widespread Panic’s 12 studio albums except Street Dogs. Nance was also a part of the legendary Widespread Panic show in Athens, Georgia, which drew over 100,000 people according to Jambase.
Todd Nance Death and Cause of Death
Todd Nance, the drummer and co-founder of Widespread Panic, has died at the age of 57. The band announced the news of his death in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Aug. 19).
“It is with great sadness that we announce that Todd Nance, a founding member of Widespread Panic, passed away early this morning in Athens, GA from sudden and unexpectedly severe complications of a chronic illness,” the statement from the family said.
The Todd cause of death not released so far.