Andrew "Drew" Bray, 45, of Topeka passed away on April 19, 2021.
He was born April 14, 1976 in Topeka, Kansas the son of Darrell Bray and Ila Bray Jolly.
Survivors include his five children, Sabian of Topeka, KS, Angelo and Phoenix of Auburn, KS, Macio Palacio and Deavin Fansler; one sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Derek Ward of Raytown, MO; three nephews; his father and step-mother, Darrell and Cecilia Bray of Yakima, WA and his mother and step-father, Ila and Thomas Jolly of Auburn, KS.
At a young age, Andrew developed a very serious passion for music. He gravitated toward heavy music and played in various musical projects with friends growing up in high school. He realized early on that he had a talent for drumming and decided to pursue that musical avenue.
Andrew formed several more musical projects after high school. His first serious band was Down by Anger along with Jerry Bradley, Brad Martin, Ben Hammond and Travis Komahcheet. Their initial approach in DBA helped form a successful music scene with other bands in the genre and attracted national acts to the Topeka and surrounding areas.
Through the years, Andrew went on to form additional bands, collaborated with other well-respected musicians and has been a huge influence on many up and coming drummers. His children and his music remained the focus of his life for most of his years.
Andrew will be missed by family, many friends and those who enjoyed his talent.
Honoring Andrew's request, cremation has taken place. Dove Cremations and Funerals – Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Rd., Topeka, KS 66610 is assisting the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, 501 SW Jackson St STE 100, Topeka, KS 66603.
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