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The Complete Drum Set Player – Well-Rounded from the Start

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  • Drummer for Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band and instructor at Cal State Northridge, Gregg Bissonette will share his thoughts on beginning to intermediate set instruction. Gregg will discuss and demonstrate examples on everything from technique, reading and warm ups, to basic coordination and grooves. He will also share how his knowledge of technique, reading, and musical styles – and having a positive attitude – have provided a solid foundation for him in his career.
  • Gregg Bissonette (gregg.bissonette@csun.edu)
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  • Gregg Bissonette, known for his ability to play in a wide variety of styles, has played with Maynard Ferguson, David Lee Roth, Joe Satriani, Gino Vannelli, Tania Maria, Brian Wilson, Robin Zander, James Taylor, Toto, Ray Charles, Don Henley, Santana and many others. Since 2008, Gregg has played with his drumming hero Ringo Starr in Ringo’s All-Starr Band, performing all around the world. Gregg grew up in the Detroit area in an all-musician family. He began playing on his dad’s drum kit at about age five. When he earned a scholarship to attend the famed Interlochen Arts Camp at the age of 15, he was already playing professionally in and around Detroit with the Buddy Blair Band. Gregg is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where he was drummer for the One O’Clock Big Band, with whom he recorded two CDs. After graduating in 1982 he moved to Los Angeles, where he soon realized his dream of recording with his trumpet hero, Maynard Ferguson. In 1985, Gregg became drummer for David Lee Roth in his post-Van Halen band. With Roth he recorded two albums that went multi-platinum. Gregg played on Larry Carlton’s and Steve Lukather’s CD - No Substitutions, which won the 1992 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album. He also played on Santana’s multi-Grammy-winning album - Supernatural, including the tune “El Farol” which received the 2000 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental. In 2006, Gregg released the award-winning 2-disc DVD - Musical Drumming in Different Styles (Hudson Music). He also has two other instructional videos - Private Lesson, and Playing, Reading and Soloing With A Band. He also has three solo CDs - Gregg Bissonette, Submarine, and Warning Will Robinson. Gregg performed at the 2012 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic as guest artist with the Westlake High School Studio Jazz Band. In 2014 he presented the clinic “Musical Drumming in Different Styles” at PASIC. He teaches Jazz Drums at California State University-Northridge.
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