Pat Petrillo (USA)

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World class New York City based drummer Pat Petrillo began drumming at age 4, and grew up listening to and was inspired by an eclectic mix of music.  From The Beatles, James Brown, and Parliament/Funkadelic, to The Meters, The Police, Weather Report and more, all of which can be heard in his groove oriented, musical style of drumming.  He was also involved in DCI Drum Corps for many years, where he honed his rudimental chops.  Known for his deep groove, blazing technical skills, and stylistic versatility to cover any musical situation, Pat has backed and toured with a variety of artists from many genres, including, Patti LaBelle, Gloria Gaynor, Constantine Maroulis, and “Late Night” Trumpeter Al Chez.  A veteran session and Broadway drummer, Pat has played the recent smash Broadway show “Newsies”, and over the years has played such shows as "A Chorus Line", "Grease", "Footloose", and a National Tour of "Dreamgirls”.  His Funk/Fusion group, “Groovallegiance”, features bassist Gary Grainger, and guitarist Chieli Minucci of Special EFX.  The debut CD is available now. Pat has recorded/performed with a “Whos Who” list of some of the best bass players in the world on various projects, including, Will Lee, Scott Ambush, Lincoln Goins, Gerald Veasley, Kevin Walker, Stanley Clarke, Graham Maby, and Gary Grainger.  Crafting interesting grooves with creative and musical fill ideas is his specialty.       


A popular clinician for over 25 years, he has conducted clinics and master classes around the globe.  He has numerous top selling instructional DVD’s, including, “Hands, Grooves, & Fills” (Hudson Music), “Learn to Read Rhythms…Better!” (Alfred Music), and is included on the Ultimate Drum Lesson DVD’s: “Fills and Chops”, and “Hand Technique and Rudiments” (Hudson Music), as well as lesson packs available on the popular APP  “Drum Guru”. 



Always at the forefront of drum education, Pat continues to inspire a new generation of drummers with his playing with his Online Lesson site, Drum Studio, where he offers pre recorded and live lessons.  He is also a guest instructor for the popular site,, where he broadcasts live every Friday afternoon to its members.


Recently, Pat designed the new Zildjian 21” K Custom Organic Ride, now available in stores worldwide. The Organic Ride is a versatile ride cymbal, with a dry, articulate, yet consistent sustain. It also possesses a lush crash sound without washing out. Like Pat, it is ideal for any musical situation.


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