Grammy-winning drum set artist Gregg Bissonette is best known for his ability to play in a wide variety of musical styles. His credits range from the big band jazz of Maynard Ferguson, to the hard rock of David Lee Roth, to Britain's loudest band Spinal Tap.
Bissonette will give a free educational clinic and performance at the 2007 Drum Corps International World Championship Semifinals in Pasadena, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 10. The event will take place in the Festival Marketplace at Rose Bowl Stadium starting at 2:45 p.m. PT, and will be open to all Semifinals ticket holders. Bissonette also will sign autographs and pose for pictures beginning at 3:30 p.m. finishing just before the start of the drum corps competition at 4 p.m. A native of Detroit, Bissonette received his music education degree from North Texas State University (NTSU). While at NTSU, he played for three years in the famed "One O'Clock Jazz Band" as well as the marching band as a snare drummer. During his career he has played with a wide range of well-known artists including Joe Satriani, Gino Vannelli, Tania Maria, Brian Wilson, Robin Zander, James Taylor, Toto, Ray Charles, Don Henley, Santana, and Ringo Starr among many others. Bissonette played on Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather's CD "No Substitutions," which won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2002. He also played on Santana's Grammy-winning album "Supernatural," including the tune "El Farol" which was named Best Pop Instrumental in 2000. On the educational front, Bissonette released an award-winning two-disc DVD in 2006; "Musical Drumming in Different Styles" (Hudson Music) and also has two other instructional videos; "Private Lesson" and "Playing, Reading and Soloing with a Band." Bissonette's appearance at the Drum Corps International World Championships is sponsored in part by Mapex, Zildjian, Vic Firth, Remo, DW pedals, LP accessories, Shure, and Hudson Music videos. Learn more about Bissonette on his official Web site.