Patti Ballinas, half Scottish and half Mexican, started to play drums at the age of 8 years. Together with her sisters, CAROL & IVONNE, she played many concerts in Scotland and the band appeared on Scottish television. By the time Patti moved to Mallorca (Spain), the band was working under the name "Aqua Vitae."
In a few good years of concert experience Patti Ballinas worked with several musicians and bands in Mallorca and Madrid and became a well known drummer in Spain. At the same time Patti formed a "Motown Show" singing with her sisters, she also started her career as a session drummer and soon became a YAMAHA DRUMS Endorser. Patti Ballinas is the first drummer from Spain representing Yamaha Drums worldwide!!
Along with Akira Jimbo and Wolfgang Haffner, Patti gave demonstrations for electronic and acoustic Yamaha drums in Spain. And has given solo demos in Portugal, Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan. In November 2003 Patti played at the "GROOVE NIGHT Concert" in Mexico City, Mexico. Along with the amazing "L.A. Groove Night Band" and the awesome drummers Rick Marotta, Ndgu Chancler, Gerry Brown, David Garibaldi, Antonio Sanchez, Dave Weckl, Russ Miller and John Robinson, Patti played with the Groove Night Band directed by Neil Stubenhaus and played with the fantastic Will Lee on the bass. Patti also co-hosted the whole show with Rick Marotta.
Patti Ballinas is currently involved in recording sessions and live performances with various bands playing different styles of music. Jazz, Country, Rock, Funk, Hip Hop, Soul and R&B. She is also still playing with "Soul Machine" a band she founded together with the bass player Elon Bivins. She toured with the recording artist "Buika" in 2005. The summer of 2006 was on tour all over Spain with the famous Spanish pop artist "Chenoa".
She also plays in different bands with the outstanding sax player Molly Duncan from the Average White Band. She was on tour with JEFFREY DANIEL (SHALAMAR) in the U.K. From the 12th of April to the 3rd of May. 2007. She also played in the Bicester Jazz Festival in LONDON on the 11th and 12th of August 2007 with WOM. She played in a Jazz festival in Rostov (RUSSIA) November 2007 with Andrei Quint, Victor Borilov and Sandra Russo. She played recently with the Awesome VICTOR WOOTEN & STEVE BAILEY at the Namm Show 2008 in L.A. and played a 2 hour clinic with Victor Wooten in Deidesheim Germany, Oct. 2009. Patti also played with the Amazing NATHAN EAST in the Asian Beat Competition in Taiwan as part of her YAMAHA DRUM CLINICS tour in ASIA in March 2008. Patti played in April of 2008 in Siberia. On a tour with Andrei Quint, Sandra Russo and Jimmy Gallagher. In Novorsibirk, Krasnoyarsk and Irkursk. In Krasnoyarsk they played at the Jazz Festival.
She also performed in July, August and September 2008 in Mexico for the three outstanding "Yamaha Groove All Stars" events in Guadalajara, Monterey and Mexico City, co-hosting the shows again alongside Rick Marrotta.
She is currently playing with different bands in Spain and recording with different artists, whilst continuing her Yamaha Clinic commitments.
"I am truly honoured to be a Zildjian cymbals endorser. It was truly a dream come true for me, as Zildjian Cymbals were always my favourites ever since I became a drummer. I was euphoric with the first Zildjian cymbal I owned, it was a 16" K custom Dark crash. I truly loved the quality of the sound and tones I heard every time I played it. Zildjian cymbals are supreme in my opinion and have exactly everything I look for in a cymbal"