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Ben Gramm
Ben Gramm
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Independent / Lou Gramm Band
  • Country: United States

Born and raised in Rochester New York Ben studied drums with local jazz legend Vinnie Ruggerio and with John McNeill, principal snare drummer in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He was accepted at Berklee College of Music in Boston and while working toward his performance degree studied with the great drumset guru and innovator Gary Chaffee, who was head of the percussion department at that time.

Upon completing his studies at Berklee, Ben moved to New York City where he was chosen to be the drummer for Gilda Radner Live from New York on Broadway, which included many of the Saturday Night Live cast and composer/musical director Howard Shore. He later subbed on the drum chair of Smokey Joe's Cafee Street Corner Symphony, and held the drum chair for a road tour of The Who's Tommyy.

Ben's drumming was heard both live and on record behind renowned artists Rupert Holmes, Peter Allen, Edgar Winter, Peter Frampton and Yoko Ono. He toured the world several times with some of these artists, performing in major concert halls, stadiums and arenas and appeared multiple times on all the major entertainment and talk shows of the day. In the late 80's/early 90's he also played drums on his brother Lou Gramm's (lead singer of Foreigner) solo albums, "Ready Or Not" and "Long Hard Look" on Atlantic Records, which included the hit singles "Midnight Blue" and "Just Between You And Me" and toured with him to support these releases.

Back in NYC Ben began doing session work and for years has played on radio and television commercials for major advertisers including Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Chrysler Corporation, General Motors, ABC, HBO, Visa, Pizza Hut, and many more, some of which are currently being aired nationally and internationally.

For the last three summers he has been doing spot shows with his brother Lou both here and abroad as well as teaching and performing in a variety of musical situations in and around Manhattan.

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