World class drummer and educator Pat Petrillo is known for his deep sense of groove, and his ability
to cover any musical situation. Throughout his career, Pat has backed a variety of artists, including
Patti LaBelle, Gloria Gaynor, Patty Smyth, Glen Burtnik, Phoebe Snow, and Dee-Lite. Most recent
gigs include backing American Idol artist Constantine Maroulis, Debbie Gibson, and rocker Dee
Snider (“Dee Does Broadway”). A New York City session ace, his most recent recordings include the
debut CD of trumpeter Al Chez, with bassist Will Lee, and the “Footloose” Broadway soundtrack.
Pat performs regularly at numerous venues in New York City with “Groovallegiance”, which features
bassist Gary Grainger, and guitarist Chieli Minucci, as well as his NYC Big Rhythm Band. Pat is also
a veteran Broadway drummer, having played the original productions of "A Chorus Line", "Grease",
"Footloose", and a National Tour of "Dreamgirls”.
A popular instructional video artist for many years, Pat’s products include: “Hands, Grooves, & Fills”
(Hudson Music), as well as his latest DVD/eBook, “Learn to Read Rhythms…Better!” (Alfred Music).
As an educator, Pat teaches in New York City at Drummers Collective, is a visiting faculty member at
ICMP in London, England, and travels globally to teach master classes and clinics. Pat hosts drum
camps, teaches online lessons via Skype, and private lessons from his facility in New Jersey throughout
the year. Visit his website, patpetrillo.com, for camp details, lesson info, and video downloads. Also,
you can connect with Pat on Facebook for daily updates.
Pat holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music Education from Morehead State University. He
endorses Ludwig Drums, (Classic Maple, and Club Date Series), Zildjian Cymbals, (K Customs),
ProMark Drumsticks, (747 Nylon Tip), and Evans Drumheads (Coated G2, G Plus, G14, and eMad).