Credited with teaching some of the most successful and influential players on the contemporary drumming scene, Gary Chaffee has been earning the respect of musicians worldwide for more than 40 years. During his tenure as Chairman of the Percussion Department at Berklee College of Music (1972-1976) and more recently in his own private teaching studio, Gary has worked with some of the top players in the industry. A list of his students reads like a "who's who" of the contemporary drum scene, and includes such players as Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Jonathon Mover, JR Robinson, Casey Scheuerell, Kenwood Dennard, Joey Kramer and David Beal. Hundreds of other successful drummers have come out of his "school" of drumming.
As an active performer, Gary has shared the stage with many noted artists, among them are: Pat Metheny, Dave Samuels, Abe Laboriel, Jaco Pastorius, Mike Stern, Steve Swallow, Mick Goodrick, John Abercrombie, Bill Frisell, Palle Danielsson, and Tom Harrell. Gary has authored many books demonstrating his unique concepts. Among these are his highly popular 4-volume "Patterns" series: Rhythm & Meter, Sticking, Time Functioning, and Technique, and his new "Linear Time Playing". Gary has also released several videos on DCI: "Phrasing & Motion", and "Sticking Time, Linear Time, Rhythm & Meter".