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World class drummer Pat Petrillo combines a deep sense of groove and feel, with uncanny technique, phrasing, and musicality. Over the years, Pat has backed such artists as Gloria Gaynor, Patti LaBelle, Patty Smyth, and Dee-Lite, to name a few. His latest Fusion/Funk group, “Groovallegiance”, features bassist Gary Grainger, guitarist Chieli Minucci, and pianist Chris Fischer. His versatility has also led him to gigs with numerous Broadway shows over the years, including the original Broadway productions of “A Chorus Line”, “Grease”, and “Footloose”, as well as the national tour of “Dreamgirls”. Pat’s recording credits include his group,“Groovallegiance” (available on CD Baby), jazz guitarist Ed Hamilton, singer Glen Burtnik, guitarist/singer Mikel Paris from the group O.A.R., tracks for the cast album for “Footloose”, as well as numerous sessions at such studios as New York’s Skyline, and MSR, as well as Philly’s Studio Crash.

As an educator, Pat is a faculty member at Drummers Collective in NYC, and UNC-Pembroke. One of the most sought after clinicians in the business, he has released 2 highly acclaimed instructional DVD’s. “Learn to Read Rhythms…Better ! “ (Alfred), has become the industry standard for teaching rhythm reading. The first “Play Along” Reading DVD, it features a 100 page eBook, and mp3’s. “Hands, Grooves, & Fills” ( Hudson Music), features rudimental hand exercises, 50 play along grooves, and fill ideas, and has gained international acclaim in the Modern Drummer Readers Polls. Pat received his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music Education from Morehead State University.