Pete behind drums smilingProfessional drummer, educator, producer & author Pete(r) Magadini has played for several renowned musicians and artists including: Diana Ross, George Duke, Bobbie Gentry, Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker, The Don Ellis Band plus the John Handy Quintet. He has also performed as a percussionist with the Berkshire Music Festival Orchestra at Tanglewood, Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Massey Hall) and the Fromm Festival of Contemporary Music (Tanglewood) w. final performance in Carnegie Hall. Included in the mix are several major shows including – the Montreal run of “Les Miserables” and the Toronto run of “Ain’t Misbehavin”. As a studio musician in both the US and Canada Peter has played on a mix of recordings and was the drummer for the Diana Ross, Los Angeles, tv special + album “Diana”. He has five recordings with his own bands and was the producer of Mose Allison’s final 2015 album release: “Mose Allison American Legend Live in California” in which the magazine “Mother Jones” reviewed and listed it in their top ten (of all) releases for 2015.

Formal education includes: degrees from both the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (bm) and the University of Toronto (mm)  Private teachers include: – drummers Don Bothwell (Phx.) Roy Burns (NYC) Timpanists, Roland Kohloff (San Francisco Conservatory)  John Wyre (University of Toronto) and North Indian tabla master Mahapurush Misra. …And of equal importance >  many nights, playing clubs in five major cities.

…”I started playing professionally as a country drummer”.

The author of five books including: “Polyrhythms The Musicians Guide” (voted #6 in Modern Drummer Magazine’s survey of the top”25″ drum books”) plus the beginning book to advanced book: “All-in- One Learn to Play the Drumset”  (vol.I became a top selling drum method for over two decades) Inclusive to playing drums and writing methods the main focus on the Chicago move will be on the teaching of serious drummers and percussionists (all ages and levels) with the only requirement being on the one word “serious”.

News of past students: Some have gone on to receive national and international recognition for their work both in the US,Canada and Internationally  while others have to passed auditions and have been accepted into schools like: Berklee School of Music (Boston) California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles)  University of Southern California (Los Angeles) University California (LaJolla) University of North Texas (Denton) McGill and Concordia Universities (Canada) and Mills College (Oakland, California)

Formal teaching appointments include: the Dave Brubeck Institute (University of the Pacific) The California Jazz Conservatory (Berkeley, Ca.) Concordia University, McGill University (Montreal) The Professional Drum Shop (Los Angeles) and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (San Francisco)

…the other polyrhythm book: “Polyrhythms for the Drumset” (Alfred Publishing)

* “Polyrhythms For The Drumset” (Alfred Publishing) is endorsed by top drummers including: Cindy Blackman, Steve Smith, Peter Erskin, Vic Firth, Chad Wackerman, Roy Burns, Jim Chapin, Jeff Watts, Mike Johnston and Paul Delong.

  • If your a serious drummer and you want to expand your playing and independence in several directions at once then this is the study you might want to check out. (advanced level on this one)
  • It is independence in polymeters while playing polyrhythms: it will add new depth to your playing (that is noticeable) even after just marginal study of the first few pages.

(…more background may be found on Wikipedia)

Peter uses and is endorsed by: Yamaha Drums, Vic Firth sticks, Paiste cymbals and Aquarian drum heads.