Pete behind drums smilingProfessional drummer, educator, producer & author – Pete(r) Magadini has played with his share of renowned musicians and artists including: Diana Ross, George Duke, Bobbie Gentry, Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker, The Don Ellis Band, Al Jarreau plus the John Handy Quintet. He has also performed as a percussionist with the Berkshire Music Festival Orchestra at Tanglewood, Toronto Symphony Orchestra 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”. As a studio musician, in both the US and Canada, Pete has played on a mix of recordings and was the drummer for the Diana Ross, Los Angeles, TV special + album “Diana”. He also has recordings of his own 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 releases for the year of 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 (New York Philharmonic)  John Wyre (Toronto Symphony Orchestra) and North Indian tabla master Mahapurush Misra. …And of equal importance >  many nights, playing clubs and other venues in five major cities.

…”I started playing professionally as a country drummer at age 16″.

The author of five books including: * “Polyrhythms For The Drumset” (Alfred Publishing) and the pre-curser to that one:  “Polyrhythms The Musicians Guide” (voted #6 in Modern Drummer Magazine’s survey of the top”25″ books”) plus the new (2017) beginning to advanced book: All-in- One Learn to Play the Drumset” (Hal Leonard Publishing) – This book is about playing the drums and is for drummers at all levels  with the only requirement being the word “motivated”.

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)

* “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. Dana Hall and Paul Delong.

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

(….more background and bio material may be found on Wikipedia)