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About Pat

World class NYC drummer Pat Petrillo is known for his deep sense of groove, uncanny technique, and his ability to cover any musical situation. Throughout his career, Pat has backed and recorded with a variety of artists in many genres of music, including:

  • Patti LaBelle
  • Gloria Gaynor
  • Constantine Maroulis
  • Debbie Gibson
  • Glen Burtnik

He currently performs regularly with Trumpeter Al Chez & his Band of Brothers, as well as his own band Groovallegiance featuring bassist Gary Grainger. A veteran Broadway drummer, Pat is currently a regular sub on the Broadway show “Newsies”, and over the years, he has played the original Broadway productions of:

  • "A Chorus Line"
  • "Grease"
  • "Footloose"
  • "Dreamgirls” (National Tour)

Pat has conducted numerous clinics and master classes around the globe, and his instructional videos, “Hands, Grooves, & Fills” (Hudson Music), and “Learn to Read Rhythms…Better!” (Alfred Music) are worldwide top sellers. Pat is also included on the latest Hudson compilation DVD’s, Ultimate Drum Lessons: “Fills and Chops”, and “Hand Technique and Rudiments”. He also has lesson packs available on the popular Drum APP, Drum Guru. Always at the forefront of drum education, Pat has launched a Live Online Lesson site,, which offers live weekly broadcasts, lesson pack downloads, master class events with pro drummers, and hosts International Drum Camps.

Pat endorses and plays the following products exclusively:

  • Ludwig Drums (Classic Maple in 10”,12”, 14”, 20”, & Club Date Downbeat Series)
  • Zildjian Cymbals (K Customs, 18” Crash Ride, 17” Dark Crash, 14” High Hats)
  • ProMark Drumsticks (747 Nylon Tip)
  • Evans Drumheads (Coated G14, Coated eMad Bass Drum Head, with EQ Bass Pad)
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