Albe Bonacci

Albe Bonacci


Albe Bonacci is a studio and performing drummer and clinician in Los Angeles. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, he studied orchestral snare drumming and multi-percussion with Douglas Wolf at the University of Utah and is a graduate of Percussion Institute of Technology (PIT) in Los Angeles and The Drummers Collective in New York City. Albe has studied privately with Ralph Humphrey, Joey Heredia, Gregg Bissonette and countless others in New York and Los Angeles.

He has recorded for more than 50 independent artists, performed for television on the former ABC sitcom œEllen, played in the stage productions of œSisterella, œA Jew Grows In Brooklyn and œTap: Caution Men at Work, on live radio for Los Angeles TheatreWorks production, œThe Colored Museum, and can be heard in the 20th Century Fox film, œFirst Daughter.

Albe has also recorded with such studio legends as Desmond Child, Diane Warren, Jack Segal, Jack Palance and David Graheme. He plays live in many different genres, from jazz to original rock and pop, country to percussion accompaniment.

Albe has held clinics for Musicians Friend music stores, the Nashville Percussion Institute, 2008 and 2014 PASIC conventions, the Pacific Crest Drum Corps, Sam Ash and the Hollywood Custom and Vintage Drum show.

Albe has authored several articles in Modern Drummer, Edge, Drum and Percussive Notes Magazines.

Albe is a faculty member at Musicians Institute. He has been named faculty member of the year by his students in 2016 and 2017.

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    My most memorable performance was at a 2008 clinic at the Hollywood Custom and Vintage show. I was approached by Louie Bellson who said "I really had it going on," and hugged me. I just stood there weeping. It was an incredible moment.
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    I actually love to practice. I might start some kind of movement or rhythmic cell or motif on the drums and let it see where it takes me. My students often drive my creativity as well.
  • Why do you choose Vic Firth?

    Any company I choose to work with must have quality people at the helm and that is certainly the case at Vic Firth. Not to mention stick consistency, weight, pitch, packing, you name it. Vic Firth is an American institution.