Pat Petrillo

Pat Petrillo

The Big Rhythm Band, Sessions.

World renowned drummer Pat Petrillo has been a leader in the drum industry for years. He has backed and worked with a wide array of artists from many genres, including Patti LaBelle, Gloria Gaynor, Oz Noy, Chieli Minucci, Ed Hamilton, Glen Burtnik, and numerous Broadway shows.

He now leads a killer group of NYC players, the Big Rhythm Band. On their new record, œThe Power Station Sessions, the band produces 9 groove packed tracks, in the Contemporary Instrumental category, featuring guest artists Nile Rodgers, John Popper, Oz Noy, and more. Their debut record, "The Abbey Road Sessions", distributed by Palmetto Records, saw the group chart in the Top 20 on Relix/ His popular instructional videos on and published Books and DVD with Hudson Music have inspired thousands of drummers. Pat has previously taught at Drummers Collective in NYC for many years and is a visiting adjunct instructor at Musicians Institute in Hollywood while continuing to spread his drum knowledge in clinic performances and master classes around the globe.

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    The first show I ever played with the legendary Patti LaBelle was a musical experience like no other. Her voice always fueled each performance and took my playing to another level. Musically, spiritually, and emotionally.
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    I'm always in "learning" mode...about new music, artists, drummers, and about myself. Creating a variety of musical grooves for artists' projects always keeps me on my game, driving me to be a better version of myself musically.
  • Why do you choose Vic Firth?

    I chose Vic Firth products because of their history of creating consistently great tools for percussionists from every musical genre. The sticks are the conduit that transfer the feel and emotion of the music directly from your soul into the drum kit, and Vic's sticks have the feel and response I was looking for, which allows me to perform at my best... effortlessly.