Widely known as one of the most innovative drummers of the modern era, Gregg Bissonette has gained worldwide critical acclaim for his tasteful, versatile, musical drumming; and his affable, fun and professional approach to his peers and clients. One of the most in-demand studio and touring musicians, Gregg has been a first-call name in the industry for over 40 years. Aside from his impeccable musical credentials, he is also a respected world class clinician and educator, a published author and a successful voice-over artist.
Gregg’s solid musical background was instilled from his childhood days in Detroit. He received a solid musical foundation from his mother and father, before eventually transitioning to drum and trumpet lessons in Elementary School, and subsequently occupying the drum seat for his High School Jazz Band. He would go on to attend, and graduate from the highly respected University of North Texas, where he was the drummer in the highly acclaimed “One O’Clock Big Band”.
His eventual and inevitable move to Los Angeles in the early 1980’s was the catalyst to a highly respected career in music. In 1982, Gregg was recruited by his trumpet idol, Maynard Ferguson, with his brother Matt on bass guitar. Following a world tour with Maynard, he was hired by David Lee Roth, who had recently left Van Halen. Widely accepted to be his big break, Gregg played on two multi platinum albums, and played hundreds of sold-out shows.
This was the foundation of a career that has seen Gregg record and/or tour with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including ELO, Santana, Duran-Duran, Spinal Tap, Ray Charles, Brian Setzer, Don Henley, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Andy Summers, Jann Arden, Lou Rawls, and Steve Lukather. He has also contributed musical parts to dozens of movies and television shows, including Friends, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Sex and the City, The Muppets, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Bucket List, and The Devil Wears Prada.
A respected educator, international clinician, published author, and presenter of the best-selling DVD “Musical Drumming in Different Styles”, Gregg is uniquely positioned to help musicians of all levels understand the standards, sacrifices, expectations and demands of working at the highest level.
Gregg is endorsed by Dixon Drums, Sabian Cymbals, DW Drum Workshop, Remo, Vic Firth, LP Latin Percussion and Samson Microphones.