THE LATEST & UPCOMING
-Welcome to my official site, for all things <Traveling> Drum School & Freelance Drumming.
Drum School: Pittsburgh, PA area (40 mile radius) since 1999. Logged in over 16,000 individual lessons, many group classes, and more than 600,000 miles.
Also available for FaceTime / Skype instruction (students outside of Pgh area only) as well as seminars / clinics.
Live Performance: Played 1,500+ shows in many parts of the US, with over 30 different bands / artists, in all genres.
Recording: Appeared on over 100 recordings, including
close to 40 official studio releases.
Percussion Maintenance: Tuning classes, tech work, and minor drum repairs.
*Please see links to the upper right for more info.
Voted #1 Drum Lessons in Pittsburgh
I was very excited to get the message from the Thumbtack.com staff that I was voted #1 among the top drum lessons in Pittsburgh,PA! Since I signed up in 2011 I received this notice on 5 different occasions holding the top spot in the "top rated", "most reviewed", & "most vetted" categories. As of September 2012, I am still holding this spot!! Many thanks for the great feedback & to all those who have voted! I'll continue to give 110% in all I do. Just received my official "best of 2015" & "'best of 2016" badges as well as my spotlight profile (see below)
Thumbtack.com is a great search engine to seek out local services in your area.Please click on the link located in the "contact & social site links" page.
Chris Belin's <Traveling> Drum School
Instructional video / book release coming soon
This past Spring I put the finishing touches on the content for my first instructional drum video w/ corresponding book. On June 21st the majority of the video content was recorded. Since then I've been working on the book portion, as well as combing thru the hours of content filmed in between an extremely busy season of gigs & lessons, to put together the best package possible. A little more content is slated to be filmed this Fall -Winter, with a targeted holiday 2016 release.
The content is hush for now as it is a very different concept and no other music education materials out there are like this. The format for this release will be digital & hard copy, and will be distributed worldwide in stores and online. I'm working with a great group of people on this project, including the OH based company Reber Video. More details coming soon…
RB DRUM CO. (Custom Snares)
Early Feb this year I became an official RB Drum Co. artist! The owner / sole proprietor Rich Bloom specializes in handcrafting custom snares, and has been doing so for decades! Please check out the updated RB Drum Co. Facebook page and look for a new RB website coming soon.
More details on my current 6 1/2 by 14 maple drum, including a video demonstration, will be posted by the end of February.
New release from CHRISTIANE DOLORES
Debuts in the top 100 Jazz album sales on iTunes.
Video released for first single "Fading Rage".
The first part of the Amor Fati series by Christiane Delores was released January 22nd, 2016 and debuted in the top 100 jazz album sales on iTunes! I did all the drum tracks for this record, plus i'm on tap to handle the drum duties on part two, which is slated to begin production later in 2016. Please visit www.ChristianeD.us for more info on her and her music. Please check out the official video below for the first single "Fading Rage".
Appearing Live 2016 /2017 with
Looking forward to working live shows & writing new material with these guys in 2016 2017!! The band recently released a new record & their song 'Tonight's Our Night" was used by Roots Sports in one of the "Friday Night Rocks" highlight segments!
Please check my "concert calendar" page for live dates i'll be appearing on and visit the bands official website, www.TheRedlines.us, for additional info.
THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL releases new video
"The Problem with Friends"
I did all the drum tracks for the "Smitten" record and more songs from that album are slated to be released in video form coming up. The previously released single w/ video, "A Geek Like Me", won an award for it's 3D animation at a Los Angeles, CA film festival.
Please check www.SimpleCarnival.com for more info.
Appearing on select 2015 / 2016 Performances In mid April '15 I signed on to work some live shows w/ Steeltown Religion, a top notch Modern Country-based group with with some classic rock twists, playing drum set as well as percussion. All has been going great since and i'm currently the first-call drummer for their hometown PA / OH / WV region!
The band is comprised of excellent players and puts on an great show. Their song "Full Moon Crazy" is now being played on Pittsburgh's premier Country station 104.3 Froggy FM. The band's new album "Florida Rain" was released this past November. It's available for download on iTunes and n CD format at shows.
Dates i'll be appearing with them live are posted on my "concert calendar page" .
For more band info, please visit;
& search FaceBook & Instagram for their official pages!
BEN FLINT BAND
Promo video released + steady calendar of live dates
2015 was a great, inaugural year for the Ben Flint Band thus far.I was asked to be on board this past February and since then it's been an awesome experience. From festivals to large indoor venues to small intimate clubs, the band performs a diverse mix of songs ranging from Rock & R&B to Country, Blues, Reggae and even some Pop Punk here and there! Very few boundaries with this group!!
Please check my "concert calendar" page for upcoming shows & also visit;
for more info on the band, video clips, and an updated song list.
<Traveling> Drum School Percussion Ensemble Inaugural Performance at the 2015 St. Bernadette Parrish Festival
Many thanks to <Traveling> Drum School students Ryan Bozicevic, Liz Wernert, Jack Praksti, Robert Praksti, & Tom Obusek for working with me and putting on a great show for a very receptive crowd this past August in Monroeville,PA! More info on the the group and upcoming performances can be found on the "drum school" info page.
<Traveling> Drum School student Chris Brozek's performance at IDD Awareness Creative Expressions Event
I recently had the honor on March 27th, 2015 to be the MC for Chris's performance at the Greensburg Civic center. Chris, whom I've been teaching since 2004, is an extremely talented drummer and put on a great show! He has autism, but overcomes all challenges to excel at his passion. Truly an inspiration! Many thanks to Lisa Brozek, Jared Roser, Ruth McGowan, and Tracy Sherbondy for working with me to make this year another successful one!
Please check out my drum school info page for more info on Chris as well as some live clips of his performances on You Tube.
THE NEW MINGLE
Added to the Old 3C Label Group via Twolick Recordings
2015 highlight video for annual Run Around The Square event
Upcoming album slated for 2017
In mid 2015, The New Mingle (myself & Matt Calvetti) received word our label Twolick Recordings was added to the Old 3C label group. The Old 3C artist roster is full of talented, diverse bands / artists. We're happy to be a part of the family!
This past August The New Mingle performed for the 5th year in a row @ the Run Around the Square event. This year Natalie Belin joined us on percussion for a few tunes and we captured some of the early morning show on video. Check out the clip below!
In early 2016 TNM will be resuming work on an EP to be released later in 2016.
Details coming soon…
Added to teacher list on website of world renowned drummer & educator Joel Rothman
Early in 2015 I was very excited to be added to Joel Rothman's teacher list on his website, JoeRothman.com. Mr. Rothman has published close to 100 instructional drum books thus and is a huge inspiration for me. I worked through many of his books as a kid, and still do! I'm proud to own many of his publications, and to recommend his diverse catalog to <Traveling> Drum School students.
"The Positive Spin on Drums" periodic blog
My blog, "The Positive Spin" on drums started out in March of 2011 and it went solid weekly for almost one year, gaining more readers with each post. However, with my increasingly busy schedule I had to scale the posts back to periodic. There will be new posts coming soon so please check back, or send me your contact info and I'll add you to my mailing list.
The subject matter continues to evolve but the continued emphasis is all things positive with drums and music. There have been lessons, personal stories, album reviews, product reviews, <Traveling> Drum School student updates, and much more. There has also been frequent pics and videos associated with the topics!
Below is a sample clip from a week's topic. Many thanks to all of you who take the time to visit!