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. Act 33 & 34 clearances.
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 / eBook release coming this Summer!
Spring 2016 I put the finishing touches on the content for my first instructional drum video w/ corresponding book. On June 21st of that year 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 June 2017 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)
In February 2016 I became an official RB Drum Co. artist!
The owner / sole proprietor Rich Bloom specializes in hand crafting 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. Please check out the video below detailing my first RB snare!
Videos on on my newest RB snares, a 14x4 piccolo & a 6 1/2 by 14 maple drum, will be posted late Spring 2017!
2017 Residency, Performing Weekly at Pgh Church
Happy to announce, with a referral from the Pittsburgh Musician's Union, I've been hired as the full time drummer / percussionist for East End Assembly Of God in Pittsburgh, PA. Appearing on most Sunday's & holidays throughout 2017. Please check my concert calendar page for an updated list of dates.
Photo by Paulette Quinten
More 2017 Live Dates with STRANGE BREW
Late this past Fall 2016 I signed on to do the remainder of Pittsburgh's iconic Strange Brew Blues Band's shows for the year plus some dates in early 2017. I just got added to play some Spring and Summer dates as well!
This isn't my first run with this crew either..I've performed hundreds of shows with this group all over the tri-state area since 2004! Please check my "concert calendar" page for a list of upcoming shows I'll be appearing on.
For more info on the band, please visit StrangeBrewPittsburgh.com
Upcoming Live 2017 Dates with BEN FLINT BAND
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. Very few boundaries with this group!!
Please check my "concert calendar" page for upcoming shows I'll be appearing on & also visit
for more info on the band, video clips, and an updated / very diverse song list.
Spring / Summer 2017 Live Fill-in Dates with EVAN DEAN BAND + mention in Almanac article.
Just signed on to do a few live, open to the public, shows + a corporate event with The Evan Dean Band. Details on my "concert calendar" page.
Evan was recently featured in The Almanac, a Pittsburgh paper based in the South Hills area. Pics & video from the 5/20 were showcased in addition. I got to write the drum track for the song filmed, Evan's original tune "Roll Away The Stone", as well. Many thanks to Harry Funk for the great read...and for giving me a shout out!
Excerpt from The Almanac article (published 5/30/17);
"He'll strum his Martin acoustic and blow harmonica for solo shows, or be joined in a duo with fellow guitarist Ed Kowalski of Robinson Township, with whom he's been playing with for five years. And they'll add a rhythm section-most recently, Steve Dunn on bass and his son-in-law Chris Belin, on drums-to rock out as the Evan Dean Band."
"Dean was at the core of another group< Ouve Azzy Runk, a neologism for "groove jazzy rock funk" That's where he met drummer Belin, and the bands EP "Tree: came out in 2001"
More info on Evan and his band @ www.EvanDeanBand.com...Be sure to visit the official FB, Twitter, & Instagram pages as well.
Winter & Spring 2017 with WALK OF SHAME
Had a great time this past Winter into Spring filling in on select dates with Walk of Shame, a top rated cover band based in Pittsburgh but frequently travels to the east coast, as well as appearing on their 2017 promo video! The first show I did was the band's 1,000th show & I got to hit a few states along the way with them including PA, OH, WV, & VA. Their song list is vast, ranging from Top 40, Pop Punk, Modern Country, & many well known classics
Please check my "concert calendar" page for any future live dates I'll be appearing on. For more band info, please visit WalkOfShameBand.com.
2016 into early 2017 with THE REDLINES!
Had a great experience working steady with these guys in 2016 through early 2017!! The above clip is a track I composed the drums for, and is currently only available in a live format.
The band recently released an EP and their song 'Tonight's Our Night" from their previous full length album was used by Roots Sports in one of the "Friday Night Rocks" highlight segments.
Please check my "concert calendar" page for any future live dates i'll be appearing on and visit the bands official website, www.TheRedlines.us, for additional info.
THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL released "Smitten" Feb 14th!
Video "The Problem with Friends" recently posted.
I did all the drum tracks for the "Smitten" record, which was officially released on Valentine's Day 2017 in digital & hard copy. A few singles from the album have been previously released as animation videos. The video, "A Geek Like Me", won an award for it's 3D animation at a Los Angeles, CA film festival and the video for the title track "Smitten" was featured on an overseas 3D animation DVD compilation. Band leader Jeff Boller was featured in a UK radio interview this past February, discussing the album, videos, band, etc.
Please check www.SimpleCarnival.com for more info.
The album has been getting great feedback since release!
A recent review from Pure Pop Radio:
" Smitten, Boller’s delicious new Simple Carnival offering, on which the artist is supported by drummer Chris Belin and a bevy of background vocalists, one of whom sings co-lead on the winsome “Lunch for Dinner,” is another winning collection of pretty, catchy songs with a decidedly Eric Carmen-esque air about them. “This is what happens when you are smitten,” Jeff sings during the title track. “This is what happens when you’re in love.” Expect nothing less. Lovely songs, all sporting gorgeous melodies, abound. songs from that album are slated to be released in video form coming up."
...The album has been selling well too, above pic is from a store in Japan!
Early 2017 DRUM CLINICS / SEMINARS!
Had great experiences in early 2017 performing educational special events at Pittsburgh's VA Hospital (Aspinwall location) and the Western PA School for the Blind. Dates are currently being scheduled for Fall 2017 at these locations plus some others. Please visit my "concert calendar" page for upcoming appearances as well as the "drum school info" page for more info on seminar content.
New release from CHRISTIANE DOLORES
Debuts in the top 100 Jazz album sales on iTunes.
Video released for first single "Fading Rage".
Sessions beginning for Amor Fati part 2 June 2017
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 tentatively slated to begin work later in 2017.
Please visit ChristianeD.us for more info on her and her music. Please check out the official video below for the first single "Fading Rage".
THE NEW MINGLE
Added to the Old 3C Label Group via Twolick Recordings
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!
TNM made a few live appearances in 2016 & early 2017 including a music festival and some special events.
Summer 2017 TNM will be resuming work on an album to be released later in the year.
Details coming soon…
Fall 2016 with THE WIND CRIES MANI
This past fall I got the opportunity to work with Mani Stokes, Dan Wasson, & Supermonkey Recording Co. for The Wind Cries Mani, a Jimi Hendrix tribute band covering Experience as well as Band of Gypsy songs. It was a great project and we played two very well received shows, one of which was on Jimi's actual birthday! More clips from these shows are posted on the web. #TheWIndCriesMani.
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. The core of the band currently resides in Hollywood, FL. I'm currently the first-call drummer for their hometown PA / OH / WV regional shows.
Dates i'll be appearing with them live are posted on my "concert calendar page" .
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!