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 17,000 individual lessons, many group classes, and more than 700,000 miles. Has all clearances.
Also available for FaceTime / Skype instruction (students outside of Pgh area only) as well as seminars / clinics.
Live Performance: Played 1,600+ 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 45 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!! A few years ago I received my "best of 2015" and "best of 2016" badges to display on my website. For 2018, I just received their "top pro" recognition. Many thanks for the great feedback & to all those who have voted! I'll continue to give 110% in all I do.
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.
New Award for 2018!
On August 15th, 2017 I released my first educational drum & percussion DVD w/ eBook, designed for beginners, called "Drumming for the Young and the Young at Heart"! Over 90 minutes in length, it offers 15 lesson topics on drum set, hand percussion, and snare techniques plus interviews, music theory, play-along loops, special guest drummers, and much more!
"You are amazing and the kids are great! You did a really good job of slowing it down and teaching, instead of just showing. There are many other drum lesson videos I couldn't keep up with."
-Paul Earl. Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Check out the official trailer from Reber Video!
Available for hard copy purchase via Paypal!
$14.99 Special Introductory Price (plus $4 shipping)
Available in select stores:
Music Go Round. Monroeville, PA
SuperMonkey Recording Company. Pittsburgh, PA.
CD Warehouse. Greensburg, PA.
May's Music Shoppe. Butler, PA.
Tommy's Drum Shop. Austin, TX.
Cambria County Library. Johnstown, PA.
Current <Traveling> Drum School students either have, or will be receiving, all the content enclosed in this package.
Alumni students may have all, or partial of the content. Please PM me if interested and I'll let you know.
NEW ENDORSEMENT DEAL!
Excited to announce as of October 2018 I am now an official Los Cabos Artist!
"I've been hearing good things thru the grapevine about Los Cabos for awhile now. I recently got the chance to try out multiple pairs of their sticks w/ a practice pad and was blown away! First impression; durable with a great feel. I then tried the sticks on the set..the rebound and attack potential was on point! The cross stick sound was unreal as well! I'm always focused on my technique and getting the right tone for each playing situation. The LC sticks make it feel so natural for me to achieve whatever I want. Los Cabos Drumsticks have definitely enhanced my playing!"
Please check them out at www.LosCabosDrumSticks.com and click the "Current Set Up & Sound" link to the above right for a complete list of LC products I'm using.
NEW ENDORSEMENT DEAL!
Excited to announce as of July 2018 I am now an official Canopus artist!
"I've been a huge fan of Canopus snare wires for years. I'm psyched to now be officially part of the family alongside a huge list of great drummers!
Recently I discovered more of their awesome accessories, including the snare belts and bolt tights, plus their metal, fiberglass, and ROF snares...definitely a fan as well! Top notch quality craftsmanship in all they do."
Please check them out at www.CanopusDrums.com and click the "Current Set Up & Sound" link to the above right for a complete list of Canopus products I'm using.
NEW ENDORSEMENT DEAL!
Excited to announce as of August 2018 I am now an official Creative Percussion artist!
"From skateboard wheel bass drum beaters to drum tacos, Creative Percussion reeks of awesomeness! Not only are the company's products revolutionary and fun, they are extremely well made. Sturdy & reliable without a doubt! Owner Kevin Feeney's ideas for useful percussion accessories are ahead of the curve & I'm always looking forward to seeing what's coming next!"
Please check them out at www.CreativePercussion.net and click the "Current Set Up & Sound" link to the above right for a complete list of Creative Percussion products I'm using.
On August 1st, 2018 I did a drum clinic / circle at The Cambria County Library in Johnstown, PA. Great group of aspiring musicians, very wide range of ages in attendance as well!
The Tribune Review was on hand and did this really nice article on the event!
Happy to announce I'll appearing on the Sunday October 8th, 2017 edition of the Grassroots Music Show on 97.7 The Rock Station in Butler, PA! Really fun interview talking with hosts Bob & Utah about "Drumming for the Young and the Young at Heart", my freelance career, and much more! They also featured four songs from my session career,
1. "Wild Child"-The Satin Hearts.
2. "Captain Ron" - The Woodpile.
4. "Take it Back"-Tyet.
*More info on these tracks, including where you can purchase or download, is available on the "Recording Session History" page (link above to the right).
If you're not in the Butler / Pittsburgh area or missed the broadcast, you can stream it on the stations site; http://977rocks.com/october-8-2017-chris-belin/
. They archive past episodes there. Please check out others as well as the program has been going strong on Sunday nights for a long time now. Each episode is packed with great, regional music and awesome commentary! Be sure to check out the official FB page for more info on the show as well!
RB Drum Co. (Custom Snares)
"It's no secret RB Drum Co. specializes in quality, custom wood snare drums. Owner Rich Bloom has been building for decades! His work and customer service goes above and beyond. Rich's attention to detail and personal stamp on each drum means all the difference. Your custom design mixed with his expertise makes all RB drums stand out. RB Drum Co. made my drum dreams come true!"
Please check out the video below detailing my first RB snare!
RB Drum Co.
...started September 15th, 2017, still going strong and has been getting a lot of positive feedback! Details in the "Positive Spin on Drums" blog section above.
2018 Sessions with
THE CLIFF DOGS, SWEET REVENGE, SUMMER-WINTER, KIM McINNIS and others TBA!
Recently signed on to handle the drum duties for multiple groups this year in the studio. Please check the "Recording Session History" link above for the latest details!
Upcoming Album with THE LAY JAINS
In late 2017 I got hired to handled the drum tracks for new music from The Lay Jains!
More details coming soon!
2017 - 2018 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 & 2018. Please check my concert calendar page for an updated list of dates.
More info on the church can be found at www.EastEndAG.org, as well as their official FB page...where a lot of the services stream live!
Drum Classes at Western PA School For Blind Children...Drum Circle with history of drumming!
Starting Wednesday September 13th I'll be teaching a bi-montly Drum Circle / History of Drumming class at WPSBC in Pittsburgh, PA for the 2017 / 2018 school year! Two different semester's of students! I'll also be performing an end of the year concert with the students on May 3rd to celebrate the opening of their skybridge connecting both buildings of the facility. More info on the school can be found at www.WPSBC.org
UPDATE: CLASSES WILL BE RESUMING FOR THE 2018 / 2019 SCHOOL YEAR STARTING SEPTEMBER 12th!
Drum Classes at The Children's Institute in Pittsburgh, PA for the 2017 / 2018 school year
Starting in September I'll be teaching a bi-monthly drum set and hand percussion class to a great group of students at CI! The student's are from various grade levels and are enthusiastic about music! More info on the school can be found at www.AmazingKids.org.*Special thanks to Ray Wojszynski for the all the generous contributions!
UPDATE: CLASSES WILL BE RESUMING FOR THE 2018 / 2019 SCHOOL YEAR STARTING OCTOBER 4th!
2017 / 2018 Live Dates with EVAN DEAN BAND.
Mention in Almanac article & appearance in upcoming promo video.
Signed on in 2017 to do a few live, open to the public, shows + a corporate event with The Evan Dean Band. Since then, the band has been appearing all over the Pgh area, performing in quartet, quintet, and sextet line ups! Upcoming dates posted 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 LP "Tree: came out in 2002"
A live performance video was filmed in Sept '17 and has a tentative release of mid '18.
More info on Evan and his band @ www.EvanDeanBand.com...Be sure to visit the official FB, Twitter, & Instagram pages as well.
2018 Drum Circles / Clinics at Lewis Music Studio!
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
All has been going great with the monthly drum circles / clinics at Lewis Music Studio in Bridgeville, PA (at Calvary Full Gospel Church location). There are over 20 percussion instruments available for everyone to use, plus you can bring your own. Dates are currently scheduled from now through the end of Summer. Price is $7 for adults, $5 for kids and each session is 60 mins.
Please check my concert calendar page for upcoming dates & register at www.LewisMusicStudio.net
Summer / Fall 2018 with BEN FLINT BAND
I'll be appearing on some select dates w/ BFB this Summer & Fall! 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 BenFlintMusic.com for more info.
Photo by Paulette Quinten
More 2017 thru 2018 Live Dates with STRANGE BREW + work begins on new album!
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 the remainder of 2017 & 2018 dates.
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.
Songs are currently being worked on for an upcoming brand new album...details coming soon!
For more info on the band, please visit StrangeBrewPittsburgh.com
2017 & 2018 DRUM CLINICS / SEMINARS!
Had great experiences 2017 -mid 2018 performing educational, special events all over the Pittsburgh area, including churches, recreation centers, and Pittsburgh's Veteran's Hospital (Aspinwall location). More dates slated for late 2018-2019!
2018 was a great year for doing seminars /drum circles at events at the The Samson Family YMCA in Plum, PA for the Take5 group & Special Olympics kids. For the Summer of 2018 I'll be doing seminars for their "Camp Treehill" program on Monday afternoons!
Please visit my "concert calendar" page for upcoming appearances as well as the "drum school info" page for more info on seminar content.
THE NEW MINGLE
Spring / Summer 2018 performances.
New stickers, free at shows!
Upcoming album slated for early 2019 for the Old 3C Label Group via Twolick Recordings label
Appearing with The New Mingle (myself & Matt Calvetti) this Spring and Summer, in concert for some special events open to the public! Please check my "concert calendar" page for dates & details! New album coming 2019, stay tuned! www.TheNewMingle.com
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, including a stellar review from France!
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!
Recent 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 @ The Church Recording Studio in Pittsburgh, PA... which was a great experience!
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
Spring / Summer 2018 performances.
Upcoming album slated for 2018.
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.
TNM will be appearing live on a few dates in Summer of 2017 + resuming work on an album to be released sometime in 2018.
More 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!