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 well over 18,000 individual lessons, many group classes, and more than 800,000 miles. Has all clearances & background checks.
Also available for FaceTime / Skype instruction (students outside of Pgh area only) as well as seminars / clinics.
Live Performance: Played close to 2,000 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.
Excited to announce that as of March 2019 I am now an official Soutone Cymbal artist!
Photo by Nicky Angelo Photography
"A drummer's cymbal set up is just as important as their drum set. Finding the right sound for a scenario can be a task but Soultone makes that easy. Top notch quality craftsmanship and their wide variety of models has something for everybody!
It was love a first strike for me with their Natural Series. Beautiful, sustaining overtones mixed w/ a sharp cut that works for any genre and volume level, I've been a serious fan of Soultone for years since I first heard them played live and now I'm proud to be an official artist! Live or studio, Soultone Cymbals are the real deal!
Please check them out at www.SoutoneCymbals.com and click the "Current Set Up & Sound" link to the above right for a complete list of Soultone products I'm using.
Excited to announce as of December 2018 I am now an official Attack Drumhead artist!
"My history w/ Attack Drumheads goes back to junior high when they were recommended to me by the owner of a small, local music store. I was a full-on heavy hitter and they felt bullet proof, giving me all the durability I needed. Had them for years!
Fast forward to now and I'm still finding the same level of craftsmanship. As I've evolved as a drummer i'm enjoying the heads in playing situations of all volumes and intensities. Brushes or sticks the coating wears gracefully and the tone is long-lasting. Looking forward to the new updates and product lines for 2019!"
Please check them out at www.Attack-Drumheads.com, www.CardinalPercussion.com and click the "Current Set Up & Sound" link to the above right for a complete list of Attack products I'm using.
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! Designed for beginners but works great a refresher for more experienced players as well! More than two years after the initial release, sales and feedback are still going strong!
"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 (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.
DEREK WOODS BAND!
APPEARING LIVE & ON RECORD 2019 thru 2020
Photo by Constellation & Company. Post show @ Jergels in Warrendale, PA, opening for Jefferson Starship.
Early in 2019 I signed on to do a bunch of regional shows with Derek Woods Band! That March we hit the studio to record tracks for "The Question" EP, which was then released July 5th. Since then, DWB has continued to perform live and release videos plus do radio and podcast interviews. Currently prepping songs for the next album!
DWB live @ The Official Woodstock 50 (Yasgur Road Reunion in Bethel, NY 8/16/19)
Official lyric video for "Distance" from Derek Woods Band 'The Question" EP
On all streaming platforms plus CD's in select stores and all DWB Shows!
Please check my "concert calendar" page for upcoming shows, I'll be appearing on & also visit www.DerekWoodsBand.com for more info.
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 region, performing in quartet, quintet, and sextet line ups! Upcoming dates posted on my "concert calendar" page.
Evan was featured in The Almanac, a Pittsburgh paper based in the South Hills area. Pics & video from the 5/20/17 performance 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"
With the addition of Keyboardist Joe Cippolone & percussionist Natalie Belin, a live performance video was filmed in Oct. 2018. The clip below is a highlight reel;
Evan Dean Band working on upcoming EP,
first original track recorded!
This past August 2019 Evan Dean Band finished up their first original track "The Nitty Gritty" for their upcoming EP. More details & release info coming soon!
More info on Evan and the band @ www.EvanDeanBand.com...Be sure to visit the official FB, Twitter, YouTube & Instagram pages as well.
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.
2019 APPEARANCE IN STICK TOSS VIDEO!
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.
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!"
CP FEATURED ARTIST OF THE WEEK!
Honored to be the Creative Percussion featured artist the week of 9/20/19! Be sure the visit their official Facebook page for details as well as their Instagram for great pics & posts!
Please check CP 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 / 2019 Sessions with
THE CLIFF DOGS, SWEET REVENGE, SUMMER-WINTER, KIM MAVERICK, DON POTH PROJECT 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!
Drum Classes at Western PA School For Blind Children...Drum Circle with history of drumming!
Since 2017, I've been teaching a bi-montly Drum Circle / History of Drumming class at WPSBC in Pittsburgh, PA. Two different semester's of students! Special public and private performances are also done periodically throughout the year. More info on the school can be found at www.WPSBC.org
Drum Classes at The Children's Institute
in Pittsburgh, PA
for the 2017 / 2018 & 2019 /2020 school years!
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!
2019 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 for 2019. 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.
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!
DRUM CLINICS / SEMINARS!
Been having great experiences these past few years performing educational, special events all over the Pittsburgh area, including churches, recreation centers, and Pittsburgh's Veteran's Hospital (Aspinwall location). More dates scheduled for 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. During the Summer of 2018 I did 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.
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! Please check my concert calendar page for an updated list of performance dates.
More info on the church can be found at www.EastEndAG.org, as well as their official FB page...where select services stream live!
THE NEW MINGLE
Spring / Summer 2018 performances.
New stickers, free at shows!
Upcoming album for 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
More 2017 thru 2018 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 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.
For more info on the band, please visit StrangeBrewPittsburgh.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".
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!