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Freelance history & stats

     My professional freelance drumming career began in 1999 working with bands/artists as a full member, one-off fill in, & temporary (multiple shows) replacement. Since then, I've played close to 2,000 shows touring many parts of the eastern United States, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, New York, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Florida, Washington, California, Virginia, & South Carolina. Experienced all types of shows including major venues (10,000 capacity), live radio (200,000 average daily listeners), Woodstock 50th @ Yasgur Farm, corporate events, special events, weddings, wedding vow renewal ceremonies, baseball games, clubs, bars, breweries, amusement parks, maximum security prisons, private parties, airports, parades, marathons, regattas, Air BNB's, coffee shops, flea markets, dairy farms, car shows, yard sales, ect. 

   Opened or shared the bill with world renowned, national, and regional acts including The Wailers, Jefferson Starship, The Vogues, George Clinton, Tab Boneit, Leftover Salmon, The Fixx, Bubba Sparxxx, Jazz Mandolin Project, Method Man & Redman, Melvin Seals & JGB, Trina Hamlin, Skerik, BIig Smo, The Step Kings, Less Than Jake, Shemekia Copeland, Kate Tempest, Travers Brothership, Yarn, Old Southern Moonshine Revival, The Clarks, Joe Grushecky & The House Rockers, Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors, among others.

Member of the Pittsburgh Musician's Union since 2004.

I am currently working regularly with Derek Woods Band, Trio 724, Cromer's Band, The New Mingle, Dave York, Whiskey Limerick, among others, keeping a consistently steady live schedule year round averaging 150 shows per year.    

Photo by Nick Conti     


Primary: Drum Set  

Secondary: Percussion including Shakers, Tamborine, Djembe, Ashiko, Conga, Bongo, Doumbek, Darbuka, Cajon, Timbale, Cowbells, Slit Drum, Buffalo Drum, Udu, Claves, Frame Drum, Bodhran, Tabla, Timpani, Mallet Percussion, Steel Pan, Spoons. 

"I've been fortunate to play with Chris for over 10 years in several different bands, in the studio, and all kinds of live performances. He has always been prepared and consistent with his playing in any situation or setting. 

  For as long as I've known him, Chris has been an ego-free, fun to play with, total-pro, human metronome.

He's got the chops, but he lets his skills serve the song-which is the most important thing.

If Chris isn't playing drums, then he is most likely teaching, watching, listening, reading, tuning, cleaning or practicing them. With Chris, life is, to quote Animal, drums!"

-Matt Calvetti, The New Mingle / Ouve, among others. 

"I've been playing with Chris for many years and it's a constant source of enjoyment. Sometimes I will try and screw him up, and I will flip the beat a little bit, but he will catch it and bring me back...boom...and look at me like...hey goes like this! Without a great drummer, it is such hard work to make music. Chris gives ya the freedom to do what ya want to do...and not feel tied down. That's what it's all about."

-Fran Rifugiato, The Satin Hearts / Strange Brew (Pittsburgh) / The Fingers.

 "Very professional, and willing to work around any schedule and needs of the client. Definitely worth it!"

-Ben Flint, Ben Flint Band, Steeltown Religion, & Alison Tuesday Band. 

"Chris is a go-to guy on the skins when a drummer flakes (happens all the time), so I worked with him off & on over the years"

-Radiation Rick, The Woodpile

"I believe we have one of the greatest drummers in our band but he occasionally has a life event that might take precedence. Last Saturday was one of those and this gig is a great time & event so we got Doug to recommend someone to stand in. Making music is a dance between partners. It's where the heart, sound, and soul of performance comes together as a force to move emotions. The drummer gets to be the heart of it all, and we could not have asked for a better fit for our temporary heart transplant last Saturday at the Thomas Presbyterian Car Show. Our drummer Doug Blair is a force of nature and normally fills that heart. It was an honor and privilege to meet and perform with his friend Chris Belin, also a great drummer and a teacher extraordinaire. If you're looking for a stand-in drummer who will mesh naturally with your band, or a teacher who helps drummers be great, I strongly endorse one of my new friends Chris Belin.

Thanks Chris! And thanks Doug for introducing us to him."

-Bob Lee, The Blues Devils. 



Trio 724. Jazz. Fusion. Funk Blues. March 2022-present.  Composed 12 original songs and learned 40 songs. 

Alyssa Hankey. Composed drum tracks for 10 songs & learned 25 songs for select performances: 7/14/22 & 8/6/22. 

Woods Family Band. Classic Rock. Blues, Country. Folk. R&B. Singer Songwriter. Learned 32 songs, covers and originals. 4/30/21. 5/2/21.

Woods Brothers Trio. Classic Rock. Blues, Country, Blues, R&B. Singer Songwriter. Learned 37 songs, covers and originals. 9/25/20.

Cromer's Band. Classic Rock. Progressive Rock. Grunge. Bluess. Learned 50 cover songs. 6/13/20. 11/28/20. 2/6/21. 4/3/21. 5/21/21. 5/28/21. 6/11/21.

8/7/21. 12/10/21. 2/11/22. 2/12/22. 4/2/22. 5/4/22. 7/9/22. 10/21/22. 10/22/22. 11/18/22. 1/7/23. 4/8/23. 6/10/23

Hailey & Josh. Singer / Songwriter. Folk. Jazz. Pop. Learned 38 songs, originals & covers, 1/31/20. 7/29/20. 9/26/20. 9/30.20. 11/13/20. 2/10/21. 3/28/21. 8/7/21.10/1/21. 10/23/21. 10/28/21. 11/6/21. 5/27/22.

Josh Carns Trio. Jazz. Jazz fusion. Standards and originals. 11/15/19.

The Rainbow Ends. Jazz. Jazz Fusion. Live Jazz Improv. 6/7/19 w/ Jared Sims. 6/7/19. 6/29/19. 7/21/19.9/13/19. 10/24/19 (their final show). Learned 18 songs.

Woods Rising. Folk. Americana. 6/28/19. 12/17/22. 3/25/23 Learned 35 songs.

Derek Woods Band. Rock. Jam. 01/15/19-present. Duo, Trio, Quartet, & Quintet lineups. Learned 75 songs, originals & covers, composed drum parts for 20 originals, & learned 2 Tim Woods songs for guest collaboration.

Amanda Nicholson (St. John the Baptist Church; Plum, PA). Worship. Hymns. Learned 14 songs for 6/23/18 service.

Whiskey Limerick.Traditional Irish. Rock. 03/15/18. 03/17/18. 3/14/19. 3/16/19. 3/14/20. 3/17/21. 9/10/21. 9/18/21. Learned 52 songs for St. Patrick's Day performances.

Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children Holiday Program. "New York Trio" Jazz Standards. Broadway. Holiday Standards. Learned 12 songs for 12/13/17 & 12/15/17 holiday concert performances. "50's Room Trio". Rock N' Roll. Holiday Standards. Learned 13 songs for 12/19/19 & 12/21/19 holiday concert. Learned 15 songs for 12/9/22 & 12/13/22 performances.

Walk of Shame / Walk of Love. Top 40. Rock. Dance. Country. Pop Punk. 1/6/17. 1/28/17. 2/4/17. 2/10/17. 2/11/17. 3/4/17. 3/11/17. 3/14/17. 3/24/17. 4/7/17. 4/14/17. 4/15/17. 4/29/17.

Learned 115 cover songs.

The Wind Cries Mani featuring Mani Stokes (Jimi Hendrix Tribute).11/11/16 & 11/26/16. Learned 22 Jimi Hendrix Experience & Band of Gypsy songs. 

The Blues Devils. 8/20/16. Blues. Classic Rock. Covers & Originals. Learned 37 covers and one original song for 8/20/16 performance.

Dave & Jeff York Worship Band. 3/20/16, 3/27/16. 4/3/16. 4/17/16. 5/8/16. 6/12/16.7/31/16.8/14/16. 8/21/16. 8/28/16.11/19/16. 12/4/16. 12/11/16. 12/18/16. 12/25/16. 1/1/17, 1/15/17. 2/12/17. 2/26/17-present (Sunday AM service residency). Christian Rock. Gospel. Learned 132 songs for services, including holidays Palm Sunday, Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, & New Years Day at East End Assembly of God; Pittsburgh, PA.

The Redlines. 2/1/16 - 12/1/16. 1/21/17. Rock N' Roll. Americana. Learned 17 original songs (3 of which acoustic & electric versions), plus 38 covers. Composed drum parts for 4 additional original songs. Currently on fill-in status.  

Steeltown Religion (Aimee Jane Willer Band). 4/18/15-present. Modern Country. Classic County. Classic Rock. Oldies. Learned 24 original songs, 80 cover songs, and composed drum tracks for 1 original song. *Drumset & Percussion. 

Sabella Family. 4/17/15. Gospel / Hymns. Learned 4 songs for Nancy Guthrie special event performance at Penn Hills Presbyterian; Pittsburgh, PA. 

Ben Flint Band. 2/7/15-11/18. Rock. Classic Rock. Blues, Funk. R&B. Classic Country. Pop. Pop Punk. Learned 82 cover songs.*Drumset & Percussion. 

Scott Schmitt Band. 8/2/14. Acoustic. Christian. Americana. Art-Folk. Folk-Rock. Composed drum parts for 5 original songs, learned 1 original song and cover of "Revelation" for music festival. 

Gail Noullet. 7/15/14. Jazz Standards. Swing. Learned 12 songs and improvised on 4 tunes for Cabaret Performance. 

The Philharmonics. 12/14/13. Oldies. Rock N' Roll. Easy Listening. Improvised on 20+ songs. *Djembe.

Dr.Zoot. 10/20/12. Jazz, Swing, R&B, Latin, Oldies. Learned 46 covers & 2 originals.

Summer-Winter. 11/10/11. Indie Rock. Composed drum parts for 9 songs & learned 1 song for CD release party. 

Dallas Marks. 8/16/11. Classic & Modern Country. Learned 51 covers.

 Mo Nelson Band. 7/22/11. Country. Learned 16 originals & 11 covers.

Christiane D. 5/25/11. 11/26/11. 2/5/14. Rock / R&B / Experimental. Learned 4 songs for album preview, CD release party, & special event showcase performance. Composed drum parts for 9 songs,

Ben Hardt & the Symphony. 8/24/10. 8/29/10. Rock/Pop. Learned 12 originals & 5 covers.

The Klick. 7/9/10. Classic Rock, Blues, R&B, Alternative. Learned 47 cover songs. 

Jimmy Z & His Trio. 4/18/10. 8/6/10. Jazz, Easy Listening, Bossa Nova. Smooth Jazz. Learned 40 cover songs & Improvised on multiple originals.

Evan Dean (Duo & Band). 7/17/10. Spring 2015. Fall 2016. 5/12/17. 5/20/17. 7/6/17. 8/19/17. 2018 - present. Classic Rock, Blues, Soul, Country, Folk. learned 98 covers, 9 originals.

The Woodpile. 12/23/09. Indie Rock. Composed drum parts for 10 original songs.

Skero & Jingles.2009: 9/11, 10/10, 11/25, 12/26. 10/30/10. Rock, Country, Blues, R&B, Punk. Learned 49 cover songs & improvised on approximately 13 others.

The Lucky Strikes. 8/15/09. Classic Rock, Country, Blues, Alternative. Learned 33 cover songs & improvised on approximately 5 others.

Visionary 6/28/09. Metal. Learned 5 original songs & Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" for Baltimore, MD performance.

5 Minute Love Affair.6/19/09. Pop Punk / Alternative. Learned 11 original songs & Alice InChains "junkhead".

29th Ward (also as The Bitter Strings). Nov 2007-Oct 2009. Funky vintage rock. Learned 60 cover songs & composed drum parts for 10 originals. *Also performed as a percussionist. &

Douglass Brothers.Oct / Nov 2006. April 2008. Learned all 14 tracks from their "Still In The Basement" album & 3 cover songs for regional performances including CD release party & farewell show.

Rhapsodic.2006 to Aug 2008. Spoken word / hip hop mixed with live drums, guitar, & percussion. Live performances include clubs, special events, coffee shops, collaboration w/ comedy group. *Also performed as a percussionist.

The New Mingle.2005-present. Instrumental soul music. Duo or trio performing independently or backing other artists. Composed 25 songs. Frequently does live improvisation & medleys of television theme songs as well as signature songs from vintage movies. Performed @ clubs & special events. *Also performed as a percussionist. &

Supermonkey.2005-2006. Hard Rock / Metal originals & covers. Composed drum parts for 10 original songs. 

JG Boccella.8/2005 to 8/2007. 4/2008-Present (Pittsburgh,PA performances).

Reggae, R&B, Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ska. Stage manager on select shows. 

Strange Brew (aka-The Satin Hearts) 8/04-11/05 / 10/06-10/07. 2008; 6/16, 12/31. 2009; 3/13, 3/20, 3/28, 5/8, 6/27, 7/27, 9/19, 10/17,11/14, 12/18. 2/2010 - 4/2015. 11/5/16-2/17/17. 5/19/17. 6/3/17. 7/17 - 10/18. Blues/Rock/Rockabilly/Country, originals & covers. Current set list :195 songs. Preformed @ 175+ different venues & 700+ shows in the tri-state area.


Kevin Goldbach Quartet. Summer 2005. Learned 15 cover songs. Mostly versions of Jazz standards by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Joe Henderson, Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Soma Mestizo. 2004 (1 show) Learned 9 songs.

Ouve (2003-2005)/ Ouve'Azzy Runk (2001-2002) / Ouve Azzy Runk Trio (2000-2001). Mostly original Funk, Soul, Rock, and Jazz influenced. Played over 300 shows. Worked as backing band for other artists & also provided music for a belly dance trio.

Peformed a funk musicial w/ local Pittsburgh actors. *Also performed as percussionist.

Electric Gypsy Trip. 2000. Learned 15 songs (converted drum set parts to Djembe) for a performance @ the Roman Room, Pittsburgh, PA. 

Groove City Outlet. 1999. Classic Rock, Blues, & Rock N' Roll. Learned 15 songs for an outdoor festival in Mt. Pleasant, PA.

Sally's Wiggin.1999-2000. Classic Rock, Jazz, Jam-Jazz, Blues, and Rock. Trio & quartet w/ mostly covers and a few originals.

Grain. 1998- 1999. Hard Rock, Metal, Experimental Blues. 15 songs. Mostly local Pittsburgh shows doing openings for other local & regional acts.

 *1994-early 1998. Private parties & jam nights sitting in with various musicians / bands.

*Guest sit-ins: Phat Man Dee, Lava lounge, Pgh,PA. 2003. Gerald McGrew Jr.Valley Hotel, Dravosburg, PA. 2013. Memphis Blues Society. Rum Boogie Cafe. Memphis, TN. 12/27/15.

Guitar Zack. Tuboats. Pgh, PA (Churchill). 2013. The Groove T's. Seattle, WA. 2016. Mark Myers. Shenanigan's, Pgh, PA 2017. 


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