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Originally from New Jersey, drummer/author Jason Gianni obtained a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Pennsylvania State University as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance and a Minor in Jazz Studies from the University of Delaware. Jason has also studied at the Drummer's Collective in New York City with notable players such as Horatio "El Negro" Hernandez, Clayton Cameron, Mike Clark and Kim Plainfield.

After moving to San Francisco in 1996, he became an active player in the Bay Area music scene, performing with many artists such as Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Trent Gardner (Magellan), legendary big band drummer Louie Bellson, the New Morty Show swing band, the Megan Slankard Band, members of both Tower of Power & Santana, bassist Kai Eckhardt, members of the Escovedo family and several Salsa, Jazz and Funk ensembles. Jason spent 6 years as a full-time, touring member of the popular Bay Area rock band, MiGGs. In 2005, MiGGs released their sophmore recording entitled, Insomnia, signed to 33rd Street Records and produced by Gavin MacKillop (Toad the Wet Sprocket, Goo Goo Dolls, Sugarcult).

Additionally, in 2003, Jason became the featured drummer on the CD by progressive rock artist Magellan, entitled Impossible Figures, released on InsideOut Records.

As a session drummer, Jason has recorded television & radio commercials for clients such as Toyota, Discover, McDonalds, Showtime, the Oakland Athletics, Izusu, Polaroid, the California Lottery, PBS, Sprint, Capital One, Foster Farms, Blue Shield and many more. You can also hear Jason's drumming in each episode of the recent hit show entitled, Hannah Montana, every week on the Disney Channel. However, his most familiar session work is his playing on the opening theme song drum tracks for the popular Nickelodeon children's cartoon Spongebob Squarepants.

In addition, Jason has taught privately throughout the Bay Area at both Drum World in San Mateo, California and the Haight Ashbury Music Center in San Francisco.

As a writer, his work has appeared in Modern Drummer magazine several times (including a feature article describing the specifics of "Jingle Drumming") and he was a regular drum columnist in the West coast version of the Jazz Steps Newsletter. Most notably, Jason has co-authored The Drummer's Bible, a guide to popular drum styles which offers approximately 400 musical examples in standard drum notation. It includes grooves & practical variations and also provides overviews of the history & development of almost all popular music styles for the modern drum set player. In addition, he is a current drum editor for an up and coming music website entitled
Musicplayers.com

In the summer of 2006, Jason returned to his roots and relocated to the New York City area. Since September of 2006, he has been a faculty member of the prestigious Drummers Collective school of music in Manhattan where he specializes in classes, private lessons and clinics/masterclasses. He is currently running a 10-week specialized elective course in Progressive Rock, focusing on advanced polyrhythm work, odd-time studies, ostinato soloing and other related topics. Recently, Jason was asked to be a clinician and master class "counselor" at the Drum Fantasy Camp in South Orange, NJ along with famed drummers Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Horatio "El Negro" Hernandez, and Jason Bittner.

He endorses Paiste cymbals and Remo drumheads.


email Jason: Jason@drummersbible.com
visit Jason's web page: www.jasongianni.com






Cited by the San Francisco Chronicle as a "local phenom," Mick Berry has been playing drums for over 35 years. Originating from & growing up in the birthplace of Jazz, Mick has studied with New Orleans drumming legends James Black and John Vidacovich. Additional education includes classical percussion studies with Richard O'Donnell (principal percussionist with the St. Louis Symphony for over 40 years), Afro-Cuban drumming with the legendary Walfredo Reyes, Sr., and Latin music studies with Latin percussionist & internationally recognized musician/educator, Michael Spiro.

After leaving the Berklee College of Music in 1977, Mick toured for several years in over two-dozen bands across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Notable performing/drumming credits to date include: saxophone master Craig Handy of Mingus Dynasty, New Orleans piano virtuoso Henry Butler, Eddie Henderson (trumpeter for Elvin Jones), Michael Wolff (former band leader for the Arsenio Hall show), The Spiral Starecase, (famous for the hit song "I Love You More Today Than Yesterday"), The New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, and blues musicians E.C. Scott and Lane Coker & Big Delta. Before moving to San Francisco in 1986, Mick played for a year and a half in his own duo with the renown former child prodigy/keyboardist Lawrence Hess, recognized by Ripley's Believe it or Not as having taught himself to play over 15 musical instruments by the age of 8 years old.

Mick is also an accomplished hammered dulcimer player, having performed on the instrument with The San Francisco Mime Troupe, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and the National Anthem for the San Francisco Giants (nine separate performances as of 2007).

Drumming recording credits include the first two studio CDs by Joti (with members of Tower of Power) and the second CD by Burgess Shale (having been personally selected by sound engineer James Boblak, former assistant to Stuart Copeland of the Police).

Teaching credits include The Academy for Contemporary Music in Guildford, England, The California Shakespeare Festival, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Haight Ashbury Music Center in San Francisco and Marin Music Center in Novato, California.

In addition to having an ongoing private clientele of over thirty five drumming students, Mick still manages to play in well over half a dozen bands on a regular basis, including Who Too (The SF Bay Area’s premier Who tribute band), Offbeats (original Rock, Ska and Reggae), The Adam Stein Band (original progressive rock), pianist Richard Crook (original Jazz), Jazz Trek (Jazz standards) and The Michael Robinson Band (original blues).

Along with his co-authorship of The Drummer's Bible, Mick is currently finishing work on a matching book aptly entitled, The Bassist's Bible, while also completing a text on how to overcome stage fright called, Scared Senseless: How Over 50 Stars Conquered Stage Fright.

His scholastic credits include a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Along with his musical endeavors, he continues to actively participate in theater. Having written & performed three critically acclaimed one-man shows, he is current working on his fourth, focusing on rock drumming legend Keith Moon, scheduled to premier in the fall of 2008. A preview of the drumming for the Keith Moon show can be heard at
www.whotoorocks.com
and/or http://www.myspace.com/whotoo

Mick can be personally reached at: Mick@drummersbible.com


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